(BARBADOS TODAY) – A two-year-old will have to spend Christmas without her mother and father after they were both remanded today for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a minor.
Fabian Rohan Springer a 37-year-old ZR driver and his 20-year-old girlfriend Sasha Hope Sabrina were both remanded to HMP Dodds prison in Barbados until January 18, 2019.
They are jointly charged with having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl sometime between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017. They were not required to plead.
Franklin is also charged with using a computer to send an indecent and obscene electronic communication intended to cause annoyance, inconvenience, distress or anxiety to the said 14-year-old.
Prosecutor Station Sergeant Carrison Henry objected to either accused being granted bail, citing the seriousness of the offences. He revealed that Springer was already on bail for a similar charge and argued he had a propensity to commit such offences. Henry said he feared if granted bail the accused would re-offend.
As it related to Franklin, the prosecutor said she had allegedly posted a video on social media which had gone viral. But Chanika Carrington, who stood in for Angela Mitchell-Gittens and represented Springer, argued that her client could be released on bail with conditions.
She admitted that while her client was on bail for another sexual offence, this charge before the court had occurred at an earlier date. Carrington said her client was the father of three children, two of whom he supported by himself as the sole breadwinner of his family.
Jamar Bourne, who represented Franklin said his client was a student at the PomMarine Hospitality Institute and if she was jailed it would affect her studies.
He argued that Franklin had no previous convictions which showed she did not have the propensity to commit crime and was therefore not a threat to society. Bourne said his client’s two-year-old daughter who suffered from asthma and anxiety attacks was looking forward to spending Christmas with her.
However, the magistrate explained that the decision to remand them was “tough” as the two have a young child together, but the charges were very serious and needed to be treated as such.
“This is a difficult matter. They both have a child and if both of you are remanded the child will be without a mother and father,” Frederick said, “But both of you are facing serious matters.”
The magistrate told Springer that his situation was “a little more serious” as he was already before the court.
“You are not a good candidate for bail. I won’t be able to let you go,” he told him.
And while Franklin was a first-time offender, he said he would not be able to grant her bail.
“I’m sorry you have to hear that news,” the magistrate told her as she began to cry while standing in the dock.