A Ministry of Public Health worker was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with the rape of a 14-year-old boy.
Esan Abrams, 37, of Trinidad and Tobago, was arraigned before Magistrate Leron Daly for allegedly engaging in the sexual penetration of the teen between June 21 and June 22, 2015, at the National Park.
Abrams was not required to plead to the charge.
The police prosecutor objected to Abrams being granted bail. He informed the court that the police’s file was completed and requested a date for statements to be handed to the accused in advance of his preliminary trial.
Meanwhile, Abrams, who was confused as to why he could not have been granted bail, was told by the prosecutor that he was a flight risk and lived in Trinidad.
The accused later argued that he had not visited Trinidad in years and had a fixed place of abode in North Ruimveldt.
While Abrams and the prosecutor argued on addresses, the court was also told that the accused lied about his job. According to the prosecutor, Abrams, who told the court he was a liaison officer at the ministry, had told the police that he was a marketing manager.
After hearing the arguments of the accused and the prosecutor, Magistrate Daly remanded Abrams to prison, citing the confusion of his place of abode as the reason for her decision. The case was later adjourned until June 12.