Despite strong objections from the prosecutor, two private public service vehicle (PSV) workers – a driver and a conductor – were today granted $8,000 bail each after appearing before a Bridgetown Magistrate on a charge of rape.
The offence was allegedly
committed on July 22 by 35-year-old Fabian Rohan Springer of 1st Avenue Accommodation Road, St Michael and his conductor 38-year-old Kert Earon Thompson of 1st Avenue, Skeetes Road, St Michael.
In objecting to their bail, Station Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls urged Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to take into account the nature and seriousness of the offence and the fact that the alleged victim was the lone passenger on the vehicle at the time the offence reportedly occurred.
The prosecutor also argued that society must be protected from persons who commit such offences while expressing fear that the accused men, who are being represented by criminal lawyer Angella Mitchell-Gittens, could re-offend if granted bail.
“This is a public breach of trust,” she added.
However, Mitchell-Gittens strongly refuted the prosecutor’s grounds for denying her clients’ bail, saying their occupation “cannot operate to their detriment”. She argued that while the offence before the court was a serious one, it was bailable.
The attorney also strongly objected to the prosecutor’s suggestion that her clients would commit “a spate of crimes” if they were granted bail.
Following the bail applications, the magistrate ruled in favour of the defence and granted the men bail which they posted with their respective sureties.
Their next court date is October 18.
In the meantime, Springer must report to the District ‘A’ Police Station every Monday and Thursday before noon with valid identification, while his co-accused Thompson reports to the same station on Tuesdays and Fridays.