T&T union boss detained in rape probe

(Trinidad Guardian) Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke spent the night on Wednesday in police custody after being detained in relation to a rape allegation made by an attorney working with his organisation.

Watson Duke
Watson Duke

Accompanied by his lawyer, John Heath, Duke had surrendered to detectives of the Port-of-Spain Criminal Investiga-tions Department (CID) at the Central Police Station, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, around 2 pm Thursday.

Bombarded by a group of media personnel at the entrance to the station, a seemingly unfazed Duke promised to comment on the accusation upon his exit.

However, after several hours, Heath came out of the station without his client, who, sources said, was detained for interrogation.

The T&T Guardian understands that investigators had visited the PSA’s headquarters on Abercromby Street to arrest Duke yesterday morning but left empty handed as security informed them the (Duke) was at a meeting at his attorney’s office. Duke later surrendered at the station.

According to police reports, the victim, a 33-year-old attorney from Central Trinidad, claimed the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon after Duke invited her to accompany him to a meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.

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