CARIBBEAN: Trinidad trade unionist charged with rape, indecent assault; granted $1/4 million bail

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CARIBBEAN: Trinidad trade unionist charged with rape, indecent assault; granted $1/4 million bail

watson-dukeCARIBBEAN360 – The head of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke has been charged with raping one of the organization’s employees at a hotel a week ago, after allegedly indecently assaulting her on four previous occasions.

But he is adamant that he is innocent and says he has no intentions of resigning from his position as president of the PSA.

Duke appeared in court yesterday and was granted TT$250,000 (US$37,537) bail, on charges that he committed acts of serious indecency against the woman on four occasions between January and last month at the union’s headquarters; and having sexual intercourse with the woman against her will, last Tuesday in a room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain.

He was not required to plead to the indictable offences, but he told the media after appearing before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar that he was innocent.

“I didn’t commit the act and I’m sure with time that will be proven,” he said, adding that he felt no embarrassment because he was not guilty. “I feel very normal, like Watson Duke.”

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