Saturday, February 24, 2018

Carnival Tuesday touch will cost this man $12,000

 FOR grabbing a woman's private parts on a Carnival Tuesday, Govind Seepersad was charged with indecent assault.

Seepersad, who was 17 years old at the time of the 2009 offence, will be sentenced on February 28 by Justice St Clair Douglas before the San Fernando Second Criminal Court.

It was at 8.20 p.m. on February 24, 2009, the victim-who at the time was wearing long jeans and a black halter top-was walking with her boyfriend along SS Erin Road, Penal.

State attorney Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal said the two stopped near a supermarket and while standing there, Seepersad walked alongside the woman, and grabbed her private parts.

She did not know Seepersad.

The woman pointed him out to her boyfriend. Seepersad was three feet away from them, Dougdeen-Jaglal said.

He was held by the woman's boyfriend who took him to a police officer on foot patrol.

The victim made a report to Constable Vinton Dinoo, but Seepersad said: “I never do that.”

The victim and her boyfriend gave the police statements at the Penal Police Station. Dinoo went to Clarke Road, Penal, where he met Seepersad's father who accompanied him to the police station.

In his father's presence, Seepersad was told of the report and cautioned, but again denied committing the act.

He was later charged with indecent assault.

Guilty plea

In 2016, a maximum sentence indication was put forward by a judge of Seepersad being placed on a three-year bond and paying $12,000 in compensation to the victim.

Seepersad later entered a guilty plea.

Defence attorney Cedric Neptune told the court that Seepersad was 17 years old in 2009 and had just finished school. He said his client may have consumed beverages he ought not to at that age. Neptune said Seepersad, now 25, had no previous convictions.

Sentencing will take place next month.