The 20-year-old man accused of having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl was on Tuesday granted reduced bail for the charge against him when he reappeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Jacob Stanislas of Monkey Mountain, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) was granted $200,000 bail as opposed to the original $250,000 when his attorney, Tiffany Jeffrey, made the reduced bail application.In her application, the lawyer revealed that her client was one of six children for his parents who are farmers. As such, they are limited in their finances and were unable to pay bail for the accused.Chief Magistrate McLennan granted the request, but ordered that the defendant find another place of abode since the victim in the matter would visit Monkey Mountain.The charge against Stanislas alleged that between October 1 and November 1, 2017 at the said Monkey Mountain, the 20-year-old had sexual relations with a 13-year-old.According to Stanislas’ Attorney, her client was having a consensual relationship with the young woman.However, her family members gained knowledge of such and reported the matter to the Police, which – the lawyer said – is the only reason Stanislas is being brought before the courts.
It was like West Indies skipper Jason Holder was discovering a surprise gift, hearing the news Chris Gayle planned to play on after the World Cup.Holder’s eyes lit up, and he smiled broadly when the subject turned from the must-win World Cup game against India to the prospect of 39-year-old Gayle sticking around to play a series of one-day internationals against India in August and possibly a Test match on home soil.Gayle is a larger-than-life character, and Holder laughed when he reflected Wednesday on the star batsman’s latest surprise.”He didn’t really say anything in the dressing room. But, yeah, it’s great and it’s great for cricket,” said Holder, who found out about the retirement backflip from the team’s media manager. “It’s good to have Chris around. He’s got a lot to offer still. Hopefully, his body can hold up. Hopefully, he can be on the field a bit longer for West Indies.”Asked for how much longer Gayle could continue representing the West Indies, Holder said he’d have to check in first with the veteran Jamaican.”I guess I have to go downstairs and have a serious conversation with him,” Holder said. “But, yeah, if he’s dedicated to playing for West Indies any longer, I feel it’s definitely going to benefit us having him around.”Gayle has scored 25 centuries in 295 ODI matches since his debut in 1999, and 15 centuries in 103 test matches. He averages 38 in the 50-over format, and 42 in the five-day format. When he goes big, he goes really big. His test high score is 333 and his ODI-high 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 contained 16 sixes, both World Cup records which have been subsequently broken.advertisementHe retired from ODIs for a while, but returned for another shot at the World Cup and his impact on the home series against England in February and March gave a young Caribbean squad belief in its ability to beat the highly-ranked teams.West Indies started well, skittling Pakistan for 105 and then having defending champion Australia reeling, but lost that game and haven’t won since. The five-run loss to New Zealand here last Saturday came down to one shot – Carlos Brathwaite caught on the boundary for 101 trying to hit a six for victory.Gayle scored 87 against New Zealand, his highest score of the tournament to date. He’s promising more against India, and in the following two games which West Indies need to win to have any chance of reaching the playoffs.Also Read | I am definitely up there with greats of West Indies cricket: Chris GayleAlso See: