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Friday 23 March 2018

Cop, accomplice charged for rape of 2 girls

A POLICE officer and another man appeared yesterday in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with sexual assault on two girls, each under the age of 16.

The charges were laid under the Children’s Authority Act.

Police Constable Adrian Mohammed and Anthony Lafoucade appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington who read the charges to them.

The first charge against Mohammed, a member of the Southern Highway Patrol unit, and Lafoucade, was that last Wednesday they sexually penetrated a child.

The charge was laid under Section 18 of the Children’s Act No 12.

The second charge against the two was that on the same day, they sexually penetrated another child who was under the age of 16.

That charge was laid contrary to Section 19 of the Children’s Act.

The third charge alleged that they did sexually touch a child, who was under the age of 16. Against Mohammed, a charge was read to him that being a police officer, he did misbehave in public office by failing to act when a sexual offence was being committed. Another charge was read to him of misconduct, in respect of failing to act with the sexual attack on another child. Attorney Subhas Panday represented Mohammed, 24, of Sugar Road, Bronte Village, and Lafoucade, 22, a stevedore, of La Sophie Trace, near Claxton Bay. He asked that bail be granted to the two men for they had no previous criminal record, nor pending matters.

They both were gainfully employed, Panday submitted. Mohammed was granted $110,000 bail whilst Lafoucade was given bail in the sum of $90,000 both sums to be approved by a Clerk of the Peace. They are to return to court on September 8.


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