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A Longdenville man who claimed
he was wearing an army uniform
as his Carnival costume was yes-
terday jailed for 15 months.
Bharat Lutchman, 42, a la-
bourer, said he bought the items
for $400 from a retired army of-
ficer last year.
He pleaded guilty to wearing
the camouflage clothing when
he appeared before Magistrate
Wendy Dougdeen-Bally in the
Chaguanas Magistrates Court.
He was arrested around 4.40
pm on Sunday, at Tobago Road,
Enterprise after the police saw
him wearing the clothing.
Lutchman told the officer he
was “a soldier rank 2.” When
asked about the uniform, he said,
“Officer, I buy the uniform for
$400 last year before Christmas.”
The clothing—a green denim
army jacket and trousers, a T&T
regiment soldier title, a pair
of defence force headquarters
shoulder flashes, a green army
lanyard, a pair of army corporal
chevrons, a 21st-anniversary army
badge, a coup army ribbon and a
long service ribbon, were shown
to the magistrate.
Under the Defence Act, the
maximum penalty for the offence
is $100,000 fine and 18 months in
prison. Asking for leniency, attor-
ney Shiva Boodoo said Lutchman
He said Lutchman purchased
the items of a retired regiment
officer last year and was una-
ware that wearing the items was
against the law.
Boodoo said his client was
inebriated and had put on the
clothing as a Carnival costume.
Lutchman admitted to having 13
previous convictions for various
offences and had been jailed nine
Prosecutor Sgt Bisnath said
Lutchman’s claim that he bought
the items from a retired soldier is
being investigated. (SW)
The jilted husband of murdered
kindergarten teacher K’la Marie
Solomon-Cain died in hospital
five days after he was arrested for
The murder suspect, Jason
Cain 34, died at the Scarborough
General Hospital on Wednesday
night, while under police guard.
On February 8, Cain was held
in a wooden shed, in a forested
area, approximately two miles off
Huntley River, Arnos Vale Road,
Les Coteaux. He was taken to the
hospital, allegedly suffering from
dehydration and exertion.
However, sources close to the
investigation revealed, while the
man was being treated for the
minor illness, blood results con-
firmed that he may have ingested
small amounts of a poisonous liq-
uid prior to his arrest.
Medical sources said the poison
affected his vital organs shutting
them down although there were
efforts to save his life.
A police source told the T&T
Guardian, they intended to charge
Cain for the February 2 murder of
Solomon-Cain once he had been
discharged from the hospital.
The suspect, of Maloney, had
contacted his relatives mere
hours after he bludgeoned Solo-
mon-Cain with a hammer saying
he intended to kill himself. He
had also posted on Facebook that
he had infidelity and trust issues.
An autopsy conducted on the
body of Solomon-Cain showed
that her skull had been fractured
in the hammer attack.
According to the report, Solo-
mon-Cain died of blunt-cranial
cerebral trauma and sustained a
cracked skull, with damage to the
The 24-year-old mother of two
girls was killed at a house located
next door to the Dorothy Moses
Nursery School at Lambeau,
where she worked. She had pre-
viously made reports of domes-
tic violence against her husband
and had left their marital home at
Solomon-Cain was described
as a committed teacher, who was
well loved by her students.
A magistrate yesterday ordered
that a 21-year-old man with a
gunshot injury be taken to Mt
Hope Hospital where he was due
to undergo surgery on Wednes-
Wendell Moze who has a hole
in chest since being shot in 2016
missed his surgery as he had
been in police custody.
He appeared before San Fer-
nando Senior Magistrate Cher-
ril-Anne Antoine yesterday
charged with possession of a pro-
hibited weapon and 13 rounds of
He was arrested on February
10, at George Street, La Romaine
and charged by PC Dookie.
His attorney, Frank Gittens,
said his client resides with his
mother, has no pending matters
and is on disability.
Gittens said Moze was declared
disabled by Social Welfare De-
partment and was in need of ur-
gent medical care.
Since being shot in 2016, Git-
tens said his client had under-
gone several surgeries and had
another one scheduled on Ash
He said for the five days his cli-
ent spent in custody he had not
received medical care. Moze had
two previous convictions.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan
objected to bail citing the prev-
alence and seriousness of the
He said the weapon, a Glock
pistol, had been modified to be
used as an automatic weapon.
The magistrate granted Moze
bail in the sum $300,000 and a
cash bail alternative of $25,000.
A prison officer was seriously
injured after he fell during an
altercation with an inmate
over the seizure of a cellphone
According to reports, Shaboo
Roberts was on patrol in a cell
block at the Maximum Security
Prison in Arouca, when he entered
a cell to search an inmate who was
suspected of being in possession
of contraband items.
The two were involved in an
altercation and Roberts fell to the
ground and injured his head.
The injured officer was taken to
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, where he remained
warded last night.
In an interview yesterday,
Prisons Commissioner Gerard
Wilson confirmed the incident
and said: “As we speak he is being
given an MRI scan and we would
get the results of that shortly.”
He also denied earlier reports
that Roberts had been stabbed
during the dispute.
“If an officer’s family hears that
what do you think would happen.
These things must be checked,”
Investigations are continuing.
Police are seeking the public’s
assistance in identifying two
suspected murder victims, whose
bodies were found in Cunupia and
Diego Martin yesterday.
At around 11 am, residents of
Billy Harmon Road, Esmeralda,
Cunupia contacted police after the
body a man was found lying face
down at the side of the road.
The man, of East Indian descent,
was pronounced dead by a District
Medical Officer (DMO).
While the victim appeared
to have gunshot wounds to his
back, homicide detectives said
they would await an autopsy to
confirm the cause of death.
Residents told police they did
not hear any gunshots and there
was very little blood on the scene.
Investigators believe the man
was killed at another location and
Less than four hours later,
homicide detectives responded to
a report of a decomposed body at
Blue Basin Road, Diego Martin.
When police and undertakers
arrived on the scene, they had
to hike up a hill and found the
decomposed body in a bushy
Both bodies were taken to
the Forensic Science Centre in
St James, where post-mortems
will be performed once they are
Murder suspect dies
after drinking poison
Firearm accused sent for surgery
Man jailed for camouflage mas costume
A man charged with kidnapping
and raping a woman was yester-
day granted $10,000 cash bail.
Shane Alexander, 32, was ini-
tially denied bail last week by San
Fernando Senior Magistrate Cher-
ril-Antoine who wanted to see his
It is alleged that on Christmas
Eve, last year he kidnapped and
raped the woman at Ste Made-
He was charged by PC Gordon.
He was not brought to court yes-
terday but prosecutor Cleyon
Seedan produced his criminal
record which spanned from 1998.
His recent convictions included
robbery with violence in 2015,
possession of marijuana in 2016
and breaking and entering with
intent in 2010.
His attorney Ainsley Lucky
had asked for bail, saying that
his client would submit to any
conditions. The magistrate noted
that the allegations were very
serious and granted bail in the
sum of $100,000. Alexander was
also given a cash bail alternative
of $10,000. The matter was ad-
journed to next Tuesday.
$10,000 bail on rape, kidnapping charges
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