Friday, January 19, 2018

Three denied bail

Ex-Defence Force personnelin court for rape of schoolgirl...


Charged: Ex-Air Guard member Chase Ramdath and his brother, Chris Ramdath, in handcuffs, along with ex-soldier Curt Samaroo, top, on their way to the Rio Claro Magistrates' Court yesterday, charged with sexual offences. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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TWO Defence Force personnel were yesterday denied bail when they faced the court, charged with the rape and grievous sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Curt Bradley Samaroo, a private attached to Defence Force Headquarters, and Chase Ramdath, a junior technician at the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, appeared in the Rio Claro Magistrates' Court.

Ramdath's brother, Chris Ramdath, also appeared in court, jointly charged with the offences.

The two have since been discharged from the service as a result of the criminal charges. See sidebar.

The three men appeared before Senior Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle.

It is alleged that on January 12, the three raped and committed grievous sexual assault against the teen.

They were also charged with the offence of detaining a female to have sexual intercourse.

The men were not called upon to plead to the charges.

The police objected to bail being granted and asked for a chance to do criminal background checks.

The police also raised objection on the grounds that the crimes were of a serious nature and the men lived in the same area as the alleged victim.

Samaroo and Chase Ramdath, both 23 years old, and Chris Ramdath, 21, were denied bail, and remanded in prison custody.

They are to reappear in court tomorrow.

The men were arrested after a report was made by the alleged victim, who said she was walking home with her brother when she was taken against her will to an abandoned house and assaulted.