“Our loss is the country’s gain.”
So said Anglican Bishop Claude Berkley about the nomination of Justice Paula-Mae Weekes as the sixth President of T&T.
Three men accused of raping a woman and her daughter during a robbery at their home three days before Christmas appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court yesterday.
Damien John Spann, 30, of Pleasantville, and Kempton Harris, 29, of La Romaine were denied bail while their co-accused Nicholas Dean, 29, of La Romaine was granted 120,000 bail.
They were charged with two offences of rape and four charges of robbery. The charges stemmed from an incident at the family’s Princes Town home on December 22, 2016. It is alleged that the three accused along with another man forced their way into the family’s home where they took turns raping the 50-year-old woman and her 19-yearold daughter.
It is further alleged that they beat the woman’s husband and son as they robbed them of various items.
Among the items stolen were two televisions, a quantity of jewelry, cellphones and a play station game.
Dean was charged with an additional charge which alleged that he had one gramme of marijuana in his possession on January 4, at Coffee Street, San Fernando. However, the men were not asked to plea to any of the charges.
First Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan presented Deputy Chief Magistrate Nanette Forde-John with criminal records for the three accused. After looking through the documents, the magistrate granted Dean approval bail on the condition that he reports three times a week to the San Fernando Police Station.
The other two were remanded into custody and advised of their right to apply for bail before a judge in the High Court. Spann protested that he only had three matters pending. However, the magistrate said his record showed a lot more matters pending and told him he would have to produce extracts of the completion of his cases before she reconsiders granting him bail. The charges were laid by Cpl Majid Khan of the Ste Madeleine Police Station.
The matter was adjourned to February 6.