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Accused child abuser Dexter Gobin still remains
on remand despite obtaining a reduction in his bail
When Gobin, 36, of Maracas, St Joseph, reappeared
before Senior Magistrate Gillian David-Scotland in
the Tunapuna First Court yesterday morning, his
lawyer Fareed Ali indicated that his client was having
difficulties in securing his $100,000 bail which was
reduced by a High Court Judge from $175,000 last
Ali appealed to David-
Scotland to reduce
Gobin s bail even further
and to allow for a cash
deposit alternative which
could be access in lieu of
traditional bail which
requires a deed for a
property as security.
land refused the request
as she stated that she did
not want to interfere with
approved by Jus-
tice Norton Jack.
During yesterday s hearing, police pros-
ecutor Sgt Petit indicated that a State pros-
ecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) will be appointed by the next hearing
to conduct Gobin s preliminary inquiry.
Gobin and his wife, Yanique Taylor-Gobin, are
accused of wilfully assaulting a two-year-old girl
they were babysitting, while attempting to force feed
her a bottle of milk. They were arrested and charged
last month after a clip of the incident was posted
on social media sparking public outcry.
Taylor-Gobin, a Jamaican national, remains detained
at the Immigration Detention Centre, Aripo, as she
was also charged with overstaying her time in T&T.
The couple will reappear in court on December 14.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old businessman accused
of a brutal assault of his common-law wife was
expected to be released from prison on bail yesterday
The T&T Guardian understands that Ricardo
Jerome s mother was at the Arima Magistrate s Court
up to late yesterday attempting to secure her son s
The T&T Guardian could not confirm if his mother
was able to post his $10,000 cash and if the required
documents were sent to the Golden Grove State
Prison, Arouca, in time for him to be released yesterday
Jerome, an Arouca bar owner and labourer with
the Customs and Excise Division, who is accused of
assaulting his common-law wife, Ornella Ruth
Marchan at Nella s Sports Bar, in Arima Old Road.
Jerome surrendered to police two Fridays ago after
a clip of the assault captured by CCTV cameras at
the bar was posted on social media. He is charged
with assault by beating, possession of a weapon and
causing a public disturbance.
Marchan was with Jerome when he surrendered
and the T&T Guardian understands that she continues
to live at Jerome s mother s home in La Horquetta,
Arima, with their nine-year-old son.
Marchan also refused to give police a statement
and be medically examined. Jerome was reportedly
charged only after police were able to find a patron
of the bar who witnessed the assault and was willing
As the UNC elections race heats up,
leadership contender Vasant Bharath
is drawing the media into the battle,
charging many of its practitioners have
been bought out by his political rivals.
During an interview on the Akash Vani
radio programme, Panchayat, yesterday
morning, Bharath said he knew, without
a doubt, that media personnel on some
radio stations have been bought out com-
"I cannot even get an ad in," he said.
Hosts Satesh Mahabir and Keiron Samaroo
seemed stunned by the allegations but
replied they were not among those bought
His rivals for the leadership post of the
UNC are Dr Roodal Moonilal and former
prime minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar.Bharath had also reportedly earlier
claimed in another interview that media
people were bought out over the last five
years by the former People s Partnership admin-
istration and raked in big money.
The Media Association of T&T, asked to
respond, advised the questions be put in writing
On a separate matter, Bharath responded to
critics who said the young, new faces on his
slate were inexperienced.
Bharath said the UNC had not been attracting
the good people but they were starting to come
out now on his slate.
He said his slate had "a couple PHDs, some
teachers" and some more experienced UNC
Bharath said those were the kind of people
who would rebuild the UNC.
As for those who find he is not grassroots
enough to lead the UNC, Bharath said he could
not be held at fault because he was born into
a privileged family or because he was educat-
"I have never been aloof or arrogant," he said,
recalling how he defied the former adminis-
tration and marched with protesting farmers,
even at the risk of being expelled from Cab-
Bharath also believes he is the best man to
rebuild the UNC because of his past experience
in change management in several leading inter-
He recalled how he took the little known
brand of flour, Country Pride, and made it a
household name during his stint at the Nutrimix
Group of Companies.
As for the issue of Persad-Bissessar stepping
down voluntarily, he said while it was not part
of T&T s culture, it was becoming norm all
over the world for leaders who lost favour with
their populace to resign.
A caller on the programme wanted to know
why Bharath did not step out of the race also
since he was rejected by the constituents of St
Joseph, which he contested in the last general
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Ali appealed to
reduce Gobin's bail
even further and
to allow for a cash
could be access in
lieu of traditional
requires a deed
for a property as
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