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An unemployed man
who became impatient
and threw his beer at a
gaming machine in a fit
of rage yesterday was
ordered to pay $11,500
in fine and compensa-
Nizam Moon, 29, said
he was unemployed and
asked for six months to
pay the money but
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington allowed
him only three months.
He pleaded guilty to
malicious damage in the
San Fernando First Mag-
Cleyon Seedan said
around 5 pm on Friday,
Caratal Road, Gasparillo,
owned by Anthony
He began arguing with
another patron and then
threw a full bottle of beer
he was holding at a gam-
ing machine, causing
$7,500 in damage.
Mohammed made a
report and PC Fraser vis-
ited the scene and arrest-
ed and charged him.
Saying his client "fell
prey to a moment of
anger," attorney Ainsley
Lucky said the accused
believed it was his turn
to play. "He had his
money ready to feed the
machine," said Lucky.
However, the other
patron was still playing.
"He had his beer in his
hand and he gave into his
anger," Lucky added.
The magistrate ordered
Moon to pay $7,500 in
compensation or serve
six weeks simple impris-
onment and fined him
$4,000 or in default nine
months hard labour.
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A Cepep worker had to dip into his Christmas
budget yesterday to avoid spending the next three
months in jail on a drunk-driving charge.
Imtiaz Mohammed, 48, was ordered to pay a $5,000
fine forthwith after he pleaded guilty before San Fer-
nando Traffic Court magistrate Indar Jagroo to driving
under the influence of alcohol.
Mohammed, 48, who has never owned a driver s
permit, pleaded guilty to a total of seven road traffic
The offences stem from an incident last Friday in
Police prosecutor Sgt Russell Ramoutar said around
3.20 pm Cpl Rudranath Ramphal was on patrol along
Cuchawan Trace when he saw a car heading south
along the SS Erin Road collide with a parked van.
The police gave chase after the car did not stop.
It eventually stopped along Lalbeharry Trace.
When Ramphal requested Mohammed s driving
documents, Mohammed said: "Boss, I don t have
The officer asked him if he had been drinking after
he caught a whiff of alcohol on his breath.
Mohammed said he had about three beers earli-
er.He was taken to the Debe Police post where
breathalyser tests recorded readings of 72 and 74
microgrammes respectively. The legal limit is 35 mcg.
Mohammed also admitted he had not asked Indira
Ramnarine if he could borrow her car.
He said he was "hanging out" at a Christmas party,
where he had a "few drinks in meh head," when his
mother called and asked him to get some carpet for
He said he made a bad decision to go for the carpet
and to use Ramnarine s car without her permission.
He offered to fix Ramnarine s car and the van.
On the charge of driving without insurance and
a driver s permit he was fined $2,000 or will serve
three months in prison and $500 or one month in
He was allowed a month to pay the fines.
The charges of failing to produce a driver s permit
and insurance were dismissed because the magistrate
said a person could not produce something he did
The prosecutor asked for sentencing on charges
of causing damage to property and driving the car
without the owner s consent to be deferred for the
police to ascertain the cost of damage.
Mohammed was placed on $5,000 bail and the
matter was adjourned to January 6. A summons also
was issued for Ramnarine to attend court.
Man fined $11,500
for gambling rage
costs drunk driver
A joint army-police unit keeps watch along a busy Queen Street, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday, as shoppers tried to get in last minute Christmas shopping. The
officers got a surprise visit from Minister of National Security Gary Griffith,
Chief of Defence Staff Kenrick Maharaj and acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams, who toured the city to get a look at the Safe City security
initiative in place for the season. PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY
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