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Trinidad: No bail again for accused beater of Venezuelan woman

By Trinidad Guardian

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(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — The man ac­cused of beat­ing a Venezue­lan woman with a wheel span­ner and then shared a video record­ing of the woman in pain was again de­nied bail when he reap­peared in court on Mon­day.

Aval­on Cal­len­der has been in cus­tody for more than a week on charges of kid­nap­ping and wound­ing a Venezue­lan woman.

Cal­len­der, 31, ac­cord­ing to his crim­i­nal record, has mat­ters pend­ing for false im­pris­on­ment, as­sault and sex­u­al as­sault. How­ev­er, Cal­len­der claimed those mat­ters were dis­missed.

When the case was called via video con­fer­ence be­fore San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate Ke­ri­anne By­er on Mon­day, his at­tor­ney Shaun Teekas­ingh said Cal­len­der’s fam­i­ly had not yet pro­vid­ed the court ex­tracts to sup­port his client’s claims.

He asked the mag­is­trate to ad­journ the mat­ter to al­low his client to pro­duce the ex­tracts.

Cal­len­der was ar­rest­ed the day af­ter a video went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia of a Venezue­lan woman be­ing beat­en and threat­ened.

The 19-year-old woman who es­caped her at­tack­er went to the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal where she was treat­ed and sub­se­quent­ly dis­charged. The charges al­leged that on Oc­to­ber 30, he kid­napped the woman who was al­leged­ly in a re­la­tion­ship with him, along the S.S. Erin Road and took her to a house where she was as­sault­ed. Cal­len­der was sub­se­quent­ly ar­rest­ed dur­ing a po­lice an­ti-crime ex­er­cise by the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team and San Fer­nan­do CID af­ter Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith saw the video.

Cal­len­der was charged by PC Nicholas Ger­vais. When he first ap­peared in court, the po­lice want­ed an op­por­tu­ni­ty to have him traced. On his sec­ond ap­pear­ance, he was not brought down from prison and the third time the mat­ter was called the mag­is­trate was not present.

Cal­len­der is ex­pect­ed to make his fifth ap­pear­ance in court on No­vem­ber 29.

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