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A policeman, who allegedly stole
$83,000 from a bedridden-pension-
er, is expected to appear in the San
Fernando Magistrates' Court to-
day charged with 39 fraud-related
The 22-year-old officer, of Marabella,
was arrested while on duty at the Charge
Room of the San Fernando Police Station
by officers of the Fraud Squad on Monday.
The file was submitted to Director of
Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard yes-
terday afternoon and he gave investigators
instructions to charge the policeman, who
has two and a half years' service, with mul-
The charges include uttering a forged
valuable security, obtaining money by
false pretences, larceny of cheque leaves
and money laundering. The officer was ac-
cused of committing several acts of forgery.
It is alleged that between January and
April 2015, he allegedly stole cheque leaves
from the cheque book of a 72-year-old man
from his home. The officer allegedly forged
the elderly man's signature, made the
cheques payable to himself and deposited
it into his bank account.
The San Fernando pensioner is bedridden
and was being cared for by a relative of the
Following investigations by Fraud Squad
officers headed by Ag Snr Supt Totaram
Dookhie, ASP Kent Ghiysawan, Cpl Darwin
Badree and Cpl Bassarath, the policeman
was arrested. He has been in custody since
Padarath wants Camille to
explain her source of $$
"Explain your wealth, Madame
That's the challenge to Planning Minis-
ter Camille Robinson-Regis from Oppo-
sition MP Barry Padarath, who has also
slammed the Government for not leading
by example on its proposed "Explain Your
Wealth" legislation, which will be pre-
sented in Parliament ahead.
Padarath noted recent newspaper re-
ports alleging that Robinson-Regis did
not explain to First Citizens what her
source of funds was for a deposit at the
Robinson-Regis was mum on the matter
when contacted about it in Parliament on
Monday. She declined comment.
Padarath subsequently slammed Attor-
ney General Faris Al-Rawi and members
of the Government for not leading by ex-
ample with respect to the AG's statements
that he will be bringing "Explain Your
Wealth" legislation to the Parliament.
"Government appears to be saying one
thing and doing another. The Planning
Minister should also lead by example and
explain her wealth. If there's failure to do
so, she must resign both as a Minister and
a Member of Parliament," Padarath said.
"The Attorney General and other gov-
ernment members cannot be judge and
jury in this matter. If Government is seri-
ous about Explain Your Wealth legislation
lead by example. The Leader of Govern-
ment business (Robinson-Regis) and the
Attorney General cannot tell this country
there's one law for them and another for
He added: "The AG's continuous blun-
ders with respect to the contradictions
in his pronouncement and his actions in
this matter warrant an explanation why
(Robinson Regis) is still in office."
--- Gail Alexander
JENSEN LA VENDE
Trinidad and Tobago is very slow in matur-
ing on matters like mental illness.
This was the view of head of Department of
Psychology at the St Ann's Mental Hospital, Dr
Krishna Maharaj, yesterday, following an incident
in which a woman stripped naked and walked along
Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, after she was in-
volved in an accident.
According to police reports, the woman stripped
naked and walked along the roadway after she had
a mental breakdown when her pick-up crashed
into another vehicle. She was eventually assisted
by passers-by and her family members later came
to assist her.
The incident has since been widely circulat-
ed on social media, with some claiming that the
28-year-old woman probably pretended not to be
in her right mind to avoid any litigation for causing
a four-car smash-up.
But Maharaj said the gawks and negative com-
ments made about the woman was a reflection of
a lack of understanding of her condition.
"This is a sign of how we are maturing slowly
as a people, it is taking a while. Mental illness is
something that affects everyone and we need to
learn to be less demeaning and harsh to people
with mental illness," Maharaj, a clinical psycholo-
Maharaj said there needs to be systematic ed-
ucation included the school's curriculum to ed-
ucate children continuously on the ways to deal
with people with mental issues and not treat them
with scant courtesy. He added that the mentally
ill in society need to be respected and their rights
upheld, and one way to do that is by educating
society about the triggers, causes and treatment
of the illness.
One of the drivers involved in the accident,
Imhotep Kenyatta, told Guardian Media that the
woman's father came to the scene of the accident
along Wrightson Road and told him that his daugh-
ter has a history of mental illness.
Kenyatta added that he was initially surprised
by her actions until learning of her situation. He
added, however, that the incident should be a wake-
up call to drivers and the authorities not to allow
unfit drivers on the roads, as they could be a danger
not only to themselves but others.
Maharaj added that many of the institutions in
the country are not well equipped to treat with
mental illness and both the education and health
ministries have a vital role to play in treating with
the issue. He said a traumatic experience like a car
accident can trigger mental instability.
Guardian Medial visited the woman's home
yesterday and a relative said she was being looked
after by family and that she is well taken care of.
The relative admitted that the woman had had a
similar experience in the past.
Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Cop accused of stealing from pensioner
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