Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2015 Contents A4
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 12, 2015
It was like a scene from the movie Shaw-
shank Redemption when prisons officers dis-
covered a hole being dug by inmates in a cell
at the Remand Yard of the Golden Grove
To make matters worse, the inmate who
is alleged to be assigned to the cell was said
to have paid two other inmates to dig
the hole in his cell.
Prisons officers said that had raised
so many questions since the same
cell was searched three weeks ago and
several contraband items were found.
In an interview yesterday, prisons
officers said the hole was to be used
as a storage for illegal items.
All three inmates were taken away
and placed in another cell block.
Prisons officers said they were con-
cerned because the same inmate was
being used as a cook instead of being
It was reported that when the inmate
cooks the food, he sells the remainder to other
inmates for $100.
The officers, in their defence, said there were
still problems with the ratio, 30:1100, of prison
officers to inmates at the Remand Yard.
When contacted, several members of the Prisons
Officers Association said they did not wish to com-
ment on the issue.
Commissioner of Prisons Sterling Stewart said
yesterday "nothing has come to my attention as
As the country awaits the announcement of the
date for the 2015 general election, constitutionally
due no later than September 17, two member units
of the PP Government --- the UNC and COP --- had
both scheduled separate fund-raiser events on the
same date and at the same venue in Chaguanas
The T&T Guardian was informed that the
Congress of the People (COP) had scheduled
a fund-raiser dinner for tomorrow, between
6 pm and 9 pm at Kampo Restaurant,
Chaguanas, and the UNC scheduled a similar
fund-raiser dinner for the same venue on
the same day from 7.30 pm.
Several members of the two parties
expressed concern about the development.
The COP was said to have been granted per-
mission for its event before the UNC. The cost
for the COP dinner was $1,000, while the UNC s dinner
is costing $2,500 a plate.
Sources said an email was sent to COP MPs and other
party members yesterday indicating that the party had
decided to postpone its dinner to allow for a larger event
to take place at the same venue.
The email did not mention any details about the larger
event and no mention was made of the UNC in the email.
The COP email said the decision to postpone its dinner
was done in the best interest of all concerned.
Political Leader of the COP, Legal Affairs and Justice
Minister Prakash Ramadhar, was expected to be one of the
main speakers at the event.
And while the UNC dinner was not billed as a UNC
event, sources say it was being organised by the Kamla
Persad-Bissessar-led party. The invitation says: Join us (for)
five years of unprecedented delivery."
The move, however, was seen as one of tremendous
inconvenience to COP members who would have been
selling tickets for the event. No new date has as yet been
determined for the COP dinner.
Suspended police constable Samuel Gardener was grant-
ed $100,000 bail with surety yesterday as he appeared in
the San Fernando Magistrates Court charged with stealing
over $29,000 worth in building material.
Dressed in a black suit, Gardener appeared composed and
calm as he stood before Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in
the San Fernando Magistrate s Court yesterday.
Gardener, of Cunupia, is charged with larceny of tiles,
electrical wire, scaffolding pipe and primer valued at $29270.41
which belongs to contracting firm China Jiangsu.
The charge was laid indictably and he was not called upon
In a bail application attorney Subhas Panday said Gardener
has one matter for soliciting pending in the Chaguanas
Magistrate s Court.
Forde-John granted bail in the sum of $100,000 with
surety to be approved by a clerk of peace.
However, Panday then asked for a cash alternative, which
Forde-John granted in the sum of $75,000. It means therefore
Gardener can either get someone to post the $100,000 bail
or deposit the cash alternative of $75,000 as bail
The prosecution claims Gardener, 28, was held along the
M2 Ring Road on Sunday during a roadblock as he and
another man were transporting material suspected to be
stolen from the University of the West Indies south cam-
They were stopped by police around 2 am and the passenger
who was travelling with Gardener reportedly exited the
vehicle and ran off into the bushes.
The matter was adjourned for July 9.
A 28-year-old "CD" vendor was sentenced to
two months hard labour after pleading guilty to
robbing a woman of frozen fish, fruit juice and
$200 in cash last Saturday.
Randy Mitchell, who has seven previous charges
for robbery with aggravation and robbery with vio-
lence, pleaded for a chance when he appeared
before Magistrate Margaret Alert in the San Fer-
nando Fourth Court yesterday.
According to reports, around 3.30 pm last Sat-
urday the victim was at Zone Bar on Mucurapo
Street, San Fernando, when she put a plastic bag
containing four bottles of Welch s juice valued at
$120, a packet of salmon fillet valued at $160 and
$200 in cash on a table.
Mitchell, who was in the bar, took the bag and
left. When he was arrested later that day, he told
police: "Officer, I take them thing from the table
in the bar and sell it."
None of the items were recovered.
While he pleaded guilty, Mitchell said he did not
steal the bag with the items, he simply "took it".
Alert scolded him, asked him whether there was
a sign telling him to take what he wanted from the
bar.She said a trace on him had revealed he was
arrested 13 times in the past and had four previous
convictions and one pending matter.
Pleading for leniency, Mitchell said he had gotten
his family back together and that they had just
started to communicate. He offered to pay com-
pensation to his victim.
Alert told him the maximum sentence for the
offence was six months but sentenced him to two
Jail for man
who just 'took'
UNC bowls out
$100,000 bail for
on larceny charge
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