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UWI guard on rape charge

Published: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A security guard who allegedly raped his colleague on her first day at work at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, was granted $75,000 bail yesterday when he appeared before a Tunapuna magistrate. 

Ferdinand Joseph, an estate corporal of New Order Security Company was granted bail by magistrate Siumungal Ramsaran after appearing in court charged with raping his colleague on August 11.

It is alleged that Joseph forced his victim in a security booth where he assaulted her. Joseph was ordered to return to court on September 15.

Security firm fired
A private security firm which employed a guard accused of raping his colleague at the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies has been fired. In a release yesterday, UWI said the administration was aware of and regretted the August 11 incident.

The guard appeared before a Tunapuna magistrate yesterday charged with sexually assaulting a female security guard employed by the same firm. 

The release said the services of the firm had been terminated and measures put in place to review the contracts of all other security firms currently contracted, as well as their personnel assigned to campus facilities.

The release said the campus' senior leadership took the safety and security of UWI’s staff, students and visitors to the campus seriously and the university was supporting the police in their investigation.