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A 32-year-old man who was
beaten by police and prisons
officers during a riot at the
Golden Grove Prison in Arouca
in 2006, has been awarded a
little over $120,000 in compen-
High Court Master Martha
Alexander awarded the damages
to Oren Lewis on September 30,
after the State did not defend
against his claim and a default
judgment was entered in January
Alexander ordered that Lewis
be paid $70,000 in general and
aggravated damages with interest
calculated at a rate of nine per
cent per annum from November
8, 2010 to when the damages
were assessed. Alexander also
ordered that Lewis be paid
$30,000 in exemplary damages
and that the State pay his legal
In his lawsuit for assault and
battery, Lewis said on November
11, 2006, a group of masked
prisons and police officers
entered the Remand Yard of the
prison and began attacking pris-
"The officers were beating the
inmates with batons and riot
staves while some of the officers
were kicking and cuffing other
inmates while walking through
the corridor," Lewis said in his
Lewis also claimed the officers
were carrying firearms and were
firing shots into cells. He said
the officers removed him from
his cell, beat him and started to
interrogate him for information
on his fellow inmates.
"While they were asking me
these questions, they were slap-
ping me in the back of my head
an poking their guns in the
back," Lewis said.
He claimed he was then
dragged to another section of
the prison where he was again
beaten, before being taken to the
infirmary for medical treatment.
Lewis claimed he was left with
bruises and swelling on almost
his entire body and suffered
extensive soft tissue damage.
"I still do not know why the
officers attacked me on that
dreadful day. I did not do any-
thing to provoke the officers. I
did not deserve to be treated in
that manner," Lewis said.
Lewis was represented by
Gerald Ramdeen and Varun
Edward Quincy Muntslag will
remain in a local jail as he awaits
extradition to the United States
on drug trafficking charges.
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
Caesar yesterday refused
Muntslag s application for bail
which was made at his first court
appearance on September 26.
Dismissing the application,
Ayers-Caesar, presiding in the
Port-of-Spain Eighth Court said:
"Extradition proceedings differ
from ordinary criminal proceed-
ings to the extent that there is no
statutory presumption in favour
of bail for fugitive offenders ."
She then advised him of his
right to apply to a High Court
judge for bail and adjourned the
case to October 25.
Muntslag, 29, is wanted in the
US for allegedly conspiring with
others to traffic five kilos of
cocaine to the US between 2011
and this year.
He was arrested by officers of
the Organised Crime, Narcotics
and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) at
Trincity Mall on August 29, short-
ly after he arrived in Trinidad.
Muntslag is co-accused with
Dino Delano Bouterse, the son of
Suriname president Desi Bouterse.
Bouterse, who is facing an addi-
tional charge for possession of a
light anti-tank weapon, was
arrested in Panama in August and
has been handed over to US
During yesterday s hearing,
Muntslag s lawyer, Keith Scotland,
requested that the police return
his client s personal items taken
off him when he was arrested.
Scotland also said the State was
yet to disclose Muntslag s provi-
sional extradition warrant.
The items included four gold
chains, a gold bracelet, a ring,
three pairs of children shoes, chil-
dren s clothing and three cell-
Senior Counsel Israel Khan,
who is representing the Central
Authority and the requesting state
(US), said all the items except the
cellphone will be returned because
the police investigation against
Muntslag was still ongoing.
"There may be vital information
on the phones. As soon as they
(phones) are cleared, they will
handed over. If not they will be
used as evidence," Khan said.
He also promised to disclose
the warrant to Muntslag s legal
team by yesterday afternoon.
At the start of yesterday s hear-
ing Ayers-Caesar opted to read
the charge to Muntslag for a sec-
ond time, as a translator was not
available during his last court
Muntslag sat in the prisoner
enclosure and listened attentively
as translator Zaitoen Badloe
Klaverweide translated Ayers-
Caesar s ruling.
Representatives of the Suriname
and Netherlands diplomatic mis-
sions and a group of Muntslag s
relatives were also present.
After the brief hearing,
Muntslag was quickly taken
downstairs, placed in a marked
police vehicle and taken to the
Maximum Security Prison in
Muntslag is also being present-
ed by Asha Watkins-Montserin,
while head of the Central Author-
ity Netram Kowlessar is appearing
A Cocoyea man who was planning
to cook an iguana "out of love" for
his America-based girlfriend was yes-
terday placed on a one-year bond for
being in possession of the protected
Since the Government s two-year
ban on hunting, all animals which were
previously hunted in the open season
are now protected by law.
Jarret Solomon, 28, was arrested
after the carcass was found in his
refrigerator early yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to the charge when
he appeared before San Fernando mag-
istrate Indar Jagroo.
Court prosecutor Sgt Chanardath
Jhilmit said around 4.10 am Consta-
ble Ramsingh, along with other officers
of the Southern Division Task Force,
went to Solomon s house to search for
arms and ammunition.
Ramsingh then searched the freezer
compartment of the refrigerator in the
kitchen and found the carcass in a
The carcass was produced in court.
His lawyer Renu Teekasingh said
her client, the father of one, was
She said, "His girlfriend who does
not live in Trinidad is coming to visit
and had requested some time ago some
delicacies and out of love he had this
in his refrigerator for some time."
Solomon told the magistrate he
bought the iguana about two to three
months ago and was keeping it for
when his girlfriend arrived.
You cannot do that. Don t you listen
to the news, read the newspapers. The
Government has implemented a two-
year ban on hunting. Having wild ani-
mals in your possession is an offence,"
the magistrate said.
Solomon was placed on a $1,000
bond to keep the peace and be of good
behaviour for a year. If he breaks the
bond he will return to court for sen-
tencing. The magistrate ordered that
the carcass be destroyed.
Man gets $120,000 for prison beating
No bail for Surinamese facing extradition
Iguana for his
man in trouble
Police officers escort Surinamese businessman Edward Quincy
Muntslag to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court. Muntslag is wanted
in the US to face drug charges.
Founder of the Heroes
Foundation Philip Julien
describes Ulric Cross as
a World War II hero who
"flew 80 operational
flights over Berlin," put-
ting his life on the line
Julien said this yester-
day at the opening of the
foundation s annual con-
vention at the National
Academy of the Per-
forming Arts---a stone s
throw from Memorial
Park where Cross s
memorial service was in
At yesterday s opening
the work of several stu-
dents who took part in
the foundation s Youth
(YDP) was showcased.
The theme of this year s
convention is Courage.
Julien said of Cross, wa
s always been involved in
looking out for the other
person, because it was
simply the right thing to
He explained that he
had been advised to
approach Cross when the
idea for the organisation s
convention first came to
Julien described Cross
as "the perfect fit" for the
foundation s objectives.
Heroes Foundation: Cross the perfect fit
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