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The 26-year-old woman videotaped receiv-
ing a severe beating with a steel object in a
video which was circulated on social media
yesterday has refused to co-operate with
police investigating the incident.
Her refusal has caused investigating officers
at the Arouca Police Station to consult with
their legal team on whether or not the suspect,
an Arouca businessman, could be charged
with any offence. With her refusal to file a
complaint, the victim has left police with a
case that may see the perpetrator of the vicious
beating walk free, despite at least seven eye-
witnesses to the incident.
While the 49-second clip making the rounds
on Facebook shows what seems to be a stag-
gering amount of violence meted out to a
petite young woman, the beating allegedly did
not stop when the clip ended. The footage
was recorded on Thursday.
According to eyewitnesses, the beating con-
tinued for several minutes longer as the woman
lay on the floor being kicked in her head, arms
and stomach by the man.
The woman, according to eyewitnesses, had
arrived at Nella s Sports Bar on the Arima Old
Road at around 1 pm, where she was having
drinks with friends. Two hours later, at exactly
3.08 pm according to a time-stamp on security
footage, the man, identified as the father of
her child, walked into the bar and started the
After the incident, the man lifted the young
woman by her clothing and pulled her out of
the bar. Less than an hour later, he returned
and threatened to assault an employee at the
bar after she had called him a coward.
The owner of the bar, who spoke to reporters
yesterday, said he was surprised at the attack
as he had known the man for a while and had
never seen that type of behaviour. He said he
had called out to the man to stop but the sus-
pect continued. Having received a leg injury
in a car accident last month, the owner said
he could not have intervened.
"The only other people in the bar were
women so nobody could have safely stopped
what was happening," he added.
However, a source close to the couple
claimed the beating was nothing new.
"This isn t the first time that happened to
her. The last time it happened two women
interfered and tried to stop him and he ended
up beating all three of them," the source alleged.
"The women are afraid of him though so
they won t talk. She won t help the police and
he will come right back out and the same
thing will happen again."
The couple surrendered to the Arouca Police
Station yesterday morning and were both
interviewed by police officers up until late
yesterday evening. According to police sources,
the victim has insisted she did not want police
In a telephone interview last night, attorney
and former police officer Lyndon Leu said the
police could only lay charges if the victim gave
a statement or if the victim s medical notes
or a statement from the doctor showed the
victim admitted to being beaten by her part-
"It is a very difficult situation for the police.
They can t do much without a statement.
Without a statement from her there is no vic-
tim," Leu said.
He said the video would have been enough
to arrest and detain the perpetrator for 48
hours but police needed more in order to
charge him. Leu, who saw the video on Face-
book yesterday, said police could either charge
him for a minor offence, which was assault
by beating, or possibly a major offence of
wounding with intent to cause bodily harm.
He added: "If the police are clever or inno-
vative they can find a way to lay charges but
it is still possible that the victim will find a
way to sabotage the case when it goes to court.
"But as funny as it sounds, she has to tell
the police she did not give permission for him
to beat her."
He said police could also look at less obvious
crimes to charge the perpetrator with, such
as disorderly conduct or possession of a
weapon, in the event the victim had refused
to give a statement but police got statements
from other witnesses.
Leu said, however, that it was common for
victims of domestic violence situations to
refuse police help. Another attorney, Donna
Prowell, agreed that police could charge the
perpetrator for assault using a statement from
the witness, even if the witness doesn t want
to pursue the case further.
According to Section 26 of the Domestic
Violence Act, evidence obtained through a
statement is admissable in court if a witness
refuses to co-operate.
A Chaguanas businessman and a
Colombian woman held in connection
with a multi-million dollar drug bust
in central Trinidad have been released
After being interrogated for almost
24 hours, the businessman and the for-
eign national were released from the
Woodbrook and Belmont Police Stations
shortly after midnight on Thursday.
Contacted yesterday, police sources
confirmed the suspects were released
but refused to reveal the reason why,
as they stated that the investigation
was at a sensitive stage.
However, the T&T Guardian under-
stands that the 50-year-old business-
man and the woman, who recently
arrived in T&T, were visiting the house
where the drugs were found when
police raided it on Wednesday night.
The 50-year-old businessman, who
cannot be named as he was not
charged, has been in and out of jail for
the past decade on a number of charges,
including kidnapping, most of which
were eventually dismissed by the court.
According to reports, around 10 pm,
officers of the Organised Crime, Nar-
cotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB)
executed a search warrant at the prop-
erty in Enterprise, Chaguanas, and
recovered 20 kilos of cocaine and 300
kilos of marijuana with a combined
value of over $6 million.
In addition to the couple, the 36-
year-old man and his 35-year-old wife
who own the house were arrested. They
remained detained up to late yesterday.
They are expected to be charged with
drug trafficking over the weekend and
will appear in court to answer the
charges on Monday.
Investigations are continuing.
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Businessman held in drug bust freed
Victim of online attack not co-operating
Cops' case may fall through
Nella's Sports Bar on the Arima Old Road where footage of a man beating a woman was
captured. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Section 26 of Domestic Violence Act
Where direct oral evidence of a fact would
be admissible in any proceedings under
this Act, a document containing a
statement made by the complainant
which forms part of the record compiled
by the police and tending to establish that
fact, shall be admissible in circumstances
(a) The complainant refuses to be sworn
as a witness; or
(b) having been sworn as a witness, gives
oral evidence which is inconsistent or
contradictory to the statement forming
part of the police record
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