Police: 45% reduction in youths, children charged with criminal offences

Police say the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has registered a 45% reduction in the number of youths or children charged for criminal offences for the comparative period January 1st to May 19th, 2017, and January 1st to May 19th, 2018.

Woman Sgt Michelle Lewis of the Child Protection Unit told a news conference today that the total number of child offenders for the periods are 96 and 53 respectively.

Judges angry over Archie’s extra leave

Judges of both the Supreme and Appeal Courts are said to be upset over the decision by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to proceed on an additional six-week vacation and are demanding answers about the “type’ of leave he has proceeded on.

Archie left the country last weekend. In his absence, Justice Allan Mendonca will act as Chief Justice from May 19t-June 7, when Mendonca himself will be out of the country.

Appeal Court Judge Alice Yorke Soo Hon will act from June 8-17 and Mendonca will act again from June 18-29-. Archie is due to return to office on June 30.

Valencia man charged with 2017 murder

A second Valencia man is scheduled to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate, charged with the murder of Kelvin Lake, which occurred on Sunday 2nd July, 2017.

Nicholas Edwards aka ‘Pancho’, 33, of Pine Apple Drive, New City, Valencia, was charged on Monday 21st May, 2018, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC.

Lake, 26, of Bertram Street, Valencia, was found dead along the roadway, at KP Lands, Valencia, with a gunshot wound to the head, on Sunday 2nd July, 2017.

Charged with obtaining $400,000 in chicken parts with fraudulent cheques

A Gasparillo businesswoman has been granted bail in the sum of $300,000 after appearing before a San Fernando Magistrate, charged with two counts of obtaining over $400,000 in chicken parts, by use of dishonoured cheques.

Karen Ali, 49, owner of Import Masters Ltd, appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar, in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 21st May, 2018, to answer to the charges.

The matter was postponed to Monday 18th June, 2018.

Five years in jail for doubles vendor who killed man by setting him on fire

Doubles vendor Nizam Mohammed will spend the next five years in jail for killing a man by setting him on fire.

Mohammed was charged with murder, but he was found guilty on March 28 to the lesser offence of manslaughter on the basis of provocation. Yesterday, Justice Maria Wilson sentenced him to 15 years in prison but the ten years he spent in custody awaiting trial was subtracted.

Mohammed 45, his wife, Putitia and former worker, Timothy Sammy, were jointly charged with the 2008 murder of Stephen Joshua, also called Jumbo.

Woman in court for attempted murder

A woman charged with the attempted murder of her husband was granted $250,000 bail when she appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate yesterday.

Kamatie Ramdial 57, of Valencia, appeared before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne of Sangre Grande First Court.

On March 14, her husband, Anslem Picton 57, of First Caigual, Sangre Chiquito was found at the side of the road in Matura suffering from gunshot injuries.

Villagers called in police officers assigned to the Matura Police Station and the injured man was taken to the hospital.

Archie leaves again on six-week vacation

Embattled Chief Justice Ivor Archie has gone on vacation leave until the end of next month.

An email sent by his administrative secretary Shabiki Cazabon to Judges and Masters of the T&T Supreme Court yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by the T&T Guardian, advised that Archie would be out of the jurisdiction from May 19 to June 30 to continue his vacation leave, which was cut short due to his mother’s death earlier this month.

Man arrested on airport tarmac after breaching perimeter fence

A man who breached the perimeter fence at the Piarco International Airport last night has been arrested after being intercepted by security officers attached to the Airports Authority.

He has been identified as David Ector Err of Carapo.

He was detained in the vicinity of Gate 14 on the tarmac of the airport.

Officer spotted the man on the tarmac around 9.45 pm.