Two appear in court for murder of WPC Nyasha Joseph

The two accused in the murder of WPC Nyasha Joseph have appeared in the Port of Spain Eighth Court to answer the charges.

Kenneth Browne, 38 and Melissa Browne, 28 appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar.

The case has been postponed to April 18th.

The accused were once married but are now divorced.

WPC Joseph's body was discovered in the Gulf of Paria last week Wednesday.

She had gone missing six days before.

15-year-old charged with J'ouvert morning murder of former soldier

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in the Port-of-Spain 8th Magistrate Court today charged with the Carnival J'ouvert murder of retired soldier, Calvert James.

James, 56, of 23 Gordon Avenue, Mt Lambert, died on Monday 27th February, 2017, from multiple stab wounds.

He was killed during an incident at the corner of Prince and Henry Streets, Port-of-Spain.

Man charged with killing Shannon Banfield back in court

Almost three months after Republic Bank Limited employee Shannon Banfield was murdered, the preliminary inquiry into her killing is yet to commence.

Dale Seecharan yesterday made his fourth appearance in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court since being charged with the crime on December 19 last year.

Yesterday’s hearing was brief as prosecutors are yet to file and serve the witness statements and evidence they plan to use for Seecharan’s preliminary inquiry and eventual trial.

Guyanese court fines T&T fraudster and orders deportation

A Trinidad and Tobago fraudster, Anthony Nestor, has been instructed by a Guyanese court to pay Brandsville Hotel in Guyana, GYD$260,824 (TT$8,400) and also to pay a court fine of GYD$100,000 (TT$3,225), or serve a 36-month prison sentence, after which he will deported.

Magistrate Judy Latchman handed down the ruling today, which was due a few days ago.

The ruling could not proceed then because Nestor reportedly told the court he was Guyanese, and that a birth certificate would be delivered to the court to prove same.

Inspector Alexander back in court

Police Inspector Roger Alexander's assault case has been adjourned to March 27th.

Inspector Alexander appeared before a Port-of-Spain magistrate this morning for a case management hearing.

In January Inspector Alexander was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The charges stem from an alleged altercation which took place in Santa Cruz in July 2016.

A case management hearing is pre trial hearing where attorneys representing both sides meet with the magistrate to talk about how the case will be handled.


Two in court on car-theft charges

An Arima mechanic and a Sangre Grande labourer accused of stealing vehicles from the San Fernando district were remanded into custody yesterday to reappear before a magistrate today for bail.

Christopher Ramoutarsingh, 26, and Joel Balcon, 32, who were arrested over the weekend, appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court charged with a total of six charges.

They are jointly charged with stealing a $10,000 Nissan B-12 from the car park of the San Fernando General Hospital on November 16, 2016 and a $85,000 Nissan E-24 van from Gulf City Mall car park.

31-year-old man appears in court for murder of Nadia Simms

A 31-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 26-year-old Nadia Simms whose body was found in a shallow grave in Santa Flora last week.

Kenny Ramroop appeared before Siparia senior magistrate Armina Deonarinesingh charged with murdering Nadia Simms sometime between January 27th and February 2nd at Field Road at Clyne, San Fernando.

Counsel Charlene Khalloo expressed concern for his safety in prison, as she pointed out that he is also a state witness in a capital matter.

She also said he was on medication for a kidney problem.

19-year-old charged with brother's murder

A 19- year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his brother.

Umbelto Hannibal appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port-of-Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with the murder of his brother Marcus Small.

25-year-old Small was stabbed multiple times about the body around 1:30 pm on Tuesday 10th January, 2017 at his Caledonia Road Extension, Morvant home. 

He was transported by police to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Man fined $3 million for failing to declare import of US$660,000

Four and a half years after he was charged with importing US$660,000 and failing to declare the money to Customs and Excise Officers, an Arima trader has been fined $3 million.

If Joseph Baptiste fails to pay the money within 28 days, he will serve three years in prison.

Meanwhile, the court ruled that the foreign currency was to be forfeited to the State and it is expected to be handed over by customs officials once the requisite paperwork is completed.