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Cop on rape charge told: Keep 50 feet away from girl
A police sergeant, accused of having sexual intercourse with a close female relative, was yesterday ordered to stay no less than 50 feet away from his alleged victim. The accused—an officer with 23 years’ in the Police Service—stood before Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor in the Port-of-Spain Seventh Court. The officer’s name could not be published as the magistrate imposed a “gag” on reporters, ordering them not to do so.
Baboolal-Gafoor also directed the accused not to communicate with the alleged victim. “You are not to communicate with the VC (virtual complainant), either directly or indirectly. And you are not to go within 50 feet of the VC,” the magistrate told the accused. These were the conditions which complemented the bail of $200,000 she granted to the accused-with a surety and to be approved by the Clerk of the Peace III.
The accused, who was assigned to the Inter-Agency Task Force, was charged late Thursday by acting Insp Danny Ramlogan at the Morvant Police Station. At his initial court appearance yesterday, donning a green short-sleeved shirt and green long pants, the accused stood with his arms clenched behind his back as the charges were read to him. He faces three charges of “having sexual intercourse with a minor, knowing her to be of blood relation.”
Two of the offences are alleged to have occurred on dates unknown between the periods: October 1, 2010, and November 30, 2010; and January 1, 2011, and January 31, 2011. The third charge is alleged to have taken place on February 2, 2011. Attorney Joseph George, in his application for bail, said his client had an “unblemished” record and was at the forefront of the nation’s fight against crime. Sgt Dianne Boxhill, who appeared for the State, did not object to bail. The accused was ordered back to court on February 28.
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