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A ten-year-old boy was denied bail and remanded
to the St Michael s School for Boys yesterday after
he pleaded guilty to beating a girl from his school.
The boy, who was accompanied by his mother,
broke down in tears after realising he would not be
He pleaded guilty to assaulting his 13-year-old
Standard Five schoolmate when he appeared before
Magistrate Gail Gonzales in the Couva court.
Court prosecutor Sgt Taradath Singh said around
3.30 pm on Tuesday, the boy was walking home
from school when he was approached by the victim
and his elder sister. His sister asked him why he was
always harassing the victim. An argument broke out.
They all began to fight.
The boy then took up a stone and hit the victim
on her upper lip, bursting it.
He ran off and was later arrested after the victim s
mother made a report to the police. WPC Rachel
Briggs of the Brasso Police Station laid the charge.
The girl told the court the boy always harassed
her in school.
Briggs said the boy had a history of violent behav-
iour in school. She said he had assaulted other stu-
dents and members of staff in the past and the police
even had to speak to him about his behaviour. The
boy, who lives in Tabaquite, admitted to the magistrate
that he fought in school with "everybody" and had
been suspended on three occasions.
His lawyer asked for the boy to be reprimanded
and discharged, given his tender age, but the mag-
istrate said the school seemed to have exhausted its
options and the court must try to help the child.
She ordered a probation officer s report and
remanded him into custody.
The matter was adjourned to next Wednesday.
Trade union leaders march in unity during yesterday's annual May Day celebrations in San Fernando yesterday. See Page A 10.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
The police file on investigations into the death
of Stacy Ramdeen has been sent to the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) for his instructions.
Homicide detectives in the Southern Division said
yesterday they now had to wait for the DPP s guidance
on whether or not to lay charges against a female
officer in connection with Ramdeen s death.
Ramdeen, 32, died on November 8, 2012, after a
police raid on her home at Ibis Gardens, Caroni. The
raid was carried out by members of the Central Divi-
sion Task Force.
An initial report suggested the young mother died
after swallowing a quantity of cocaine during the
raid. However, two autopsies on her body showed
otherwise. The first, done by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes,
said there was no cocaine in the woman s system.
Death, according to Des Vignes, was due to asphyxia.
His report also concluded death could have also been
caused by her chronic heart condition.
The second autopsy, done by Dr Hubert Daisley,
which was ordered by her relatives, showed the cause
of death as being due to strangulation.
Ramdeen file goes to DPP
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"As a result of the non-
attendance of Mala Gandhi and
Lennox Archer, both of whom
were directed to appear to give
evidence, I directed that pro-
ceedings begin against them
pursuant to Section 12 of the
Commission of Enquiry Act,"
"Mr Israel Khan, Senior
Counsel, Mr Wayne Sturge and
Mr Lemuel Murphy have been
retained by the secretary to
prosecute those charges."
Colman said Monteil s attor-
ney had sent a letter to the
commission, defending Mon-
teil s refusal to appear.
He quoted Monteil s attor-
ney s letter: "These questions
completely engage our client s
constitutional and statutory
rights, including the privilege
Those questions which do not
directly engage the said priv-
ilege may be used by the pros-
ecuting authority to guide a
criminal investigation against
our client and will open lines
of enquiry which may influence
a charging decision in relation
to him. Our client concluded
he has sufficient cause not to
attend the commission."
Colman then said: "I want
to make it clear that the con-
tent of the ruling I gave on
April 18 is unappealable and
written in stone.
"The consequence is that
notwithstanding the decision I
arrived at, Mr Monteil has con-
cluded he has sufficient cause
not to attend today," he said.
"I have decided that he will
dealt with in the same way as
Ms Gandhi and Mr Archer,
namely, I shall direct the sec-
retary to commence proceed-
ings under Section 12 of the
Commission of Enquiry Act
He also referred to Trotman
who also failed to appear at
yesterday s sitting.
"He is in a sort of halfway
position, as he has already
given oral evidence...Mr Trot-
man has not indicated why he
is not appearing today," Colman
"To me this is unsatisfactory,
and I have used the discretion
I have to commence proceed-
ings under section 12 of the act
against him. It is unfortunate,
as he has already given evi-
dence, but he is still subject to
the summons which has been
Colman then warned: "It is
important that witnesses who
have been the subject of sum-
mons before the enquiry should
understand it is their duty to
comply, and if they do not then
there are consequences."
In their absence, Commis-
sion s counsel, Peter Carter,
QC, read out the questions that
both Trotman and Monteil
would have been asked, had
they appeared at the enquiry.
(1) All persons summoned
to attend and give evidence, or
to produce books, plans, or
documents, at any sitting of
any commission, shall be
bound to obey the summons
served upon them as fully in all
respects as witnesses are
bound to obey subpoenas
issued from the High Court.
(2) Any person who refuses
or fails, without sufficient
cause, to attend at the time
and place mentioned in the
summons served on him, and
any person who attends, but
leaves the commission
without the permission of the
commissioners, or refuses
without sufficient cause to
answer or to answer fully and
satisfactorily to the best of his
knowledge and belief, all
questions put to him...is liable
on summary conviction to a
fine of $2,000.
Witnesses face charges
Sir Anthony Coleman
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