Kunti tells police she was beaten with piece of wood

A decision to spend Mothers Day with her children turned out badly for Barrackpore mother Kunti Deopersad after a male relative allegedly beat her with a piece of wood.

Deopersad, 39, who moved out of her marital home at Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore, after she admitted to faking her own kidnapping last March, returned on Mother's Day at her children's request.

She told police that her children begged her to spend the night so she spread a mattress on the ground and went to sleep. 

Cabinet calls on UTT to explain process by which lecturers were dismissed

Cabinet is calling on the management of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to explain to the public the process that was undertaken to arrive at the decision to dismiss staff.

A statement by the Ministry of Education says that while the Cabinet is aware and understands the need for this move, the UTT must be given the opportunity to fully elaborate on the process that was followed to the public.

The point was also made, that the letters of termination that have already been issued to academic staff members will stand as valid.

Rio Claro man charged with marijuana possession

A Rio Claro man is expected to appear before a Rio Claro Magistrate, charged with possession of 2.4 kilogrammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Kevin Allen, 32, a labourer, of Cuche Village, Rio Claro, was arrested and charged by officers of the Biche Police Station, during an anti-crime exercise in the Biche district on Wednesday 16th May, 2018.

During the exercise, which was led by Cpl. Surrendra Bhim, officers had cause to stop and search a silver Nissan Wingroad motor vehicle with one male occupant.

SRP denied bail on fraud charge

A Special Reserve Police Officer has been denied bail after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with attempting to obtain $89,906.97 by false pretense.

No. 8366 SRP Officer Stefon Rochford, 30, of Brazil Village, Arima, who was also charged with uttering a forged valuable security, was denied bail and remanded into custody, when he appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine, in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday 17th May, 2018, to answer the charges.

Missing Diego Martin schoolgirl last seen in uniform Wednesday morning

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 14-year-old Curin Craigwell.

Curin, a form three student of Corpus Christi College, was last seen at her Dillon Street, Diego Martin home, around 7:30 am on Wednesday 16th May, 2018.

She was reported missing to the Maraval Police Station, at 6:15 pm on the same day by her mother, Onika Craigwell. Curin is of African descent, five feet tall, slim built with a brown complexion and short relaxed hair.

Two Laventille men charged with kidnapping, rape and buggery

Two Laventille men are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with the kidnapping, rape and buggery against a 21-year-old woman, by officers of the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Keston Modeste, 23, of George Street, Port of Spain, and Khadir Martinez, 21, of Laventille Road, Laventille, are also jointly charged with grievous sexual assault, assault by beating, and false imprisonment.

The men were arrested following a report made by the victim who alleged she was abducted and raped on Friday 11th May, 2018.

Port cancels Wednesday sailings of T&T Spirit

The T&T Spirit is to be taken off service on Wednesdays as part of a new maintenance schedule.

The Port Authority says this arrangement will commence from Wednesday 23rd May, 2018.

It says that the schedule will be adjusted within any week that there is an expected increase in demand and that travellers will be advised.

The Port Authority says Wednesdays are usually short sailing days as the demand for the service on this day is usually low, and the vessel operates at 6.30 am from Tobago and 12.00 noon from Port of Spain.

PM invites Chinese businessmen to explore T&T business opportunities

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today met with a group of young Chinese businessmen as he continued his official visit to the People's Republic of China today in Shanghai.

The Office of the Prime Minister said the businessmen represented a wide array of business ventures including investment financing, real estate development, artificial intelligence and manufacturing robotics, ICT and tours and travel.

Dr Rowley thanked the businessmen for their interest in investing directly in Trinidad and Tobago and encouraged them to explore the opportunities available.

Arima man charged with rape

An Arima man, previously held in connection with the rape of an 18- year-old woman, is set to appear before an Arima Magistrate today, after being charged with rape and grievous sexual assault by officers of the Arima Police Station.

Keston Keno Kelly, 33, of Train Line, Guanapo, Arima, was arrested by officers of the Arima Police Station, following a report made by the woman, alleging that the man had raped her at his home.

The victim was in the company of the accused, who offered to give her a ride to her home around 12:30pm on Sunday 13th May, 2018.