Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2016 Contents Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne yesterday denied
three criminal charges brought by rival television
presentor Insp Roger Alexander after a dispute dur-
ing the search of the home of a Chaguanas busi-
nessman on Tuesday morning.
Alleyne pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and
for obstructing and using annoying language towards
Alexander when he appeared before Senior Magistrate
Joanne Connor in the Chaguanas First Magistrates
After the charges were read, his lawyer Gerald
Ramdeen asked Connor to allow his client to remain
on the $20,000 bail he was granted by a Justice of
the Peace at the Chaguanas Police Station hours after
his arrest. Connor acceded to his request and adjourned
the case to March 22.
Earlier, there was pandemonium outside the Tuna-
puna Administrative Centre for Alleyne s court appear-
ance as dozens of his fans gathered at the temporary
home of the Chaguanas courthouse to catch a glimpse
Flanked by his lawyers and close friends, Alleyne
arrived shortly after 1 pm and was immediately
mobbed by his fans and media.
Dressed in a suit and a pair of glittering tasseled
loafers, Alleyne was embraced by several female fans,
many of whom came with their young children in
tow and took selfies with him before they left.
"I going home happy today. I get a hug and kiss
from my boy Ian," one woman said as she walked
away from the complex with a toothy grin.
Speaking after his appearance, Alleyne said he was
still feeling some of the ill effects from the physical
nature of the arrest.
Ramdeen, meanwhile, said they intended to write
to the authorities, including the acting Police Com-
missioner, the Police Complaints Authority and the
Police Service Commission on the matter.
According to reports, the incident occurred around
10 am on Tuesday as police officers from the Central
Division were searching the Orchard Gardens, Chagua-
nas, home of businessman Sheron Sukhdeo in relation
to a complaint by his wife of domestic abuse.
Alleyne was walking into the property on the invi-
tation of one of Sukhdeo s relatives when he was
stopped by Alexander and escorted outside where he
Shortly after being taken to the Chaguanas Police
Station, Alleyne complained of feeling unwell and
was transfered under police guard to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he was
examined and treated for several hours.
He was then returned to the police station where
he was charged and later released on bail.
In April 2012, Alleyne was charged for resisting
arrest after he was detained at Caribbean Commu-
nication Network s (CCN) offices at Independence
Square, Port-of-Spain, for revealing the identity of
a 13-year-old rape victim on his show.
Two years later the charge was eventually dismissed
by Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie, who ques-
tioned the police s decision to arrest Alleyne without
Alleyne eventually pleaded guilty to the three
charges under the Sexual Offences Act and was fined.
The T&T Police Service (TTPS) is appar-
ently dismissing Crime Watch host Ian
Alleyne s complaints over his arrest by
rival television presenter Insp Roger
Alexander on Tuesday, and will not launch
any probe into whether excessive force
was used in the matter.
Responding to questions from reporters
at the weekly police press briefing at the
Police Administration Building, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday, police public affairs officer,
ASP Michael Pierre, said Alexander, who
was also filming footage for his Beyond the
Tape programme at the time of the incident,
was on official duty.
"Beyond on Tape is an official programme
of the TTPS, sanctioned by the Commis-
sioner of Police. Insp Alexander has the
authority to cover all police operations or
investigation. Therefore he would have been
on duty at the location," Pierre said.
Asked repeatedly whether the TTPS would
be investigating Alleyne s allegations that
Alexander used excessive force in Alleyne s
arrest, Pierre stated firmly: "There is no
investigation in that matter."
The incident, which was captured by
Alleyne s cameraman, occurred when Alleyne
and Alexander ended up at the home of
Chaguanas businessman Sheron Sukhdeo,
who is accused of assaulting his wife, as
Central Division police were about to search
Following up on Sukhdeo s story for his
show, Alleyne had gone to the home at
Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, and was invit-
ed inside by one of the businessman s rel-
As Alleyne was entering the compound,
however, Alexander prevented him from
doing so saying a police operation was being
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 vehicle
which was parked at the side of the road.
Alleyne was then handcuffed, placed in
a police vehicle and subsequently taken to
the Chaguanas station and charged by
Alexander for resisting arrest, obstructing
him (Alexander) in the execution of his
duties and for using annoying language.
Public opinion on the incident remained
divided yesterday, with social media users
siding with each man in their posts on clips
of the incident, which have been shared on
Facebook since Tuesday.
Alleyne denied any wrongdoing when he
appeared in the Chaguanas Magistrates
Court yesterday to answer the charges. He
will reappear in court on March 22.
Both men found themselves in the halls
of the court waiting for Alleyne s case to
be called yesterday but kept their distance
to prevent the possibility of the slightest
Speaking on Alleyne s show on television
station CNC 3 last night, his lawyer Gerald
Ramdeen indicated that Alleyne would be
taking civil legal action against Alexander
and the TTPS.
"The letters to Alexander and the Police
Commissioner have already been drafted
and will be sent out tomorrow. If we do not
get a response by next week we will be filing
action in the High Court," Ramdeen said.
Meanwhile, TTPS will be investigating
claims from Sukhdeo s wife, Rachael, that
numerous reports of her domestic violence
were ignored by police before she posted
photos of her injuries on her husband s
company Facebook page on Saturday.
Speaking at the press briefing, Pierre ini-
tially declined to comment on her claims,
then stated: "I cannot speak to any reports
prior. What I can speak about is the response
of the police to what came about last week-
end and the manner in which it was dealt
with. It was speedy and spontaneous."
However, when pressed further about the
police s alleged inaction to the victim s initial
complaints, Pierre appeared to change his
"That will be investigated," he said.
Pierre also sort to reassure members of
the public of the TTPS stance on domestic
He said: "It is the mandate of the Trinidad
and Tobago Police Service that a police offi-
cer shall respond to every complaint or
report alleging domestic violence, whether
or not the person making the complaint or
the report is the victim, or whether the
report is made in person or by phone.
"The primary concern of the police offi-
cers responding to reports of domestic vio-
lence should be the safety of the victim,
whether or not the threat of violence is
immediate or remote."
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