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JENSEN LA VENDE
A 44-year-old self-proclaimed
spiritual healer suffered a mild
heart attack yesterday and could
not be taken to court to face 91
charges of sexual assault against
According to police, the St
Joseph man was held after officers
of the Fraud Squad completed their
investigations into allegations that
he was falsely soliciting money
from the child s mother. During
investigations police learned that
the man was allegedly having sex
with the girl between May and
Police reports are that the man
told the mother of the teenage girl
that they were possessed by evil
spirits and the only cure was sexual
intercourse. The man was not
charged with having sex with the
teen s mother. The suspect was
scheduled to appear before a Tuna-
puna magistrate on Thursday but
had to be transferred to the Arima
Magistrates Court owing to a sewer
leak at the courthouse. The matter
was not called in Arima after the
man claimed to have fallen sick
and was taken to hospital.
The matter was then postponed
to yesterday. However, police said
the suspect again complained of
chest pains and was taken to the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex where he is currently
Police say he is expected to be
discharged and appear before a
Tunapuna magistrate on Monday.
The man was arrested by officers
of the Child Protection Unit.
A 37-year-old Guyanese man was
yesterday extradited to the United
States to face trial for a shooting in
New York that occurred almost 17
years ago which left one man dead
and another injured.
Balkumar Singh, a Canadian citizen,
was handed over to US marshals at
Piarco International Airport around 8.45
am yesterday and boarded a commercial
flight to the US shortly thereafter.
Singh, who was detained by police
in March this year, after he attempted
to enter Trinidad using a fraudulent
passport in the name of Shawn Maharaj,
is wanted for murder in the second
degree, assault in the first degree, reck-
less endangerment and related offences.
Attorney General Garvin Nicholas
signed off on his extradition in late July
after Singh consented to waiving his
right to extradition proceedings before
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar.
Singh, a US citizen with Canadian
immigration status, is wanted for the
murder of Abzal Khan and the assault
of Puran Mohammed, who were shot
outside the Masonic Temple in
Hicksville, New York, in 1999. He also
has convictions in Canada for similar
In a press release issued yesterday,
Nicholas office said it was committed
to assisting international countries in
"This stands as another achievement
for the Attorney General and the Central
Authority in the co-ordination of efforts
with their international counterparts in
the fight against crime," the release said.
Singh is the seventh person to be
extradited from T&T for the year. Only
one man has been extradited back to
Trinidad to face trial---Amoa Howe, a
T&T national who was extradited back
to this country to face firearm charges.
Two men were fined a total of
$17,500 when they appeared
before a San Fernando magistrate
charged with possession of mar-
Akeera Dixon, 24, admitted to
being in of possession of 356
grammes of marijuana. He was
also charged jointly with Aaron
Hospidales for possession of 79
grammes of marijuana.
The pair pleaded guilty to the
charges when they appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court yesterday.
Attorney Ainsley Lucky repre-
sented both men.
According to the charges, read
by court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan,
around 9.30 am on Thursday, police
officers were on patrol on Union
Road, Marabella, when they stopped
a car driven by one of the men to
execute a warrant for possession of
a firearm and ammunition.
The officers searched the vehicle
and found a clear plastic bag in
the centre console, containing sev-
eral smaller plastic packets con-
taining marijuana. The officers also
found $3,676 inside the plastic
bag. The officers asked Dixon
where he got the money from and
he remained silent.
Around 11.45 am officers took
Dixon to his Corosal Road, White-
land, home and executed a search
warrant there for firearms and
They found three additional
plastic bags containing marijuana
wrapped in plastic in the corner
of a bedroom.
Lucky asked for leniency for
both his clients, telling the court
they had not wasted judicial time
by pleading guilty.
Lucky said the cash was not
from the sale of drugs, but from
another source of income.
Speaking on Dixon s behalf,
Lucky said the 356 grammes of
marijuana were for Dixon s per-
sonal use. Wellington fined Dixon
$7,500 for the 356 grammes or 18
months jail in default and $5,000
for the 79 grammes or 12 months
jail in default.
He also charged Hospidales
$5,000 or 12 months jail in default.
Dixon was ordered to pay
$3,000 forthwith and given two
months to pay the balance and
Hospidales was ordered to pay
$1,000 forthwith and given one
month to pay the balance.
Duo fined $17,500 for ganja charge
Suspect on 91 rape charges
suffers heart attack
extradited to US
17 years after deadly shooting
A police officer stands aside as a wrecker attempts to tilt an overturned truck at the Queen's Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, near Queen's Royal College, yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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