State to produce 22 witnesses against Marlene

For­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald has made her first court ap­pear­ance since be­ing charged with cor­rup­tion, last month. 

The Port-of-Spain South MP, her long-time com­pan­ion Michael Carew, Wayne An­tho­ny, Vic­tor McEachrane and Edgar Zepher­ine ap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, yes­ter­day morn­ing. 

Claxton Bay man in court for law clerk's murder

A 20-year-old Claxton Bay man appeared in court on Monday morning charged with the murder of law clerk Kristian Sirjusingh.

Renaldo Lewis of La Sofie Trace stood before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor who read the charges to him in the First Court.

Sirjusingh was shot dead following a robbery at Michelle’s Bar along Bonne Aventure Road, Gasparillo on August 9. He had gone there to celebrate his father’s 66th birthday when the three bandits stormed in.

$250,000 bail for Duke

Public Services' Association (PSA) President Watson Duke has been released on $250,000 bail after appearing in court to answer a sedition charge. 

Duke, who is also the Minority Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly, was taken to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court shortly after he was discharged from the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, this morning. 

During his brief court appearance before Magistrate Adia Mohammed, Duke, who dressed in blue suit, was not called upon to plead to the indictable charge. 

Watson Duke granted bail

PSA president Watson Duke was granted bail to the sum of 250,000 dollars. 

Duke appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrate Court this morning.

He was charged with sedition yesterday.

According to his lawyer John Heath, Duke was rushed to the hospital on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell.

That was the third time he had been taken for treatment since being detained by police on Monday.

Duke discharged himself from the hospital yesterday.

We'll have more for you on this story as it develops.

Three-foot-tall man in court for fighting

Ainsworth Sookhan, a three foot tall man, who al­leged­ly struck an­oth­er man with a wheel span­ner dur­ing a fight in San Fer­nan­do, has been charged.

Sookhan, 29, a dri­ver, of La Ro­maine is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore a San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate on Fri­day charged with wound­ing Shel­don Ham­let with in­tent.

More bail problems for Marlene

For­mer pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc Don­ald has en­coun­tered an­oth­er ob­sta­cle in se­cur­ing her two-mil­lion-dol­lar bail.

Guardian Me­dia has been in­formed that the bail doc­u­ments were sent to the women's prison in Arou­ca late Wednes­day evening.

This morn­ing the prison in­di­cat­ed to her lawyer and bailiffs that Mc Don­ald need­ed to come to the prison to sign the bail bond be­fore she is of­fi­cial­ly re­leased.

Night in jail for Marlene's husband, other accused

Only one of Marlene McDonald's co-accused were able to get bail yesterday afternoon. 

The Port-of-Spain South MP  did not face the courts yesterday, but in her absence, 49 charges stemming from fraud and money laundering were read out by Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle to her co-accused in the Port of Spain Magistrates court.

$2 million bail for McDonald

Former Minister of Public Administration Marlene McDonald was placed on bail to the sum of $2 million despite being unable to appear to answer fraud charges in the Port of Spain Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Senior Counsel Pamela Elder made an application for bail as the Port of Spain South MP appeared en absentia as she remains hospitalized at St. Clair Medical.

McDonald faces 7 charges related to fraud and money laundering.

Elder slams police for holding Marlene longer than expected

Senior Counsel Pamela Elder who is representing fired Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald has slammed the T&T Police Service for detaining her client longer than expected which resulted in McDonald falling ill this morning and being rushed to the St Clair Medical Centre for medical treatment. 

Elder spoke to the media outside the private hospital after visiting McDonald at the hospital around 11 am.

Marlene ill, taken to St Clair Medical Centre

Former Minister of Public Administration Marlene McDonald has been taken to the St. Clair Medical Centre after she complained of feeling unwell this morning. 

Police sources told Guardian Media that McDonald said she was feeling "dizzy and nauseous," so a precautionary decision was taken to allow her to seek medical treatment. 

Sources said she remains in good spirits, however. Her court appearance has been delayed until this afternoon.