THE WIFE of a man facing charges of rape, buggery and kidnapping was yesterday accused of using the social network site Facebook to send messages to the alleged victim.
Senior accountant Claudette Bruce-Thomas denied she had done such an act, but Chaguanas Senior Magistrate Gillian Scotland said it was an issue to be investigated by the police.
She told Bruce-Thomas that the case against her husband, Seon Thomas, was now before the court and there should be no contact with the woman making the criminal complaint against him.
Seon Thomas, 35, of Champs Fleurs, was charged that on July 28 he, along with others, at Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, near Kay Donna Drive-In, allegedly carried away the alleged victim against her will and robbed her of thousands of dollars worth in jewelry, including her wedding ring, cellular phones and $150 cash.
It was also alleged that the following day, at an unknown location, the 25-year-old woman was raped, buggered and an act of grievous sexual assault committed against her.
The indictable charges were laid by WPC Deonarine of the Cunupia Police Station.
Thomas, a driver, was not called upon to plead.
Police prosecutor Michael Jackman objected to Thomas being granted bail, saying the matters were serious and prevalent.
Defence attorney Ian Brooks said the objections were not grounds to deny his client bail and asked that Thomas be placed on reasonable bail with conditions.
Brooks said Thomas had one previous conviction for possession of marijuana, he was self-employed in the transport industry, and a father of three children between the ages of 20 months and 15 years.
He also alleged that a picture was taken of Thomas at the police station which could lead to mischief.
Scotland placed Thomas on $150,000 bail to be approved by the Clerk of the Peace.
He was warned to have no contact "directly or indirectly" with the alleged victim and to stay 100 metres away from her.
It was then Bruce-Thomas was told of the allegation of threatening communication that was allegedly sent via Facebook.
"That is not correct," the school accountant responded.
She was warned by Scotland: "The matter is now before the court. ... You are not to have any interaction with anybody in this matter."
Thomas will next appear in court on October 17.