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for 19TH JANUARY, 2015
A man allegedly caught by
the police driving a Public
Transport Service Corpora-
tion bus worth almost TT$1
million was sent yesterday to
the St Ann s Psychiatric Hos-
pital for evaluation.
Aaron Small, 23, seemed
confused when he appeared
before San Fernando magis-
trate Nanette Forde-John.
He was arrested on Saturday
night near the Mon Repos
roundabout after a bus driver
reported someone stole the 47-
seater bus after he parked it at
King s Wharf.
Small was taken to the San
Fernando Police Station where
he was charged by Cpl Davis
Yesterday, the magistrate
read the charge to him that on
January 17 at King s Wharf he
stole the Yutong bus belonging
Asked by the magistrate
where he lived, Small said
She remanded him to St
Ann s facility for observation
and report. He is expected to
re-appear in court on February
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz says an
internal investigation has been launched into the theft of the
The minister said PTSC was conducting an investigation
into how the incident happened and any changes to security
at the compound would be addressed by PTSC management.
Security changes "will depend on the investigation.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation PTSC will take
the necessary steps to secure its fleet at all times," Cadiz said.
CADIZ: INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED
A manager at Trinidad Cement Limited
(TCL) Employees Credit Union was denied
bail when he appeared in court yesterday
to answer a $50 million fraud charge.
Darren Singh, 35, of Claxton Bay, appeared
before Magistrate Adrian Darmanie in the
Port-of-Spain Tenth Court.
He is accused of using a fraudulent doc-
ument to transfer a substantial sum from
the organisation s Unit Trust Corporation
(UTC) account to another account at Repub-
lic Bank s branch,Tropical Plaza, Point Lisas.
The charge did not indicate whether Singh
was able to withdraw the money after the
transfer or if the money had been recouped
by the credit union.
The transfer allegedly took place on Jan-
uary 18, 2013. However, the Fraud Squad
was only able to intervene late last year
when the credit union discovered the dis-
crepancy and reported it.
Singh was arrested late last week, spent
the weekend in police custody before being
brought to court yesterday.
His lawyer Candace Lopez attempted to
secure bail for the father of five who, she
said, was the sole breadwinner for his fam-
"While I admit that my client may not
be a perfect man, he has agreed to abide
by all the conditions that will be placed by
the court in granting bail," Lopez said as
she assured Darmanie that her client would
not abscond from future court appearances.
Lopez s application was met with oppo-
sition from court prosecutor Sgt Callistas
Charles who objected on a number of
grounds, including the seriousness of the
offence, the amount involved and the
strength of the State s case against Singh.
Charles also said the Fraud Squad was
investigating allegations of threats being
made to witnesses in the case.
Lopez disagreed with Charles s witness
tampering allegation as she said that it was
devoid of any evidence.
Nonetheless Darmanie eventually agreed
He stated he would only feel comfortable
in granting bail after he views Singh s crim-
inal record which was not available during
Singh is also being represented by attor-
ney Martin George. Lopez is expected to
reapply for bail for Singh when he reappears
in court tomorrow.
A 22-year-old university dropout was
released on $150,000 bail after appearing in
court yesterday in relation to a raid on an
indoor marijuana-growing farm in an apart-
ment near the University of the West Indies
(UWI) St Augustine Campus last week.
Matthew Soo-Chan, of San Diego Park, Diego
Martin, was not called upon to plead to mar-
ijuana cultivation and trafficking charges when
he appeared before Senior Magistrate Gillian
David-Scotland in the Tunapuna First Court
Moments after ratifying his bail bond at the
Tunapuna Administrative Complex, Soo-Chan,
hid under a customised hoodie and walked out
in the company of his relatives.
There was reportedly a scuffle between a
male relative and media personnel, who
attempted to capture his photo. The exchange
resulted in one photographer suffering a gash
to his forearm and another s camera being
The parties were eventually restrained before
the altercation managed to erupt into a full
The incident has since been reported to
Tunapuna Police who are continuing investi-
Soo-Chan, a former business and information
technology student, was arrested in an apart-
ment at Old Tim Street, St Augustine, hours
after the police allegedly found an illegal farm
at another apartment one street away last
Police made the first raid around 7 am on
Thursday when they searched an apartment
at Bedessie Street. When they entered they
found the furniture had been removed and
replaced with LED lamps and plant pots con-
taining high grade marijuana plants.
An industrial air purification unit was being
used to conceal the smell produced by the
The plants and the growing equipment were
brought to court for Soo-Chan s court appear-
In his application for bail his lawyer Larry
Williams raised concerns about the evidence
against his client as police prosecutors initially
said 70 marijuana plants were seized but added
24 more to the figure when the seized items
were checked by David-Scotland.
Williams also noted that Soo-Chan had a
clean criminal record and recently enrolled in
a programme at the T&T Hospitality and
Tourism Institute (TTHTI) to fulfill his dream
of becoming a chef.
Soo-Chan will reappear in court on February
for dropout on
CU manager on
$50m fraud charge
Darren Singh leaves the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court into a prison transport vehicle
yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Alleged bus thief sent to St Ann's
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