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File picture, Prisoners of Remand Yard, Golden Grove Prison, Arouca, play small goal football during air time.

Prisons Comnmissioner (Ag) Dennis Pulchan says a Covid Command Centre has been established at Golden Grove to gather and process all information required to aid in decision making, in an effort to effectively manage the containment of COVID-19 within the walls of the nation’s prisons.

Pulchan said daily reports from every station are mandatory and are to provide information inclusive of, but not limited to, staff attendance and status, enhanced prisoner observation, sanitization methods and frequencies.

Pulchan who heads the Centre, explained that situational awareness during this time is detrimental to how responses are coordinated. As such, outlets of communication were established specifically for the purpose of relating of COVID-19 situations.

Commissioner Pulchan added that all charges are constantly monitored for any signs and symptoms and testing have been performed on those displaying any signs and symptoms. To date, only two prisoners have tested positive and all the necessary protocols have been observed.

He advised that enhanced measures were implemented to minimize the spread of the virus.

Pulchan said since the introduction of community spread, members of staff have been advised against reporting for duty and to seek medical attention if feeling unwell.

Inevitably, he said, some officers have returned positive results while a number of them are under quarantine.

The Prisons Commissioner has reminded members of the public that the commissary remains functional for purchases and virtual visits continue.

Assault weapons cache found, 2 arrested

Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant Police recovered several high powered assault rifles and ammunition in the Tacarigua district and arrested two people in connection with the findings.According to a police report, between the hours of 3:30 am and 5 am on Monday an exercise was conducted in the Tacarigua area by members of the North Eastern Divisional Task Force (NEDTF) spearheaded by Snr Supt Phillip, Supt Maynard-Wilson, Supt Alexander, Insp Ramsingh and Sgt Martin. Also, supervised by Cpl Daniel and Cpl Duncan. During the said exercise a search warrant for Firearm and Ammunition was executed at Teak Street, Tacarigua, during the search police found two 5.56 calibre assault rifles, one .22 MP5 and a total of 143 5.56 ammunition, 59 .22 ammunition, 63 40 calibre ammunition and 44 9mm ammunition. Two people were arrested relative to the findings. PC Taylor of the NEDTF is continuing enquiries.

A Carapichaima man has been granted bail after pleading not guilty to breaching a protection order.

40 year old Kenrick Ricky Nathaniel of Waterloo Road, Carapichaima, appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Friday where he was granted bail with restrictions.

The man must make arrangements through his attorney to remove his personsl items, which he must do in the presence of the Police.

He must also report to the Police twivce a week and remain 200 metres away from the victim at all time.

The matter was adjourned to September 18th 2020.

Tobago man pleads not guilty

A Tobago man who allegedly assaulted a woman and in the process exposed a minor to danger, pleaded not guiulty to the charge and has been granted bail with conditions.

49 year old Sean Manswell, a labourer of Castara appeared before Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor at the Scarborough Magistrates First Court and was granted bail in the sum of $45,000 with a surety.

The victim reported to the police that on August 16th she was at her Castara home when she got into a heated argument with the accused.

During the argument he allegedly dealt her several blows about the body in the presence of a minor.

The defendant was also ordered to vacate the home which he shares with both victims and only return for clothing and toiletries with police present. He must not come within 100 metres of the woman or the minor.

He will also have to report to the Moria police station each and every Saturday before 6pm,

The matter was adjourned to September 16th 2020.