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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Members of the NLCB Buccooneers Steel Orchestra during ‘Easter Tuesday’ celebrations in Buccoo Tobago, yesterday.
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Prison officers in court charged with smuggling contraband
Two prison officers who were
arrested for allegedly smuggling
contraband items into the Maxi-
mum Security Prison in Arouca,
last week, have been granted a
total of $120,000 bail.
Shane Rambharose and Shaun
Johnson were granted $40,000
and $80,000 bail respectively
when they appeared before
Magistrate Debbie-Ann Bassaw
in the Arima Magistrates’ Court
Both men were charged under
the Prisons Act for bringing con-
traband items into the prison. If
convicted the offence carries a
maximum fine of $25,000 and
up to three years in prison.
Johnson was granted the
higher bail sum as he was
slapped with an additional
charge of possession of 136
grammes of marijuana.
They were not called upon
to plead to the charges, which
were laid indictably.
The duo was arrested sepa-
rately during a routine search
of prisoners and prison officers
at the facility, last Wednesday.
Rambharose was detained for
allegedly being in possession of
his personal cellphone and an
open pack of cigarettes, in an
area of the prison where such
items are prohibited even for
Johnson was allegedly found
with the marijuana, five packs
of cigarettes, a cellphone and
Both men, who were repre-
sented by attorney Nikolas Ali,
were allowed to go home to
their families for the Easter long
weekend as they were granted
station bail by a Justice of the
During their court appear-
ance yesterday, Bassaw used
her discretion to grant them
fresh bail at a higher amount,
as opposed to merely certifying
the bail that they were previ-
Both men are expected to re-
appear in court on May 1.
A week after his brother appeared
in court charged with the mur-
der of soldier Ken Palmer, Ravi
Pooran has appeared in the same
court jointly charged with killing
Pooran, 30, a labourer, of
Rampersad Avenue, Dalloo Road,
Gasparillo, who was hospitalised
after being shot during the inci-
dent appeared before San Fer-
nando magistrate Cherril-Anne
Pooran and his brother Bran-
don Pooran are the nephews of
Palmer’s wife Radica Pooran.
They were charged following
the March 15 incident at Radica’s
home at Rampersad Avenue Dal-
loo Road, Gasparillo, in which
Palmer was shot dead.
It is alleged Brandon also shot
Pooran during the incident. The
magistrate read the five charges to
Pooran which included murder,
possession of firearm and ammu-
nition and possession of firearm
and ammunition to endanger life.
The charges were laid by Cpl
Ian Bobb. He was represented by
attorney Gobin Harrypersad. The
matter was adjourned to April 23
when Brandon is expected to re-
appear in court on nine charges
stemming from the incident.
Taxi driver accused of sex
act against girl gets bail
A 70-year-old taxi driver who
allegedly committed a sex act
on a 12-year-old girl was yester-
day granted $100,000 approval
Giefton Raymond, of Mara-
bella, was also granted a cash
bail alternative of $20,000
when he appeared in the San
Fernando Magistrates’ Court.
The charge alleged that on
April 1 in Marabella he commit-
ted an act of sexual penetration
on the minor.
Raymond was not called
upon to plea to the indictable
charge laid by PC Diamond.
Members of the public, in-
cluding the media, were in-
structed to leave the courtroom
as the matter was held in cam-
Raymond told Senior Magis-
trate Cherril-Anne Antoine that
he was a part time taxi driver,
had no matters pending in
court and has eight children.
Confirming that he had a pre-
vious clean record, prosecutor
Cleyon Seedan also asked for
certain conditions attached to
The magistrate warned Ray-
mond to stay away from the
child and have no contact with
her. The matter was adjourned
to May 1.
Ravi Pooran, jointly charged with
the murder of soldier Ken Palmer.
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