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Rape accused gets $30,000 bail

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

A MAN charged with raping a 16-year-old girl yesterday asked for a lawyer to be appointed by the State to help him fight his case.

Rienzi Victor Jerry, 54, of Williamsville, was charged by constable Mona-Lisa Hall that last Sunday he had sexual intercourse with the teenager.

He told Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington in the San Fernando First Magistrates' Court that he was unrepresented and wanted a legal aid attorney assigned to appear on his behalf.

His request was noted.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan produced Jerry's criminal background which showed he had previous convictions for possession of marijuana.

Wellington placed him on $30,000 bail but warned that he was forbidden from visiting the home of the victim or having any contact with her.

The case was adjourned to January 9.

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