|Cop on 9 rape charges |
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Tuesday, July 8 2014
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Rape accused: PC Melvin George covers his face with a bandana as he leaves the Siparia Magistrates' Court after appearing on rape charges yesterday. ...
A POLICE Constable with ten years service appeared yesterday in the Siparia Magistrates’ Court to answer nine counts of rape of a teenaged girl.
PC Melvin George, 41, appeared before Senior Magistrate Joanne Connor charged with one count of sexual intercourse with the girl without her consent. He was charged with three counts of having sexual intercourse with the girl who was under the age of 14. George, who was last posted at the San Fernando Police Station, was also charged with five counts of having sexual intercourse with the girl who was not his wife and who was not yet the age of 16.
It is alleged that the offences occurred during different periods between January 1, last year, and June 7, this year, at a house in Siparia. Cpl Garvin Haynes of the Siparia CID laid the indictable charges and thus the accused policeman was not called upon to enter a plea yesterday.
As Connor was reading out the charges yesterday, George, of Siparia, stood with his hands clasped in front of him as he looked in her direction. On June 20, last, the alleged victim accompanied by her mother made the report against George at the Siparia CID. Cpl Haynes led an investigation and on Wednesday night last, the accused policeman gave himself up at the Siparia Station.
Police reports are that on Saturday last, Cpl Haynes charged George with the nine offences. The accused was granted $430,000 bail while in police custody.
Yesterday attorney Richard Valere represented George and reminded the court that his client was granted bail over the weekend.
Court prosecutor Sgt Dridgenath Sookraj noted he did not have any instructions on how to proceed with the case and was awaiting such from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Before adjourning the case to August 11, Connor noted that a State attorney has to be appointed to prosecute the accused policeman.
As a condition to his bail, the magistrate ordered that he have no interaction with the alleged victim.
George hid his face with a bandana from media photographers as he was leaving the courthouse.