August 28, 2008

Judge Lowers Bail for Man Charged With Rape

By Annmarie Timmins

The Concord nail salon owner charged with raping a female customer earlier this month has been given a lower bail but more restrictions if he is released from jail.

Hai Phuoc Tran, 39, and owner of Queen Nails on Loudon Road, had been held on $1 million since his Aug. 13 arrest. This week, a Concord District Court judge reduced Tran's bail to $500,000 cash or corporate surety but said if he posts bail, Tran is prohibited from going anywhere but his 19 Grove St. home or the offices of bail supervisors.

Tran must be escorted by his interpreter when he checks in with bail officials, and he must wear an ankle monitoring cuff at all times if he is released on bail, the judge said. The conditions mean Tran cannot work at his nail salon.

Tran raped a 22-year-old customer during a nail appointment Aug. 12, the police said.

Tran is charged with three felonies - aggravated felonious sexual assault, kidnapping and criminal restraint - and two misdemeanors - sexual assault and simple assault. Tran has hired Manchester attorney David Horan to represent him.

Annmarie Timmins

Originally published by Annmarie Timmins Monitor staff.

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