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A Gulf View businessman was granted $150,000
bail yesterday on charges of extortion and demand-
ing money, amounting to $195,000, by menace.
Rabindranath Maharaj, 57, owner of R&J Celltech
at Gulf City Mall, La Romaine, appeared in the San
Fernando Magistrate s Court yesterday on four
They were laid by Sgt Jason David of the Fraud
Squad, South, after inquiries were done in relation
to a report made by contractor Rajkumar Ramkissoon.
During the inquiries the police searched Maharaj s
Gulf View home on Tuesday and seized a substantial
amount of cash in various currencies, including
The first charge alleged that on October 10, 2006
at Gulf View, La Romaine, with intent to extort or
gain the sum of $59,000 from Ramkissoon did threat-
en him of a crime namely obtaining property by use
of a dishonoured cheque.
The second charge alleged that on October 23,
2008 at Gulf City Mall with menace he demanded
$59,000 from Ramkissoon with intent to steal same.
The third charge alleged that on December 2008
at Mohammed Drive, Gulf View, with menace he
demanded $59,000 from Ramkissoon with intent
to steal same.
And the fourth charge alleged that on June 19,
2013 at Gulf City Mall with menace he demanded
$27,000 from Ramkissoon with intent to steal same.
Maharaj, who was represented by attorneys Wayne
Sturge and Gerald Ramdeen, was not asked to enter
a plea to the charges since they are indictable
In asking Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Welling-
ton for bail, Sturge said Maharaj was a businessman
and had no previous convictions or pending matters.
While the charges were serious, he asked the
magistrate for reasonable bail and to consider granting
him his own bail.
The magistrate refused that request.
Sturge also noted that when the police searched
Maharaj s premises, they seized a substantial amount
of cash and expensive jewelry.
Sturge said he asked for an inventory of the items
taken but the police were yet to provide that to him.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the police
did not have a fingerprint trace for Maharaj but a
name check was done and nothing came up on the
criminal data base.
The magistrate granted him $150,000 bail with
clerk of the peace approval or a cash alternative of
$75,000 but on the conditions that he reports to
the San Fernando Police Station three times a week
and that his T&T passport be retained by the police
and deposited with the Clerk of the Peace.
The matter was adjourned to March 26.
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for FEBRUARY 26TH, 2015
$150,000 bail for
A La Brea man, who was facing
the prospect of jail for failing to
pay $35,000 in maintenence for
a child that was not his, can final-
ly rest easy with the court order
against him being quashed on
In an oral ruling, Family Court
Judge Sandra Paul brought Marlon
Thompson s two-year legal battle
with the child s mother to an end
as she officially confirmed that he
was not the father of her 12-year-
In a brief telephone interview,
Thompson described his legal vic-
tory as bittersweet as he said he
was still concerned about the
child s welfare.
"I m still willing to take care of
my son. I looked after him for 11
years so when I find out about the
test my feeling towards him never
changed," Thompson said. He also
encouraged other fathers in his
position to speak up and stand up
for their rights.
According to the evidence in the
case, Thompson s former partner
took him to court for child main-
tenance when their relationship
ended in 2008.
Although a Point Fortin mag-
istrate ordered him to pay the
woman $150 a week, Thompson
agreed to pay a larger sum in an
out-of-court settlement under the
provision that she would withdraw
He continued to make the pay-
ments until late 2012, when he
learned the case was not discon-
tinued and there was an arrest
warrant for him since he was now
owing more than $30,000.
Shortly after Thompson took
the child for a paternity test which
showed he was not the father.
Facing the existing commital
warrant set by the court and a
multitude of delays in court hear-
ings, Thompson enlisted the help
of Single Fathers Association to
help with the case.
Paternity test saves man
on maintenance charge
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