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Woman fakes crime
to punish ex-lover
After concocting a story of being abducted and
shot at, ajilted Princes Town woman landed in trou-
ble and was charged with wasteful deployment of
Simi Wills, 32, a housewife of Princes Town appeared
before magistrate Nalini Singh in the Princes Town Mag-
istrates' court on Tuesday, and pleaded guilty to the crime.
She was sentenced to serve 200 hours of community
The court heard that Wills went to the Princes Town
Police Station last Thursday, where she made a report
that she was kidnapped and taken against her will by a
man. She said she was taken to an old estate road where
the man pulled a gun an fired several shots before leaving
her there. The man was detained and interviewed, and it
was found that she was having an affair with him.
Detective Caleb Ramkissoon of the Princes Town CID,
confronted Wills with the information and she admitted
to making a false report, saying that she wanted him to get
him in trouble because he wanted to end their relationship.
20 years jail
A man accused of fatally stabbing a secondary
school student during an incident after an Inde-
pendence Day celebration in Tobago seven years
ago has been jailed for 20 years.
Justice David Harris, presiding in the Scarborough
High Court, imposed the sentence on Robert Greene,
30, some three months after a jury found him guilty of
manslaughter. The sentence was handed down last Friday.
Greene was charged along with Hakeem Joseph, 21,
both of Darrell Spring, in Scarborough, with murdering
Zach Matthew Seeram, 17, of Milford Court, Bon Accord
on September 1, 2010 in Scarborough.
They were subsequently freed by a Scarborough mag-
istrate at the end ofthe preliminary inquiry, but were re-
arrested and put on trial. Both men went on trial before
Justice Harris on last October.
Joseph, however, was dischargedin November after the
judge upheld a no case submission made by hisattorney
State attorney Trevor Jones led evidence that there
was analtercation between Greene and another man ata
car park following an Independence Day celebration in
Seeram, a student of ScarboroughSecondary School,
intervened andbegan pelting bottles at Greene.
The State's case was that Greene and another man
began chasing Seeram who ran into a mall. The men
eventually caught him in the corridor and stabbed him
He was taken to the hospital where he was treated
and discharged. The student died six days later due to
complications. The State produced a statement, signed
by Greene and his mother, admitting that he attacked
However, Greene, who was represented by attorney
Christo Gift, claimed the signatures on the statement
were neither his nor his mother's.
The jury, however,found Greene guilty in December.
Judge knocks CoP's reversal of sick leave
A High Court judge has
criticised acting Police Com-
missioner Stephen Williams'
reclassification of sick leave
for a police officer who re-
tired after suffering a back
injury while on duty.
In an oral judgement at the
Port-of-Spain High Court, Jus-
tice Ricky Rahim said Williams
breached the officer's right to
natural justice and treated him
unfairly when he reversed a deci-
sion on his sick leave more than
three years after his accident.
Williams did not provide any
reasons for his decision.
According to evidence in the
case, former Cpl Ashram Par-
iagsingh suffered the injury
while he was assigned to the
La Brea Police Station on May
Pariagsingh was walking at
the back of the station when
he slipped in a puddle of water
caused by a leaking pipe.
The T&T Police Service's
(TTPS) human resources de-
partment classified his leave
as injury leave with pay.
However, last year, as his leave
was about to end and he was due
to retire, Pariagsingh was told
the decision on his leave had
Williams also told him he was
required to repay all salaries and
benefits paid to him between
May 2012 and March last year.
In his lawsuit, Pariagsingh
said he was shocked by the de-
cision as he was unable to work
and make the large retroactive
payment. Williams had threat-
ened to deduct the money from
his gratuity and retirement ben-
Pariagsingh filed the law-
suit after his lawyers wrote to
Williams and unsuccessfully
petitioned him to reverse the
In his judgement, Rahim ruled
that Williams was obligated to
provide reasons for his decision.
Pariagsingh was represented
by Anand Ramlogan SC, Kent
Samlal and Douglas Bayley,
while Williams was represented
by Niquelle Granville and Laura
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