A video of prisoners feasting, chanting, cavorting and recording their activities comfortably on banned cellular phones at the Maximum Security Prison is now the subject of an investigation.
Police officers attached to Sangre Grande Court and Process Unit were attacked late yesterday by prisoners, who threw faeces and urine at them from within the court’s holding cell at Sangre Grande Police Station.
The prisoners, most of whom were murder accused, allegedly began throwing faeces and urine at officers as they returned with prisoners from the nearby Magistrate’s Court. The prisoners then set fire to toilet paper and pieces of sponge.
Anger and violence erupted at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court this morning as criminal cases which were previously being heard by Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar came up for hearing.
Three men accused of murder — Nigel Mayers, Miguel Roberts and Nick Noreiga — had to be physically removed from the Port of Spain Eight Court after the began cursing and threatening police officers.
A Facebook Live video shot by a man in a cell with several other men has gone viral online.
The man who shot the video claims they were 15 men arrested by police in the Enterprise area on Wednesday.
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He complains of the conditions in the police station's cell, including the quality of water and the toilet facilities.
Other men are seen lying and sitting on the floor.
Trinidad Guardian: Approximately 1,300 prisoners in remand are now being considered for bail by the State from August 15.
In light of this new development, due to the failure of the Opposition to support the Government’s recent move to extend the Bail Amendment Bill, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday admitted that the release of these prisoners, who are facing charges of kidnapping for ransom, could be a security risk to the country. However, he assured that security forces will be out in full force to deal with whatever comes as a result of this situation.