Trinidad: Three men charged for raping Venezuelan women in “fake police station”

Members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) at the home which was painted to look like a police station, at Union Road, Four Roads, Diego Martin.

(Trinidad Express) BAIL in the sum of $350,000 has been granted to each of the three men accused of holding four Venezuelan women hostage and sexually assaulting two of them in a “fake police station” in Diego Martin.

The bail bonds were granted by Magistrate Rehanna Hosein when the men, Vir­gil Pom­pey, of Wil­son Road, Diego Mar­tin, Matthew John, a car wash at­ten­dant from Up­per Bournes Road, St James and Yohan Norgiff, of Union Road, Diego Mar­tin, reappeared before her in the Port of Spain Court on Tuesday.

The trio first stood before Hosein last Thursday accused of the crimes but were all denied bail since their criminal background tracings were unavailable on that occasion.

At their reappearance Tuesday, it was revealed that two of the men only had previous convictions for offences such as the use of obscene language, while the third had no previous or pending matters before the court.

Based on their record, the magistrate then proceeded to grant bail to the accused. They were represented by criminal defence attorneys Keith Scotland and Alexia Romero.

Two Fridays ago, officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) raided a blue and white house at Union Road in Diego Mar­tin, where Pom­pey and John were held and the women were res­cued.

The accused will next appear in court on May 21.

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