Security measure for Dana case causes traffic gridlock

The tes­ti­mo­ny of the State's main wit­ness in the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry in­to Se­nior Coun­sel Dana See­ta­hal's mur­der is caus­ing mas­sive traf­fic grid­lock lead­ing in­to Port-of-Spain this morn­ing.

While there are reg­u­lar traf­fic re­stric­tions for week­ly hear­ings of the case at the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) re­port­ed­ly im­posed ex­tra mea­sures this morn­ing as the wit­ness was start­ing to give ev­i­dence.

Two jailed for faking kidnappings

Two young men who faked their kid­nap­pings on the same day - one due to mon­ey wor­ries and the oth­er be­cause of ta­ban­ca—were each jailed for 30 days with hard labour yes­ter­day.

Jonathon Ram­cha­ran, 24, of Gas­par­il­lo and Kevin Ram­roop, 22, of Tarou­ba South, both un­em­ployed, plead­ed guilty to the waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time by mak­ing false re­ports to their rel­a­tives that they had been kid­napped and ran­soms de­mand­ed for their re­lease Wednes­day.

UWI students in court this morning

Two Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies stu­dents who spent last night in jail, af­ter they were ar­rest­ed by po­lice dur­ing a heat­ed stu­dent protest at the St Au­gus­tine cam­pus yes­ter­day, are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in the Tu­na­puna Mag­is­trate’s Court this morn­ing.

The stu­dents, who are both mem­bers of the Stu­dent Guild Coun­cil, se­cured sta­tion bail af­ter 11 pm last night at St Joseph and Tu­na­puna Po­lice Sta­tions re­spec­tive­ly. They were charged with us­ing ob­scene lan­guage, block­ing the main thor­ough­fare and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

No bail for teen accused of breaking into 12 homes

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.

$100,000 bail for police officers on larceny charge

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.

Moonilal hires Queen's Counsel for Rowley lawsuit

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has confirmed that he has hired Queen's Counsel Richard Clayton to head the defence team in a libel lawsuit filed against him by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley over allegations he made in Parliament connecting Dr Rowley to the A&V fake oil scandal.

Woman awarded $240,000 after being framed by police for cocaine trafficking

A mother of two from Princes Town, who was framed by police for cocaine trafficking after they extorted $100,000 from her husband, has been awarded $240,000 in compensation. 

Delivering a 48-page judgement on Thursday, High Court Judge Margaret Mohammed ordered the damages for Anisha Raffick, of Borde Narve Village, Princes Town, as she upheld her malicious prosecution and false imprisonment claim against the State. 

Mohammed said she found Raffick's version of what transpired when she was arrested in November 2013, more plausible than the police's. 

Mechanic loses negligence case in car accident

A mechanic, who was seriously injured in an accident in Balandra in January, last year, has lost his negligence claim against the driver of the car in which he was travelling. 

Delivering an 8-page judgement in the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain on Thursday, High Court Judge David Harris dismissed the lawsuit in which Lutchman Ramcharan was suing Vijay Mohan and his insurance company Bankers Insurance Company of T&T.