Monday, February 19, 2018

Warrant issued for cop's arrest

... fails to show on rape charge


NO BAIL ON ARREST: Police Sergeant Dane Sorzano leaves the San Fernando Magistrates' Court , last year .

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A WARRANT was issued yesterday for the arrest of Sergeant Dane Sorzano, a former police prosecutor, charged with the rape of a child. When arrested, he will not be granted bail, the court ordered yesterday.

Sorzano who was on $300,000 bail, was a no-show for his court matter yesterday morning.

On several occasions his name was called through the corridors of the San Fernando Magistrates' Court, but he did not appear.

Police prosecutor Ramdath Phillip said Sorzano would have been aware that he had to attend court.

At 10.56 a.m, Senior Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes issued a warrant for his arrest.

"On arrest, no bail," she ordered.

Sorzano, 45, was charged by Inspector Zamsheed Mohammed with having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old against her consent at Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando on April 3, 2011.

At his last court appearance in January, Sorzano who is unrepresented, made legal submissions before Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan and was successful in having his bail condition changed, so that he no longer had to report to a police station once week.

But Rambachan ordered that Sorzano had to inform the court and the police if he intended to change his address at Hickling Street, Siparia.

It was initially ordered as part of his bail that Sorzano, who has 15 years service in the police force, report to the San Fernando Police Station every Thursday before 10 a.m.

In November last year, this was changed, allowing Sorzano to go to the Fyzabad Police Station every Wednesday before 9 a.m.

This condition was removed five months ago although State attorney Trevor Jones objected.