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Two in court for rape of minors

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

TWO men appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with the rape of teenage  girls.

Brandon Wickham, 18, and Roger Perryman, 21, were not called upon to plead to the indictable charges.

Wickham faced four charges--two stated that on unknown dates between January and December 2013 in Claxton Bay, he had sexual intercourse with a female who was not his wife and who was under the age of 14 years.

Two other charges also alleged, that on unknown dates during the same period, he had sexual intercourse with a female who had obtained the age of 14 years but was not yet 16 years of age.

Attorney Cedric Neptune said his client, of Claxton Bay, had never before had a matter before the court.

He said that Wickham was not a sexual predator and there was an “alleged history” between his client and the alleged victim.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Wellington placed Wickham on $75,000 bail to cover all the charges.

He will reappear in court on March 24.

Perryman, who faced the charge of having sexual intercourse in Williamsville last Tuesday with a female who was over the age of 14 but not yet 16 years and who was not his wife, was denied bail.

Police prosecutor Sgt Cleyon Seedan said that Perryman had yet to have his criminal background traced.

Defence attorney Subhas Panday raised objection, saying that Perryman had been in custody since last Saturday and there was sufficient time to have him checked.

Wellington denied Perryman bail and told him he will re-appear before the court today.

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