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A 21-year-old man accused of breaking into a
gym and stealing protein powder valued at almost
$10,000 was granted $15,000 bail last week.
Romario Fuentes was charged with store-breaking
and larceny when he appeared before Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court on Friday.
Fuentes was arrested on November 5 by PC Lee
Lum of the Gasparillo Police Station.
In court, Wellington read that he was charged
with stealing protein powders valued at $9,600
from TSI Health and Fitness Gym in Williamsville.
The charge was laid indictably and Fuentes was
not called upon to enter a plea.
Wellington granted him bail in the sum of
$15,000 to cover both charges. He was also granted
a cash alternative of $10,000.
The matter was adjourned to December 4. ---SR
A man whose criminal record was described as
"busy" by a San Fernando magistrate has been
sent to jail for five years for robbing a "PH" driver
of his car last May.
Shiva Ragoonanan, 30, pleaded guilty to the
charge when he appeared by Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Mark Wellington in the San Fernando Magis-
trates Court last Thursday.
Ragoonanan, of Dario Street, Gasparillo, was rep-
resented by attorney Ainsley Lucky.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan told the court
that around 10.30 pm on May 29, 2014, Roger Job
was working his Nissan B14 car for hire when he
picked up Ragoonanan and another man.
The pair asked to be taken to Marabella, but
upon reaching close to the Marabella Secondary
School they asked to be taken to Couva instead.
Job obliged and around 3.05 am on May 30 he
was taking the men back to San Fernando, when
Ragoonanan told him he wanted to be dropped off
in Reform Village.
But as Job approached the old sugar factory in
Ste Madeleine, Ragoonanan pulled out a gun,
announced a hold-up and pulled up the hand-
brake on the car.
He ordered Job to stop the car and told him
to run. Job jumped out and ran.
Job went to the Gasparillo Police Station
around 4.45 am and made a report. Later
that day, other officers found the car
crashed into a wall in Ben Loman,
On June 6, officers went to Ragoonanan s
home with a search warrant for arms and ammuni-
tion. The search did not turn up anything illegal,
but Ragoonanan was arrested for the robbery and
taken into custody.
In court last week, Lucky told the court his
client had seen the light after being in prison for 18
months on the current charge.
But after a review of Ragoonanan s court records,
Wellington said the records showed Ragoonanan
was a busy man.
The court heard that in 2006 he was sentenced
to 10 years hard labour by a High Court Justice for
attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.
He was released in 2013 and since then he was
also convicted of housebreaking and larceny and
Lucky pleaded for leniency, saying Ragoonanan
was a good candidate for rehabilitation. But
Wellington said he had to consider Ragoonanan s
violent criminal background.
He sentenced him to five years in jail with the 18
months he spent in jail to be subtracted from his
sentence. He will thus serve three and a half years.
As the nation observes Divali, Energy
Minister Nicole Olivierre says her min-
istry will "seek to clean out the dark-
ness of falling production and low
prices and replace it with the light of
innovative strategies and new invest-
Olivierre made the comment in her
Divali message to employees at her office
at Tower C, International Waterfront Cen-
tre, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, on Fri-
Divali will be observed with a public hol-
Olivierre told ministry staff that "in
addition to the requirements to increase oil
and gas production and grow our reserves,
I have a special
she was par-
ested in local
content in the
She said she
"will be placing
greater focus on
developing legislation to ensure that a
greater piece of the energy pie remains in
Olivierre said under her watch greater
attention will be placed in the minerals
"As we move towards including the
minerals sector in our Extractive Industries
Transparency Initiative reporting, we will
seek to improve capacity of all players in
the sector," she said.
She said that will be done at the same
time legislation is introduced to arrest the
proliferation of illegal quarrying.
She said a "specialised team will be put
in place to aggressively pursue the illegal
operators and bring them to justice."
Over the years successive governments
have been trying to curtail the incidence of
illegal quarrying in the country.
"We must ensure that we manage our
resources in a manner that maximises the
revenues to our people," she told staff.
"The (energy) sector is at a critical junc-
ture and the public eye is on us to ensure
that we make the right decisions, not just
for today but for the future sustainability of
Olivierre also urged staff to use Divali as
a "fresh start and an occasion to recommit
to the national interest."
$15,000 bail for man
accused of gym break-in
Five years in jail
for busy bandit
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