Esan Abrams, the Ministry of Public Health worker, who was charged with the rape of a 14-year-old boy, was yesterday granted $250,000 bail.
Abrams, 37, was first denied bail by Magistrate Leron Daly, who read a charge on March 29, alleging that Abrams, between June 21 and June 22, 2015, at the National Park, engaged in sexual penetration of the teen.
During his first court appearance, bail was objected to by the prosecutor, who noted that because the defendant lived in Trinidad and Tobago he would be a flight risk. Abrams told the court, however, that he had not visited that country in years and lives in North Ruimveldt.
When the matter was called again yesterday before Magistrate Daly, the accused was granted bail with the condition that he lodges his passport with the court, and reports to the Brickdam Police Station every Friday.
The court was then told by attorney Nigel Hughes, who represents Abrams that his client had lost his passport, and was later shown an affidavit by the attorney in support of this.
As a result, the police were granted the responsibility of verifying whether or not the accused’s passport was truly lost.
The matter will proceed by way of paper committal.
Magistrate Daly then adjourned the case to July 11.