Director of Public Prosecutions

Valencia Man Charged with 2018 Murder

A Valencia man is expected to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate today, charged with the 2018 murder of Kevin Arrindell.

38-year-old DARRYL BOBBY LALLA, of Quarry Road, Valencia, also was charged with shooting with intent against a male victim, as well as possession of firearm and possession of ammunition.

The charges were laid following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Monday 17th February 2020.

Coryal Man Charged with Murder

A  Coryal  man  is  expected  to  appear  before  an  Arima  Magistrate  today, charged with the murder of Paul Carrera, which occurred on Friday 31 January 2020.

Following advice received from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday 11 February 2020, murder charges were laid against 45-year-old GLEN JOSEPH of Carmichael Village, Coryal.

Another suspect in doctors kidnapping in court today

The other suspect in the kidnapping of Dr. Rudradeva Sharma and Dr. Prem Vijay Naidoo is expected to be charged and may face a San Fernando Magistrate, today.

The 17-year-old minor has been in custody at the Child Protection Unit (CPU) in South Oropouche, since being discharged from the San Fernando General Hospital, pending further inquiries.

DPP to decide on charges for suspect in doctors’ abduction

Detectives investigating the kidnapping of Dr. Rudradeva Sharma and Dr. Prem Vijay Naidoo are expected to meet with the Director of Public Prosecutions this afternoon for advice, before laying charges against one of the suspects.  

The 19-year-old labourer of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, would then be charged and taken before a San Fernando magistrate. 

The suspect has been detained at the police station since his discharge from the San Fernando General Hospital last Thursday. 

Belmont man in court for 2017 double murders

A  Belmont  man  is  expected  to  appear before  a  Port  of  Spain Magistrate today charged with a double murder in 2017—the murders of  Mukhtar Ali and Jamal Modeste—as well a charge of shooting with intent against a female victim, which occurred on Sunday 3 December 2017.

24-year-old hospital attendant, ANTHONY MOORE (alias ‘Chico’), of St. Francois Valley  Road,  Belmont,  also was  charged  with  possession  of  firearm and possession  of  ammunition,  following  advice  received  from  Director  of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Friday 17 January 2020.

DPP: Use police line-ups before video footage

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, believes identification through police line-up should be the first form of identification for a suspect, instead of the use of video footage.

He made the recommendation at today’s meeting of a Special Select Committee of Parliament, examining the Evidence Amendment Bill 2019.

DPP Gaspard said it gives the police and the witness a broader scope and a better chance at pinpointing a suspect.

Law Association concerned about judge's appointment leaving outstanding matters behind

The Law Association says it will seek to engage the Chief Justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General on a "workable solution" regarding the appointment of judges.

The Association notes that while the Constitution does not require public disclosure on the appointment of judges but says the relative secrecy involved has the potential to encourage suspicion.

The Association issued this statement today:

"The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to transparency and accountability in the selection and appointment of judges.