$60,000 bail for pregnant woman on cocaine charge

A pregnant woman yesterday appeared in court charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Mother of two Melissa Pancham, 32, was arrested at a market stall along Guaracara Tabaquite Road, Williamsville, on Tuesday. It is alleged that she had 27 grammes of cocaine in her possession. The street value of the drugs was estimated at $2,000. She was charged by PC Maltoo.

Pancham initially pleaded guilty when the charge was read to her by Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the San Fernando First Court.

17-year-old boy in court for baby's murder

A 17-year-old boy is to appear before the Children's Court, charged with the sexual assault and murder of a 15-month-old baby girl.

Last Wednesday, the mother of the child entrusted her in the care of the male relative at her home in Palo Seco.

When she returned home later that day she discovered her daughter unresponsive.

The girl was rushed to the Siparia Health Facility where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy revealed that the girl died from blunt force trauma to the head, a further medical examination revealed that the girl's hymen was ruptured.

Man jailed for receiving stolen loot after San Fernando jewelry heist

A 27-year-old man who pawned eight rings which were stolen during a jewelry store heist in San Fernando has been jailed for 24 months.

Dwayne Stoute, of St Clements Village, San Fernando, pleaded guilty to receiving the stolen jewelry and possession of a firearm and ammunition when he appeared before San Fernando magistrate Alicia Chankar.

Stoute was arrested last week Wednesday by PC Isaac of the Princes Town CID and other officers in Cocoyea Village, San Fernando.

Isaac searched him and found a pistol loaded with six rounds of ammunition stuck in his pants waist.

AG to refile matter against Jearlean John following procedural error

The Government has suffered a setback in its prosecution of a corruption lawsuit against former Housing Development Corporation (HDC) officials, two State officials and two private companies over a $175 million land deal.

High Court Judge Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell yesterday upheld an application by the 10 defendants in the case to set aside the lawsuit, based on the procedure used by the Office of the Attorney General in filing it two years ago.

CariFLAGS celebrates T&T ruling in favour of LGBTI community

CariFLAGS (Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities), the LGBTI regional network is celebrating with its member organizations and regional partners, the Trinidad and Tobago High Court decision in Jason Jones vs Attorney General delivered last Thursday, April 12.

CariFLAGS says it joins voices with T&T groups in calling on the country’s political and religious leaders, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, to speak out to prevent violence and discrimination in the wake of the ruling.

President calls for proper reporting on recent court ruling involving LGBTQI issues

President Paula-Mae Weekes is calling on proper reporting and dissemination of information on the recent court ruling on the Sexual Offences Act.

The president issued a statement today, in which she pointed to the laws, in a bid to encourage proper discord.

She says it is important that the national psyche is not damaged by inadvertently inciting victimisation, bigotry and violence.

The following is the president's statement.

Three officers on assault charges get combined bail of $625,000

Three police officers have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, misbehaviour and false imprisonment, offences alleged to have been committed on Sunday 5th November, 2017.

Corporal Nicholas Nurse was charged with kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, false imprisonment and two counts of misbehaviour; while PC Kevin Kassie was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and PC Kevin De Freitas was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.

Santa Cruz businesswoman charged with fraud

A Santa Cruz woman is remanded into custody, after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate, charged with trafficking in counterfeit cards, possession of a fraudulent driver’s permit and obtaining goods by dishonoured cheque.

Ayoka Mollick, 40, a businesswoman, of Foster Road, Santa Cruz, appeared before Magistrate Kerri Honore-Narine, in the Port of Spain 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 16th April, 2018, to answer to the charges.

Three police officers charged with assault, kidnapping

Three police officers have appeared in court charged with assaulting and kidnapping a man from Diego Martin last year.

Cpl Kevin Nurse and PCs Kevin Cassie and Kevin De Freitas appeared before Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court on four criminal charges which arose out of their arrest of Nicolas Owens in November last year.

The trio was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, kidnapping, false imprisonment and misbehaviour in public office. They were not called upon to plead to the charges which were laid indictably.