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Two policemen assigned to the Maraval
station will appear in the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court today charged with
PCs Adrian Jack, of Curepe, and Omari
Gonsales, of Laventille, were charged by
members of the Professional Standards
Bureau yesterday after the Director of Public
Prosecutions gave the instructions to do so.
Jack, a police constable with nine years
service, and Gonsales, a special reserve
police officer with less than a year s service,
were charged with nine criminal offences,
including indecent assault and grievous sex-
ual assault, arising out of an incident involv-
ing a female suspect which occurred last
In addition to the assault charges, the
accused also face charges of kidnapping,
false imprisonment, attempting to pervert
the course of justice and corruptly soliciting
and receiving $1,800 and $3,000 respectively
from the alleged victim.
According to a release from the T&T
Police Service yesterday, the charges arise
from incidents on February 25 along Saddle
The T&T Guardian understands that the
victim, who was a suspect in a report of
possession of marijuana, was initially taken
into custody during a road block along Sad-
dle Road, Maraval.
The victim was then reportedly put into
a police vehicle by two officers and taken
to North Coast Road, Maracas.
It is alleged that while on the North Coast
Road one of the officers went into the back
seat with the suspect and sexually assaulted
her. The other officer then allegedly offered
her $1,800 to stay quiet. The victim, how-
ever, subsequently made a report.
The officers were questioned and taken
into custody by members of the Professional
Standards Bureau on Monday. The two offi-
cers were pointed out by the victim during
an identification parade at the Central Police
Station on Wednesday night.
Former energy ministry official Leroy Mayers,
who will be on a team to probe allegations against
the National Gas Company (NGC), says he is yet
to receive his letter of appointment and was
unaware as yet of the scope of the job.
Mayers was asked yesterday when the Hayden
Toney team, of which he is a member, would start
The Energy Ministry on Tuesday announced
the team after the Energy Minister met with the
NGC board that day concerning financial allegations
against the NGC.
The ministry had requested from the NGC a
report on the issue. The minister received the
report and reviewed it with the permanent secretary.
As a result, the ministry stated it intended to set
up a committee to consider all the circumstances
related to the allegations levelled against the NGC.
Toney will be chairman, Mayers is a former
ministry official. Ministry of Finance representative
is Phillip Marshall.
Toney is an attorney and a retired director of
the Ministry of Energy. Mayers is a retired per-
manent secretary who served in both the Energy
Ministry and Finance and is currently a consultant
with the Ministry of Energy. Marshall is a former
Independent Senator, now finance director of
Strategic Management Office.
Mayers said he expected word on the team s
appointment soon. Toney was unavailable yes-
NGC chairman Indar Maharaj said he had no
comment on the issue. Board member Chan
Chadeesingh did not answer calls.
Finance Minister Larry Howai was in a meeting
and was unavailable on his role as Corporation
NGC sources said yesterday former auditor
Cassandra Patrovanie-Sylvester who allegedly did
the report with the allegations had left NGC on
her own terms with an agreement on that.
The OWTU yesterday issued a statement viewed
the investigation as nothing more than a sham."
"This three-member committee investigation
is simply another example of himself investigating
himself," it added.
OWTU called for the removal of Ramnarine
and the NGC Board, saying it felt Ramnarine was
ultimately responsible since Maharaj, "could not
have acted without the knowledge, support and
authorisation of the minister "who reports directly
to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Sex assault victim makes positive ID
Two cops in court today
Members of the
perform a Trini
To D Bone
the Class C7
at the Youth
Colleagues of the two officers
yesterday expressed their
disappointment and embarrassment over
The T&T Guardian learned that some of
their colleagues, friends and relatives
even cried after hearing of their arrests.
Concern was also raised yesterday over
how the officers were allowed to take
away the suspect from the road block
exercise without permission from their
It is the first time in years that the
Maraval station has had any serious
accusations of misconduct made against
their officers, police said.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
president of the Police Service Social and
Welfare Association said he was still in
shock over the incident.
"I find it to be inconsistent with police
behaviour. This is almost to difficult to
believe," he said.
He noted that cases like those often
took too long to be investigated and "the
persons making the complaint lose
interest and confidence in the process."
He said as the body representing
officers, they would ensure their
members were given fair treatment.
"We always advise our members if
there is an investigation into any
misconduct or criminal behaviours. At the
end of the day they must be held
accountable and must abide by the rule
of law," he said, adding the association
will also make itself available to their
families and their colleagues.
TRINI TO D BONE
Mayers still in
dark on NGC probe
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