Accused in Chinese restaurant robbery to reappear in court Wednesday

The five accused in the armed robbery of a Chinese restaurant, at Arouca, on January 7th, 2018, will reappear before an Arima Magistrate on Wednesday 17th January, 2018, to answer to the nine charges arising from the incident.

Samuel Roberts, 30, Jamal Roberts, 25, Dominic Alcantara, 19, Romeo Jude Blackman, 29, and Keon Patoe, 28, all of Beetham Gardens, first appeared before Magistrate Debby Ann-Bassaw in the Arima 3rd Magistrates’ Court on Friday 12th January, 2018, where bail was denied.

EMA says it will uphold Noise Pollution laws throughout Carnival

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is reminding the public and event promoters of the requirement to apply for, obtain and abide by a Noise Variation Permit where amplified sound equipment will be used.

The EMA says this legal requirement is in accordance with the Noise Pollution Control Rules (NPCR).

A Noise Variation Permit issued by the EMA sets out the sound levels that an event promoter is allowed to emit.

UK High Commission has no idea where attorney for Johnson got her "asylum" information

The British High Commission in Port of Spain says it does not know where the attorney for Dillian Johnson got information that he has been granted asylum in the United Kingdom.

The High Commission issued a statement today that all but denied that asylum was granted.

"The British High Commission in Port of Spain has seen claims made by Attorney Thalia Francis-Brooks on 11 January 2018. It is unclear where this attorney is obtaining her information, but it is obviously not from the UK authorities," the High Commission said.

Ramlogan makes 2nd appearance in court on charges of misbehaviour in public office

Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan made a second appearance in court today on charges of misbehaviour in public office and obstruction of justice.

However, the matter was adjourned to April 27th, after just five minutes in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court. 

Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle Caddle presided over the hearing and was told the police file had not yet been sent by the police to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the appointment of a prosecutor.

What do we know about Paula-Mae Weekes?

One year ago, on February 1st, 2017, Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was being sworn in by Governor Dr. John Freeman as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal. 

She was appointed to serve a three-year term that would take her to 2020. 

But it now appears that she will have to resign her position and return to Trinidad and Tobago to become this country's first female president.

Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for 11 years until her retirement in 2016.

State ready to proceed with Vicky Boodram fraud matter

More bad news for prison escapee Vicky Boodram as the state is expected to begin its fraud case against her and her ex-husband in a few months.

Boodram and Ravi Arjoonsingh were held on 109 fraud charges after they allegedly collected money for cruises which never happened.

The state's readiness to begin in this matter was indicated today when Boodram made her first appearance in the San Fernando court after her escape last November.

State attorney Elaine Greene told the magistrate the state was ready to proceed via paper committal.

Law Association committee to submit report on CJ today

The committee appointed by the Law Association to investigate allegations against Chief Justice Ivor Archie will deliver its interim report this evening.

Contacted today, the association's president, Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, who is also a member of the committee, indicated that he and the other members were meeting to prepare their report to be submitted to the association's council.

The committee members would wait until the rest of the council members are present at their monthly meeting next month to discuss the report.

Colombian charged with sexually touching 9-year-old

A Columbian national who has been in the country illegally since 2008, was denied bail when he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate, charged with the sexual touching of a nine-year-old child.

The offence is alleged to have occurred on Sunday 24th September, 2017, at the child’s Port-of-Spain home.

Josea Alberto Mina Mazuera, 46, of La Baja Road, St. Joseph, appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Port of Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer to the charge.