PLACING his hands in the Islamic symbol of worship, 24-year-old
Thomas Sharpe, clutched the Holy Quran and recited several
verses as he was being led to the Chaguanas Magistrates Court
yesterday to answer 11 counts of sexual assault against a ten-year-old
The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 1,
2007, and May 19, this year.
Dressed in a black jersey and black jeans, Sharpe, of Caroni Village,
Chaguanas, repeatedly shook his head as he was escorted to the First
Court to answer the charges before Magistrate Nanette Forde-John.
Sharpes relatives flocked the courtroom to offer support,
but were asked to leave when the matter came up for hearing around
Forde-John read the charges which said that on nine occasions, Sharpe
had sex with a female under the age of 14.
Sharpe was also charged with one count of indecent assault and an
additional charge of grievous sexual assault against the minor.
Attorney Richard Mason, who represented Sharpe, told the court his
client had no previous or pending matters.
Forde-John then granted Sharpe bail in the sum of $75,000 to cover
As Sharpe was being escorted out of the court, relatives broke down
in tears and told him to hide his face from media photographers.
Constable Baptiste laid the charges
Sharpe was remanded to reappear in court on June 12.
bail for bus driver charged with raping girl, 10
BUS driver Shankar Sewdass reappeared in the Couva Magistrates
Court yesterday, charged with sexually assaulting a ten-year-old
Sewdass, 47, of St Margarets Village, Claxton Bay, faces one
count of rape and two counts of grievous sexual assault. The offences
are alleged to have occurred last year and between February and
March of this year.
Sewdass was remanded on $125,000 bail.
When the matter came up for hearing before Senior Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar, prosecutor Sgt Sharon Corbette said WPC Chance, the
officer who laid the charge was on maternity leave.
Ayrees-Caesar then adjourned the matter to December 15. (See Pages
7 and 8)