Suspect in prison officer’s killing in court today

A little over two months after prison officer Devendra Boodooram was murdered, a man from east Port-of-Spain was charged with the crime.

According to a post on the Police Service Twitter account posted yesterday afternoon, Andre “Famo” Lavia, also known as “Brandon Thomas” and “Wetman Andre” was charged with murdering Boodooram on January 26.

Lavia is expected to appear in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Shot Venezuelan woman on gun, ammo charges

A 21-year-old Venezuelan woman, who was wounded in an alleged shoot-out with police in Diego Martin last week, has appeared in court charged with firearm and ammunition possession.

Monika Jerez-Gonzalez, a law student, was not called upon to plead to the charges when she appeared before Magistrate Rehanna Hosein in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ court less than 24 hours after she was discharged from hospital.

Jerez-Gonzalez was charged with being in possession of a Smith and Wesson .38 pistol and a quantity of ammunition.

Prison officers in court charged with smuggling contraband

Two prison officers who were arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband items into the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca, last week, have been granted a total of $120,000 bail.

Shane Rambharose and Shaun Johnson were granted $40,000 and $80,000 bail respectively when they appeared before Magistrate Debbie-Ann Bassaw in the Arima Magistrates’ Court yesterday afternoon.

Both men were charged under the Prisons Act for bringing contraband items into the prison. If convicted the offence carries a maximum fine of $25,000 and up to three years in prison.

Second man charged with soldier's murder

A second Gasparillo man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force soldier, Ken Palmer, which occurred on Thursday 15th March, 2018.

The accused is expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate, also charged with four additional offences.

Ravi Pooran, 30, a labourer of Rampersad Avenue, Dalloo Road, Gasparillo, is also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of firearm and ammunition to endanger life.

Ayers-Caesar wins in Appeal Court vs former president Carmona

The Appeal Court has dismissed an appeal brought by former president Anthony Carmona in relation to former judge Marcia Ayers-Caesar, who is seeking to have her letter of resignation as a judge declared null and void.

Justice Harris had granted permission for Ayers-Caesar tp file an application for judicial review against the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) and President Carmona and although the JLSC did not appeal that decision, President Carmona did via the Attorney General.

Wife freed, husband convicted on murder charge

It was a bitter sweet outcome for Putitia Mohammed yesterday after she was freed of a murder charge, but she left behind her husband who was convicted and taken back to prison to await sentencing.

Putita, 39, blew a kiss to her husband Nizam Mohammed, 45, as he was being led in handcuffs from the San Fernando High Court to the prison van last evening. Putitia, her husband, both double vendors, and former worker Daniel Sammy, were all on trial before Justice Maria Wilson charged with the 2008 murder of Stephen Joshua, also called Jumbo, who was set on fire by her husband.

No bail for man on million-dollar cocaine charge

A 42-years-old St Helena man was denied bail after he appeared before a Tunapuna Magistrate on Tuesday, charged with possession of 2.2 kg of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The drugs had an estimated street value of TT$1 million.

On Wednesday 21st March 2018, officers of the Praedial Larceny Squad led by Corporal Jeffers and including PC Toussaint and WPC Simon, were on mobile patrol along Freeman Road St. Augustine when at around 8:40 pm, they observed 42-year-old David Neeranjan seated in a blue Hyundai vehicle and speaking to a man on the side of the road.