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Repeat DUI offender Ralph Lochan after
he was sentenced yesterday by a San
PHOTO SASCHA WILSON
Four men allegedly involved in an $.8 million jew-
elry heist were denied bail after appearing in the
San Fernando Magistrates Court on Monday.
Keston Samuel, of Point Fortin, Francis Small,
Curtis John, both of San Juan, and Kashmeed
Mohammed of Debe faced three charges when they
appeared before Fourth Court Magistrate Margaret
It is alleged that on February 17, at Damion Jewelry
Collection, in Debe they robbed Nadine Ramcharitar
Bann of a quanity if jewelry valued at $845,430 and
used personal violence on her.
It is also alleged that at Puzzle Island, off Suchit
Trace, Debe they had a 9 mm pistol and ten rounds
of ammunition in their possession. Charges were
laid by Cpl Roopnarine and PC Roger Moses.
Samuel faced a separate charge which
alleged that he robbed Bally s Clothing Store
at Main Road, Point Fortin on April 8, last
year of a safe and $5,400 cash.
Prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedasie said he
had no recommendations on how to proceed
with the matters. As a result they were not
called upon to plea to the charges.
Small and John were presented by attorney
Yohan Pancham while attorney Annalee Gir-
war represented Mohammed. The prosecu-
tion did not have a trace for the accused.
Given the serious nature of the charges,
the magistrate refused to entertain a bail appli-
cation in the absence of a tracing.
She remanded the accused into custody. She
transferred the Debe matters to the San Fer-
nando First Court for February 26.
Samuel s matter was transferred to the Point
Fortin matter for February 29. (SW)
No bail for 4 charged
in jewelry heist
Three illegal guns
seized in police raids
Police recovered three illegal firearms, a quantity
of illegal drugs, and arrested two men in separate
raids in Princes Town and Chaguanas on Mon-
A statement from the Ministry of National Security
said Princes Town police raided several known drug
blocks and confronted two men at Lengua Road,
Indian Walk, near a teak field.
After a short chase, two suspects were detained.
An illegal pistol and 20 rounds of ammunition were
seized from the suspects and quantity of cocaine.
Both suspects, aged 23 and 22 were arrested.
In Central, Central Division police recovered a loaded
firearm which was thrown from a white Nissan Tiida
along Dass Trace, Enterprise.
Another illegal gun was seized after police searched
a Longdenville, Chaguanas house on Monday and
detained a 38-year-old suspect.
The labourer who tried to
drown his heartache with alcohol
after his wife left him was yester-
day ordered to pay a $10,000 fine
and disqualified from driving for
Ralph Lochan, 50, had pleaded
guilty on Monday to driving under
the influence (DUI), but it was
the second time in less than a
month he was arrested for drunk
Lochan was ordered by San Fer-
nando Traffic Court Magistrate Natalie
Diop to return to court yesterday with his
driver s permit.
He was stopped by PC Zephrine while
driving along the Naparima Mayaro Road in
Mon Repos around 11.27 pm on Friday.
He was charged after he failed the
breathalyser test with a reading of 48 micro-
grammes. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The father of two told the magistrate his
wife left him and when he went to get her
back he found her with another man. He
claimed he got frustrated and drank three
On January 25, Lochan, was fined $2,000
or three months in jail with hard labour for
a similar offence. He was allowed 40 days
to pay the fine, but he has paid no money
Yesterday, the magistrate told him that
his fingerprint trace uncovered several con-
victions dating back to 1991, the most recent
matter being the January DUI offence.
Emphasing the seriousness of such an
offence, the magistrate said people who drink
and drive pose a serious risk and danger to
themselves and other road users.
The magistrate forfeited his permit and
ordered that it be sent to the Licencing
Department in Port-of-Spain.
In addition, she ordered that he pay $7,000
of the $10,000 fine immediately. She allowed
him 15 days to pay the rest of the money.
Failure to pay the fine would result in his
imprisonment for two years.
Two of five men who went into some bushes in St
Augustine yesterday were later found dead and their
other three friends were missing.
Police were, however, unable to process properly the
crime scene and will return this morning under better
lighting conditions to do so.
According to police reports at around 4.40 pm residents
of St John s Road, St Augustine heard gunshots and
alerted the police. Officers responded and found the
two men, one reportedly with a gun in his waist.
The men were not identified but police said one was
of African descent while the other was of Indian descent.
Police said they were told that residents had earlier
seen a group of five men entering the bushes. After the
shooting only the two deceased were found. The double
killing has taken the murder toll for the year to 75.
Two men killed
in St Augustine
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