UWI student on second rape charge
A 21-year-old University of the West Indies student was Monday placed on $10,000 bail after appearing in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on a rape charge.
Shakir Jelani Sandiford of Weston, St James was not required to plead to the indictable offence when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick Monday morning.
Sandiford, who also works as a support clerk at one of the island’s financial institutions, is charged with having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old without her consent on June 11, 2016.
The police prosecutor objected to bail saying that the accused was a threat to young girls. However, his attorney, Roy Hurley, said the charges were just allegations and that his client was not a serial rapist.
Sandiford is currently on $10, 000 bail on a similar matter which occurred back in 2014.
“That’s the very reason that your name should not be called in any allegations of any nature . . . Your studies at UWI and your job is what has prompted the court to grant you bail.
“You used it the first time, you used it the second time, I don’t know it is going to work a third time,” Magistrate Frederick warned the accused.
As part of his bail conditions, Sandiford has to report to the Holetown Police Station every Wednesday by 10 a.m. He was also warned to stay away from the virtual complainant.
“What reporting to the police station will do is remind you that you have two matters before the court. So that every time you go, you have to be very circumspect,” the District “A” Magistrate explained.
Sandiford returns to court on September 29.