Arima man on gun, ammunition charges

An Arima man is currently in police custody for possession of a firearm and ammunition, after being arrested by officers of the Northern Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the Arima district, yesterday.

The exercise, supervised by Cpl. Paul Ramdhanie, of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), took place between 11 pm on Tuesday 8th May, 2018 and 3 am on Wednesday 10th May, 2018, and included officers of the Northern Division’s Rapid Response Unit, Arima CID and Arima Crime Patrol.

State to pay $345,000 to men beaten by police & framed with gun

The State has to pay more than $345,000 in compensation to two men who were beaten by the police and framed on firearm, ammunition and marijuana charges.

In awarding the money to friends Richard Caesar, 46, and Osa Chima, 38, Justice Margaret Mohammed found that the police acted with malice in instituting proceedings against the men.

No bail for man charged with buggering 12-year-old boy

A 22-year-old unemployed man has been slapped with 18 charges including buggery, sexual penetration and kidnapping involving four victims.

One of the victims included a 12-year-old schoolboy of East Port-of-Spain.

Josiah Nicholas of Strathclyde Ave, Cascade, appeared before the Port-of-Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court today, where bail was denied.

Two police officers in court on assault charges

Two police officers have appeared before a Princes Town Magistrate, charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, against an unemployed Princes Town man, which is alleged to have occurred on Saturday 17th December, 2016.

No. 19130 PC Windesh Balgobin and No. 19238 PC Jeffery Jackman, of the Princes Town Criminal Investigations Department (CID), appeared before Magistrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown, in the Princes Town 1st Magistrates’ Court on Friday 4th May, 2018.

The matter has been adjourned to Tuesday 3rd July, 2018.

14 days jail for clicking fingers in court

A High Court judge yesterday expressed concern about a magistrate’s decision to charge a La Brea man with contempt of court and jail him for 14 days because he clicked his fingers twice in court.

“The right to freedom is such an important right of a citizen. No one in judicial authority should treat with it lightly,” commented Justice Frank Seepersad as the constitutional motion filed by the man, Yaw Forson, came up before him in the San Fernando Civil Court.

No bail for $4.3m coke, gun charges

A Venezuelan who was held by police as he came off a boat in Cedros allegedly with $4.3 worth of cocaine, a gun and ammunition was yesterday denied bail when he appeared in the Point Fortin Magistrates Court.

Jimmy Alejandro Tapiero Hernandez, 27, admitted he entered the country illegally, through interpreter Luz Marina Tapias De Copilah, before First Court Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.

He requested a legal aid attorney when asked by the magistrate.

AG's office refiles claims against Jearlean John & others

The Office of the Attorney General has refiled a claim against Jearlean John and other HDC members, following the purchase of Eden Gardens for $175 million, two years after it was valued at $5 million.

The Office of the Attorney General made the announcement via a media statement issued today:

Court orders forfeiture of $42,000 seized from 66-year-old man

An Arima Magistrate has ordered the forfeiture of $42,000 in cash, which was seized by officers, from the Arima home of a 66-year-old man on Monday 12th May, 2014, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Section 38.

Following the seizure, Cpl (Ag.) Roger Boodoo, of the Financial Investigations Branch (FIB), conducted an investigation to determine the source and legitimacy of the money.

Upon completion of the probe, the investigators filed for a forfeiture application in the Arima Magistrates’ Court.

Woman, daughter-in-law sue State for squatting rights

A woman and her daughter-in-law have commenced their lawsuit against the State over a move to demolish their homes in a squatting community in Valencia last year.

Ashiminee Joseph and her daughter-in-law Annessa Maharaj both took the witness stand before Justice Frank Seepersad at the start of their trial in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday.

In their lawsuit, the relatives are relying on the State Suits Limitation Ordinance, which protects squatters from being deposed of land once they have been living unimpeded on it for 30 years.