Defence Force saddled with $2 million hotel bill

The State has been or­dered to pay over $2 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion to a ho­tel own­er for a set of rooms oc­cu­pied by the T&T De­fence Force (TTDF) be­tween 2002 and 2014.

In June, Ch­aguara­mas Man­age­ment Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed, the own­ers of Chaqua­ca­bana Re­sort (for­mer­ly Cove Ho­tel and Beach Re­sort), sued the State over the fees which were un­paid since the TTDF va­cated the prop­er­ty in May 2014.

Petrotrin breached IRA over workers' terminations

The Oil­fields Work­ers' Trade Union on Mon­day se­cured a vic­to­ry in the In­dus­tri­al Court but the clo­sure of Petrotrin will pro­ceed as planned.

The court ruled that Petrotrin had breached the In­dus­tri­al Re­la­tions Act by fail­ing to con­sult the union be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to close the re­fin­ery.

Mem­ber of the In­dus­tri­al Court Al­bert Ab­erdeen said the In­dus­tri­al Court can­not grant the or­der to cease the ter­mi­na­tion of work­ers.

Petrotrin and OW­TU, how­ev­er, have been or­dered to meet from Tues­day.

Arrested Cubans to spend weekend in custody

Seventy-eight Cuban asylum seekers accused of engaging in an illegal protest in front of the United Nations building in Port-of-Spain yesterday, are expected to spend the weekend on remand.

While they were each granted $5,000 bail when they appeared before Magistrate Sanara Toon-McQuilkin in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court yesterday evening, none were able to access it as court staff had already left work by the time their court appearance was completed after 5 pm. 

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.

Two KFC robbery suspects plead guilty, 3rd granted $700,000 bail

The three men who were arrested in connection with the robbery of a KFC outlet in Siparia on Friday, have appeared before the Siparia Magistrates’ Court, to answer to the charges.

Avin Khan aka ‘Kevin’, 20; Brent Lall aka ‘Crix’, 22; and Nicholas Francis aka ‘Nicko’, 25, all of San Francique Road, Penal, were jointly charged with robbery with aggravation and possession of a firearm.

Francis faces an additional charge of common assault.

All three men appeared before Magistrate Margaret Alert on Tuesday.

Accused held in weekend's drug & ammunition bust appears in court

A Cunupia businessman who has been charged in connection with the seizure of large quantities of drug and weapons during an anti-crime operation, appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today.

Jerome Olliverre, 28, a businessman of Macaya Trace, Monroe Road, Cunupia, was charged with two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of firearms and one count of possession of ammunition, when he appeared before Chaguanas Magistrate Brian Debideen.

CCJ rules Guyana's cross-dressing law "unconstitutional"

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that a law in Guyana, which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an “improper purpose”, is unconstitutional.

The law, Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, is to be struck from the laws of Guyana.

Laventille man charged with murder

A Laventille man has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with the murder of Danny Baptiste, which occurred on Friday 2nd November, 2018.

Rolando Mitchell, 31, a labourer of Red Hill, Morvant, appeared before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court on Monday to answer to the charge.

The victim, a 38-year-old of Arneaud Lane, Morvant, was standing in the vicinity of Deuces Casino, Independence Square South, Port of Spain, on Friday 2nd November, 2018, when he was approached by a man known to him.

Submissions of evidence end in OWTU vs Petrotrin matter

The submission of evidence in the Oil­field’s Work­ers Trade Union’s in­dus­tri­al re­la­tions of­fence com­plaint against Petrotrin came to a close this morning.

The cross-examination of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Vishnu Dhanpaul concluded with senior counsel Douglas Mendes, who is representing the OWTU, attempting to ascertain just when a government guarantee for an outstanding loan of USD $850m was granted to Petrotrin.

International: El Chapo trial begins in New York under tight security

Nearly two years after his extradition from Mexico, notorious cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera faces an American jury on Tuesday in the most significant criminal trial in decades.

The man once considered the world’s biggest drug trafficker is accused of heading a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout his native Mexico.