Chaguanas man sentenced one year hard labour for possession of two firearms

Malcolm Williams, 38, of Chaguanas, has been sentenced to one-year hard labour for possession of two firearms after appearing before the Mayaro Magistrates’ Court, earlier today. 

Williams pleaded guilty to the offence of possession of firearms and not guilty to possession of ammunition when he stood before Magistrate Alicia Chankar on December 10th.

 The ammunition possession charges were laid after a search warrant was executed at his home on December 9th by officers of the Mayaro Criminal Investigations Department (CID). 

Man in court for abandoning child

A 44-year-old fa­ther was grant­ed $50,000 bail when he ap­peared in court charged with will­ful­ly ne­glect­ing a two-year-old boy.

Nko­ri Matthews plead­ed guilty to the charge when he ap­peared be­fore Se­nior Mag­is­trate Mar­garet Alert in the Siparia Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

But af­ter con­tra­dict­ing the pros­e­cu­tion’s case against him, he plead­ed not guilty. Matthews was ac­cused of leav­ing the child alone at his Ab­by Street, South Oropouche home on De­cem­ber 2.
The child’s un­cle re­port­ed the in­ci­dent to the Oropouche Po­lice Sta­tion.

Woman who stole $$ from sick children granted bail

A for­mer em­ploy­ee of the Chil­dren’s Life Fund (CLF), charged with 13 of­fences of lar­ce­ny has been grant­ed $100,000 bail.

Krisas Sookraj, 43, of School Street, Care­nage, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Ava Van­den­berg-Bai­ley at the Tu­na­puna Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

Sookraj, who was ar­rest­ed at her home on De­cem­ber 5, was charged with 13 of­fences of fraud against the Chil­dren’s Life Fund amount­ing to US$15,640. The charges were laid by Sgt Dami­an Thomas of the Fraud Squad on De­cem­ber 7.

Fake security officer robs CAL of $90,000

A man dressed as a se­cu­ri­ty guard from a promi­nent se­cu­ri­ty firm robbed Caribbean Air­lines of a large sum of mon­ey when he "col­lect­ed" a mon­ey bag from the Caribbean Air­lines counter at Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port on Mon­day.

Po­lice said the bag con­tained close to $100,000 and the man went up to the counter af­ter 11 am pre­tend­ing to be the se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­cer who had ar­rived to col­lect cash from sales.

CAL of­fi­cials made a re­port to the Pi­ar­co Po­lice Sta­tion at about 1 pm.

Security guard beaten to death by bandits

Se­cu­ri­ty Guard Jodie Awai was mer­ci­less­ly beat­en to death dur­ing a rob­bery at his work­place at Mac­foods Meat Proces­sors Lim­it­ed in Laven­tille Sun­day night.

Awai lived at Bel­mont and was a fa­ther of eight chil­dren.

Awai's rel­a­tives, al­though very dis­traught over his killing Mon­day, salut­ed him for his hero­ic act.

Awai's broth­er, Mark, said he is proud of his broth­er for be­liev­ing in his du­ty as a se­cu­ri­ty guard in pro­tect­ing the peo­ple he worked for.

Cops rescue kidnap victim

Po­lice have res­cued kid­nap vic­tim Josh Quashie.

In a re­lease a short while ago, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith an­nounced that Quashie had been res­cued from an apart­ment in Care­nage.

The res­cue op­er­a­tion was con­duct­ed by mem­bers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tional Re­sponse Team and the An­ti-Kid­nap­ping Unit (AKU).

Quashie is said to be re­ceiv­ing med­ical treat­ment at this time and in se­vere­ly trau­ma­tised.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Quashie, 38 of Mon­trose, Ch­agua­nas, was kid­napped on Sat­ur­day morn­ing.