Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has revealed that there are “over 50 shooters, linked to various gangs” in this country who are responsible for the “significant number of homicides, via gang activity.”
In a statement released to the media on Monday, the Commissioner said this is the reason why the Bail Amendment Bill is a “critical tool” in being a strong deterrent and ensuring that when criminals are held they remain behind bars.
Two police officers charged under the Anti-Gang Act were granted bail of close to $300,000 in total to cover all offences when they appeared before Magistrate Joanne Connor at the Arima Magistrate's Court shortly before three o'clock this afternoon.
Police-constable Angelo Cedeno, 40, of Jitman Drive, Arouca was charged with misbehaviour in public office which allegedly occurred something between December 31, 2017, and July 1, 2018, for trafficking cocaine and ammunition.
Two men appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today, charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Javed Hosein, 40, of Gasparillo and Shazard Hannif, 30, of St Helena Village, were jointly charged with the offence when they appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Chaguanas 1st Magistrates’ Court.
The accused were not called upon to plead as charges were laid indictably.
Bail was granted in the sum of $5 million with surety.
Two of four men who appeared before an Arima magistrate charged under the new Anti-Gang Legislation Act may have benefited from an error after being granted bail.
Police officers said they were baffled after Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor granted bail to Kenson Williams and Kevon McIntyre although the new legislation now specifically states it is a non-bailable offence.
A Mayo teenager, accused of breaking into 12 homes during a two-month period has been denied bail.
Brandon Thompson, who turned 18 in April was arrested on Saturday and charged with ten offences of housebreaking and larceny, two house breaking with intent, resisting arrest and escaping lawful custody.
When Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine read the 14 charges to him in the San Fernando First Court, Thompson initially pleaded guilty to 11 of the house breaking charges.
Two police officers have been warned to have no contact with a man who has alleged that they stole money from him.
The warning was given to Police Constables Shazard Ali, 29, and Sadeeq Hosein, 27, as a condition of their bail when they appeared in the Chaguanas Magistrates Court on Monday charged with misbehaviour in public office.
The officers who were attached to the Cunupia Police Station at the time of the allegation were granted $100,000 surety bail by a Justice of the Peace at the Central Police Station on Saturday.
Three women were granted a total of $205,000 bail after they appeared yesterday in the San Fernando Magistrates Court charged with marijuana possession.
Friends Raquel Williams, 35, and Kathleen Joseph, 55, a mother of five, are charged jointly with possession of 310 grammes of marijuana.
It is alleged officers executed a search warrant for illegal arms and ammunition at Williams’ home at Bayshore, Marabella on Saturday.
A 24-year-old sales clerk was granted $200,000 bail after he was charged with sexually touching a 5-year-old girl.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Lorenzo Dookie appeared in the Port-of-Spain 7th Magistrates Court on May 29th to answer the charge.
Dookie was arrested and formally charged on Monday, following investigations supervised by Inspector Dickson of the Child Protection Unit after a report was made on March 20th.
The matter was adjourned to June 21st.
A Maraval man has been denied bail and remanded into custody after appearing before a Port of Spain Magistrate, charged with the sexual penetration and sexual touching of a 7-year-old girl.
Ted Dookie, 53, appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed, in the Port of Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 16th April, 2018, charged with one count of sexual penetration and two counts of sexual touching against a minor.
The matter was adjourned to Tuesday 1st May, 2018.
The 28-year-old Petit Valley contract sanitation worker assigned to the Port of Spain City Corporation, who claimed he was threatened at gunpoint to dump garbage on the streets of east Port of Spain during protests earlier this week, was granted bail in the sum of $40,000 by a Justice of the Peace on Thursday.
Lance Cupidore, of Cameron Road, appeared in the Port of Spain Second Court yesterday on two charges of wilfully obstructing the free passage of a road and littering.
He pleaded not-guilty.
He will reappear on March 21st.