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A Point Fortin taxi driver who pleaded
guilty to stabbing a man in San Fernando
in January was fined $4,000, in default of
which he will spend nine months in jail.
Adrian Hamilton, 28, of Point Fortin, was
also ordered to pay the victim $2,500 in
He pleaded guilty to the charge of mali-
cious wounding when he appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington
in the San Fernando Magistrates Court yes-
According to reports, on January 10,
Hamilton got into an argument with Richard
Crik, on High Street, San Fernando. During
the argument, Hamilton pulled out a knife
and stabbed Crik on the left side of his
Crik was taken to the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital where he was kept for 24 hours
before being sent home.
On Wednesday, Hamilton was arrested
and charged with malicious wounding.
He told officers, "Boss, the man hit me
first and I had a knife in my pocket and I
swing it at him and he get cut."
When he appeared before Wellington,
Hamilton begged for a second chance, telling
the court it was his first offence of that kind.
Wellington, however, told him he should
be sent to jail for stabbing Crik.
"A man slapped you and you stabbed
him?" Wellington asked. "You don t go
around stabbing people, sir. You should not
be walking around among people."
He then ordered Hamilton to pay $4,000
for the charge or face nine months in prison
He also ordered Hamilton to pay $2,500
in compensation to Crik or face six weeks
in prison in default.
Hamilton was given two weeks each to
pay each of the fines.
Taxi driver fined
for stabbing man
A homeless man accused of grievous
sexual assault on a teenager was remanded
into custody when he appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington
The man, who identified himself only as
Paul when asked his name, told Wellington
he had no surname and no address.
As a result, Wellington told him he would
be refused bail.
According to police, around 2 am on
Thursday, the 19-year-old victim was on
her way home with her boyfriend when the
couple got into an argument.
The girl s boyfriend allegedly started beat-
ing her and she jumped out of his car on
King s Wharf, San Fernando.
The woman claimed she was assaulted
by the accused but managed to escape.
The victim came to court yesterday with
her face swollen and bruised and was told
by Wellington that she would not need to
return to court until the trial begins.
The charge was laid indictably and Paul
was not called upon to plead.
The matter was adjourned until July 3,
Homeless man on assault charge
A 50-year-old sanitation worker from
Point Fortin was yesterday acquitted of
molesting a four-year-old girl.
It took a nine-member jury before Justice
Carla Brown-Antoine in the San Fernando
High Court less than an hour to return the
The man, whose identity has been withheld
to protect the victim, was accused of attacking
the child at his apartment on an unknown
date between May 2007 and February 2008.
He was charged with having sex with a
minor under the age of 14, indecent assault
and grievous sexual assault.
It was the state s case that the man lured
the child, who lived upstairs his apartment,
into his home.
However, the accused testified in his
defence and denied any wrongdoing. He also
alleged that the child s father was her abuser
as he claimed to have caught the father
watching pornographic videos with the child
in a room a week before the attack was alleged
to have occurred.
The man was represented by Delcia Helwig,
Daryl Worrell and Danielle Rampersad. State
Attorney Mauriceia Joseph prosecuted.
Man freed on charge of assaulting 4-year-old
Pupils of the Vistabella Presbyterian School display their placards during their annual walkathon in San Fernando yesterday. This
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Police Inspector Don Gajadhar says stolen money
was being used to fund crime and urged citizens
to make it tougher for criminals to rob them.
Gajadhar, who was recently appointed to head to
Crime and Operations in the southern city, said even
though serious crime in T&T has been reduced the
reality of the situation is that criminals are so organised
that stolen money was invested to grow crime.
"When people feel they just lost $100,000 that
is not so, they are giving criminals more money to
fuel criminal operations. That is the reality of it,"
"You could save your money for years and someone
can steal it in five minutes. The criminals who get
your money reinvest it to further their criminal behav-
iour. They will buy cocaine, guns that we now have
to get off the streets because they will be renting out
those guns to put down other robberies."
He made the comments three days after a contractor
was robbed of $219,000 in cash outside First Citizens,
Gulf View, San Fernando.
The contractor reportedly made a withdrawal,
placed the money in a bag which he left in his vehicle
and returned to the bank. On his return about five
minutes later, he discovered one of the vehicle s win-
dow was broken and the money missing. Gajadhar
said this crime was not unique because they have
reports in the division of other people being robbed
of their bags and electronic devices left exposed in
"Too many people are still taking unnecessary
chances," Gajadhar said
He said some people also have the bad habit of
leaving their idling vehicles unattended and shopping
with a lot of jewellery.
He said they have been warning people who make
large withdrawals to go straight where they are sup-
posed to and secure their money, rather than making
unnecessary stops between the two points.
He related two recent situations, the first in which
a vehicle was stolen when a man left his engine run-
ning as he pulled up in front of a lotto outlet to make
He pleaded with anyone with information on any
crime to contact the CID at 652-2564.
on anti-crime sweep
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