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Diego Martin man has been granted $40,000 bail when he appeared before in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with breaching two protection orders.

Linton Cochrane, 57, of Cemetery Street, Diego Martin, was also ordered by Magistrate Sarah De Silva on Wednesday to stay away from the victim after pleading not guilty to the charges.

The matter was postponed to December 15.

Cochrane was arrested and charged by PC Dennis, of the Western Division Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) on November 22 following a report made by his wife on November 19 that her husband was in breach of two protection orders.

The woman obtained two protection orders from the court in September 2020, which compelled him not to:

• Engage in or threaten to engage in conduct which would constitute domestic violence against the woman.

• Use abusive, threatening, violent or obscene language against her.

• Vacate the premises at Debe Road, Long Circular, St James on November 11, 2020; and that

• One pressure cooker, one gold chain and one juicer to be handed over to him by her at the St James Police Station at 4 pm on November 12.

The Police Service said in a release Cochrane’s wife, in the first instance, on November 8, 2020, went to a church at Debe Road, Long Circular, and asked the accused for her belongings following which he allegedly made threats to kill her.

In the second incident, the woman told police that on November 19 around 4.20 pm at a hardware on the Diego Martin Main Road, the accused was allegedly in possession of a knife and threatened to kill her.

A report was subsequently made to the police after the incident on the same day which GBVU took up the case.

Following investigations into the two reports, PC Dennis charged Cochrane with two counts of breach of protection orders. Investigations were headed by Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne and supervised by Inspector Lystra Bridglal.