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Man charged with assault of boy, 4, girl, 14

By Andre Bagoo Saturday, December 21 2013

A 48-year-old Laventille man was yesterday granted $25,000 bail after appearing before a Port-of-Spain magistrate on charges under the Children’s Act after he allegedly attempted to strangle a four-year-old boy and his 14-year-old sister.

The man’s name and address cannot be published to protect the identities of the children involved, in accordance with the provisions of the Children’s Act. The man, said to be related to the children, was charged under the legislation’s provisions which ban the ill-treatment of a child (Section 3).

The man was ordered to report to a police station on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 6 am to 6 pm. He was granted bail with surety of $20,000 in addition to bail of $5,000.

Police reported that at about 8.30 pm, on Wednesday, the man was at a house at Boxhill Trace, Laventille, where he had an argument with a woman, the mother of the two children. It is reported the man lived in New York for several years.

Police said he allegedly grabbed the boy and began choking him and when the boy’s mother attempted to rescue him, she was assaulted. The man reportedly pulled at the teenage girl. He also destroyed the woman’s cellular phone.

A report was made to the Port-of-Spain Divisional Task Force and a party of officers, led by Sgt Ramsook and WPC Williams responded and the boy and his sister were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

The woman said neighbours had to get involved to pull the suspect away from the children.

“He was just getting more violent and then when our neighbours came to call the police, he was pulling up the baby (boy). He was holding him up to throw him on the chair and we came in the same time, and stopped it,” the woman said.

This is the third reported case involving children which required intervention by the police this month.

On Wednesday, Keyianna Noel, who went missing for more than 18 hours, was reunited with her father and siblings after hours of intense work by police.

On December 15, a 12-year-old was reportedly chopped across the face by a 34-year-old man, who has since been charged with attempted murder of the child.

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