Couva men charged with setting house on fire with family of 10 inside

Two Couva men who were charged with committing arson against a family of ten, have appeared before the Couva Magistrates’ Court today.

Shaun Braithwaite aka ‘Teddy’, a 32-year-old businessman and Shakeel Braithwaite, a 29-year-old labourer, both of McBean, Couva were jointly charged with arson when they stood before Magistrate Cheron Raphael on Tuesday.

Shakeel Braithwaite, who was also charged with robbery with violence, shooting with intent, and possession of a firearm and ammunition, was denied bail, while, Shaun Braithwaite was granted $120,000 bail.

Both men, who are unrelated, are expected to reappear in court on Tuesday 9th April, 2019.

Braithwaite’s robbery charge arose from an incident which took place in August 2018, against patrons of a bar in Esperanza Village, Couva.

Both Braithwaites were charged with arson, following an incident on Saturday 2nd March, 2019, when a family of ten discovered the house they lived in was on fire, while they were still inside.

At 1 am on the date of the incident, one of the victims heard loud noises outside of his home and went to investigate.

While making checks he noticed four men outside and the house on fire.

One of the suspects also shot at the victim.

The victim ran back into the house, grabbed his wife and children and escaped to safety.

Both men were arrested on the same date of the attack against the family and later charged by PC Ramoutar, of the Couva Criminal Investigations Department.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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