Five in court for kidnap of 14-year-old boy

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 12:00

Four men and a minor have been granted bail in varying amounts, when they appeared before a Sangre Grande Magistrate charged in the kidnapping for ransom, of Brandon Sam, on August 23rd, 2017.

Deokumar Lutchman, 39, and Bissessar Arjoon, 52, both of Brierly Street, Sangre Grande, and Nicholas Jagessar, 28, of Kanhai Road, Barrackpore, were each granted $200,000 bail, while the 16-year-old minor also of Brierly Street, Sangre Grande, was granted bail in the amount of $100,000.

The fifth accused, Ashraf Hosein, 28, of Lengua, Princes Town, was granted bail in the sum of $250,000.

The five accused stood before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne, in the Sangre Grande 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Friday 1st September, 2017, to answer to the charge.

The matter has been adjourned to Friday 29th September, 2017.

Brandon, 14, of Brierly Street, Sangre Grande, was reported kidnapped along with two others on Wednesday 23rd August, 2017.

One of the alleged victims claimed to have been subsequently released and a ransom demand of $350,000 was made for the safe return of Brandon and the other alleged victim, on Thursday 24th August, 2017.

The victim and a teenager were found by police wandering along Scotts Road, Penal, around 8:30pm, that same day.

All five accused were charged by Cpl Randolph Castillo, of the Sangre Grande CID, on Wednesday 30th August, 2017.

Photos by Ralph Banwarie.