A 57-year-old mechanic was granted $100,000 bail with a surety when appeared before a Siparia Magistrate on November 19 charged with sexual penetration of a seven-year-old boy, who is his grandson.

The man, who resides in Penal, was also instructed by the Magistrate to remain 100 feet away from the victim and also to have no form of communication with him.

The matter has been postponed to December 17.

According to the TTPS, the victim, a seven-year-old boy, reported to officers that while he was at the home of his grandfather in November 2018, the man allegedly sexually assaulted him.

An investigation led by Sgt (Ag) Taylor of South-Western Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) revealed that on November 2 2018, around 2 pm, while watching television, the accused allegedly pulled down his pants and proceeded to sexually assault the boy.

The child also told officers that his grandfather then allegedly forced him to perform a lewd act on him and told him if he told anyone he would kill him.

The police subsequently nabbed the 57-year-old suspect in an operation conducted by CPU officers.

Stepdad in court for rape of girl, 13

Meanwhile, A 49-year-old man was granted $250,000 bail when he appeared before San Fernando Magistrate charged with sexual penetration of a child.

The accused, of Plaisance Park, Point-a-Pierre, was instructed to stay away from the victim and to report to the Ste Madeleine Police Station once a week.

According to the police, the charge arose out of an incident reported to have occurred in February 2020 in which a 13-year-old girl told police that she was sexually assaulted by a man known to her.

WPC Alexander later launched enquiries into the report where she learnt that the victim was asleep at home when her stepfather allegedly laid next to her and carried out the assault.

The investigation concluded with the suspect being arrested and charged on November 21, by WPC Alexander of the Southern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU).

The investigation was supervised by W/Supt (Ag) Natasha George, ASP (Ag) Sookdeo and Insp (Ag) Francis.

Mom charged for throwing boiling water on daughter

A 36-year-old factory worker of Saddle Road, San Juan, was granted $30,000 bail with a surety when she appeared before a Justice of the Peace on November 20 to answer to the charge of cruelty to a child.

The accused was arrested and charged that same day by WPC Samuel, of the North-Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) following a report made in September 2020 by a 17-year-old girl that her mother had allegedly attacked her.

WPC Samuel commenced an investigation during which she discovered that the girl sustained injuries to her upper right arm and right breast following an argument with her mother.

The victim disclosed to the investigator that following the argument at home with her mother, the woman went into the kitchen where she took up a kettle with boiling water and threw it on her.

he investigation, supervised by W/Supt (Ag) Natasha George, ASP (Ag) Sookdeo and Insp (Ag) Davidson, led to the woman being charged with one count of cruelty to a child.

The mother is scheduled to answer to the charge when the matter comes up for hearing before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on December 22.