Arima man charged with rape

An Arima man, previously held in connection with the rape of an 18- year-old woman, is set to appear before an Arima Magistrate today, after being charged with rape and grievous sexual assault by officers of the Arima Police Station.

Keston Keno Kelly, 33, of Train Line, Guanapo, Arima, was arrested by officers of the Arima Police Station, following a report made by the woman, alleging that the man had raped her at his home.

The victim was in the company of the accused, who offered to give her a ride to her home around 12:30pm on Sunday 13th May, 2018.

Rio Claro teacher charged with fraud involving $25 million cheque

A Rio Claro primary school teacher has been denied bail after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with attempting to obtain over $25 million by false pretense.

Mavis Medina, 43, of Ecclesville, Rio Claro, was denied bail and remanded into custody at the St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital pending evaluation, when she appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine, in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The matter was postponed to Tuesday 29th May, 2018.

Arima man on firearm and ammunition charge

A Malabar man is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate tomorrow, charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, after being arrested during an anti-crime exercise in the Arima district, yesterday.

Maurice Koon Koon, 47, of Koon Koon Trace, Malabar, was arrested around 9:30 am on Tuesday 15th May, 2018, by officers of the Arima Crime Patrol, while driving along the Eastern Main Road, Arima.

State to pay over $300,000 to businessman held as 'gang member' during SOE

The state has been ordered to pay a little over $300,000 in compensation to a Couva businessman who was charged with being a gang member during the 2011 State of Emergency.

The ruling was handed down in the San Fernando High Court by Justice Ricky Rahim.

He ruled that police officers had maliciously prosecuted Darryl Bishop as they did not have reasonable or probable cause to suspect that he was guilty of the crime when he was arrested.

Brothers on $125,000 bail for dishonoured cheques

Two Tunapuna brothers have each been placed on $75,000 bail, after appearing before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate, charged with obtaining services in the sum of $105,000, by use of dishonoured cheques.

Rajeev Harricharan, 29, an IT technician, and Timothy-Josh Harricharan, 24, an accounts clerk, both of Cecelia Road, Tunapuna, appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday to answer to the charges.

The matter has been postponed to Tuesday 29th May, 2018.

10 killers lose appeal in Thackoor Boodram's murder

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of 10 men convicted of the murder of the brother of drug kingpin Dole Chadee, who were seeking to quash their convictions on the basis of fresh claims that the State's main witness admitted to fabricating the case against them.

New 'silk' list sparks debate on process

As Government considers the list of nominees to be bestowed with the title of senior counsel, some senior legal practitioners are again questioning the political process of making the appointments.

Several attorneys, who spoke to Guardian Media, criticised the existing scheme, in which the selections are essentially made by the Government.

Under the process, attorneys who have been practising for over ten years are allowed to submit applications to the Office of the Attorney General. The AG’s Office compiles a list that is then forwarded to the Prime Minister. The Prime

$1,800 fine for forged vehicle insurance

A Princes Town man who uttered a forged Guardian General certificate of insurance, has been fined $1800 or serve four months’ hard labour, after appearing before a San Fernando Magistrate yesterday.

Ramchan Ramdass, 62, of Perry Young Road, Princes Town, pled guilty to the charge of uttering a forged document, when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine, at the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 14th May, 2018.

43-year-old truck driver charged with punching 11-year-old girl repeatedly in her face

A Valencia man charged with assault by beating an 11-year-old girl was granted $120,000 bail when he appeared before a Sangre Grande Magistrate.

Christopher Phillip, 43, a truck driver, of St. Albans, Valencia, appeared before Senior Magistrate Debra Quintyne in the Sangre Grande 1st Magistrates’ Court on Monday 14th May, 2018, to answer the charges.

The matter has been postponed to Monday 28th May, 2018, and Phillip has to maintain a distance of 1,000 feet from the victim.