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Appeal Court orders
retrial for prisons officer
The Court of Appeal has
ordered a retrial for a prisons
officer who was convicted of
attempting to traffic marijua-
na into the Port-of-Spain State
Prison in 2010.
Delivering an oral judgment
at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-
Spain yesterday Appellate Judges
Alice Yorke-Soo Hon and Mark
Mohammed ruled that Varidan
Lackraj had been unfairly tried
when he was convicted of the
crime and sentenced to four years
in prison in 2015.
The judges agreed with Lack-
raj's lawyers that the magistrate
who presided over his trial failed to
consider his clean criminal record
when deciding on his propensity
to commit the crime.
Justice Mohammed stated that
a retrial was necessary as mere-
ly quashing his conviction and
corresponding sentence would
not meet the public interest in
prosecuting such cases.
According to the evidence in
his appeal, Lackraj was arrested
by police near St Mary's College,
Frederick Street in Port-of-Spain
on December 31, 2010.
Police testified that he dropped
a brown paper bag containing
marijuana and attempted to run
away before he was detained.
In his defence, Lackraj denied
any wrongdoing as he claimed that
police only found a bag containing
his lunch when they searched him.
He further claimed that one of
the officers walked away picked
up the bag with marijuana which
was at the side of the road and
then claimed that he (Lackraj)
had dropped it. Lackraj was rep-
resented by Israel Khan and Ula
Rose cops AFETT award
Calypso Rose (Linda
has grabbed yet another
award, this time from the
Association ofFemale Ex-
ecutives of T&T (AFETT).
Rose, who has been re-
ceiving numerous awards
since she won World Music
Album of the Year in France's
Victoire de la Musique earlier this year, won AFETT's
National Spirit Award. Rose is out of the country and
her local manager, Lorraine O' Connor was present
at the University of T&T's auditorium at the National
Academy for the Performing Arts on Keate Street, Port-
of-Spain on Tuesday to receive the award on her behalf.
AFETT, in its annual International Women's Day
Women of Influence Awards and Mentorship Cele-
bration, gave out five other awards. Neysha Soodeen,
known throughout the Caribbean region as "Miss
MACO", won the AFETT Business Pioneer Award.
Soodeen is the CEO of Toute Bagai Publishing and
founder of MACO Caribbean Living, the region's first
oversized glossy magazine to be retailed globally. She
has dedicated most of her adult life to advocacy for
women's rights, promoting female entrepreneurship
throughout the Caribbean and supporting many
causes, including cancer societies, hospice care and
fighting illiteracy, AFETT said. Soodeen is a Stage 4
Krista Santos won the Social Entrepreneur Award for
her efforts to improve the quality of life of women in
general. She is the president and co-founder of Nour-
ish TT which ensures perfectly good food destined for
the landfill reaches people in need. Santos worked at
the Bank of America, Citi and Rothschild in London.
Swimmer Shanntol Ince won the Young Female
Leader Award. Ince is a paraplegic athlete. Among
her achievements are four gold medals she won at
the Youth Para Pan American Games in Argentina in
2013. And Colleen Cameron won the Spirit of AFETT
award given to an AFETT member who best embodies
the spirit of the association over the past three years.
Director of Communications on the board of AFETT,
Cameron works as a bookings and customer relations
officer at a leading theatrical facility, runs her own
communications and events management company,
Ebony Belle Communiques and is owner of Caribbean
Concoctions.Ayanna Webster-Roy,Minister ofGender
Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister, delivered
remarks at the event and Sharon Rowley, wife of Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley, helped distribute awards.
Kristine Thompson,holder of the Trinidad franchise
of Chuck E. Cheese's, the feature speaker, related how
she ended up with the successful business.
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