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Apologies had to be extended to Italian national
and visiting television journalist Maurizo Mervar
Monday, after the trial involving his alleged per-
petrator was unable to proceed because the police
complainant was said to be on Carnival duty.
Scheduled to depart T&T at 8.30 am today, Mervar
spent most of yesterday anxiously awaiting the out-
come of the matter at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court. He was later disappointed after Sgt Azad Ali
told the court that the complainant could not be con-
Insp Gail Charles later explained that on Carnival
Monday and Tuesday, all police officers were exempt
from attending court.
Although the matter was initially called by Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Eighth Court
around 11 am, it was later stood down because officers
had not completed the criminal tracing of the defen-
Reynold Logan, 52, a mason of Jacaranda Boulevard,
Phase Four, La Horquetta, was charged with robbing
Mervar of $700 and US$250, during which he used
personal violence. The incident is alleged to have
occurred near Hyatt Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-
of-Spain, on February 14.
Mervar, 55, came to T&T earlier this month to cover
Carnival. Ali later informed Ayers-Caesar that in the
absence of the complainant along with Mervar s
scheduled departure this morning - officers would
only be able to record Mervar s statement and have
The police were unable to provide Logan s attorney
David Francis with any items of disclosure. With no
objection to bail from Ali, Ayers-Caesar granted Logan
$50,000 bail with a surety to be approved by a Clerk
of the Peace.
The matter was later adjourned to March 16.
Other magistrates who attended court Monday
included Andrew Stroude and Brambhanan Dubay,
who presided in the Fourth and Tenth Courts respec-
Two women, one of whom was
dressed in her J Ouvert costume, were
among 11 people who were arrested
over the Carnival weekend and
appeared in San Fernando Magistrates
Denicia Norton, 21, pleaded guilty to
an obscene language charge, while Jen-
nifer Codingham, 56, was granted bail
for allegedly selling alcohol without a
Norton, wearing a short tights, black
top and netted stockings, appeared
before Second Court Magistrate Tara-
matee Ramdass who heard that she
cursed a police officer on Lord Street
around 1 am yesterday.
No fingerprint tracing was done to
determine if she had a criminal record,
but Norton claimed to have never before
been charged with any criminal offence.
The magistrate placed her on a $1,000
bond to keep the peace for a year.
Codringham, a mother of four, is
accused of offering for sale 49 bottles
of Carib and 21 bottles of Stag for sale
on the corner of Harris Promenade and
Lady Hailes Avenue without having a
permit yesterday morning.
Two blue containers, containing the
beers, were wheeled into the First Court.
The police did not have a tracing for
her so the Senior Magistrate Rajendra
Rambachan adjourned the matter to
tomorrow. With no objection from the
police, however, Codringham was grant-
ed $10,000 bail with her son as sure-
ty.However, seven men charged with
various offences including, possession
of cocaine, larceny of a gold chain, failing
a breathalyser test and indecent assault,
were not so lucky.
The prosecutor objected to bail
because he wanted an opportunity to
have the accused trace. In some of the
matters, the facts of the case or exhibits
were not available. Magistrate Ram-
bachan remanded them into custody
Among the accused was Ronnie Banse
Gopaul, 29, a radiographer at the San
Fernando General Hospital, who was
charged with allegedly touching his col-
league s breast and leg on Valentine s
Day at the hospital. Eighteen-year-old
Stephen Mahabir broke down in tears
after he pleaded guilty to stealing a gold
chain on Sunday from a man on Todd
Street, but was remanded into custody.
"Please don t cry...keep yourself a
little strong," the magistrate advised
Another matter had to be stood down
to allow prosecutor Cleyon Seedan to
clarify whether Joel Williams was
charged with possession of cocaine or
marijuana. According to the court s doc-
uments he was charged with possession
of cocaine on Monday at Henry Street,
but on his charge paper he was charged
with marijuana possession.
Williams pleaded not guilty. All of
them, however, were advised of their
right to apply to a judge for bail.
Two other men who were charged
with driving under the influence of alco-
hol, were granted bail in the station,
appeared and their matters were also
adjourned to tomorrow.
Woman before court
in J'ouvert costume
Man held for robbing
Appearing before Stroude, Menilel Mc Leod, 20,
of Eastern Main Road, Laventille, was charged with
possession of a offensive weapon. Mc Leod pleaded
guilty to possession of a knife, after he was held by
officers during an exercise preceding yesterday s
J ouvert celebrations in the capital city. Claiming it
was his first time before the courts, Mc Leod was
granted $35,000 bail to be approved by a Clerk of
He will reappear tomorrow for facts, tracing and
A 30-year-old resident of Smith Hill, Carenage
also appeared before Stroude charged with possession
of a Glock pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition.
Clive Martin, who was represented by attorney
Patrick Godson-Phillips, was not called upon to
plead to the charges. He was arrested on February
14. Insp Charles objected to bail based on the seri-
ousness of the offences. Martin was remanded in
custody and will reappear on February 19.
Meanwhile, single mother Dawnisha Romero, 20,
of Laventille, was charged with possession of mar-
ijuana for the purpose of trafficking after she was
held within 500 metres of the Success Laventille
Secondary School, with the illegal drug.
Soft-spoken when she stood in the prisoner dock
before Stroude, the unemployed Romero later broke
down crying after she admitted that her family were
unaware she had been arrested as she had left home
to attend the J ouvert celebrations.
Romero was later granted her own bond in the
sum of $20,000, and ordered to report to the Besson
Street Police Station every Friday. She will reappear
Five people appeared before Dubay, charged with
driving under the influence and were ordered to
reappear on Thursday before the Sixth Court Mag-
Up to 2 pm Monday, 40 prisoners were brought
to the court, some of whom were held since Friday
night, for offences ranging from marijuana and
weapons possession, to driving under the influence
A masquerader from House of Jacqui's Shut Up and Wine presentation of
'We Cautious', during J'Ouvert celebrations in San Fernando on Monday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Three illegal immigrants from Venezuela and two
firearms dealers were among seven people arrested
during an operation in Cedros Monday.
South Western Division operations units went to
a house in Icacos Village shortly after 4 pm and found
the three sisters, aged 14, 15 and 18, hiding inside the
house. The owner of the house and his common-
law-wife, also a Venezuelan national, were held by
At the house, police also held two men from North
Trinidad, whom they described as major dealers of
firearms and illegal drugs.
The suspects were taken to the Cedros Police Station
where they were being interviewed by members of
the National Operations Centre.
Illegal immigrants, drug dealers
held in Cedros house
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