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Friday, March 23, 2018
A garbage truck worker who escaped
from a police cell after he was arrested for stealing a brush
cutter has been jailed for three years.
Nicholas Singh, 28, who had 16 convictions in the last
decade, pleaded guilty to five charges arising from
The charges included, larceny, escaping law-
ful custody, maliciously damaging a cell door
and bunk bed, resisting arrest and assaulting
a police officer.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said Ram-
sawak Ramdhan discovered his $3, 919.90
brush cutter missing from his Cedar Hill
Road, Claxton Bay home on February 11.
After Ramdhan made a report at the St
Margaret’s Police Station, PC Nagessar went
to Dump Road, Forres Park where he met
Singh. The suspect admitted to stealing to
He was placed in a cell at the St Margaret’s
Police Station, but around 5.55 pm Ag Cpl Mo-
hammed checked the cell area and discovered
that Singh was not in the cell. The officer noticed
that a bar on the cell door was bent inwards and the
wooden bunk bed was dismantled.
Acting on information, Cpl Ifill accompanied by other
officers went to Cedar Hill Road, near the Claxton Bay
landfill, where they saw Singh walking along the road.
When Ifill tried to arrest him, he began violently pulling
away his hand and a struggle ensued, Ifill received injuries
to his right hand, but with assistance from his colleagues
he subdued Singh.
Asking the magistrate to be lenient with him, Singh
admitted he sold the brush cutter. However, the father
of one apologised and promised never again to commit
those crimes. The magistrate sentenced him to three years
on the larceny charge, one year for escaping custody, four
months for damaging the cell and bunk bed, six months
for resisting arrest and nine months for assaulting the of-
ficer. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
A Princes Town technician has been jailed for six
months on his third conviction for drunk driving
within the last five years.
Denash Persad, 33, failed in his attempt to convince
San Fernando Traffic Court Magistrate Natalie Diop
that he was sorry and had learnt his lesson. He had
pleaded guilty to failing to submit a sample of his
breath for testing and dangerous driving.
Persad was arrested and charged by PC Sujeet Ram-
charan on March 18, in San Fernando.
Prosecutor Sgt Saunders said around 1 am, Ram-
charan saw a white car speeding along Cipero Street,
swerving left to right, causing pedestrians to scamper
out of the way.
At the intersection of Cipero and Coffee Streets, the
prosecutor said, the car spun out of control and almost
collided with other vehicles.
Ramcharan, who was in company with other of-
ficers, intercepted the car.
Persad said he got a strong scent of alcohol on the
driver’s breath, observed his eyes were red and his
speech was slurred. Persad admitted he had been
drinking alcohol. Ramcharan demonstrated to Persad
on three occasions the manner in which the test is to
be done, but on each occasion, Persad blew into the in-
strument a reading of “HI FLO” was displayed, which
meant he was not providing the required amount of
air. He was arrested and taken to the police station
where Ramcharan showed him procedure three more
times, but each time “HI FLO” was registered.
In 2013, Persad fined $6,000 for driving under the
influence and in 2016 he was fined $4,000 for failing
to provide a sample of breath for testing.
freed of rape
A gym owner who was charged with allegedly raping
a 17-year-old client 14 years ago has been found not
Andrew Skeete, 54, the owner of the former Health
Connection Gym in Couva, was freed by Justice
Hayden St Clair-Douglas after a jury found him not
guilty. Skeete was on trial in the San Fernando Sec-
ond Criminal Court charged with raping the teenager
on September 28, 2004.
The girl claimed she fell asleep while Skeete was
giving her a massage at the gym. The girl alleged
she awoke by a sharp pain and realised Skeete was
having sex with her. The girl said she quickly got up,
changed her clothes and left the gym. She made a
report to the police and the next day Skeete was ar-
rested and charged. Skeete, in
his evidence, admitted he had
sex with the girl, but said the sex
Denying that the girl had fallen
asleep, he told the court she was
a willing participant in “passion-
ately intense” sex. Skeete called
several witnesses, including a
trainee trainer at the gym who
testified that he spoke with the
girl shortly after the incident
and she was jovial and in good
Skeete, who broke down in
tears after the verdict, was rep-
resented by attorneys Prakash
Ramadhar and Michael Rooplal
while State attorney Anju Bhola
prosecuted the case.
Woman in court for
bogus cheque charge
A Rousillac woman who allegedly paid her land-
lord with a bogus cheque of $100,000 to cover
two years rent for an apartment has appeared
in the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
According to a release from
the T&T Police Service, In-
dera Rangoo-Solomon, 31,
appeared before Senior Mag-
istrate Cherril-Anne Antoine
charged with obtaining services val-
ued at $100,000, by virtue of a dishon-
It is alleged that Rangoo-Solomon
paid her landlord a $100,000, advance payment via
cheque, for rental services of a two-bedroom apartment
for a two-year period, in Mayaro, on April 7, 2017.
However, when the cheque was deposited,
it was allegedly returned as dishon-
oured. The landlord made a report to
the Fraud Squad.
According to the release, last Octo-
ber, Rangoo-Solomon appeared before
the court charged with four offences of
larceny, after she allegedly took money
from people for the purchase of Hous-
ing Development Corporation homes,
by claiming to be an employee of the
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