A MAN charged with imprisoning two women at a house and raping one of them was yesterday denied bail when he appeared before the court.
San Fernando Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran said the charges against Derrick Joseph were of a serious nature and he remanded Joseph, a store owner, in prison custody.
Joseph, 37, of Arima, faced seven charges, including that last week Tuesday, he, together with another person, allegedly broke into and entered a house and stole $37,300 in jewelry and unlawfully took and carried two women, ages 25 and 34, against their will.
Joseph was also charged that he allegedly falsely imprisoned the women at a house in Arima, raped the 34-year-old woman and committed grievous sexual assault against her.
All the charges were laid indictably by Constable Bassarath, and Joseph was not called upon to enter a plea.
Defence attorney Kerry Martin said the charges arose out of one alleged incident, and it will be convenient to have the matters transferred to the Arima Magistrates' Court.
But Ramsaran said the alleged incident was initiated in the southern area and he adjourned the matter to April 17.
He also reminded that kidnapping was a non-bailable offence as he ordered Joseph to be remanded into custody to reappear next month before the San Fernando First Magistrate's Court.