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CNC3's Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne
last night vowed to clear his name and
fight charges laid against him yesterday
by Inspector Roger Alexander.
He made the comment after securing
bail at the Chaguanas Police Station, having
earlier undergone an MRI scan at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
(EWMSC), Mount Hope, after he sustained
a concussion when he was slammed into
a vehicle by Alexander earlier in the day
as he was being arrested.
Alleyne vowed to fight the spurious
charges against him from Alexander,
including using obscene language and
resisting arrest, insisting that yesterday's
ordeal was due in part to a ratings war
going on between the competing crime
The argument had been earlier supported
by Alleyne's lawyer, Gerald Ramdeen, who
called on acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams and head of the Police
Complaints Authority (PCA) David West
to conduct a thorough investigation into
He said: "It is very unfortunate what
Alleyne was put through because, clearly,
one person is using police powers to abuse
another citizen for private gain and many
consequences can flow from this and flow
from the actions of the police.
"My client is being victimised and treat-
ed in a particular way by an officer who
has a competing show on a competing
channel and if this is what we have come
to in 2016, it is very unfortunate. I hope
the authorities, moreso the PCA, pick up
this matter and deal with what has tran-
spired here and let the chips fall as it may."
He added: "The footage will verify what
my client indicated to me as to what took
place this morning (yesterday)."
Alleyne previously had Alexander as a
co-host on his Crime Watch programme
and often accompanied members of the
North Eastern Division Task Force on police
However, the two split and Alexander
now hosts his own programme. Both have
been exchanging verbal jabs at each other
in recent months as they tried to win greater
Yesterday's incident occurred when
Alleyne and Alexander ended up at the
home of a Chaguanas businessman accused
of domestic abuse, as police were about to
make an arrest and search the property.
The exercise was being conducted by offi-
cers of the Chaguanas Police Station. The
entire incident was captured on video by
At about 9.30 am, Alleyne was following
up a domestic violence abuse story for his
show and went to the home of the woman's
husband. He was invited inside by one of
the businessman's close relatives.
As Alleyne was entering the compound,
Alexander was leaning over the verandah's
bannister and looking at Alleyne. Alexander
was seen smiling at Alleyne and saying
something to him and Alleyne was heard
It was at this point that Alexander turned
around, walked up to Alleyne and grabbed
his arm and pushed him. As other officers
tried to figure out what was going on,
Alexander claimed Alleyne had used obscene
language towards him.
Alexander then began pushing Alleyne
off the compound and as the Crime Watch
host asked why he was doing this, body
slammed him into the businessman's Toyota
Prado which was parked at the side of the
road. The impact caused a visible dent on
the vehicle's right side front door.
After he was body slammed into the vehi-
cle, Alleyne began shouting: "Alexander,
you going to put handcuffs on me? It's a
rankings thing or what? It's a rankings thing,
Alleyne was then handcuffed, placed in
a police vehicle and subsequently taken to
the Chaguanas station.
At the station, during a brief interview,
Alleyne said he was shaken up and trying
to be good. He also denied using obscene
language or assaulting Alexander.
After he was taken to the Chaguanas
Health Centre for treatment, Alleyne said
he was in extreme pain as his arm had been
twisted and squeezed. He also complained
of body pains and a severe headache.
On his talk show yesterday, Alexander
insisted Alleyne had obstructed the police
in the course of their duties and resisted
arrest. He also said by attempting to enter
the compound Alleyne could have potentially
contaminated the crime scene and that was
the reason he initially asked him to leave.
Ramdeen later said given the circum-
stances surrounding the way in which
Alleyne was arrested, there seemed to be a
flagrant abuse of police power "in the worst
possible way." He said in a brief conversation
with Alleyne after his arrest, his client denied
all the accusations made against him.
"My client was carrying out his civilian
duties and what transpired thereafter,
Alexander assaults him, body slammed him,
wring his arm and in the process of doing
that moved to arrest Ian, no bail. There is
a most flagrant abuse of police power here,"
He also said Alleyne was treated like a
common criminal as he was placed in a sta-
tion holding cell along with other people
Lawyer wants full probe as Crime Watch host gets late bail...
Alleyne roughed up during arrest
to be charged on more serious criminal offences.
Ramdeen said while he was interviewing Alleyne,
Alexander kept on walking up and down the corridor,
adding that for the first time in 15 years he had seen
a police officer take a cellphone and video record
someone during an interview with their lawyer.
"I indicated that this could be done inside but not
from outside of the room. I have never seen a police
officer video record someone while they are being
interviewed with their lawyers," Ramdeen said.
Minutes after being taken to the station, Alleyne
complained of feeling unwell. An EHS ambulance
was called but none arrived and Alleyne's personal
doctor, Dr Rai Ragbir, was urgently called to the police
station. But when Ragbir arrived he was not allowed
to give medical attention to Alleyne.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, Ragbir expressed
concern over Alleyne's condition, saying he suffered
from hypertension and high blood pressure.
"I could have been supervised to attend to Alleyne
because life and death can be anytime. The stress
alone can kill you.
"Everyone should be treated at one level. He
needs medical treatment and waiting on paperwork
before he could get that is not acceptable. What
is the difference between him and someone having
a heart attack or stroke or severe asthmatic attack?"
Viral domestic abuse case...
Chaguanas car dealer Sheron
Sukhdeo was detained yesterday by
police officers in connection with a
report of domestic violence.
Up to late last night he was at the
Chaguanas Police Station being ques-
tioned but no charges were laid.
Yesterday morning, a team of police
officers from the Chaguanas Police Sta-
tion, led by Inspector McIntyre, went to
the businessman's home near the
Chaguanas Government Primary School.
He was later handcuffed and taken to
his businessplace on the Caroni Savannah
Road and then to the Chaguanas Police
Station where he was questioned
Investigating officers have obtained
an official statement from the alleged
domestic violence victim, a 28-year-old
mother of two.
The statement was taken from her on
Sunday following an interview she had
with Head of the Central Division, Snr
Supt Jayson Forde. Investigating officers
were also able to obtain medical records
from the respective health institutions,
including the Chaguanas Health Centre,
to add to their file.
The woman and her two children ---
ages seven and five --- are said to have
been under heavy police guard since
Early on Saturday morning, the
woman took to Facebook to post recent
photographs of herself showing blue
black marks, cuts, bruises and a bloodshot
eye that she said she sustained last week
during an alleged confrontation with a
close male relative.
Speaking out publicly for the first time,
the woman alleged she has been a victim
of domestic violence for the last 12 years.
Thousands of comments were made
in support of the woman and her children
and on Sunday the police intervened,
saying she would also receive counselling
from the Victim and Witness Support
Unit and the children would be referred
to the Child Protection Unit and the
--- Rhondor Dowlat
Central businessman Sheron Sukhdeo leaves his Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, home in handcuffs
following his arrest yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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