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Reeshie Surajbally, who was
allegedly caught with two naked
intoxicated girls in his van, was
jeered and taunted by a large crowd
when he appeared in the Princes
Town Magistrates Court yesterday.
Surajbally, through his lawyer, later
expressed fear for his safety if he
were to be taken to prison when he
appeared before Senior Magistrate
Rajendra Rambachan on six charges,
including two counts each of kid-
napping, sexual indecency and serv-
ing alcohol to a child, and was denied
As a handcuffed Surajbally was
being escorted by police officers to
and from the courthouse, scores of
onlookers, including schoolchildren,
gathered opposite the court shouting:
"Rapist," and "Jail him for life" among
other derogatory remarks.
However, the 39-year-old Princes
Town father of two remained stoned
faced as he was taken to the First
Court, where Rambachan read the
six charges to him.
But apart from the relatives of the
accused and the victims, members
of the public, including reporters,
were ordered out of the court
because the matters were held in-
The charges arose out of an inci-
dent on Monday, where it is alleged
police found two sisters---aged nine
and 14---in a vehicle parked along
Cedar Hill Estate, Barrackpore.
It is alleged that Surajbally, a tech-
nician, took the girls there after he
allegedly kidnapped them from High
Street, Princes Town. He was
charged by PC Alcala of the Child
Surajbally, who is married, was
not called upon to plead to the
charges because they were indictable
offences. Two of the charges, the
sex offence and serving alcohol to a
minor, were laid under the Children s
Given the widespread publicity
the matter has received, Surajbally s
attorney, Yohan Pancham, said the
accused was fearful for his safety in
prison and requested he be kept iso-
lated from the other prisoners.
Sources said Surajbally was also
kept separately from the other pris-
oners in court yesterday.
The prosecutors---Sgt Roger
Richardson and Sgt Shazeed
Mohammed---objected to bail on
three grounds. Richardson said they
were yet to trace the accused to
determine if he had pending matters
or previous convictions.
He said they were also of the view
that if granted bail, Surajbally would
interfere with witnesses and obstruct
the course of justice.
Citing Section 2(B) of the Bail
Act, Richardson said Surajbally
should be kept in custody for his
Addressing Pancham s request for
the accused to be isolated in prison,
the magistrate said the court did not
have control over accommodation
in the prison. The accused was then
remanded into custody for tracing
and the matter adjourned to next
Three months after La Romaine mother, Rachael
Chadee, was allegedly maimed in a brutal acid and
knife attack by a man, her family s prayers were
answered when police found him hiding at his sis-
ter s home yesterday.
When the Southern Division Task Force, CID and
Canine Unit stormed the house in Palmyra Village,
Princes Town, 39-year-old La Romaine labourer,
Roger Bissoon, who had been on the run since police
issued a warrant for his arrest, was found in a bedroom
hiding between a mattress and a bed frame.
After working through the night to gather infor-
mation, the officers, including ASP Rawle Ramdeo,
Insp Don Gajadhar, Sgt Dale Ramroop, Sgt Inshan
Teeluck, Sgt Roland Ramlogan, PC Harricharan and
PC Moses, entered the house around 5.45 am and
met the suspect s sister and brother-in-law. They
were detained while officers searched the rest of the
house and found the suspect.
Investigators said there was a mattress in a porch
where Bissoon also slept in case police came looking
for him, so he could easily get away. The suspect and
his relatives were then taken to the Ste Madeleine
Police Station and questioned. The suspect s relatives
are expected to be charged with harbouring a criminal.
Bissoon was later taken to the San Fernando CID
for processing and was to be charged with attempted
On February 22, Chadee, 35, a mother of three,
was at her mother s home when a man climbed
through a kitchen window and dragged her into a
With her mother, Leela, and the children screaming,
he locked the door and forced acid down her throat.
He also cut her face and doused her with the acid.
On hearing Chadee s screams, Leela ran to neighbours
for help but by the time they arrived the suspect had
Chadee spent weeks at the San Fernando General
Accused in sex assault of minors denied bail
Lawyer seeks isolation in jail
Kayam Mohammed was denied bail
on charges of kidnapping, raping and
buggering a 62-year-old stroke victim
when he appeared in the Princes
Town Magistrates' Court yesterday.
The 20-year-old accused was not
called upon to plead to the charges
when he appeared before First Court
Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.
The crimes allegedly took place at
St Mary's Village, Moruga, on
Prosecutor Sgt Roger Richardson
objected to bail due to the
seriousness of the offences and that
he had not yet been traced. The
matter was adjourned to Monday for
MAN, 20, CHARGED WITH RAPING ELDERLY WOMAN
Suspect in acid bath attack finally held
Hospital nursing burns to her face, stomach and back.
She is still unable to speak because of damage done
to her throat by the acid.
Six weeks after being released from hospital, she
also had to return to hospital for surgery as her back
was still in a bad condition.
Speaking by telephone yesterday, Leela praised
God, saying she had been praying everyday for the
suspect s capture. Now she is counting the days when
her daughter can leave police protection and reunite
with her children. She said it had been a frightening
three months for her and the children, as their lives
had been threatened.
"l feel very good now because I kept praying and
praying everyday that they would hold him and God
answered my prayer. I am so glad and I will have to
thank God for that," Leela said.
It has been hard for Chadee s children, she said,
as the only time they got to see their mother was
when she went to the hospital for treatment. Leela
said the children kept asking when their mother
would return home and now it seemed it could be
sooner than later.
"Where there is hope there is a way. God does not
sleep. I prayed everyday that they would hold him
because of what he did to my child. No matter what
a woman does, a man has no right to do that," she
Roger Bissoon, who is a suspect in an acid-dousing incident, is escorted to San
Fernando CID office following his arrest yesterday after being on the run for
three months. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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