Saturday 11 July, 2020

Couple accused of having sex with minor

A couple, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, was remanded to jail on Thursday.

Although the respective lawyers for the two accused made applications for bail, the court agreed with the prosecution’s objections.

Sasha Hope Sabrina Franklin, 20, of No.39 Piedmont Park, No.2 Long Gap, Spooner’s Hill, St Michael and ZR Driver Fabian Rohan Springer, 37, of 1st Avenue Accommodation Road, Bush Hall, St Michael appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

The two were not required to plead to the charge that they had sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old girl between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017.

Franklin also faced an additional charge of using a computer to send an indecent and obscene electronic communication to the 14-year-old girl with the intention of causing her annoyance, inconvenience, distress or anxiety.

The main objection related to the seriousness of the offence something the magistrate strongly agreed with.

“You are facing serious matters,” Magistrate Douglas Frederick said.

The court heard that Springer was currently on bail for a similar offence.

Counsel Chanika Carrington and Jason Bourne for Springer and Franklin respectively, mitigated on behalf of their clients. Both highlighted the fact that the accused had children at home and hoped to spend Christmas with them.

Acknowledging the difficulty in taking parents away from their children, Frederick said the matters were too serious to warrant bail.

Both were remanded until January 18.

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