$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.

Another night in custody for Marlene

Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald and her common-law husband Michael Carew will spend another night in police custody after another lengthy day of interrogation on Friday.

McDonald was escorted out of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) office at Matco Building on Henry Street at around 9:25pm, while members of the media were interviewing her attorney senior counsel Pamela Elder.

She stumbled down the stairs but was quickly rushed into an SUV. 

Sentencing of woman who killed friend to steal baby put off again

For the sec­ond time in two weeks, the sen­tenc­ing of a woman who ad­mit­ted to mur­der­ing her friend and steal­ing her new­born ba­by has been de­ferred.

Ker­ry-Ann Hosang was ex­pect­ed to know her fate on Mon­day at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, but the sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed to Sep­tem­ber 4 af­ter her at­tor­neys re­vealed they had on­ly re­ceived the bio-so­cial re­port.

Jack Warner sues TTFA

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has sued the T&T Football Association (TTFA) over almost $16 million in loans he claims he provided while at the helm of the organisation. 

In the lawsuit, filed in the Port-of-Spain High Court, on Monday, Warner is alleging that the organisation had failed to repay the loans despite acknowledging them several times in the past. 

According to his court filings, which were obtained by Guardian Media, Warner claiming that he provided the loans, totalling $15,761,003, over a period of approximately 15 years.

No JP at Sando court, all alleged offenders kept in custody

All al­leged of­fend­ers in cus­tody ap­pear­ing in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates’ Court were re­mand­ed to the prison yes­ter­day be­cause there was no Jus­tice of the Peace (JP) to ap­prove their bail doc­u­ments.

A no­tice post­ed at the cour­t­house stat­ed, “Please note that to­day Mon­day 29th Ju­ly 2019 Clerk of the Peace ser­vices at the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates’ Court (old) will not be avail­able. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience.”

Sat wins lawsuit against police

Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha (SDMS) sec­re­tary gen­er­al Sat­narayan Ma­haraj and the or­gan­i­sa­tion's me­dia com­pa­ny Cen­tral Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices have won their law­suit over the re­fusal of the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) to dis­close the war­rant used to search Ra­dio and TV Jaag­gri­ti, in April.

De­liv­er­ing a 28-page judge­ment at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spain, this af­ter­noon, High Court Judge Ron­nie Boodoos­ingh up­held the ju­di­cial re­view law­suit brought by Ma­haraj and the com­pa­ny.

Five in court for illegal guns

A Venezue­lan woman and her Trinida­di­an hus­band were each grant­ed $150,000 bail on Mon­day on arms and am­mu­ni­tion charges.

Shan­non Lee Mo­hammed and Yor­dias del Car­men Ramos Pago­da who were ar­rest­ed on Sat­ur­day ap­peared be­fore San Fer­nan­do Sec­ond Court Mag­is­trate Anselm Le­an­der.

Driver surrenders, granted bail on manslaughter charge

The bus dri­ver ac­cused of un­law­ful­ly killing three-year-old Isa­iah Hazel has been grant­ed $150,000 bail.

Sher­ill Smartt, 31, of Cou­va ap­peared in the Cou­va Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day morn­ing short­ly af­ter she sur­ren­dered to the po­lice.