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Police Constable Clinton Noel yesterday was granted
$750,000 bail on seven charges arising out of allegations
that he accepted more than $5,000 in bribes to drop cocaine
charges against a man.
The 42-year-old officer, who has at least 15 years service,
was not handcuffed at any time during his appearance in the
Siparia Magistrates Court.
Noel, who was last attached to the Siparia Police Station,
also was not placed in the prisoners' holding bay but instead
allowed to sit on a chair reserved for police officers and female
Dressed in a blue suit, Noel stood quietly as each of the
seven charges were read to him by First Court Magistrate
Margaret Alert. He was not called upon to plead to any of
The seven charges, laid by Insp Anderson Parriman, allegedly
took place between March 23 and April 25 at Quinam Road,
Siparia, and SS Erin Road, Siparia.
Each charge alleged that he corruptly solicited money from
Daren Reason as a reward for forbearing his prosecution for
an offence of possession of cocaine. The total sum was $5,350.
In asking for bail, his attorney, Everard Davidson, said he
was a police officer, a father of two children and had no
previous matters in court. Prosecutor Sgt Baptiste did not
object to bail.
The maximum penalty for the offence is a $500,000 fine
or ten years imprisonment.
The magistrate granted him bail with clerk of the peace
approval and adjourned the matter to May 26 for disclosure.
Noel used his jacket to cover his head as he entered and
left the courthouse. He was then placed in an unmarked
police vehicle and taken away.
The T&T Guardian learned, however, he was released from
custody at about 4 pm yesterday after relatives secured his
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Three members of a gang of six charged
with conspiring to murder a radio announcer
last year have been granted bail.
Keshorn Dempster, Brent La Croix and
Donna Dyer secured their conditional release
from High Court Judge Hayden St Clair-Dou-
glas last Friday after the 120-day period they
were denied for without the possibility of bail
under the Anti-Gang Act, expired.
However, only Dempster was able to walk
into the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court
without a police escort and handcuffs for the
continuation of their case yesterday, as the
rest were unable to meet their bail conditions.
Their co-accused Ishmael Ali was not so
fortunate, as St Clair Douglas rejected his bail
application last Friday.
Similar applications from the last two
accused men---Dyer's husband and Ali's brother
Rajaee and friend Brandon Borneo---are expect-
ed to be heard this Friday.
Their court appearance yesterday was to be
their first before Magistrate Ejenny Espinet,
who replaced Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
Caesar after she recused herself from the case
Ayers-Caesar had upheld an application
from the group's lawyer Criston J Williams,
who claimed she might appear biased because
her security detail included officers from the
Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit, which
had led the investigation in the case.
Espinet was not present yesterday and the
case was adjourned by Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington to May 26.
Yesterday's hearing was short and relatively
uneventful, as prosecutors are yet to complete
disclosing their evidence to the group's legal
team to begin the preliminary inquiry.
Besides being accused of conspiring to mur-
der Slam 100.5 FM announcer Kevaughn
"Lerbz" Savory on November 27 last year, the
six are charged with being gang members and
for possessing a gun and ammunition with
intent to commit a gang-related activity.
All except Rajaee Ali are charged for intending
to use the gun under the direction of a gang
leader. Rajaee is also charged with being a gang
Ismael faces charges for possession of a gun
and ammunition with intent to endanger life
and for assaulting a police officer when he
was arrested in Woodbrook on the night the
attack on Savory was allegedly due to take
Assistant Director of Public Prosecution
(DPP) George Busby is prosecuting.
3 accused in
$.75m bail for cop on bribery charges
Police Constable Clinton Noel (inset) hides from photographers as he is
escorted from the Siparia Magistrates Court yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
For the past four days, the Automated
System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)
World System at the Customs and Excise
Division has been non-functional after it
crashed, causing considerable delays for
business people and increasing their costs
on fees for clearing goods.
The T&T Manufacturers' Association
(TTMA) yesterday lashed out at Customs
and Excise for the situation, demanding
swift, decisive and comprehensive action
to deal with the shutdown.
In a release, the TTMA said it had been
informed the genesis of the problem was
the transfer of Customs and Excise's IT
servers to the new Customs and Excise
building, Government Campus Plaza, Port-
It added: "Notwithstanding this, TTMA
is firmly of the view that this shutdown is
not acceptable and that the transfer of
servers should have been handled more
"The costs being incurred by our mem-
bership include mounting port rent and
demurrage charges as well as all the costs
associated with the considerable delays in
getting raw materials in and finished goods
out of the country."
TTMA's Marc Sandy, team lead, business
development, said he believed the division
must take full responsibility for the occur-
He said once the system was urgently
restored there must be full reimbursement
to all affected companies for port rent and
demurrage charges incurred.
"At a time when building the export
capabilities of local manufacturers and max-
imising market access for our goods and
services is critical for the expansion of the
sector, the inability to quickly and effectively
address these inefficiencies is hampering
the competitiveness of the sector.
"The costs incurred as a result of this
will only serve to dampen our country's
diversification efforts and economic via-
bility," Sandy said.
A release sent by the Ministry of Com-
munications yesterday said online services,
including Asycuda World, eManifests, eDe-
clarations and Prepayment Accounts
through the Customs Border Control System
(CBCS), would be manually processed until
"In order to operate efficiently the manual
system during this brief period, the Customs
and Excise Division has advised importers
and exporters of requirements they must
meet to process transactions," the release
Business sector angry as...
Customs system breaks down
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