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A reserve soldier allegedly
held with three kilogrammes of
marijuana as he attempted to
board the cargo ferry to Tobago
over the long holiday weekend,
has been granted $120,000 bail
with a surety.
Dale Alexander, 42, of Ply-
mouth, Tobago, was unrepre-
sented when he appeared before
Senior Magistrate Annette Mc
Kenzie in the Port-of-Spain
Fourth Court yesterday.
Alexander, a father of three,
was arrested around 12.35 pm on
May 29 at the Government Ship-
ping Services compound, Wright-
son Road, Port-of-Spain.
A trucking contractor, the vol-
unteer Defence Force soldier was
detained by Port Authority offi-
cers after he attempted to re-
enter the compound with a pack-
Alexander had earlier loaded
his truck aboard the MV Warrior
Spirit, but came off the boat to
collect the package.
As he went through the secu-
rity checks, Alexander was ques-
tioned as to what was in a
Nescafe box he had tucked under
his right arm.
Unable to answer, Alexander
watched as officers opened the
box, which had been sealed with
tape, and allegedly discovered
five packages of compressed mar-
ijuana weighing 3.12 kilos.
A tracing later revealed that
Alexander had one matter pend-
After learning that no disclo-
sure was made yesterday, Mc
Kenzie ordered the complainant,
Estate Constable Marlon Taylor,
to ensure this would be done on
the next occasion.
The matter was then adjourned
to July 1.
The possibility of a new area
of cooperation between the gov-
ernments of T&T and India in
child policy development could
emerge soon, Gender, Youth and
Child Development Minister Mar-
lene Coudray has said.
Coudray made the comment
during a luncheon in honour of
visiting Minister of State for
Women and Child Development
of India Krishna Tirath at the Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, last
Tirath s visit arose from a meet-
ing a month ago between Indian
High Commissioner Malay Mishra
and Coudray, when Mishra first
proposed the visit.
At the luncheon, both ministers
discussed aspects of policy, par-
ticularly in the area of women and
child development, with Coudray
highlighting the benefits of the
visit for both nations.
"For us, it is a chance to listen,
understand and gain insights into
how policy and institutions oper-
ate with the objective of protect-
ing and empowering women and
children in a country of over one
billion citizens," Coudray said.
"For India, I have no doubt it
will be a very good opportunity
to observe how a nation long
recognised for unique mixture
ethnicities and cultures and its
peaceful, stable democracy, has
been able to build policy and
institutions to care for, protect
and empower our children, youth
In her remarks, Tirath discussed
a number of successful legislative
measures used by the government
of India to protect children and
young people from abuse and to
empower women to participate
more in economic activity. She
said new measures have also been
introduced to detect and prevent
trafficking in people, and also to
rehabilitate victims back into soci-
ety.She also discussed the success
of India s integrated child services
system, which brings together all
essential services in the care and
wellbeing of children and min-
A 41-year-old police constable with
15 years service has been charged with
three counts of fraud.
PC Rosales Edwards, of Agostini Set-
tlement, Rio Claro, was not called upon
to plead when he appeared before Mag-
istrate Marcia Murray in the Port-of-
Spain First Court yesterday.
Represented by attorney Criston
Williams, Edwards was charged with
two counts of corruptly soliciting
money and one count of corruptly
Edwards, who is attached to the
Princes Town Police Station, was
detained on May 29 in Princes Town.
He was arrested by police from the
Professional Standards Bureau, minutes
after he received $600 from Gary
Maharaj in exchange for manipulating
a favourable outcome after a car acci-
dent involving Maharaj.
Edwards arrest followed an operation
led by ASP Dookie, which also included
Sgts Daniel and Seepersad and Cpls
Simon and Joefield.
Cpl Lawrence Joefield laid the
Edwards, the father of four, was
charged with corruptly soliciting $500
from Maharaj on May 23 at the Napari-
ma/Mayaro Road, Princes Town. He
was also charged with a second count
of corruptly soliciting $700 from
Maharaj on May 29, and for accepting
$600 on the same day.
Edwards was granted $75,000 bail
at the police station by a justice of the
The charges allegedly arose following
an accident on March 21 at Matilda
Road, Moruga, in which Maharaj was
the victim in the matter.
Sgt Callister Charles said a state
attorney would have to be appointed
before he asked Murray to adjourn the
matter and transfer it to the Princes
Town Magistrates Court.
The matter was later adjourned to
Gender, Youth and Child Development Minister Marlene Coudray on Thursday hosted India's Minister of State
for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath, on visits to a number of sites in Central Trinidad. Among
the places visited were the Dattatreya Yoga Centre and the Indian Heritage Museum in Waterloo. Both
ministers also visited the Temple in the Sea. In photo, Minister Coudray, right, shares a light moment with
Minsiter Tirath and her husband, Vijay Kumar as they leave the Temple in the Sea on Thursday.
Cop on fraud
Reserve soldier in court
for ganja on Tobago ferry
T&T, India to work together
on children's issues---Coudray
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