Homeless man charged with exposing school children to pornographic material

A 56-year-old man is expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate, charged with exposing children to pornographic material and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Christopher Nandlal, of no fixed place of abode, was arrested by PC Alister Redhead, of the San Fernando Police Station, around 7:15 am on Tuesday 20th March, 2018.

PC Redhead was on traffic duties, assisting students cross the roadway, when he observed a man standing on the pavement, in the vicinity of the ASJA Girls’ College, allegedly showing pornographic material to students.

30 months' hard labour for man in viral video robbing woman in front of her son

A Laventille man who was captured on CCTV footage robbing a 26-year-old woman in Woodbrook on Wednesday 7th March, 2018 while her infant son looked on, has been sentenced to 30 months’ hard labour by a Port of Spain Magistrate, after pleading guilty to a charge of robbery with violence.

Peter Hunte, 18, of Plum Trace, Picton Road, Laventille, stood before Port of Spain Magistrate Cheron Raphael on Tuesday to answer to the charge.

The accused had first appeared before Magistrate Raphael on Thursday 15th March, 2018, and the matter postponed to today for sentencing.

Chief Justice goes on vacation

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has left the country on vacation until May 9th.

The confirmation came via a statement by the Judiciary.

The statement says: "The Hounourable Mr Justice Allan Mendonca J.A. will perform the functions of Chief Justice in the absence of The Honourable the Chief Justice Mr Justice Ivor Archie who is out of the country on vacation leave from Tuesday 20th March 2018 to Wednesday 9th May 2018."

The CJ had indicated that he would proceed on vacation leave after standing down his request for a controversial sabbatical leave.

Dulalchan threatens to sue Agriculture Minister

The top nominee for the post of police commissioner is threatening to sue the Minister of Agriculture.

The action follows reports that his license to occupy agriculture land in Felicity was terminated.

Three people, including the Commissioner of State Lands, have also been suspended pending an investigation into this very issue. 

In a pre-action letter issued today, the acting Deputy Commissioner of Police denied any involvement in land grabbing and says he has a legal license to cultivate the land in Felicity. 

Law Association calls for investigation into Police Service following Chapman's murder

The Law Association is joining the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence in its call for a full investigation into the police service’s handling of the complaint of domestic violence made by Abigail Chapman less than a week before she was murdered.

In a statement issued today, the Law Association says it is not difficult to conclude that had an arrest been made promptly, and charges laid, the tragedy which unfolded within days may have been avoided.

Arima men charged with Carapo double murder

Two Arima men are expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate, charged with the double murder of Shaquille Thomas and Kylon Alexander, which occurred on Thursday 4th January, 2018.

Cyril Madoo, aka ‘Panday’, 22, a labourer, of Race Course Road, Arima, and Brent La Croix, 24, of Carapo, Arima, were also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan HonorePaul on Wednesday.

PM: I reject President's justification of sabbatical

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the decision by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to stand-down his decision to go on sabbatical leave and instead apply for vacation, averted "consequences" that he was prepared to take.

The prime minister said he rejects the president's justification of the sabbatical leave.

Dr Rowley was addressing a post-Cabinet news conference today.

He said the position of the Cabinet is that there is no provision for the Chief Justice to go on sabbatical leave.

Customs officer charged with importing US$149,960 in concealed packages

A Customs Officer with over 15 years’ service with the Customs and Excise Division, is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate today, charged with importation of prohibited goods and importation of concealed goods to deceive Customs officials.

The offenses occurred on Monday 12th March, 2018.

Radesh Ramnath, 44, of Penal, was arrested at Amerijet Caribbean Express Limited Bond Piarco, after US$149,960 in cash was found concealed in seven packs of Hanes vests, in a manner calculated to deceive Customs officials, contrary to the Customs Act.