Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 3rd 2016 Contents breathed a sigh of relief when he
stepped out of the San Fernando
courtroom yesterday after the case
against him was dismissed.
"I am very happy this is over. I
have never been before a court and
in life I don t ever want to go
through this again," said Ramcha-
Charged with assaulting Zaheeda
Mohammed by tying her with a
piece of rope on March 7 last year
at Massy Lands, Gasparillo, Ram-
charan had pleaded not guilty and
was granted $15,000 surety bail
and a cash alternative of $8,000.
Yesterday, however, the prose-
cution s case against Ramcharan
collapsed because Mohammed, the
main witness, never came to court
and attempts by the charging offi-
cer to find her has been unsuc-
Ramcharan was represented by
attorney Shaun Teekasingh.
Since then the matter had been
called several times and yesterday
it was set for trial before Fourth
Court Magistrate Margaret Alert.
Charging officer WPC Bassarath,
however, took the witness stand
and gave evidence about her several
futile attempts to locate
Mohammed. She said she went to
Mohammed s last known address
at Massy Lands and found a vacant
lot where her house used to be.
She said she had no contact
number for Mohammed and there
were no other people living in that
area which was primarily used
Asked if given another oppor-
tunity she would be able to find
Mohammed, she said she would
not be able to. In answer to the
magistrate, prosecutor Sgt Krishna
Bedassie said he would not be able
to continue with the matter with-
out Mohammed s evidence.
While he was happy that the
matter was over, Ramcharan said
he has been forced to abandoned
his ten-acre pepper garden because
Frustrated by the numerous
times thieves raided his garden,
Ramcharan said: "You cannot even
get 100 peppers in that ten acres...
too many thieves. I lose a lot of
money. I leaving it (land) until I
decide to plant on it again."
Asked how he felt about the
entire ordeal, he said it had been
difficult. "I feel disturbed that peo-
ple calling me "Ropeman" on the
road," he added.
Asked why he tied the rope to
the woman s waist, he said it was
the "only thing I had to hold she
with," while he waited for the police
Accompanied by his father
Ramdeo Ramcharan, 76, and close
friend, Shaheed Baksh, Ramcharan
said he was ready to move on with
Last February, Mohammed
appeared in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court charged with
stealing $100 worth of melongene
from a farmer at Massy Lands,
Gasparillo. She was placed on a
$3,000 bond to keep the peace for
In default, she will serve 12
months hard labour.
The Gasparillo farmer who was
charged for tying a woman with a rope
and walking her along the road like
an animal after he accused her of steal-
ing his peppers has been freed.
Dubbed the "Ropeman" after the
incident was captured on video and
uploaded on Facebook, Sunil Ramcharan
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
CLOSURE OF CHAGUANAS MARKET
The public is hereby notified that the Chaguanas Market
will be closed on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th February, 2016
To facilitate washing and sanitizing of the market.
Any Inconveniences Is Regretted.
Sgd./Mr. Ashmead Mohammed
Chief Executive Officer
Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
91 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Eleventh Annual General Meeting of the
Servol Credit Union Cooperative Society Limited will be held at the
Servol Hi Tech Centre, Caroni Savannah Road, Chaguanas on Saturday
20th February 2016 at 8:30 a.m. for the following purposes:
(1) To confirm the minutes of the Tenth Annual General Meeting.
(2) To receive and consider the Reports of the Board of Directors,
Credit, Supervisory and Education Committees.
(3) To receive the Audited Accounts for the fiscal period ended August
(4) To declare dividends for the year ended August 31st, 2015.
(5) To elect members of the Board of Directors, Supervisory and Credit
(6) To appoint Auditors for the year 2016.
(7) To transact any other business of the Society that is properly
brought before the House.
BY THE ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karen Warner-Phillips (Mrs)
Victim cannot be found so...
'Ropeman' freed of assault
Mohammed who was tied for
allegedly stealing peppers in
Gasparillo last year. PHOTO
COURTESY CHARMAN LAL
Farmer Sunil Ramcharan, centre, outside the San Fernando
Magistrates' Court yesterday shortly after he was freed on an assault
charge for tying a woman with rope. Also in photo is Ramcharan's
father, Ramdeo, left, and friend, Shaheed Baksh. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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