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He’s not above the law

Attorneys for the Law Association of T&T (LATT) have told Chief Justice Ivor Archie’s attorneys he is not above the law and as with all public officials, is subject to public scrutiny. As such, contrary to the CJ’s position, the association, through its attorneys, says it is acting within its remit to “protect the interest of the legal profession in Trinidad and Tobago” by probing allegation against the CJ.

$40,000 bail for garbage truck driver on East Port-of-Spain dumping charges

The 28-year-old Petit Valley contract sanitation worker assigned to the Port of Spain City Corporation, who claimed he was threatened at gunpoint to dump garbage on the streets of east Port of Spain during protests earlier this week, was granted bail in the sum of $40,000 by a Justice of the Peace on Thursday.

Lance Cupidore, of Cameron Road, appeared in the Port of Spain Second Court yesterday on two charges of wilfully obstructing the free passage of a road and littering.

He pleaded not-guilty.

He will reappear on March 21st.

Bias against me

In an historic move, Chief Justice Ivor Archie has initiated legal action against the Law Association, saying it has no authority to investigate him, and has sought to block any further action by the association pending the outcome of High Court action.

But the association says the letter will not stop them from moving ahead and seeking advice on whether the allegations made against the CJ are enough to warrant the start of impeachment proceedings.

Retired police officer charged with trafficking Guyanese woman and several sexual offences

A retired police officer has been committed to stand trial after the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) of the Ministry of National Security arrested him for allegedly bringing a Guyanese woman into the country for sexual exploitation.

He has also been charged with serious indecency, rape and indecent assault.

A statement by the Ministry says that on Friday 16th February 2018, retired Police Officer David Rattan was committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Antoine of the San Fernando 1st Magistrate Court.

'Sandman' charged with firearm, ammunition possession

Vaughn Mieres, also known as Sandman, is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate this morning on charged of possession of guns and ammunition.

Mieres, who is a Las Cuevas-based businessman, was charged last night on the instructions of Deputy DPP Joan Honore Paul.

Paul was consulted and she issued instructions for Mieres to be charged along with a number of other persons.

The charges were laid in connection with arms and ammunition found during a police exercise at his home on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

Yorke denies deal with Chatelal

Former T&T and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke yesterday denied he entered into any contract with Chutney Monarch Neval Chatelal to loan him money to pay off a debt following his Island Vibe fete last year. In fact, Yorke dismissed the story, adding he is also not broke.

"As far as I'm concerned that matter is closed, so there's no issue on what was reported in the media... There is no fact to it, there's no contractual agreement that's for sure. I have never signed a form or paper or anything," Yorke said during a tour of the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet.

Vendor to serve 23 years jail for raping mentally-challenged girl

Market vendor Narine Ragoonanan who sexually assaulted a mentally challenged nine-year-old girl, then raped and impregnated her at age 15 will spend the next 23 years and seven months in jail.

Ragoonanan, 53, also called Ragoonanan Narine, was found guilty of two counts of grievous sexual assault and three months later he pleaded guilty to raping her.

In passing sentence in the San Fernando Second Assizes, Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas commented on the girl’s developmental and learning challenges.

Gov't initiates criminal & civil proceedings in relation to Chaguaramas oil spill

Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan says the Government is taking both civil and criminal legal action against the owners of a vessel responsible for an oil spill in Chaguaramas in October last year.

The spill cost the State $2 million in clean-up operations.

Minister Khan told the Senate that on Sunday 15th October, 2017, the ministry received a report of the spill near the Carera Island in Chaguaramas.

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