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No bail for mother, son on sex charges

Published: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Sherry-Ann Springer, right, is escorted to the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court by WPC Nicole St John last Friday.

The five people, including the mother and son, accused of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 10 and 12, in separate incidents have all been denied bail.

The 12-year-old victim is between four to five months’ pregnant.

Shellyann Springer, 40, her son Tarik Alleyne, 22, Jonathan Cummings, 19, his cousin Tyrell Cummings, 20, and Carlton Singh, who turned 18 on Sunday, all reappeared before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown. They first appeared in court last Friday and were denied bail to allow police to conduct a background trace to determine if they had a criminal record.

Yesterday, prosecutor Ramdeo Basdeo confirmed they were all first-time offenders.

Attorney Petronilla Basdeo, who together with Ashley Badal, appeared for Springer, Alleyne and Tyrell, said her clients were willing to move out of the area and abide by any conditions imposed by the court. Jonathan’s attorney Roland Bain said his client had no previous convictions and bail should be considered. Singh was unrepresented.

However, the magistrate upheld the prosecution’s objection, citing the age of the girls, one of whom is pregnant, the seriousness of the offence and the risk of witness interference.

They were all charged by Acting Cpl Nicole St John of the Child Protection Unit.

The charges against Springer and her son Alleyne alleged they assaulted the 10-year-old girl in Princes Town on dates unknown between January and December 2015.

Springer is charged with two offences of sexual touching and one charge of sexual penetration while her son is charged with two offences of sexual penetration.

Jonathan, Tyrell and Singh are accused of sexually assaulting the 12-year-old girl between July 1 and August 31 this year in Princes Town. Jonathan is charged with sexual penetration while Tyrell is charged with three charges of sexual penetration and one charge of sexual touching. Singh is charged with two charges of sexual penetration and one charge of sexual touching.

Singh was also charged with committing another act of sexual penetration on the girl between January and December 31, 2016.

Advising them of their right to apply to a judge for bail, the magistrate adjourned the matter to January 9. The attorneys representing Springer, Alleyne and Tyrell have already applied for bail and the matter comes up next Thursday in the High Court.

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