Cou­ple on rape charge

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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.

Gone vi­ral

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

Col­lege Hos­pi­tal­ity

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)

(Pic­ture by Lisa King.)

MOD­ER­A­TOR SHAKEILA HENRY (left), along with pan­el­lists at­tor­ney Al­van Babb (cen­tre) and for­mer Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Ber­tie Hinds.

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