Retired police officer charged with trafficking Guyanese woman and several sexual offences

A retired police officer has been committed to stand trial after the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) of the Ministry of National Security arrested him for allegedly bringing a Guyanese woman into the country for sexual exploitation.

He has also been charged with serious indecency, rape and indecent assault.

A statement by the Ministry says that on Friday 16th February 2018, retired Police Officer David Rattan was committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Antoine of the San Fernando 1st Magistrate Court.

Garbage truck operator in East Port-of-Spain protest to be charged

The garbage truck operator who dumped garbage in the roadway during protest action on Monday, is to be charged by police.

Police made the declaration in a tweet on Thusday saying: "The operator of a sanitation truck is due to be charged on 18.02.22 in relation to the dumping of garbage on the street during protest action by residents in East Port on Monday last."

The matter was under investigation by police and the Port-of-Spain City Corporation after the man claimed that he was ordered at gunpoint to dump the garbage.

Barrackpore bar patron arrested with gun

One man was arrested and a revolver and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Barrackpore Police Station, during an anti-crime exercise in the district yesterday.

Acting on information received, officers went to Dany’s Paradise Bar at Rochard Road, Barrackpore, around 8:15 pm on Wednesday 21st February, 2018.

There, the officers had cause to search a 51-year-old patron of the bar.

During the search, officers discovered a Rossi revolver with five rounds of .38mm ammunition in his possession.

The suspect was arrested in connection with the find.

Beaten man names attackers before dying

Police are on the search for a group of men suspected of beating a man to death.

Reports indicate that on Wednesday, members of the Northern Division were on patrol along Brazil Road, Wallerfield when the discovered a man lying on the side of the road.

The officers attended to the 49-year-old victim who was bleeding from injuries sustained from allegedly being beaten.

The man was transferred to the Arima Health Facility but succumbed to his injuries.

Police say the man named his attackers before he died.


'Sandman' charged with firearm, ammunition possession

Vaughn Mieres, also known as Sandman, is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate this morning on charged of possession of guns and ammunition.

Mieres, who is a Las Cuevas-based businessman, was charged last night on the instructions of Deputy DPP Joan Honore Paul.

Paul was consulted and she issued instructions for Mieres to be charged along with a number of other persons.

The charges were laid in connection with arms and ammunition found during a police exercise at his home on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

Special police unit yet to charge anyone for terrorist financing

Hours after Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said T&T wasn’t immune from the scourge of terrorism, its associated link to the financing of terrorism, money laundering and corruption, the Financial Investigations Branch (FIB) of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) revealed there are currently investigating several cases of terrorist financing.

This was confirmed yesterday by the FIB’s Insp Avinash Singh during the weekly police press briefing at the TTPS’s Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.

Vehicle thefts up 26 % in 2017

Police say vehicle theft has continued to increase at an alarming rate across the country, with Nissan vehicles remaining popular for thieves.

A source at the TTPS’ Stolen Vehicles Squad said high-end luxury vehicles are also being stolen, but this is few and far between.

“We are still seeing the Nissan B14, B13, B12, AD Wagons, Almera and Tiida being the most popular vehicles for thieves, but we are still calculating statistics for this year,” the source said.

Gun in miss' face

Horrified after seeing their teacher robbed at gunpoint inside the school compound, Jordan Hill Presbyterian School students yesterday broke down in tears, prompting the early closure of the school.

Anxious parents hurriedly picked up their children between 9 am to 11 am, after hearing that the gunman had boldly walked into the Princes Town school’s compound and robbed the teacher of her gold bracelet and her Nissan Frontier pickup, valued at $150,000, shortly after she entered the gate designated for staff members only.