A taxi driver, who allegedly picked up a 12-year-old child at Mocha, Road Head, and took her to his home before raping her, was moments ago remanded to prison for the offence.

Thirty-year-old Shadeo Pooran of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on September 27,2019 at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration with a child under the age of sixteen.

The matter was heard in-camera and members of the public and the media were asked to exit the courtroom.

According to information, on September 27, last, the child was standing at Mocha, Road Head, East Bank Demerara, when Pooran who was driving a car stopped and agreed to take her home. However, when the child entered his car, he drove to his Herstelling residence where he then raped her.

The child on her return home told her parents what had happened and the matter was reported. Following an investigation the defendant was arrested and charged for the offence.

The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the penalty the charge attracts and the prevalence of the offence.

The Magistrate, after listening to facts remanded Pooran to prison until December 30,2019.


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