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Former national chutney monarch
Nirmal "Massive" Gosine was freed
yesterday after a San Fernando mag-
istrate threw out the assault and
obscene language case against him.
Interviewed afterwards, Gosine said
he planned to take legal action against
the State for malicious prosecution.
He also claimed he had seen a spir-
itual vision while in court.
He said: "I am a strong believer of
Jesus and while being in court today I
heard the church bell being rung across
the road and I became very strong and
I remember seeing something white
like an angel in the court and I had no
fear because I knew that the truth shall
However, he said, the allegation had
damaged his reputation and affected
"I acted in self-defence and this was
the outcome." he added.
Magistrate Rae Roopchan upheld a
no-case submission by Gosine s attor-
ney, Kevin Ratiram, who had submitted
the prosecution s case was unreliable.
Gosine, 41, was accused of planassing
his neighbour Wayne Dharanpaul and
Dharanpaul s employee, Andrew
Richardson, last December .
The prosecution s case was that
Gosine began cursing and attacked
Dharanpaul with a cutlass when Dha-
ranpaul moved a boulder from his own
driveway at Mootoo Street, Marabella.
Richardson said he was also
planassed when he tried to help Dha-
Gosine, founder of the Roving Chut-
ney Tent, was charged with two counts
of assault by beating and obscene lan-
He claimed he acted in self-defence
and that Dharanpaul had attacked him
with the cutlass and Richardson
attacked him with a piece of iron.
The State closed its case and yes-
terday Ratiram, in his no-case submis-
sion, said Richardson, Dharanpaul and
another witness, Marissa Bobb, also a
neighbour, had all given conflicting evi-
He also argued the evidence the three
gave about the beating did not accord
with the injuries listed on the medical
'Massive' Gosine freed
AND DEREK ACHONG
Police seized more than $12 million worth of
high-grade marijuana during two separate drug
interdiction exercises in Tobago and Toco between
Tuesday afternoon and yesterday.
Twenty-nine kilos of marijuana were seized in
Toco on Tuesday and another 800 kilos confiscated
in Tobago yesterday. Investigators suspect the two
Two men were detained in the Tobago bust and
a couple were held in Toco. The haul, police said,
originated from St Vincent.
Around 4 pm on Tuesday police from the Eastern
Division Task Force, who had been involved in the
search for missing hiker Bissoondaye Geeta Seenath,
stopped a panel van on the Toco Main Road.
They searched the van and found three crocus
bags of compressed marijuana.
The 27-year-old driver, from San Juan, and his 31-
year-old female companion, from Balandra, were
held and taken into custody.
Early yesterday, police from the Roxborough Police
Station, the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit and
the Divisional Task Force got a tip-off and went to
an area close to the beach in Belle Garden where they
found ten crocus bags of marijuana hidden in the
They then headed to Englishman s Bay and stopped
a Nissan X-Trail on the North Side Road, with two
The men escaped but while checking the vehicle
the police found 11 more crocus bags filled with mar-
Speaking at a news conference at the Scarborough
Police Station yesterday Senior Supt Garfield Moore
said the operation was part of an ongoing exercise
to rid Tobago of illegal narcotics and the escalating
"We are not going to let up because we realise that
Tobago is being used as a transshipment point. Because
of the information received about the amount of
drugs arriving in Tobago, we want to ensure that is
discouraged because Tobago is not the area we want
drugs being offloaded in that quantity," Moore said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Police Commissioner of
Tobago Heflin George commended the officers who
made the bust, saying they went the extra mile.
A police officer from the Tobago Division examines the marijuana which was seized yesterday. PHOTO:
$12m in ganja seized
in Toco and Tobago
Nirmal "Massive" Gosine
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