Monday, March 19, 2018

Woman, 4 men charged with sexual assault of girls, 10 and 12

REMANDED: Shelly Ann Springer, right, is taken to the Princes Town Magistrates' Court by cpl Nicole St John, who charged her with sexually penetrating and sexually touching a ten-year-old child. —Photo: NIKITA BRAXTON-BENJAMIN

A woman is among five people who appeared in court on Friday charged with the sexual assault of children aged ten and 12 years old.

The Express was told that one of the alleged victims is four to five months pregnant.

Shelly Ann Springer, 40, her son Tarik Alleyne, 22, Jonathan Cummings, 19, and his cousin Tyrell Cummings, 20, faced Princes Town magistrate Michelle Maharajh Brown.

A 17-year-old also faced charges involving both girls.

Springer was charged that on a day unknown between January 1 and December 31, 2015, at Princes Town she sexually penetrated a female child aged ten years old. It was also alleged that during that period she twice sexually touched the child.

Alleyne faced two charges that on a day unknown between the same period — January 1 and December 31, 2015 and at the same place — he sexually penetrated the ten-year-old.

A 17-year-old was charged with sexually penetrating this alleged victim between January 1 and December 31, 2016 at another location in Princes Town. He was also charged with twice on a day unknown between July 1 and August 31, 2017 in Princes Town, he sexually penetrated and once sexually touched a 12-year-old.

Jonathan Cummings was charged with also sexually penetrating the 12-year-old female between July 1 and August 31, 2017 in Princes Town.

His cousin Tyrell Cummings, 20, who gave himself up to the police moments before he appeared in court, faced three charges of sexual penetration and one charge of sexually touching the 12-year-old between the same period and at the same location in Princes Town. He was represented by attorney Spencer Harrison.

All the charges were laid under the Children's Act by Cpl Nicole St John of the Child Protection Unit.

The matters were prosecuted by Sgt Ramdeo Sookdeo, legal adviser to the Police Service. All five were remanded into custody for a tracing of their criminal record to be presented before bail is considered. The teenager was sent to the Youth Training Centre.

They will all return to court next Tuesday.