Alleged serial rapist accused of brutalising Venezuelan woman remanded

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Alleged serial rapist, Thurston Semple, was on Friday remanded to prison for the alleged rape and gruesome attack on a 30-year-old Venezuelan sex worker.

Semple, a 38-year-old taxi driver of Tucville Terrace, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and was not required to plead to the charge.

Particulars of the charge alleged at between February 24 and 25, 2021, at Georgetown, he engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim, without her consent.

According to reports, during the period in question, the victim was raped, sodomised and beaten by Semple at his home after they left a nightclub located at the corner of Robb and Cummings Street, Georgetown.

It is alleged that Semple became abusive towards the victim after she refused to perform oral sex on him. It is alleged that Semple picked up a knife and placed it to the victim’s neck and demanded her to do it. He also dealt her several cuffs about her body.

The victim complied and performed the sex act and after Semple went into the kitchen area, she escaped through a window and raised an alarm. Neighbours alerted the police and the victim was rescued by the ranks. She was escorted to the hospital and was examined by a doctor, who confirmed that she was sexually assaulted. The victim also suffered from a fractured rib, multiple concussions, and lacerations about her body.

The Prosecutor objected to Semple being released on bail since he has pending cases before the court and is currently under investigation for similar crimes.  Semple is also on bail awaiting trial at the High Court for three counts of rape.

In court, Semple claimed that he is innocent and knows nothing about the charge.

The Chief Magistrate remanded Semple to prison until March 11, 2021.

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