Parents want to stand bail for man accused of having sex with their daughter, 13

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

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