Court hearing involving Chinese citizen adjourned over coronavirus concerns

A High Court Judge was this morn­ing forced to ad­journ the hear­ing of a cor­rup­tion case in­volv­ing a 47-year-old Chi­nese woman, who was al­lowed to re­turn Trinidad on Sat­ur­day, be­fore this coun­try's 14-day trav­el re­stric­tions over the on­go­ing glob­al coro­n­avirus out­break, took ef­fect.

Yan Fang Hong was sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore High Court Judge Hay­den St Clair-Dou­glas at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain yes­ter­day morn­ing for the con­tin­u­a­tion of her case for at­tempt­ing to bribe a po­lice of­fi­cer in 2007.

Court riot stabber pleads guilty, sentenced to jail

A prisoner who stabbed another prisoner on Tuesday whilst in the holding cell block of the Chaguanas Magistrates' Court, has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, 12 of which will be hard labour.

Nigel McSween, 33, of Pierre Trace in Enterprise, was charged for maliciously wounding Makeel Simon, 29, of Kestrel Boulevard, Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas.

McSween also was charged for having a shank (an improvised weapon) in his possession.

When called upon by First Court Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan, McSween pleaded guilty to the offences.

Court rules on Law Association’s CJ challenge in two weeks

High Court Judge Vasheist Kokaram is ex­pect­ed to rule on the Law As­so­ci­a­tion’s chal­lenge over Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s de­ci­sion to refuse to im­peach Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie in two weeks’ time. 

Magistrate scolds 'inhumane' fishermen found with illegal birds, monkeys

Two Ce­dros fish­er­men who were il­le­gal­ly keep­ing 17 birds and 13 ba­by mon­keys at their home were yes­ter­day slapped with $174,200 in fines.

Or­der­ing that the fines be paid in two months, Point Fortin Se­nior Mag­is­trate Ali­cia Chankar chas­tised Don­ald Ramd­hanie, 46, and Vish­nu Sookram, 35, for the in­hu­mane and cru­el con­di­tions in which the an­i­mals were be­ing kept.

AG’s Office: Judge alone trials speeding up justice system

Judge alone tri­als are en­sur­ing that jus­tice is no longer de­layed, and dis­pensed swift­ly.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease is­sued by the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al, the most re­cent judge-alone tri­al was con­duct­ed on Fri­day 31st Jan­u­ary 2020, at the San Fer­nan­do High Court.

Man accused of cursing Hinds to know fate Feb 18

Self-pro­claimed Beetham Gar­dens com­mu­ni­ty ac­tivist An­der­son Wil­son will know his fate for al­leged­ly curs­ing Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds on Feb­ru­ary 18. 

'Kidnapped' salesman apologises for wasting police time

Shane Ram­jat­tan has been fined $600 and giv­en sev­en days to pay or serve two months in prison.

He ap­peared be­fore Se­nior Mag­is­trate Rae Roopc­hand in the Rio Claro Mag­is­trate's First court charged with waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time by mak­ing a false re­port to con­sta­ble Ma­jid Khan that he was kid­napped on Jan­u­ary 15 at Bar­rack­pore and kept in a forest­ed area against his will.