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.
Arson is suspected in a fire which destroyed a Couva restaurant and bar yesterday morning.
Ten people employed at the Bat and Barrel Restaurant and Sports Bar at Rivulet Road are now without jobs. However, no injuries were reported from the blaze.
According to reports, the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday shortly after a group of men accosted the security guard. A senior employee, who did not want to be named, said he was told three or four men tied up the security officer in the booth.
A woman was found dead today in a burnt house in San Fernando.
It's the same house where a number of firearms and ammunition, and marijuana was found two days ago.
According to reports just after 2, this morning residents of the area awoke to the sound of gunshots at the house on Purcell Street, San Fernando.
We are told that within moments the house erupted in flames from the inside.
Officers of the Mon Repos fire station, Marabella CID, southern division task force and homicide department responded.
Fire-fighters suspect arson behind a fire that destroyed a wooden house in San Fernando this morning.
The fire occurred at Pointe-a-Pierre Road around 7.10 am.
The owner, Paula Baird said there were several attempted break-ins on the property that were reported to the police.
She said just before the fire started, her daughter heard a dog barking outside.
Officers of the Mon Repos Fire Station responded but were unable to save the house.
Investigations are continuing.
Police are investigating a fire at a Marabella supermarket to determine if it was another case of attempt arson with the intention of the perpetrators to loot the establishment.
The incident occurred Sunday night at the Sookhoo's on Union Road, Marabella.
Fire-fighters were forced to battle a fire at the establishment last night and their investigations suggest that the fire was deliberately set.
Police and business associations have warned of a new trend in which criminals are setting fire to business places with the intention of raiding and looting.
Police are investigating an arson attack on the home of a Special Reserve Police officer in Gran Couva.
According to police, at around 1.15 on Wednesday afternoon, SRP Reynold Charles asleep at his Frasal Road home asleep.
His mother Patricia Jycerie, 54, and his aunt Evelyn Antoo, 53 were also at the house, when they were awakened by explosions.
They then found that their house and a vehicle parked in the yard were on fire.
Acting Sgt Dickson and Cpl Harriot responded.