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guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Miss Universe 1977 Janelle Penny Commissiong
strikes a pose during a promotional photo shoot
along Queen Street, Port-of-Spain, on Monday
ahead of the official renaming of the street which
will bear her name. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
A maintenance worker ap-
peared in court on Monday
charged with five offences
including possession of a
loaded gun and armed rob-
Shawn Phillip, 35, was also
denied bail when he appeared
before Magistrate Alicia Chankar
in the San Fernando Magistrates
It is alleged that on August 17,
at Building C, Orchid Gardens,
Phillp robbed Robert Carter of
two cell phones, gold jewelry
and cash, totalling $35,000, and
also broke into Carter's home
stealing a $6,000 flat-screen
Phillip was also charged with
being in possession of five rounds
of ammunition and a revolver and
that he robbed Michelle Paul
of a gold chain and $700. The
phones and the television were
Romero, who also represented
Phillip, said he had two children
and had no pending matters but
said he had previous convictions.
Seedan objected to bail based on
his criminal record.
His matter was also adjourned
to September 18.
In the same court, a Pleasant-
ville man protested his innocence
after being denied bail on charges
of cocaine trafficking and fire-
Police had to intervene to bring
order as Ancil Floyd shouted:
"They have no case against me,
start my case."
The magistrate had to pause
court proceedings for a few min-
utes until the officers got Floyd
Earlier, Floyd appeared before
Chankar charged with three of-
fences. It is alleged that at Build-
ing C, Orchid Gardens, he had
in his possession 315 grammes
of cocaine, five rounds of 9 mm
ammunition and a Glock pistol.
He was charged by PC Matloo.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan ob-
jected on bail stating that while
on bail for other offences he al-
legedly committed these offenc-
es. Asking for bail, his attorney
Alexia Romero said her client
admitted to having two pending
matters for ammunition posses-
sion and previous convictions.
The magistrate remanded him
into custody until September 18.
Former flight attendant Vinosh Maraj is ex-
pected to be sentenced today on three charges
arising out of an incident in which he illegally
imported US $39,054 into the country.
He pleaded guilty to three charges arising out the
incident when he re-appeared before an Arima Mag-
istrate on Monday.
Maraj, 32, of Morang Village, St Augustine, who
lost his job following his arrest pleaded guilty to the
charges before Senior Magistrate Gloria Jasmath in
Arima Magistrates Court.
Maraj, who had been employed with Caribbean Air-
lines (CAL) for five years, and who had been in custody
for a week as he was unable to secure $200,000, was
granted cash bail of $20,000.
The charges against him include making a false dec-
laration, importing of restricted goods and packaging
to deceive customs.
According to the facts of the case, read by Customs
and Excise senior state attorney Harricharan Kassie,
around 9.30 am on August 13, Maraj arrived on a CAL
flight from New York.
Maraj had a 65-inch television set among his items.
When asked by customs officer Nicholas Joseph what
else he had to declare, Maraj said he had a bottle of
alcohol in his tote bag and a CAL standard operating
Upon searching the manual, the officer found
US$36,000. An additional US $3,054 was also found
in his possession. Maraj said he was not aware that
he needed a permit from the Central Bank to import
the currency. Maraj further told the officers that a
friend of a friend in New York gave him the money
to bring to T&T.
He was represented by attorney Reynold Waldropt
and Jeron Joseph.
In their mitigation plea, the attorneys presented
two testimonials attesting to Maraj's previous good
character. In asking for a non-custodial sentence, the
attorneys said Maraj was not a hardened criminal but
a young man who made a foolish mistake.
guilty in US $ case
No bail for gun, robbery charges
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