Legal action over blocked watercourse

As flooding remains a perennial problem in Debe, a couple is threatening legal action against a meat and produce company for blocking a watercourse which they said has led to water gushing into their property.

Even as residents of the SS Erin Road complained about the construction by Pawan Wholesalers Ltd, chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, Dr Allen Sammy said he could not comment that the issue as the Corporation has a matter pertaining to the legality of the structure in court.

Maraval man in court on gun and ammunition charges

A Maraval man, charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, is scheduled to appear before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 11th July, 2018, to answer the charges.

Cleon Ronain, 33, of Beau Près Road, Maraval, was arrested by officers of the Maracas Bay Police Station, during a stop and search exercise in the Maracas Bay district on Monday 9th July, 2018.

The exercise, which was led by Sgt. Stephen Dowridge, of the Maracas Bay Police Station, took place between 3:15pm and 5:00pm and also included officers of the Coastal Patrol Unit.

$205,000 bail for 3 women on ganja charges

Three women were granted a total of $205,000 bail after they appeared yesterday in the San Fernando Magistrates Court charged with marijuana possession.

Friends Raquel Williams, 35, and Kathleen Joseph, 55, a mother of five, are charged jointly with possession of 310 grammes of marijuana.

It is alleged officers executed a search warrant for illegal arms and ammunition at Williams’ home at Bayshore, Marabella on Saturday.

Lawyer’s wife awarded $90,000 for wrongful arrest

The State has been ordered to pay almost $90,000 in compensation to an immigration consultant at a law firm, who was wrongfully detained for 36 hours as part of an investigation by United Kingdom police into fraud committed by her previous employer.

Delivering a 49-page judgment, High Court Judge Ricky Rahim ruled that police had wrongfully arrested and falsely imprisoned Trishuana Scarlett, of Belmont, in December 2012.

Woman, 80, freed of abandoning baby

An 80-year-old grandmother was yesterday arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court 15 years ago on a child abandonment charge.

A frail-looking Hazra Ali appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court hours later.

Prosecutor Veano Ragoo told Second Court Magistrate Alicia Chankar it was an old matter in which she had missed a court date. She was charged 18 years ago for allegedly dumping her daughter’s new-born baby on a river bank not far from their Cippy Street, Gasparillo home.

Petit Valley man and teenaged boy charged with murder

A Petit Valley man and a teenaged boy have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate, charged with the murder of Keon Earl Sylvester, which occurred on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018.

Algernon Gordon, 32, a landscaper, of Simeon Road, Petit Valley and a 16-year-old, were also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition, when they appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earl-Caddle, in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday 3rd July, 2018.

The matter was postponed to Tuesday 17th July, 2018.  

Court releases six Venezuelans held at Rich Gold Hotel

Six Venezuelans who were held in a raid one week ago at Rich Gold Hotel and Bar have been released on orders of supervision.

The six women were among 35 foreigners held during that exercise whom police are said to have suspected of prostitution but were not caught in the act.

It turns out those six women are in fact asylum seekers and during the court proceedings it was revealed the delay in their detention was due to the fact that Immigration could not confirm their identities.

The women were not pressed with any charges.

Judge back in court on charge of driving under influence

The drunk driving case against recently appointed High Court judge Kevin Ramcharan continues and State prosecutors have been given the all clear to correct a clerical error in the matter.

The case came up again at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court today before magistrate Duane Murray who granted the DPP's application to amend the charge. 

At the first hearing, officers admitted having mistakenly written the charge under the wrong section of the motor vehicle and Road Traffic Act.