$300,000 BAIL: School teacher Ramesh Angatiah, right, as he appeared in the Rio Claro Magistrates’ Court yesterday on two charges of indecent assault against a 16-year-old boy. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

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Schoolteacher appears in court

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

A TEACHER with 20 years service appeared in court yesterday charged with indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy.
Ramesh Angatiah, an information technology teacher to fourth and fifth form secondary school pupils, appeared before Rio Claro Senior Magistrate Armina Deonarinesingh.
He was not called upon to enter a plea to indictable charges that on June 17 at Rio Claro, he twice indecently assaulted the boy. The charges were laid by PC Jaikaran.
Angatiah, 44, of Williamsville was granted $300,000 bail with the condition that he stays away from the teen, and has no direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim or members of his family.
But while this order was made by the magistrate, defence attorney Dane Halls asked that they be told to stay away from the accused.
Earlier, Halls said Angatiah had received death threats but did not elaborate.
He also called for the prosecution to hand over disclosure in the matter.
Halls asked that the time of the alleged offence be made known as, he said, this would impact on the charges before the court.
“It would be a violation of principles of the legislation the Summary of Offences Act that the accused is not told the date, place and time of any offence. After six days, the information must be available to the accused and counsel,” Halls said.
Halls asked that the station diary extracts summary of evidence and any written information in the possession of the police, from the time his client was arrested to the time he appeared before the court, be handed over. The defence attorney also claimed a recorded interview had been held with the accused.
Police prosecutor Sgt Russell Gopaul gave the time of the alleged offences as 8 a.m. and said both matters were connected and would remain before the court. He denied there was any tape recording from the police.
Gopaul later told the court a State attorney will be appointed and this prosecutor will provide the necessary disclosure to Halls.
In asking for bail to be granted to his client, Halls said Angatiah was not a flight risk and had been cooperating with police officers.
He said Angatiah lived with his elderly mother and was her “hand and foot”.
Gopaul made no objection to bail being set and Deonarinesingh placed Angatiah on $300,000 bail. He will return to court on July 21.
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