TT national deported from Grenada on 11 charges including manslaughter

Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 00:00

Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Ceasar has denied bail to a Trinidad and Tobago fugitive who has been deported from Grenada to answer 11 charges including manslaughter.

A statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service says that Obika Jabari Roberts fled the country in 2009. He was charged with the shooting death of Arvin Bissoondial, a stores clerk, during an alleged robbery at a Gasparillo business place on November 29th, 2003.

The following is the full statement from the TTPS:

"A Trinidad fugitive deported from Grenada to face 11 charges including manslaughter was denied bail when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Marcia Ayers-Caesar, presiding in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates Court, on Monday 23rd November, 2015, to answer to the charges.

Obika Jabari Roberts, of Fifth Avenue, Barataria, is charged with one count of manslaughter, five counts of possession of a firearm without a licence, four counts of possession of ammunition without a licence and one count of discharging a firearm within 40 yards of a public road. He was remanded into custody until Monday 30th November, 2015, where his case will be heard in the San Fernando Magistrates Court.

Roberts, 29, was charged with the shooting death of Arvin Bissoondial, a stores clerk, during an alleged robbery at a Gasparillo business place on November 29th, 2003.

The accused is believed to have fled Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 for Grenada whilst on bail for the aforementioned charges as well as for an additional charge of possession of a firearm without a license and a charge for possession of ammunition without a license from a 2007 incident in Malick.

Based on intelligence exchange between local Interpol and Interpol Grenada, Roberts was located in Grenada and arrested as an illegal immigrant on Friday 16th October, 2015. He was subsequently deported to Trinidad after appearing before a Grenada Magistrate Court on Monday 16th November, 2015.

The fugitive was repatriated to Trinidad on Friday 20th November, 2015, under escort of Sgt. (Ag.) Randy Ramjag of the Homicide Investigations Bureau and Cpl. Gerald Williams of the local Interpol Bureau, with the assistance of an N.O.C. helicopter crew and TTPS Air Support Unit, after being handed over by Grenada Police and Immigration Officials."