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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 4, 2015
Fourteen people including a
woman were arrested yesterday
in connection with the seizure of
four guns, marijuana and stolen
appliances and clothing.
According to police, officers of
the North Eastern Division Task
Force (NEDTF) and the Morvant
Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) went on a seven-hour exer-
cise at Sapodilla Trace, Laventille,
and Halls Lane, Pelican Extension,
The exercise, which began at 3
am and ended at 10 am, was
spearheaded by head of the
NEDTF, Snr Supt Radcliffe Boxhill,
and supervised by Sgt Austin from
Morvant CID and Sgt Taylor of
The officers searched several
homes along Sapodilla Trace where
they arrested seven people for gun-
related offences and a suspect for
At Halls Lane the officers held
six men and a woman for posses-
sion of four guns including an AK-
47 and an air pistol, two hand guns
and 200 grammes of marijuana.
The suspects were also in posses-
sion of stolen clothing, appliances,
including a freezer and stove, a
power saw, speakers and a car jack.
The officers, including consta-
bles Smalls, Andrews, Peters, Fred-
ericks, Antoine and Duncan, also
seized several rounds of 7.62
A Claxton Bay grandmother
narrowly escaped being jailed
yesterday by a San Fernando
magistrate for stealing three packs
of Maggi Soup from a supermar-
ket.Jane Ali, 51, was reprimanded
when she appeared before Mag-
istrate Ava Vandenburg-Bailey in
court yesterday for setting a bad
example for her grandchildren.
Ali said she stole the items to
cook for her grandchildren as she
had no money to buy food.
According to reports, around 10
am on Thursday, Ali went to
Library Corner Supermarket where
she was observed by the owner
putting several items into a basket.
The owner then saw her walk
towards a corner inside the super-
market and put several items in
The owner approached Ali, told
her of what she saw, and searched
Ali s bag and found the three packs
of Maggi soup, valued $14.49.
In court yesterday, Vandenburg-
Bailey told Ali she was setting a
terrible example for her grandchil-
She questioned Ali about the
children s parents and asked why
the parents did not provide a meal
However, through her attorney,
Annalee Girwar, Ali told the court
that she was given charge of her
two grandchildren seven years ago
when her son dropped them off
at her home and left them. She
said he did not provide anything
for the children who were now
seven and nine years old.
Ali said she suffered from
rheumatoid arthritis and could not
work to support the children.
Girwar said Ali used whatever
money she had to buy medication
and on that day she was desperate
to get something for the children
Girwar pleaded for leniency on
her client s behalf.
But when Vandenburg-Bailey
heard that Ali had one previous
matter for a similar offence, she
scolded the woman.
"That means you learnt nothing
from the last time you appeared
in court?" Vandenburg-Bailey
She advised Ali to take the chil-
dren s parents to court and have
them pay for their upkeep.
"It is not your place to be steal-
ing to feed them. How many mis-
takes will society tolerate from
you? You need to learn you cannot
avail yourself from poverty by
stealing." Vandenburg-Bailey put
Ali on a $1,200 bond to keep the
peace for one year.
A Couva man has been sent to
prison for one year for unlawfully
killing a man 11 years ago.
Justice David Harris, sitting in the
San Fernando Second Criminal Court,
handed down the sentence to Ramesh
Doctor Ramdial, 48, even though his
lawyer pleaded for a non-custodial sen-
tence. Ramdial was found guilty last
month of unlawfully killing Motilal Per-
According to the state s case, led by
attorney Trevor Jones, on January 2,
2003, 43-year-old Persad was waiting
in a line at the Green Door Bar in Couva
to play a mark, when he was pulled
outside by Ramdial.
During a struggle Ramdial slapped
Persad, causing him to fall to the
ground. Jones said Ramdial hit Persad
and he died from the blow.
An autopsy done by pathologist
Hughvon Des Vignes found that Persad
died of a torn stem artery and facial
Attorney Selwyn Ramlal appeared
on Ramdial s behalf and told the court
that for the past 11 years Ramdial had
kept a clean record.
Ramlal said his client had changed
his life and had become deeply involved
in the church, now leading a life of
He said Ramdial had also stopped
the habit of alcohol use and drug abuse
and had been attending Alcoholics
Anonymous since 2007.
Ramlal asked the court for a non-
custodial sentence for Ramdial, so as
not to interfere with Ramdial s religious
He said to consider when sentencing
that Ramdial was the sole breadwinner
for his home as his brother had multiple
bypass surgeries and their mother was
ailing. He said Ramdial was not a threat
Ramlal also said that Persad s brother
had indicated he felt Ramdial should
be given a chance. Ramdial s employer
had also endorsed him, saying he was
a respectful person.
In passing sentence, Harris said he
had looked at the probation officer s
report, and while Ramdial was com-
mended in the report, he needed to
take some responsibility for his actions,
as he did not seem remorseful.
However, Harris said, no weapon was
used by Ramdial neither was the slap
premeditated. He sentenced Ramdial
to one year in prison and advised him
to do something constructive with his
time in prison. (SR)
Stole soup for hungry grandchildren...
Granny spared jail
Couva man jailed
for fatal slap
14 held, four guns seized
WPC Aretha Andrews examines a pistol recovered at a home in Morvant yesterday, following a seven-hour
police exercise in the area. Three other guns, displayed in the photo, were also seized in the exercise.
PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
New Tranquility Secondary student Emmanuel Simmons gets measured for
his physical education uniform by administrative staff member Giselle Kent
during registration at the school in Victoria Avenue, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
NEW SCHOOL, NEW UNIFORM
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