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Pharmacy owner on rape charges

The trinidad Guardian / The owner of a Port-of-Spain pharmacy appeared in court yesterday on charges of rape, buggery and robbery.

Ramnath Ramdhan, 66, owner of Disdrugs Pharmacy on Independence Square, spent the night in prison after he was unable to access his $350,000 bail granted to him after his court appearance.

Ramdhan, of Bayshore, Westmoorings along with Akeem Worrel, 27, an employee of the pharmacy, of Enterprise, Chaguanas are alleged to have committed seven offences together on two separate occasions between September 12, 2014, and August 13, 2015.

Worrel was denied bail by Magistrate Adia Mohammed because he had pending matters in the Chaguanas district for robbery and other offences.

It is alleged that 2014, the two men, one of whom was armed with an ice-pick, robbed a woman of her cell phone valued $2,000, sodomised the woman, raped and committed grievous sexual assault against the victim.

One year later, the men are accused of robbing another woman, this time being armed with a knife, of her cell phone worth $4,500 and jewellery, grievous sexual assault and rape.

As a condition of his bail, Ramdhan was ordered to stay 500 feet away from his victims and report to the Four Roads Police Station every Monday between 6 am to 6 pm.

Worrel was advised to seek bail at the High Court. Both men will re-appear in court on December 5.

It is alleged the men lured women to the pharmacy under the guise of being interviewed for a job and attacked them while there.

The women reported the matter to the Central Police Station, Port-of-Spain. Worrel was held last week and Ramdhan held on Sunday.

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