Chief Justice backs down on sabbatical leave

Chief Justice Ivor Archie has backed down on his decision to pursue a sabbatical leave but will instead take vacation leave to pursue his studies in the United States.

The Chief Justice issued a statement to this regard Wednesday afternoon, one day before the prime minister was due to pronounce on the matter.

The following is the Chief Justice's statement.

PM has options in CJ sabbatical matter

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has options to stop Chief Justice Ivor Archie from proceeding on a six month sabbatical leave approved by President Anthony Carmona.

A decision which has caused a firestorm of criticism within and outside the judiciary.

These options include directing the treasury not to pay the CJ for the six months, or triggering Section 137 of the Constitution, something which the government has maintained it would not do despite accusations in the public domain about the CJ.

Valencia man charged with murder

A Valencia man is expected to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate today, charged with the murder of Andre Cruickshank, aka ‘Zion’, and three counts of shooting with intent against the victim’s friends.

Keon Francis aka ‘Boyo’, 21, a mechanic, of Gill Street, Valencia, is also charged with possession of firearm and ammunition, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on Monday 12th March, 2018.

President stands by his position to allow CJ's sabbatical

President Anthony Carmona is standing by his decision to grant sabbatical leave to Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Just after 6pm on Monday, President Carmona dispatched a letter to the prime minister, in which the president stood by his decision.

Sources tell CNC3 the president met with a legal advisor for several hours yesterday before dispatching the correspondence to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Carmona back to clarify CJ’s sabbatical

As the Anglican Church held a thanksgiving service for President-elect Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday, President Anthony Carmona was due back to deal with issues concerning Chief Justice Ivor Archie.

Weekes will be sworn in as President at 10 am next week Monday at a ceremony at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah. She will become T&T’s sixth Head of State and the country’s first female President.

Common-law husband charged with strangling death of Freeport woman

A Freeport PH taxi driver has appeared before a Couva Magistrate, charged with the murder of his common-law wife, Latchmie Patsy Persad, which occurred on Saturday 3rd March, 2018.

Adrian Anan Bal, 35, of Ramsamooj Avenue, Freeport, appeared before Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran, in the Couva 1st Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer to the charge.

The matter was adjourned to Thursday 5th April, 2018.

Persad, 53, a cashier, of the same address, was at home when she was strangled.

A relative reported the incident to the Couva Police Station.

Marabella men charged with murder

Two men have appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate, jointly charged with the murder of Keewan Marine, which occurred on Monday 19th February, 2018.

Kurban James, 41, of Bayshore West, Marabella and Nigel Applewhite, aka ‘Moonie’, 39, of Bayshore Road, Marabella, appeared before Magistrate Cherril-Ann Antoine, in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer to the charge.

The matter was adjourned to Thursday 5th April, 2018.