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Suspects released in Melissa's murder
The two suspects who were
held for the murder of Melissa
Police said the instructions to re-
lease the men came from the Office
of the Director of Public Prosecu-
tions. However, police said inves-
tigations are ongoing and they are
awaiting results of forensic anal-
ysis, which would be beneficial to
their case. The men are both rela-
tives of Mohammed-Ramkissoon.
Mohammed-Ramkissoon, 33, of
Cedar Hill, Claxton Bay was pro-
nounced dead in the parking lot
of the Chaguanas Police Station
on April 4.
A report stated that she was in a
white Nissan Tiida with both sus-
pects and were heading to Felicity
when an argument broke out. One
of the suspects told police that he
heard a gunshot and when he looked
at Mohammed-Ramkissoon she
was slumped in the front passen-
ger seat. He said the other relative
ran out of the car. On realizing
that Mohammed-Ramkissoon had
been shot, he drove straight to the
Chaguanas station for help. A .38
revolver was found on the floor of
the car. The other suspect later sur-
rendered to Freeport police when
he heard that he was wanted for
'Gladiator' wins $.7m
Three radio talk show hosts have
been ordered to pay their former
colleague Ricardo "Gladiator"
Welch,$700,000 in compensation
for defamation, discriminatory
statements made during several
live broadcasts in 2010.
High Court Judge Mira Dean-Ar-
morer made the order against Andy
Williams, Devon Welch (no relation)
and Juliet Davy in the Port-of-Spain
High Court yesterday as she ruled
that Welch's "robust and authorita-
tive" professional reputation had been
damaged by the allegations.
Immediately after the judgment was
delivered, attorneys for the three de-
fendants asked for a 42-day stay of
the judgment to decide whether they
wished to appeal.
The application was opposed by
Welch, who represented himself dur-
ing the hearing.
"I want my money by next week. I
spent almost $200,000 on this matter
including buying law books to properly
understand defamation," Welch said.
"I don't care how they split it. They
gave their mouth liberty so now they
have to pay," Welch said.
Dean-Armorer stated that the de-
fendants could apply for the stay when
they appeal but agreed to a seven day
hold on the judgment due to the large
amount of compensation awarded.
In addition to the three announcers,
Welch also sued radio station 104.7
FM, which broadcast the programmes
in which the comments were made.
The radio station denied any wrong
doing as they claimed that the un-
scripted shows were privately pro-
duced by a company which paid for
them to be broadcasted. Dean-Ar-
morer agreed with the station and
relieved them of responsibility in her
As part of the judgment, the trio was
also ordered to pay Welch's legal costs.
Welch was ordered to pay the station's
legal costs as his claim against it failed.
Michael Rooplal represented Wil-
liams, while Michael Coppin repre-
sented Devon Welch.
Radio talk show host Ricardo "Gladiator" Welch, left,
leaves the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday
with Wendell Eversley after winning his defamation
case. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
A seven-month pregnant woman and her
husband charged with possession of several
rounds of high- powered calibre ammunition
were granted bail totally $70,000 yesterday.
Sumiah Abu-Samadh, 22, a homemaker, and
Romario James, 21, a mason. of Chaguanas ap-
peared before Senior Magistrate Joanne Connor
in the Chaguanas First Court charged with pos-
session of 11 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition, used
in assualt rifles.
The couple, who was represented by attorney
Shiva Boodoo, pleaded not guilty.
They were arrested after the police executed a
search warrant on Monday at a house in Montrose,
Chaguanas where the officers allegedly found the
ammunition.James who has a pending matter from
last year where he was charged with other people
for arms and ammunition was granted $40,000
bail with clerk of the peace approval. His wife was
granted $30,000 bail with surety. They were told
to return to court on May 8.
on ammo charge
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