Granny on larceny charges denied bail

A Rio Claro grandmother accused of tricking five people into giving her $150,000 in exchange for Government houses was yesterday remanded to the Women’s Prison, Arouca.

Soomaria Mahabal, 59, who was arrested at her home Deep Ravine Road on Friday appeared in the San Fernando First Magistrates’ Court on five charges of larceny by trick.

It is alleged that she took sums of money, totalling $153,270, from five people in Rio Claro between June and August 2015. 

Man on sexual grooming charges released on $50,000 bail

A 29-year-old man charged with sexual grooming of an 11-year-old girl has been released on $50,000 bail following his second appearance before a Chaguanas magistrate.

Neil Bissessar had been remanded in custody pending a criminal trace when he appeared in court on Monday to answer the charges.

He reappeared in court this morning and the court was told that the trace revealed that he had a previous run-in with the law for possession of marijuana.

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Government seeks Opposition support to extend 'no-bail' law by another two-years

Government is seeking to extend the law that denies bail for some crimes involving gang activity, kidnapping and the illegal possession of firearms, by another two years.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Stuart Young told today's post-Cabinet news conference that the legislation will expire on August 14th.

The legislation was brought to the Parliament by the former UNC-regime and supported by the Opposition PNM.

Bail set at $250,000 for PSA President Watson Duke

PSA President Watson Duke has been granted $250,000 two hundred and fifty thousand dollars bail after he was slapped with five charges including sexual intercourse without consent.

He was additionally charged with four counts of indecent assault between January and April at the PSA headquarters.

Duke arrived at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court this morning and was represented by Senior Counsel Gilbert Peterson.