Barrackpore businessman charged with obtaining US$200,000 by false pretense

A Barrackpore man has been granted $1 million bail with a cash alternative of $30,000, after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate, charged with obtaining US$200,000 by false pretense.

Shameer Baksh, 39, a businessman, of Cumuto Road, Barrackpore, appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday 19th April, 2018, to answer to the charge.

Jwala loses in court

Former Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambaran has lost in court, in a bid to have the court order the Cabinet to give a Statement of Reasons for his dismissal.

The court found that the application was made too late and Rambaran has also been found guilty of non-disclosure.

The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance today in relation to the matter:

Teenager charged with marijuana cultivation

A 17-year-old boy has been granted $25,000 bail with surety by a Justice of the Peace, after being charged with cultivating marijuana, following an anti-crime exercise in the Rio Claro District.

The exercise, supervised by Sgt. (Ag.) Navin Maharaj, took place between 7:30 am and 10:3 0am on Thursday and included officers of the Eastern Division Task Force, Rio Claro Police Station and Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit.

Diego Martin caterer charged with taxi driver’s murder

A Diego Martin man was due to appear before an Arima Magistrate today, charged with the murder of Kerron St. Hill, which occurred on Tuesday 10th April, 2018.

Keiron De Lancey, 32, a caterer, of Wilson Road, Diego Martin, was charged with murder, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC, on Thursday 19th April, 2018.

St. Hill, 27, a PH taxi driver, of Hirondelle Street, Morvant, was found dead by a water tank along Hillside Crescent, Mt. Hope Road, Mt. Hope, by passersby, who alerted the police.

La Romaine man charged with shooting with intent

A La Romaine man has been denied bail and remanded into custody after appearing before a San Fernando Magistrate, charged with shooting with intent against a 21-year-old man, which occurred on Wednesday 15th November, 2017.

Marcus Forbes, 19, of Ethel Street, La Romaine, appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine, in the San Fernando’s 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday 18th April, 2018, also charged with possession of firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of firearm to endanger life and possession of ammunition to endanger life.

Slain guard was State witness

Paul Rajcoomar, 41, was an exemplar security guard and in no way was his killing connected to him carrying out his duties.

In fact, according to police investigators, Rajcoomar was a witness in a court case and was expected to attend court yesterday morning.

Investigators, however, did not want to divulge much details as they said it was of a “high risk and highly sensitive nature.”

Two charged with killing Daniel Cooper

A construction worker and a PH driver were remanded in custody yesterday when they appeared in court charged with the murder of Vistabella father Daniel Cooper.

Richard Ramkerry, 48, of Realize Road, Barrackpore and Andell Steele, 29, of La Ruffin Village, Moruga, made a brief appearance in the San Fernando court before Magistrate Alicia Chankar.

The charge alleged that between April 8 and April 12 they murdered Cooper at Cedar Hill Estate Road, Borde Narve, Princes Town.

Las Lomas woman charged with murder of common-law husband

A Las Lomas woman has appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate, charged with the murder of her common-law husband, Dexter Hospedales, which occurred on Wednesday 21st March, 2018.

April-Ann Mohan, 27, of Boy Cato Road, Las Lomas, appeared before Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor at the Chaguanas 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday 18th April, 2018.

The matter has been adjourned to Tuesday 15th May, 2018 Mr. Hospedales, 34, of the same address, got into a physical altercation with a female relative that resulted in the victim being stabbed.

$60,000 bail for pregnant woman on cocaine charge

A pregnant woman yesterday appeared in court charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Mother of two Melissa Pancham, 32, was arrested at a market stall along Guaracara Tabaquite Road, Williamsville, on Tuesday. It is alleged that she had 27 grammes of cocaine in her possession. The street value of the drugs was estimated at $2,000. She was charged by PC Maltoo.

Pancham initially pleaded guilty when the charge was read to her by Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the San Fernando First Court.