Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Monday committed Assistant Superintendent of Police Seecharran Singh to stand trial at the High Court for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) concluded late Monday afternoon. The presiding magistrate found that there was sufficient evidence against Singh for the offence charged.
He will go on trial at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes. Singh remains out on $250,000 bail until the hearing and determination of his trial.
It is alleged that between June 17, 2018 and June 18, 2018, at Plantation Providence, East Bank Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration with a child under the age of sixteen. He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
According to information, the child’s mother was out with a friend and the girl was was left in the care of the police officer. While looking after the girl, the court heard, Singh subsequently made sexual advances towards her.
The officer allegedly took the child in a room and had sexual intercourse with her. When the child’s mother returned home, the minor confided as to what transpired and the mater was reported.
An investigation was carried out, hence the officer was arrested and charged for the offence. On his first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, the prosecutor had denied bail, citing the safety of the child and the fact that the police rank breached a position of trust.