Two events that occurred last week Monday had an austere effect on the nation’s psyche.
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Woman, son, among five on sex charges
A woman, her son and a minor were among five people who appeared in court yesterday charged with committing sexual assaults on two girls—ages 10 and 12, in separate incidents.
Shellyann Springer, 40, her son Tarik Alleyne, 22, Jonathon Cummings, 19, his cousin Tyrell Cummings, 20, and a 17-year-old, all appeared before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown. The 12-year-old victim is four to five months’ pregnant, police confirmed.
Springer and her son Alleyne are accused of carrying out the sex acts on the ten-year-old girl in Princes Town on dates unknown between January and December 2015.
Springer is charged with two charges of sexual touching and one charge of sexual penetration while her son is charged with two offences of sexual penetration.
They were all denied bail and remanded into custody for tracing.
In the matter of the 12-year-old pregnant girl, Jonathan, Tyrell and the 17-year-old are accused of sexually assaulting the girl between July 1 and August 31 this year in Princes Town.
Jonathan is charged with sexual penetration while Tyrell is charged with three charges of sexual penetration and one charge of sexual touching. The 17-year-old is charged with two charges of sexual penetration and one charge of sexual touching. He was also charged with committing another act of sexual penetration on the girl between January and December 31, 2016. They were also remanded into custody for tracing.
Tyrell gave himself up to the police yesterday morning while the others were arrested during a police exercise on Thursday night. They were called charged by Ag Cpl Nicole St John of the Child Protection Unit.
They are to reappear in court on Tuesday for the magistrate to consider bail.