Faris: It was no landmark judgement

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi says that Monday’s Privy Court ruling in favour of Ravi Balgobin-Maharaj was a “run of the mill judicial review application”; not a landmark judgment pertaining to Freedom of Information applications that is being portrayed by the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bisessar.

His comments came at a press conference today at Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs to address the issue.

He said currently, the leading case for Freedom of Information appeals is the Joint Consultative Council’s (JCC) Invaders Bay case. 

Six freed of Cepep worker's murder

Six men from Diego Martin, whose protracted preliminary inquiry for murdering a Cepep worker had to be restarted due to the short-lived judicial appointment of former chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, have been freed. 

Akili Charles, Chicki Portello, Anton Cambridge, Kareem Gomez, Levi Joseph and Israel “Arnold” Lara were discharged by Ayers-Caesar's successor Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle at the end of their second preliminary inquiry in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court, this morning. 

Court awards technician $204,000 for police licks

A 39-year-old pro­duc­tion tech­ni­cian who was as­sault­ed, ma­li­cious­ly pros­e­cut­ed and false­ly im­pris­oned by the po­lice has been award­ed $204, 750 in dam­ages.

Jus­tice Car­ol Gob­in or­dered WPC Vaughn Cud­joe-Joseph and the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al to pay the dam­ages to Ker­ryn Kissoon.

The mon­ey in­clud­ed spe­cial dam­ages in the sum of $11,500 for a Black­ber­ry cel­lu­lar phone and D2 coil set which were seized by the po­lice and not re­turned to him, as well as $5,750 for his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the mag­is­trates’ court.

Prison escapees appear in court

Six men who were recaptured after last Wednesday's prison break from the Golden Grove Prison have returned to court.

In addition to the charges they already face, which range from robbery to murder, the men will likely be charged with escaping lawful custody. 

The six were taken to the Arima Magistrate's court between 10 a.m and 11 a.m on Monday 20 May, 2019 in batches of two. 

Up until 1pm, the escapees and their attorneys were still before a magistrate answering the charges.

Privy Council rules for release of WGTL documents

The United National Congress (UNC) activist Ravi Balgobin Maharaj has been granted a lifeline in his bid to obtain documents related to Petrotrin's failed billion-dollar World Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant deal. 

In a judgement delivered at the United Kingdom's Supreme Court in London, this morning, five Law Lords of the Privy Council ruled that a High Court Judge and the Court of Appeal were both wrong to dismiss Maharaj's lawsuit, over his failure to obtain the documents through a request under the Freedom of Information Act. 

No bail for man injured in Carenage shooting

A man who was shot and in­jured dur­ing a po­lice-in­volved shoot­ing in Big Yard, Care­nage, two weeks ago, has ap­peared in court to face three charges, among them shoot­ing at the po­lice.

De­quan Dyall, who walked in on crutch­es, was brought to the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate's Court along with Chris­t­ian Eve.

Nelson a no-show in court

The plea agreement matter involving Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson failed to begin as planned Thursday, as Nelson was unable to arrive in this country in time for the hearing.

The matter came up for hearing before High Court judge Malcolm Holdip at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain at 2 pm., but the court learned that Nelson was yet to return to this country from the United Kingdom.

Attorney found guilty of contempt of court

Attorney Cherry Ann Rajkumar has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000 fine.

Justice Frank Seepersad ordered Rajkumar to pay the fine on or before June 30 otherwise she is to serve two days simple imprisonment.

Southern Medical Clinic through its attorneys filed the application for the court to find Rajkumar in contempt for breaching an interim injunction.

The injunction restrains Rajkumar from reposting or repeating allegations against the clinic. 

State closes case against Vicky

The State on Tuesday closed its case against for­mer trav­el agent Vicky Boodram and her ex-hus­band on 107 fraud charges aris­ing out of a failed cruise ship voy­age.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Elaine Greene led ev­i­dence for the State be­fore Se­nior Mag­is­trate Cher­ril-Anne An­toine in the San Fer­nan­do First Court.

The State pro­ceed­ed via pa­per com­mit­tal last April, where­by the state­ments of the wit­ness­es were ten­dered in­to ev­i­dence and on­ly the de­fence de­ter­mined which of them they need­ed to cross-ex­am­ine.

No bail for Coast Guard man accused of setting companion on fire

A 33-year-old Coast Guard officer, who set his police officer girlfriend on fire during an argument last week, has been denied bail after appearing in court this morning. 

Nathaniel Bullock appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to 29-year-old WPC Kelly-Ann Humphrey. 

Bullock stood silently in the prisoner enclosure with his right hand heavily bandaged and an "Our Daily Bread" prayer book in his other.