A Couva man was granted bail in the sum of $150,000 with a surety when he appeared before Magistrate Alexander Prince at the Couva 2nd Magistrates Court on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
The 37-year-old man was charged with Sexual Penetration of a Child and Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm.
The matter was adjourned to January 4, 2023.
Police reports state that on December 1, 2022, a man allegedly pushed his step-daughter onto a bed at his home and had sexual intercourse with her, against her will. The accused also reportedly choked the 16-year-old girl, threatened her and then slapped her on her face.
A report was made to the Gran Couva Police Station on December 1, and the Central Division Child Protection Unit conducted investigations. The man was arrested and charged on December 5, 2022.
Investigations were spearheaded by Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne, ASP Seecharan, Insp Davidson and Sgt. Cedeno-Figaro and conducted by WPC Rogers-Flemming.