Scarborough Magistrates' Court, Tobago.

A 40-year-old Bon Accord man charged with rape and two counts of grievous sexual assault was granted bail with a surety of $100,000 or a cash alternative of $10,000 when he appeared before Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor at the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, yesterday.

The accused is scheduled to reappear in court on November 17th, 2021.

According to official police reports, the incident allegedly occurred around 10 am on Thursday 14th October 2021. A 20-year-old woman boarded a white Nissan Tiida in the vicinity of the Port Mall, Scarborough, and requested to be taken to Gulf City Mall, Lowlands. She arrived at the mall at 10:25 am and exited the vehicle along with the driver. They both returned to the vehicle around 10:35 am and she asked to be taken to Scarborough.

The driver informed her that he had to collect an item a short distance away at his home in Lowlands. When they arrived at the apartment, he invited the female passenger inside and offered her an alcoholic beverage. She accepted and drank it. Shortly after the driver allegedly removed her clothing and sexually assaulted her.

Investigations were supervised by W/ASP Francis and W/Insp Williams, and conducted by PC Thomas, which led to the arrest of the suspect on Tuesday 19th October. The man was subsequently charged on Thursday 21st October 2021.