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Two benefit from reduced sentences after pleading guilty to killing cop

Two men have been each sentenced to 28 years in prison after admitting to murdering an off-duty policeman, over a decade ago. 

In November, last year, Devon Walker and Kernel Charles were on trial for murdering PC Chris Bharath on February 9, 2008, when they decided to change their pleas to guilty. 

They benefited from the felony murder rule, which provides for the waiver of the mandatory death penalty for murder in certain cases where a person is killed during the commission of a lesser criminal offence, in most cases robbery. 

Gasparillo man charged with breaching protection order

A Gasparillo man is due to appear before the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, after being charged with breaching a protection order that was obtained against him by a 31-year-old woman.

Cyrus Seegobin, a 34-year-old member of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, of Gasparillo, was arrested in the San Fernando district yesterday.

Drunk partygoer fined, banned from driving for 3 years

A par­ty­go­er who was caught dri­ving un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol fol­low­ing a Car­ni­val fete has been dis­qual­i­fied from dri­ving for three years and slapped with an $11,000 fine.

Pradeep Ramkissoon, 29, was among three dri­vers who ap­peared be­fore San Fer­nan­do Traf­fic Court mag­is­trate Anslem Le­an­der and were dis­qual­i­fied from dri­ving.

Ramkissoon was re­turn­ing home on Sat­ur­day af­ter Xpe­ri­ence Cool­er Fete at Bri­an Lara Sta­di­um in Tarou­ba.

Two officers get bail on corruption charges

A po­lice of­fi­cer and a Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice (SRP) have been grant­ed a to­tal of $140,000 bail af­ter they ap­peared in court charged with steal­ing mon­ey from a man af­ter ar­rest­ing him, last year.

Act­ing Cpl An­tho­ny See­baran, 45, of Vic­to­ry Heights, Ari­ma, and SRP Lester Jones, 38, of Pel­i­can Ex­ten­sion, Mor­vant, were grant­ed bail af­ter they ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

Frustration for 53 families after Marcia’s fiasco

When is Dad­dy com­ing home?

De­vieann Fran­cois, Meli­na Charles and Sybil Is­rael say they have been un­able to an­swer this ques­tion for the last nine years. They are rel­a­tives of a group of men, now known as the Mar­cia 53, whose part­ly heard cas­es were be­fore for­mer Chief Mag­is­trate Mar­cia Ay­ers-Cae­sar and now have to be restart­ed. The men have spent close to a decade in Re­mand Yard.

Fran­cois, whose hus­band is among the ac­cused, said: “He’s been very mis­er­able and it’s stress­ful. He doesn’t know where the case is present­ly.”

Frustration for 53 families after Marcia’s fiasco

When is Dad­dy com­ing home?

De­vieann Fran­cois, Meli­na Charles and Sybil Is­rael say they have been un­able to an­swer this ques­tion for the last nine years. They are rel­a­tives of a group of men, now known as the Mar­cia 53, whose part­ly heard cas­es were be­fore for­mer Chief Mag­is­trate Mar­cia Ay­ers-Cae­sar and now have to be restart­ed. The men have spent close to a decade in Re­mand Yard.

Fran­cois, whose hus­band is among the ac­cused, said: “He’s been very mis­er­able and it’s stress­ful. He doesn’t know where the case is present­ly.”

50 seek redress from Cedros land developer

Two men have been giv­en the green light to file a class ac­tion law­suit on be­half of more than 50 prospec­tive landown­ers, who claimed they were scammed out of mil­lions of dol­lars in de­posits for a sea­side res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in Ce­dros.

High Court Judge Ricky Rahim to­day grant­ed Fitzroy Williams and Neil Bish­op per­mis­sion to file and serve the claim against prop­er­ty de­vel­op­er Joseph Dhanoos­ingh, re­al es­tate agent Glenn Thomas and Thomas' com­pa­ny Mass Con­tract­ing Lim­it­ed.

Woman, 26, charged with having sex with boy, 15

A 26-year-old Siparia woman who is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy was remanded into the custody of the St Anns Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation yesterday.

When brought to the Siparia Magistrates Court to answer to the four charges of sexual penetration of a minor, the accused, Rhema Vialva began acting strangely and was incoherent.

Confused by the language, first court magistrate Margaret Alert inquired from the prosecution whether an evaluation of Vialva’s mental competence would benefit the case.

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