Teacher released on bail pending appeal against sexual assault

SCHOOL teacher Wazir Khan, who was sentenced last month to three years’ imprisonment and fined $ 1M for the sexual assault of an underage girl, is now out of jail on $ 250,000 bail pending appeal of his conviction and sentence. High Court judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on December 18 granted Khan’s bail application with the condition that he present his passport to the court. On November 26, Khan was convicted by Magistrate Leron Daly at Georgetown Magistrates’ Court for the offense, which read that on March 9, 2019, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under 16, abusing a job of trust .

Dissatisfied with the magistrate’s decision, Khan, through an attorney, filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal arguing that his conviction cannot stand. He asks that his sentence be set aside. According to court documents seen in this newspaper, one of the reasons for appealing is that Magistrate Daly displayed unlimited human emotions with the victim’s evidence, which led to her erroneous law. Another ground stated that the magistrate made a legal error when he considered that there was a “strong suspicion” that Khan might have committed the offense. This skepticism, read in the document, could not justify holding a conviction in all the circumstances of the present case. Finally, Khan requested an early hearing of his appeal.