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'Service no longer required'

THE Defence Force on Monday ordered the discharge of a soldier and air guard member hours after they were formally charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Private Curt Bradley Samaroo, 23, who was attached to Defence Force Headquarters, and Chase Ramdath, 23, a junior technician with the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, were discharged, on the instructions of Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj.

The men, along with Ramdath's brother, Chris Ramdath, appeared in the Rio Claro Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The decision to discharge the two men was disclosed in a press statement issued by the Defence Force late Monday.

According to the statement, "General Maharaj was lucid in his instructions this afternoon, stating, 'They are discharged from the Defence Force with immediately effect.'"

According to the Defence Force Civil Military Affairs Officer Major Al Alexander, the accused former servicemen served less than two years and were discharged under the provision of the Defence Act Chapter 14:01: "Service no longer required."

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