Vishnu Singh, the son of a high-profile member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was hauled before the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face the charge of rape of a child under 16 years old. He left the courtroom two hours later having posted bail in the sum of $400,000. General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Jagnarine Singh, was present in the courtroom so that when bail was fixed, he was on hand to post the stipulated sum and to support his son, Vishnu Singh. The matter was held in camera. Neither the 14-year-old victim nor any of her relatives was in court. Singh was not required to plead when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Zamela Ali. Prosecutor John Singh informed the Magistrate that the 23-year-old, who manages a trucking business, allegedly met the complainant on January 27, last, on Agriculture Road. At the time, she was still attired in her uniform. It is alleged that the assailant was driving his mother’s car and had lured the young woman into the vehicle under the pretext that they were going to discuss the things she needed for a beauty pageant she is interested in. The Prosecutor also revealed that the accused and the victim stayed in contact for some time on Facebook and text messages via mobile phones. The Magistrate took note of the point that Singh had voluntarily presented himself to the police for questioning when the allegations were made by the victim. Kaieteur News understands that the accused claims that he did not rape the teenage girl but that the sex was consensual. However, the age of consent in Guyana, is 16 years old. Attorney at Law, Ganesh Hira, represented Singh and stated that his client who lives at Lot 8 Back Street, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara with his parents and siblings had no prior charges and that it was the first time he is before any court. He requested bail in a reasonable amount. But the Prosecutor objected. Guyana Observer Alleged serial rapist Vishnu Jagnarine Singh finally dragged before the court I'm not sure where they get the "serial" rapist part from. Not that this is anywhere close to ok.