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STUDENTS IN COURT

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Wednesday, January 22 2014

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THREE handcuffed students of the Chaguanas North Government Secondary School were led by armed police officers into the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court yesterday to answer of four charges — two for indecent assault of a female schoolmate and robbing her of $2, as well as two other counts of robbery on other students.

The three students, all boys, one of whom had a tattoo of a human skull on his left hand were ordered to reappear in court today to answer their respective charges after being denied bail and remanded into custody by a Clerk of the Peace. The students appeared in court all dressed in their school uniforms. First of the trio to appear in the First Court before Clerk of the Peace Sandra Ramcharran was a 15-year-old student.

Ramcharran read a charge which alleged that on January 7, at the school compound, the student committed an act of indecent assault on a female schoolmate. Ramcharran read the second charge which alleged that on the same date and at the same place, the student robbed the said female student of $2.

Both charges were laid indictably and therefore the accused schoolboy was not called upon to enter a plea. The accused stood next to his father when the charges were read out in the courtroom.

Next to be called before Ramcharran were two students, one aged 14 and the other aged 15, who were jointly charged with two counts of robbery. Ramcharran read the joint charges which alleged that on November 7, at the school, the two students robbed a male student of $2 as well as a female student, also of $2. Both charges were laid indictably and therefore they, too, were not called upon to enter a plea.

Parents of the two boys stood at their respective sides. Neither of the boys was represented by counsel. Ramcharran denied bail and remanded them into custody at the St Michael Home for Boys, to reappear in court this morning to answer their respective charges before a magistrate.

Sgt Vikki Ranjitsingh was the court’s prosecutor yesterday. Sgt Thompson of the 500 Unit, spearheaded investigations at the school and yesterday morning, officers including WPCs Roop, Joseph and Andrews contacted the three boys’ parents and visited the school. PCs Langley, Dass, Villafana, Ellis and Mc Callister also assisted in the exercise.

In the presence of the parents, police arrested the youngsters and took them to the Chaguanas Police Station where the four charges were formally laid. After laying the charges, police escorted the trio from the nearby police station to the nearby prisoners’ dock located on the compound of the magistrates’ Court.

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