Step-father pleaded ‘not guilty’ to rape of minor; Remanded until Aug 28
A 41-year-old man who was accused of raping his three step-daughters was on Thursday charged with engaging in Sexual Activity with a child family member on July 15.
Marvin Chesney of Edinburgh Village, East Bank Berbice (EBB) appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Fort Wellington Magistrate Court to answer to the charge of engaging in sexual activity with his 10-year-old step-daughter.
The man who is said to be a former Corporal of the Guyana Defence Force pleaded not guilty to the charge and told the court, “I was not involved in any such act”. He also told the court that he was “nowhere around” when the incident transpired.
The matter was held in-camera.
He was remanded to court until the 28th August, 2016. The case is set to be transferred to the New Amsterdam Magistrate Court.
The prosecutor indicated that the files for the other two children ages 7 and 5 are still to be completed.
According to the Commander of B’Division Ian Amsterdam said the other two girls will have to be interviewed once again for the case file to be made and presented in court.
Mother of the three children, 45-year-old Venus Lalloo, was on Tuesday 19th July, 2016 charged with ‘Neglect of Child’ at the Sisters Magistrate Court. She also pleaded not guilty to the charge. Bail was set at $150,000.
The couple shares a 3-month-old baby together whilst Lalloo has a total of 14 children.
On July 15, the three girls were taken to the New Amsterdam Police Station by a School’s Welfare Officer after being picked up on the Edinburgh, East Bank Berbice (EBB) Seawall. After being questioned, the girls said they were abused and told to leave their home, following which a medical examination was conducted.
The examination confirmed that the sisters were subjected to some form of sexual abuse and they were admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital for treatment and tests.