COVID-19 party-goers appear in court

The 11 Trinidadian and Venezuelan nationals who appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Wednesday 15 April, for breaching the new COVID-19 Regulations. (Image: TTPS)

Five Trinidadian men and six Venezuelan nationals appeared in court on Wednesday 15 April, charged under the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] (No. 9) Regulations, 2020.

Official police reports state that they were among several persons—both Trinidadian and Venezuelan—who were held during an operation conducted by members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) at Alicia’s Guest House, Cascade, on Friday 10th April 2020. The raid was led by Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.

The Trinidadian nationals who appeared in court were: BRUCE BOWEN and DOMINIC SURAJ, both of Maraval; CHRISTOPHER WILSON, of Belmont; COLLIN RAMJOHN, of Point Cumana; and MARLON HINDS, of Diego Martin. They were among 16 persons held at the location, last Friday.

Eight Venezuelan nationals were held at the location, six of whom appeared in court, yesterday: LUZ MARINAVARGAS IBARRA; DANA NATACHA FUENTES MUDARRA; GRESEL GERARDO GONCALEZ GONZALEZ; YULANGI DEL CARMEN PROSPERTT ARRAY; LUISNEIDIS MARINO; and MARIANGEL DEL VALLE LOPEZ RAMOS.

These eleven suspects were subsequently charged with the offence of gathering in a public place where the number of persons gathered exceeded five persons, in accordance with Regulation 3 (1) (b) of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] (No. 9) Regulations, 2020.

They all appeared before Port of Spain Magistrate Adia Mohammed via video conferencing on Wednesday 15th April 2020.

The Trinidadian men were granted own bail each in the sum of $20,000 on the condition that they remain at their residences between 6:00pm and 8:00am, until the COVID-19 Regulations are lifted.

The non-nationals were denied bail and remanded into custody.