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A 47-year-old man appeared
in the San Fernando Magis-
trates Court yesterday on 20
charges of raping his 12-year-
The man, a chef, was eager to
plead to the charges when he
appeared before Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington in
the First Court, however,
Wellington told him the charges
were indictable which meant he
could not enter a plea at that
He was arrested last week and
charged with the incest offences
by WPC Quashie of the Mara-
bella Police Station.
The sex assaults on the child
allegedly took place at her home
between September 2013 and
The charges alleged he had
sexual intercourse with the child,
knowing she was of blood rela-
After the second charge was
read to him, the magistrate asked
the prosecutor if blood relation
meant the child was the man s
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan
confirmed that she was.
Pointing out that the charge
should have stated that the girl
was the daughter of the accused,
the magistrate said the charges
would have to be amended.
Wellington then said the mat-
ter was to be heard in camera
and ordered members of the
public and the media out of the
The man was not represented
by an attorney. Bail was denied
because the accused lived in the
same house as the child and
because of the number of charges
He was advised of his right to
apply to a judge in chambers for
The matter was adjourned to
Three men, including a 17-year-old, yesterday
appeared in court on separate arms and ammunition
Sheldon Rosallee, Mac Daryl Ballantyne, 24, and
a 17-year-old student who was jointly charged with
Ballantyne, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington in the San Fernando First Magis-
trate s Court.
None of them was called on to plea to the charges.
Rosallee was charged by PC Chinapoo with having
a pistol and eight rounds of ammunition in his pos-
The items, which were produced in court, were
allegedly found in a house at First Street, Battoo
Avenue, Marabella, on July 11.
Defence attorney Keith Beckles said Rosallee, a
supervisor at a Siparia businessplace, had no matters
Beckles said Rosallee had a robbery case which
was dismissed and 14 years ago he served two years
in prison for housebreaking and larceny.
Rosallee was granted $45,000 bail with a cash
alternative of $30,000. The matter was transferred
to the Second Court for August 11.
In the same court Ballantyne, of Claxton Bay, and
the Retrench Village teenager appeared for allegedly
having a homemade shotgun and a quantity of
ammunition in their possession.
The police alleged the gun and ammunition were
found in a house at Lodge Road, Claxton Bay,on July
11.Ballantyne, who admitted to having a pending
charge for having sexual intercourse with a minor,
was refused bail and told he could apply to a judge
in chambers for bail.
Attorneys Subhas Panday and Carlon Mendoza,
who represented the teenager, said he had no previous
convictions or pending matters.
However, prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said he could
not confirm that since a fingerprint trace had not
yet been done.
The magistrate remanded the teenager into custody
at the Youth Training Centre, Golden Grove, Arouca.
Ballantyne and the teenager are expected to re-
The government intends to
take into account the concerns
raised by media houses over the
proposed Cybercrime Bill 2014.
The T&T Publishers and
(TTPBA) met with Minister of
Legal Affairs Prakash Ramadhar
on Wednesday to discuss its con-
cerns over the proposed Cyber-
crime Bill 2014.
The press release from the
TTPBA said Ramadhar assured
media owners that its concerns
would be taken into account and
acknowledged that "there needed
to be a careful balancing act if
the government is to achieve its
goal of protecting citizens right
to privacy without breaching
their other rights and freedoms."
Last month, the association
expressed concern that the bill
could jeopardise the freedom of
the press and urged the Govern-
ment to engage stakeholders in
order to revise it. As a result,
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith, who piloted the bill in
Parliament, invited various media
associations to discuss the issues,
saying the bill was not intended
to muzzle the media.
TTPBA president Daren Lee
Sing and other members of the
association met with Ramadhar
to discuss some of the clauses
in the bill which they believed
posed a threat to press freedom
and had the potential to affect
The release pointed out that
while the Cybercrime Bill is
aimed at protecting citizens pri-
vacy, "media houses and press
watchdogs such as the Associ-
ation of Caribbean Media Work-
ers and the International Press
Institute have voiced grave con-
cern about the unintended
impact upon press freedom and
upon the rights of citizens."
The TTPBA has promised to
prepare a document that outlines
its misgivings over particular
clauses of the bill and recom-
mendations for revising them.
No bail for man charged
with raping daughter
three on arms,
Ramadhar, media owners
meet on Cybercrime Bill
presents Dr Noe
and Dr Maria
Lourdes Jaen with
a portrait of the
Coat of Arms in
celebration of their
years) on Saturday.
They renewed their
marriage vows at a
ceremony at Our
Lady of Perpetual
Help RC Church,
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