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A 66-year-old British man has pleaded guilty to
indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy in April
while on vacation in Trinidad.
Derek Ide, a retired financial services adviser from
England, will have to wait until December 13 to be
sentenced. He admitted to committing the sexual
offence when he reappeared in the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
When he initially appeared in court on May 1, Ide
was charged with grievous sexual assault of the child
under Section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act. He was
denied bail and has remained in remand since then.
Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
George Busby was assigned to prosecute and began
paper commital proceedings against Ide who was not
called upon to plea to the charge as it was laid indictably.
During previous hearings, witness statements were
entered into evidence and the victim testified.
Ide is alleged to have assaulted the child at a boatyard
in Chaguaramas on April 28. Cpl Marvin Gibbons of
the Carenage Police Station investigated and charged
Ide.When the case was called this week, Busby said
the State wished to amend the charge to one of serious
indecency under Section 16 of the act. The offence
carries a maximum sentence of ten years imprison-
Busby s application was not opposed by Ide s lawyer,
Sean Cazabon, and was accepted by Magistrate Mau-
reen Baboolal-Gafoor, who is presiding over the case
in the Seventh Court.
Ide was then given an opportunity to choose whether
he wanted the case to be heard before a judge and
jury in the High Court or before Baboolal-Gafoor and
chose the latter and admitted to the crime.
Cazabon will present Ide s mitigation plea and Busby
will respond during the next hearing before Baboolal-
Gafoor passes sentence.
A 27-year-old former employee of state-
owned commercial bank First Citizens on
bail for allegedly defrauding her employer
of almost $3 million, yesterday was slapped
with an additional 160 charges.
Rhea LaRoache, a customer relations offi-
cer, of Western Main Road, Carenage, was
not called on to plea to the indictable charges
when she appeared before magistrate Chris-
tine Charles in the Port-of-Spain First Court
Charles took one hour to read the charges
to LaRoache, who stood silently in the pris-
oner dock, while her relatives sat behind her
in the public gallery.
In half of the charges, LaRoache was
accused of stealing various sums of money
from the bank in tranches, ranging from
$5,000 to $473,000. Those charges were laid
under Section 18.1 of the Larceny Act.
She is also accused of falsifying accounts
in the bank under the Criminal Offences
Both sets of offences allegedly occurred
at the bank s Diego Martin branch between
January 2012 and last March.
LaRoache initially appeared before Charles
on November 11 and was charged with 251
similar charges related to $3 million allegedly
stolen from the bank. Those offences are
alleged to have taken place between August
last year and last September.
The additional charges bring the total sum
she is accused of defrauding the bank to $4.8
The charges were laid by Cpl Vinelle Bas-
After reading the charges, Charles approved
the $1.2 million bail that LaRoache s had
been granted by a Justice of the Peace when
the charges were laid at the Fraud Squad s
Port-of-Spain Office on Wednesday evening.
She was also granted the same bail when
she was slapped with the first batch of
Before adjourning the case Charles remind-
ed LaRoache of her bail condition of reporting
to the Fraud Squad every Thursday. She also
has surrendered her passport.
LaRoache, who is being represented by
Ian Brooks, will reappear in court on February
British tourist guilty
of assaulting boy
160 more charges for former banker
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