Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 15th 2014 Contents The rift between the Central
Lawyers Association and the Judi-
ciary over the Chaguanas Court s
move to Tunapuna has widened,
with the lawyers now calling on the
judiciary to rescind its decision
The association s president, Richard
Sirjoo, said yesterday that statements
made by the judiciary in a media
release on Thursday contained "inac-
curacies and misrepresentations."
The Chaguanas Magistrates Court
will open at the Tunapuna Admin-
istrative Complex from Monday
between 1 pm and 3 pm.
Sirjoo maintained that lawyers were
not consulted over the relocation,
contrary to the claim in the release
that they were.
"This constitutes a gross misstate-
ment and I formally state that I was
never part of the consultation
process," he said.
Sirjoo said he had informal con-
versations with a member of the judi-
ciary s planning unit about using an
alternative building at Ramsaran
Street but the suggestion was not
approved because it had insufficient
washrooms and because of the cost
of refurbishing it.
He called on the judiciary for full
and frank disclosure of when the
decision to relocate the court was
taken and who were the stakeholders
He also wanted to know how much
was being spent to rehabilitate the
Chaguanas court and the cost of
rehabilitating the Ramsaran Street
building proposed by the association.
Sirjoo also asked the judiciary for
details of the extensive search it said
had been made for an appropriate
building in Chaguanas.
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A police officer with 11 years
service yesterday appeared
before a Princes Town magis-
trate charged with assembling
a firearm and possession of
Dressed in a burgundy
coloured jersey, black short pants
and blue slippers, Cliff Legendre,
33, pleaded not guilty to both
charges when the matter was
called before senior magistrate
Debra Quintyne, who presided
in the First Court.
He was represented by attor-
ney Dane Halls while Sgt Roger
Richardson prosecuted for the
The court heard that on Sep-
tember 19, at 1st Branch Road,
Tableland, Legendre and another
person were arrested allegedly
assembling a gun. They were
also and charged with being pos-
session of a quantity of mari-
Halls in his application for
bail said his client, a father of
two, and lived with his com-
mon-law wife at Garth Road,
He said Legendre, who was
on injury leave, had no previous
convictions or pending matters
and asked for a "reasonable"
When asked by Quintyne how
much marijuana Legendre
allegedly had in his possession,
Richardson replied that he did
not have the file to determine
the exact amount of marijuana.
Legendre was then given his
own bail in the sum of $40,000
to cover both charges and the
matter adjourned till January 12.
JENSEN LA VENDE
A soldier with ten years service and his
co-accused were denied bail yesterday
when they re-appeared before an Arima
magistrate charged with kidnapping and
Lance Cpl Orrin Branche and Derek
"Buffy" Joseph are charged, along with other
people, with robbing Damian Mohammed,
on September 3, at Valencia.
They are accused of robbing Mohammed
of his Nissan Navarra, valued $200,000;
over $50,000 worth of electronics, including
46 generic Samsung tablets, eight Samsung
cell phones, a Nokia Lumia cell phone; and
a case of cigarettes.
The men, armed with guns, are also
accused of stealing US$2,600 and $32,000.
They are also charged with kidnapping
Mohammed on September 3.
Branche s attorney Lynton Alfred, who
appeared along with Jeron Joseph, told mag-
istrate Michelle Maharajh-Brown his client
was a 34-year-old father of two who was
last attached to Teteron Barracks, Chaguara-
Branche, who first appeared in court on
Thursday was denied bail then, pending a
tracing. Yesterday his attorney argued he
had been in custody since November 6 and
his tracing ought to have been ready.
The court prosecutor told Maharajh-
Brown the arresting officer was not present
and the criminal tracing for the men had
not been brought to court. She then ordered
the men to return to court on November
19.Both men, along with Rod Willis, are also
charged with issuing a forged document,
obtaining $50,000 by false pretences, and
attempting to obtain $75,000.
They are to re-appear before a Couva
magistrate on Monday.
PC Andre Joseph was charged with mis-
behaving in public office in relation to the
kidnapping and robbery offences.
They were both reminded of their right
to apply to a judge in chambers for bail and
the matter was adjourned to November 19.
Cop on bail for assembling firearm, marijuana
Rift widens over court relocation
February 5- Sirjoo wrote to the Chief Justice
about conditions at the Chaguanas Court
February 24- CJ acknowledged his letter
June -- Sirjoo had an impromptu meeting with the
senior Chaguanas magistrate and Mr Ali of the
judiciary's planning department.
June 24- Lawyers sent proposal for the court to
move to Ramsaran Street, with copies of all the
August 11- Judiciary acknowledged the proposal
and said it would be sent to the Director of Planning
October 11- Sirjoo had an informal telephone
conversation with Ali, who promised to follow up on
November- Lawyers invited to a meeting with
judiciary representatives and Ali, where they were
told of the decision to relocate.
Lance Cpl Orrin Branche tries to conceal his face
while being escorted to court yesterday.
Soldier remanded on kidnapping, robbery charges
Derek Joseph on his way to court yesterday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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