Kamla: “No Bail Bill support without our amendments…”

The Opposition Leader says she and her party will not support Government's Bail Amendment Bill this Wednesday in its current form.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar argues that the current Bill allows for persons to be framed by police, or unfairly denied bail just by being at the wrong place and the wrong time.

In paying respects to former Vision on Mission head, Wayne Chance, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said he believed that people need a second chance. She said while the UNC is committed to fighting crime it does not intend to lock people away and throw away the key.

Top cop to meet soon with LATT

The police commissioner is expected to meet soon with the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT), to discuss the possibility of rogue attorneys facilitating criminal acts.

The LATT recently wrote to the top cop, advising him to charge any lawyers that were deliberately breaking the law.

Teen with nine guns gets bail, Griffith concerned justice system favours criminals

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith is ap­peal­ing to the au­thor­i­ties to re­con­sid­er the min­i­mal bail clause, af­ter a 19-year-old man who was ar­rest­ed with nine high pow­ered ri­fles was grant­ed half a mil­lion dol­lars bail this week.

The Com­mis­sion­er's of­fice is­sued a state­ment about the mat­ter this morn­ing. Here is the full ap­peal made by Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith.

Carew faces new bail hurdle

For­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald’s long-time com­pan­ion Michael Carew and an­oth­er man charged along­side the cou­ple for cor­rup­tion and mon­ey laun­der­ing, en­coun­tered yet an­oth­er ob­sta­cle on Tues­day in ac­cess­ing bail.

Sources at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court told Guardian Me­dia that the Clerk of the Peace yes­ter­day re­ject­ed the two po­ten­tial bailors who were se­lect­ed to se­cure their bail.

CoP blames 50 shooters for rise in homicides, lob­bies for no bail for gun of­fend­ers

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith has re­vealed that there are “over 50 shoot­ers, linked to var­i­ous gangs” in this coun­try who are re­spon­si­ble for the “sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of homi­cides, via gang ac­tiv­i­ty.”

In a state­ment re­leased to the me­dia on Mon­day, the Com­mis­sion­er said this is the rea­son why the Bail Amend­ment Bill is a “crit­i­cal tool” in be­ing a strong de­ter­rent and en­sur­ing that when crim­i­nals are held they re­main be­hind bars.

Bail for two officers on gang-related charges

Two police officers charged under the Anti-Gang Act were granted bail of close to $300,000 in total to cover all offences when they appeared before Magistrate Joanne Connor at the Arima Magistrate's Court shortly before three o'clock this afternoon.

Police-constable Angelo Cedeno, 40, of Jitman Drive, Arouca was charged with misbehaviour in public office which allegedly occurred something between December 31, 2017, and July 1, 2018, for trafficking cocaine and ammunition.

$5 million bail for alleged drug traffickers

Two men appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today, charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Javed Hosein, 40, of Gasparillo and Shazard Hannif, 30, of St Helena Village, were jointly charged with the offence when they appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Chaguanas 1st Magistrates’ Court.

The accused were not called upon to plead as charges were laid indictably.

Bail was granted in the sum of $5 million with surety.

Bail error favours gang accused

Two of four men who ap­peared be­fore an Ari­ma mag­is­trate charged un­der the new An­ti-Gang Leg­is­la­tion Act may have ben­e­fit­ed from an er­ror af­ter be­ing grant­ed bail.

Po­lice of­fi­cers said they were baf­fled af­ter Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor grant­ed bail to Ken­son Williams and Kevon McIn­tyre al­though the new leg­is­la­tion now specif­i­cal­ly states it is a non-bail­able of­fence.

No bail for teen accused of breaking into 12 homes

A Mayo teenag­er, ac­cused of break­ing in­to 12 homes dur­ing a two-month pe­ri­od has been de­nied bail.

Bran­don Thomp­son, who turned 18 in April was ar­rest­ed on Sat­ur­day and charged with ten of­fences of house­break­ing and lar­ce­ny, two house break­ing with in­tent, re­sist­ing ar­rest and es­cap­ing law­ful cus­tody.

When Se­nior Mag­is­trate Cher­ril-Anne An­toine read the 14 charges to him in the San Fer­nan­do First Court, Thomp­son ini­tial­ly plead­ed guilty to 11 of the house break­ing charges.

$100,000 bail for police officers on larceny charge

Two po­lice of­fi­cers have been warned to have no con­tact with a man who has al­leged that they stole mon­ey from him.

The warn­ing was giv­en to Po­lice Con­sta­bles Shaz­ard Ali, 29, and Sadeeq Ho­sein, 27, as a con­di­tion of their bail when they ap­peared in the Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day charged with mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice.

The of­fi­cers who were at­tached to the Cunu­pia Po­lice Sta­tion at the time of the al­le­ga­tion were grant­ed $100,000 sure­ty bail by a Jus­tice of the Peace at the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion on Sat­ur­day.