Minibus conductor gets bail for raping schoolgirl

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Vikash Persaud, a 20-year-old route 32 minibus conductor was on Friday charged for raping a 14-year-old girl.

The man, who hails from Tuschen North, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), appeared before Magistrate Zameela Ali-Seepaul, where the charge was read to him.

According to reports, the man and the teen on February 21, allegedly met after school and went to a hotel in Bushy Park, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).

At the time, the 14-year-old girl had $100,000 in her possession, money that her mother gave her to take home.

Reports are that Persaud used the money to pay the hotel bill and kept some for himself.

Upon returning home, her mother inquired about the money, and the teen told her what happened. The teen’s mother later reported the matter to the Leonora Police Station, and the Childcare and Protection Agency.

The man was subsequently arrested and charged. He was placed on $350,000 bail and will make his next court appearance on September 4, 2020.