Vicky to stand trial on fraud charges

Former travel agent Vicky Boodram and her estranged husband Ravi Arjoonsingh were today committed to stand trial on 107 fraud charges in the San Fernando High Court. 

They, along with Boodram Trav­el and Ship Ahoy Cruis­es, were committed by San Fernando Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine who ruled that the prosecution had made out a prima facie case against them.

Boodram was denied bail and advised of her right to apply for the judge in chambers for bail while Arjoonsingh was granted $2 million approval bail.

Law Association files lawsuit against PM

The Law As­so­ci­a­tion has filed its law­suit against Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley over his de­ci­sion to re­ject its in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against em­bat­tled Chief Jus­tice Ivor Archie. 

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s le­gal team filed its ju­di­cial re­view ap­pli­ca­tion in the High Court Reg­istry at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. 

Bail denied again to Beetham gang accused

Three men from east Port-of-Spain on gang charges have again been de­nied bail.

An­cil Shawn Vil­lafana, Kevon Isa­iah Franklyn, and Keedel Fabi­an Mon­trose, all of Beetham Gar­dens, were all re­mand­ed back in­to cus­tody as they reap­peared be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Maria Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates' Court, this morn­ing.

Bus­by-Ear­le-Cad­dle re­ject­ed claims by po­lice pros­e­cu­tors that the Bail (Amend­ment) Act, which pre­cludes bail for re­peat of­fend­ers charged with vi­o­lent crimes, ap­plied to the trio's case.

San Juan vendors rent to stay the same pending lawsuit

Vendors at the San Juan market can continue paying the rent they have had since 1996 while their lawsuits over rental increases at the facility are being determined. 

This morning, high court judge Frank Seepersad granted the vendors an injunction blocking the San Juan/Laventille regional corporation from charging the vendors increased rent. 

Seepersad took the decision after he granted leave to vendor Jaiwantee Maccoon to pursue a lawsuit in which she is alleging that the corporation acted unlawfully by attempting to raise the rent without amending its bye-laws. 

Chinese businessman accused of human trafficking denied bail again

For the fourth time in five months, a Chinese businessman accused of human trafficking has been denied bail. 

Three appeal court judges rejected an application from chang bao wang to reconsider bail for him. 

In the application, Wang claimed that when he was denied bail by the court in July, prosecutors claimed that the preliminary inquiry into the charges would be completed in a month. 

Wang's lawyers claimed that the suggested timeline was erroneous as the preliminary inquiry was prolonged due to language barriers with the accused and the Venezuelan victims. 

$1m compensation for family of teenager killed by cop

The fam­i­ly of a 17-year-old boy, who was ac­ci­den­tal­ly shot and killed by a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a par­ty in 2014, is set to re­ceive over $1 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion. 

De­liv­er­ing an oral judg­ment at the end of a brief tri­al at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day morn­ing, High Court Judge Frank Seep­er­sad or­dered the com­pen­sa­tion as he ruled that PC Clyde Best was neg­li­gent in Ri­car­do Mo­hammed’s death.