Couple on rape charge
A MAN and his girlfriend were yesterday remanded to Dodds following allegations of rape of a minor.
Fabian Rohan Springer, a 37-year-old driver, of 1st Avenue, Accommodation Road, Bush Hall, and Sasha Hope Sabrina Franklin, a 20-year-old student, of No. 39 Piedmont Park, Grazettes, and No. 2 Long Gap, Spooners Hill, both in St Michael, were not required to plead to having sexual intercourse with a
14-year-old between September 1 and 30, 2017.
Additionally, Franklin was charged with using a computer to send an electronic communication that was indecent and obscene, between
September 1, 2017 and November 9. She was not required to plead to the indictable offence.
Prosecutor Station Sergeant Carrison
Henry objected to bail for both accused.
In the case of Springer, who was represented by Chanika Carrington, he said the man was on bail for a similar offence in Criminal Court No. 2 and the evidence deduced showed he had a propensity to commit a similar offence.
The prosecutor also feared that if granted bail, Springer would tamper with the witness, who was of a tender age, and there was the possibility of him re-offending.
In relation to Franklin, who was represented by Jamar Bourne, Henry said she had put the act on social media and it had gone viral, and if granted bail there was the possibility she too would re-offend.
Both lawyers argued that their clients were innocent until proven guilty, and as they shared a two-year-old daughter they should be granted bail, as Springer was the lone breadwinner and Franklin was a student pursuing studies at the Barbados Community
Institute at Pommarine.
However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick said he was faced with a dilemma.
“This is always a difficult matter given the commonality that you all have a child together. I don’t like a child to be without both parents at the same time . . .
“[Springer] is not a good candidate for bail. It is the second time you are here with us for a similar matter
. . . . I am not going to be able to let you go, even though her situation is a bit different. There is also public interest involved and there can be a great degree of hostility toward you both in the community.
“I will think about all these things. I am not completely closing the door against you, but I am remanding you for the reasons I have already outlined,” he said.
Springer and Franklin are to return January 18. ( RA)
MODERATOR SHAKEILA HENRY (left), along with panellists attorney Alvan Babb (centre) and former Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds.