Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 19th 2015 Contents Recently, a 49-second video clip went viral
on social media, depicting a woman being
beaten with a wheel spanner by a man, in at
a bar at Arima. The woman was repeatedly
kicked and hit about her body. After being
dragged upright by her clothes, she was
ordered out the bar and into the awaiting
vehicle of an Arouca businessman. The
woman subsequently refused to press
On Sunday, a young mother was killed and
her three-year old daughter were repeatedly
stabbed, by a man, who later
This month, starting November 25
to December 10, the country will
commemorate 16 days of
activities to raise awareness and
advocate for the elimination of
The time has come for Government to
seriously consider deeming acts of domestic
and gender-based violence non-bailable
"Measures and mechanisms have to be put
in place to deter offenders from repeating
criminal acts, if and when the act becomes
prevalent, as was the case of spiralling incidents
of kidnappings (for ransom) and gang warfare
in the past," stated attorney at law, Junior
Under the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-
Gang Acts, people accused and charged
are denied bail, he said, during a recent
interview. Offences carried out with
the use of a firearm are also non-
bailable for at least three months.
"These offences became so ram-
pant and heinous that it provoked
the attention of legislators that led
to those acts being amended to deny
bail of persons being accused of those
offences," Nagassar said.
In light of this, he said, acts of domestic
and gender-based violence, have become
so prevalent that it is incumbent on
Parliament to follow suit to amend
relevant legislation to deny bail to
persons accused and charged.
When asked if rendering the
offence non-bailable, violates the
basic rights of the accused, Nagassar
noted that while bail is a constitu-
tional right under Section 5 (2) f (III),
amendments based on prevalence sets
Nagessar said given the prevalence of
such offences it warrants the same con-
siderations to be given to amend the laws
governing bail for people accused and charged
with committing these types of violent acts.
Bail is granted based on the discretion of
the presiding magistrate.
Under the act, should an accused exercise
the right to apply to a judge in chambers
for bail, the magistrate must supply a reason
for his/her grant or refusal of bail, he said.
The magistrate s decision, either way, can
then be challenged by either the defendant
or police before the High Court.
The matters, he said, that the court must
consider in deciding whether to grant or
refuse bail, include the nature of the offence
committed, the nature of the evidence in
support of the offence and also the severity
of the punishment which will follow should
the person be convicted.
A Gasparillo man, who snatched $950 from a woman s
purse and later hid the money in a coconut shell was
yesterday jailed for three months.
Keyon Roberts, 30, pleaded guilty to the charge of
larceny when he appeared before Magistrate Margaret
Alert in the San Fernando Magistrates Court yesterday.
He was represented by attorney Ainsley Lucky.
According to court prosecutor, Krishna Bedassie, around
2.15 pm on November 16, the victim Cristine Joseph was
walking along Caratal Road, Gasparillo.
Joseph told police Roberts approached her, took
her bag off her shoulder and took $950 in cash
out of the bag and left in an Nissan AD wagon.
Joseph made a report to the Gasparillo Police
Station about an hour later and PC Lee Lum
was assigned to investigate.
About 15 minutes after the report was made,
Roberts went to the station and spoke to Lee Lum.
After being told of the report against him, Roberts
said, "Oh gosh officer, I take the money but I willing to
pay her back the money to squash everything."
Roberts then took Lee Lum to a coconut tree in Forres
Park, Claxton Bay, at the back of his (Roberts) aunt s
home. Roberts took up a coconut shell and took out a
black plastic bag from the shell with the $950.
Lee Lum then took him back to the station, where he
In court yesterday, Lucky asked Alert to be lenient on
his client, as Roberts guilty conscience lead him to give
the money up to the police at the earliest possible oppor-
He said Roberts was sorry for his action, especially
as he was acquainted with the victim.
He asked that Roberts be given a non-custodial sen-
However, after reviewing Roberts court record, Alert
said she could not grant Lucky s request, as Roberts had
10 matters pending before the courts and would have
committed this offence while out on bail for other mat-
She said the maximum sentence for the offence was
six months and then sentenced Roberts to three months
She ordered that the money be returned to Joseph.
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Daring thief gets
3 months in jail
Lawyer calls on Govt
Restrict bail for
This boy went along for the ride with his
mother during the St Francois Girls'
College 5K around the Queen's Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Sunday.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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