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$30,000 fine for
gun and ammo
Two men arrested with three guns and 31
rounds of ammunition have been fined $30,000
each on arms and ammunition charges although
they claimed they had the weapons for their own
Rudolph Rambaran, 63, of La Romaine, who owns
a chemical business-based in Piparo, and his work
colleague Vijai Boodoo, 55, of Gasparillo, a chemical
engineer and farmer, both pleaded guilty to the charges
of possession guns and ammunition.
The charges stemmed from an incident last Friday in
which another man, age 27, allegedly pulled a gun on
the police and was shot in his leg. Doctors at the San
Fernando General Hospital amputated his leg.
Yesterday Princes Town Senior Magistrate Indira
Misir-Gosine issued a warrant for his arrest and the
suspect will be charged after he is released from the
hospital. His matter was adjourned to September 22.
Prosecutor Ramdath Phillip said the police received
information about suspicious activity at Dindial Road
and met the accused standing on the side of the road
and searched them. Another man who was with them
escaped. Upon searching the car, the police found three
guns, including Taurus revolver, Glock 17, 12-gauge
shotgun, six rounds of 12-gauge ammunition and 25
rounds 9mm ammunition. They were charged by Sgt
Attorney Shaun Teekasingh said both men were
directly affected by crime and had the guns for their
protection. He said Rambaran was robbed eight times
in the past, including once when he was home with his
wife. He said Rambaran's adopted son Delinjah "Ninja"
John, a caretaker, was murdered earlier this year.
Teekasingh said the suspects had boasted about
killing John and also threatened to kill Rambaran. As
a result, he said, Rambaran hired protection and also
had the guns for his protection.
Teekasingh said his client could not wait to get a
firearm user's licence because he was fearful for his
life. He said Rambaran and his wife were planning to
migrate because they have been victims of crime for too
often. The police confirmed that their only past deal-
ings with Rambaran was when his son was murdered.
Teekasingh said Boodoo's son and car were shot at
two years ago and he hired armed protection. The pros-
ecutor confirmed the men were first-time offenders
but he asked the court to consider the prevalence and
serious nature of the offences. They were each fined
$15,000 on each charge. The men were ordered to pay
the fines in two weeks or serve 18 months in jail.
More security for HDC malls
The Housing Development Corporation has in-
creased security at community malls at housing
schemes to allow shoppers to feel a sense of safety
This was disclosed by the HDC's Manager of Com-
mercial Properties Maurisa Findlay.
Findlay toured the HDC's Maloney Mall expo on Mon-
day where several entrepreneurs showcased their local
merchandise including food, home renovation services,
landscaping services and plant displays, cleaning products
and locally made pesticides.
Findlay said that HDC was currently installing surveil-
lance security cameras in around its commercial proper-
ties as well as hiring armed guards for patrol.
She added that there had also been an increase in ap-
plications by prospective shop owners for the subsidised
commercial spaces, which were leased for three years.
Resident Mavis Samuel said she welcomed the HDC's
initiative and said that it would save residents from having
to face traffic to go to the main towns and malls to shop.
"I know it will save time and money to go out there.
Here would be better and more convenient, not only for
and Tobago Ltd,
wet saw to Keron
Scipio, left, and Ian
the Maloney Mall
Expo at Flamingo
me but my neighbours here in the community. I like what they
doing and I love that they looking at our safety as well especially
due to the increase of crime in communities like these."
Another resident, who only identified himself as Gerald, said
that he also welcomed the initiative as "it will enable the people
here to become more constructive in getting their own sales of
any kind out there. The youth could be able to start up their own
businesses even if it's selling music or hairdressing or seamstress
and tailoring services."
The mall is hosting several activities over this week including
a fashion show by Miss T&T Universe, mini health fair, Inde-
pendence fashion parade, Independence Day corridor sale and
back-to-school flash sale, which will be held on September 3
from 10 pm to midnight.
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