Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 9th 2015 Contents Drug offender
Instead of sending a La Romaine man to jail on
a charge of possession of marijuana Magistrate
Natalie Diop decided to give him a second shot at
Diop, sitting in the San Fernando Magistrate s
Court yesterday, bonded Nicholas Raymond in the
sum of $1,000 for 12 months for the possession of
five grammes of marijuana.
She told Raymond, 24, that the charge carried a
maximum fine of $25,000 and five years in jail.
Raymond, a clothes vendor, of Canaan Road,
La Romaine, was represented by attorney Analee
Girwar. He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Court prosecutor Gordon Maraj, said around
6.45 pm on July 7 Raymond was stopped and
searched by police officers attached to the San
Fernando Police Station while he was walking
along Canaan Avenue, La Romaine.
Officers found a packet containing the substance
in his right front pants pocket. He was arrested and
taken to the San Fernando Police Station.
Girwar begged for the court s leniency, saying her
client was a first-time offender who had the drug
for his personal use.
In handing down the sentence, Diop told the pris-
oner his guilty plea meant he acknowledged he had
done something wrong.
She said she was giving him a chance to keep his
good name and urged him not to waste it.
Disappointed by the police response, relatives of
missing Morne Diablo resident Dave Cooper are
now seeking the assistance of Crime Watch host
Ian Alleyne to find him.
Relatives believe Cooper, 47, may have been abduct-
ed from his home at Grant Trace over the weekend,
a week after he received death threats from residents
who accused him of being a police informant.
Contacted yesterday his sister, Denise Cooper, said
they have not heard anything further from the police
and no one has contacted the family. "Since the
police came and dusted for prints we have
not heard anything. I not bothering. We
going to see Ian Alleyne," said Denise.
Cooper was last seen on Saturday night.
When he did not turn up at his sister s
home on Sunday, relatives went to his home
where they found the glass pane of his front
door broken and the back door open. They
saw vehicle tyre tracks, plastic straps, his pants and
cap at the back of his house.
Cooper s DVD player was also missing. Calls to
his cellphone went unanswered.
Relatives filed a report at the Penal Police Station
but it was only after making a second report at the
Siparia Police Station that the police dusted his home
• Anyone with information can contact Denise
Cooper at 363-3829, Gerald Hodge at 383-8886 or
the Siparia CID.
Man on rape
he was framed
A Williamsville man was denied bail when he
appeared before a San Fernando magistrate yes-
terday charged with rape, attempted buggery and
Dave Ramjitsingh, of Dyer s Village, Williamsville,
appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington in the San Fernando Magistrate s Court.
He was represented by attorney Subhas Panday.
According to the charges read to him by Welling-
ton, on July 2, Ramjitsingh allegedly raped a woman
at Esmeralda Village, Williamsville. He is also charged
with attempting to sodomise the woman and robbing
his victim of $2,500 in cash, $2,000 worth in jewelry
and a cellphone valued $900.
It is also alleged that Ramjitsingh used personal
violence against the woman.
However, his attorney Subhas Panday
told the court his client was being
"Why didn t the officers come to
court?" Panday asked.
"This is a set-up. We are willing to
have a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test
done. You will see this is a set-up," he
When he was told by Wellington that
the officer who charged Ramjitsingh was
not required by law to appear at his first
hearing, Panday asked: "So the prose-
cutor is a blind mouse then? Where is
the file against my client?"
Panday s bail application was denied
as Wellington said Section 5 B: 2 of the
Bail Amendment Act 2015 states that
bail would be denied where the offence
against a person includeds the use of a
Panday can make another application after 120
days to a judge in the high court.
The matter was adjourned until July 29.
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