Over a month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, minibus driver Sherwayne Brandt was yesterday charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Brandt, also known as ‘Brave,’ 41, appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in Georgetown, where the charge was read to him at an in-camera hearing.
The accused was brought to the court after an arrest warrant was issued for him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in September, due to his failure to appear before the court.
The warrant was issued after Brandt’s co-accused, Asahel Williams, 28, a minibus conductor, was charged with the rape. Williams was subsequently granted his release on $300,000 bail.
The charge alleges that Brandt, on October 7th, 2015, at Plum Park, Sophia, engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
Brandt was later remanded to prison and the matter was adjourned until November 16th.
Police allege that on the day in question, Williams was the conductor of a Route 40 minibus, while Brandt was the driver. According to the police, the teen, who was a passenger on the minibus, was taken to a house in Plum Park, Sophia, where the men allegedly raped her. The young girl reported what occurred to her parents, who then informed the police.