A mother on Tuesday asked a magistrate to allow her husband to stand bail for the man accused of having sex with their 13-year-old daughter at a guest house.
The woman had accompanied her daughter to the San Fernando First Magistrate’s Court where the 21-year-old accused appeared before Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar.
Ravindra Rampadarath, of Brother’s Road, New Grant, is charged with sexually penetrating the girl at the Premier Guest House in Ste Madeleine on January 7. He was charged by WPC Nicole St John of the Child Protection Unit. He met the girl on Instagram seven months ago.
Rampadarath did not have an attorney but his parents were in court. He said he lived with his parents and worked at a block plant.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan did not object to bail but asked that Rampadarath have no contact with the victim. He said the accused did not live close to the victim. The magistrate granted Rampadarath $75,000 bail with his father as surety. She also warned him to have no contact with the victim or her relatives directly or indirectly, including through social media or through a third party.
The girl’s mother then asked the magistrate if her husband could stand bail for the accused. Chankar told her it was a serious offence and asked the prosecutor to speak with her after the case. The matter was adjourned to March 26.
- by Sascha Wilson