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Five months after body found, autopsy confirms it's missing woman Anita Mohammed

Five months after remains were found in Santa Flora in December, an autopsy conducted today has confirmed that it is that of missing Freeport woman, Anita Mohammed.

The autopsy results were confirmed by an uncle of Mohammed and Head of Corporate Communications of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Ellen Lewis.

The remains were lying in a morgue at the Forensic Science Centre in St James since the badly decomposed body was found on at No. 9 Petrotrin Field Road near oil pump No. 481 in Santa Flora last December 28th.

Opposition Leader calls for action on crime at murdered Uber driver's funeral

“Enough is enough; time for tough action on crime.”

These were the words of Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she delivered a tribute to Christopher Mohammed, who was found murdered in St James on Friday.

Christopher, 28, worked as a sous chef aboard an oil rig and was a part-time Uber driver.

SWMCOL applauds Massy's plastic bag initiative, encourages others to do the same

The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) is applauding the initiative by Massy Stores to reduce the use of plastic bags.

SWMCOL issued a statement Tuesday saying that as it continues to encourage citizens to “Get into Green” by adopting everyday practices that redound to the benefit of our beautiful island environment, "we applaud Massy Stores’ recently launched initiative to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags".

Charged with obtaining $400,000 in chicken parts with fraudulent cheques

A Gasparillo businesswoman has been granted bail in the sum of $300,000 after appearing before a San Fernando Magistrate, charged with two counts of obtaining over $400,000 in chicken parts, by use of dishonoured cheques.

Karen Ali, 49, owner of Import Masters Ltd, appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar, in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 21st May, 2018, to answer to the charges.

The matter was postponed to Monday 18th June, 2018.

Appeal Court rules against Chief Justice

The Appeal Court has ruled in favour of the Law Association's appeal against a judge's decision to shut down its investigation into allegations of misconduct against Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

The ruling was handed down unanimously by acting Chief Justice Allan Mendonca and Justices of Appeal Peter Jamadar and Nolan Bereaux in the Appeal Court today.

The Appeal Court judges also dismissed Archie's judicial review application.

Garcia: 300-plus facing UTT axe

An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. While 57 academic staffers have so far received dismissal letters, an additional 287 non-academic staff members are also expected to be dismissed, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed yesterday.

Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.

Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.

Police fear reprisals for teen's murder

Central Division police are bracing for more bloodshed following the murder of 17-year-old Kevon Paul, who was gunned down a short distance from his Claxton Bay home on Sunday.

Witnesses said a relative was heard calling for “reinforcements” at the crime scene, demanding blood for the death of Paul.

Hours later, a man was shot in the leg near the scene of Paul’s murder and investigators are probing whether it was in retaliation.

Five years in jail for doubles vendor who killed man by setting him on fire

Doubles vendor Nizam Mohammed will spend the next five years in jail for killing a man by setting him on fire.

Mohammed was charged with murder, but he was found guilty on March 28 to the lesser offence of manslaughter on the basis of provocation. Yesterday, Justice Maria Wilson sentenced him to 15 years in prison but the ten years he spent in custody awaiting trial was subtracted.

Mohammed 45, his wife, Putitia and former worker, Timothy Sammy, were jointly charged with the 2008 murder of Stephen Joshua, also called Jumbo.

Woman in court for attempted murder

A woman charged with the attempted murder of her husband was granted $250,000 bail when she appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate yesterday.

Kamatie Ramdial 57, of Valencia, appeared before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne of Sangre Grande First Court.

On March 14, her husband, Anslem Picton 57, of First Caigual, Sangre Chiquito was found at the side of the road in Matura suffering from gunshot injuries.

Villagers called in police officers assigned to the Matura Police Station and the injured man was taken to the hospital.

Archie leaves again on six-week vacation

Embattled Chief Justice Ivor Archie has gone on vacation leave until the end of next month.

An email sent by his administrative secretary Shabiki Cazabon to Judges and Masters of the T&T Supreme Court yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by the T&T Guardian, advised that Archie would be out of the jurisdiction from May 19 to June 30 to continue his vacation leave, which was cut short due to his mother’s death earlier this month.

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