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Two teens and a 22-
year-old Diego Martin
man have been arrested
in connection with the
abduction and rape of a
13-year-old girl last
According to police the
trio were arrested by offi-
cers of the Four Roads
Police Station over the
weekend in connection
with the offences.
They were expected to
be placed on identification
parades on Monday, How-
ever, police were unable to
locate other people fitting
their built. The men are
expected to be placed on
Police said the three
grabbed the girl and
dragged her in a house
where they took turns rap-
ing her before escaping.
Officers of the Four
Roads Police Station is
Police officers must be prepared to come to
court to justify their arrests which deprive cit-
izens of their liberty.
That was the message sent by attorney Larry
Lalla to the police, moments after his client, Ian
Alleyne, was found not guilty of resisting ASP
Ajith Persad in the execution of his duties.
Lalla said: "At the end of the day no proper
grounds were presented to show why Mr Alleyne
was arrested and that is why he is free today."
In an oral ruling, delivered in the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court yesterday morning, Senior
Magistrate Annette McKenzie ruled that prose-
cutors had failed to prove "beyond a reasonable
doubt" Alleyne was guilty of the offence.
McKenzie pointed to several "areas of doubt"
in the state s case which she said raised questions
in the court s mind over whether Alleyne s arrest
"There is no clarity in the prosecution evidence
as to the reason the defendant was arrested,"
According to the evidence, Persad first visited
Alleyne on December 29, 2011 while investigating
an offence under the Sexual Offences Act related
to the broadcasting on the Crime Watch pro-
gramme of a video of a minor being raped.
Persad returned to Caribbean Communication
Network (CCN) s Independence Square, Port-
of-Spain, offices on April 19, the following year,
to detain Alleyne for questioning. The incident
was captured by television cameras and occurred
in front of a large boisterous crowd of Alleyne s
fans who had gathered outside.
Shortly after being detained, Alleyne complained
of feeling unwell and was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital. He was then transferred
to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex,
Mt Hope, where he remained warded for four
days before investigators executed four warrants
related to the charges against him.
McKenzie said from her analysis of the leg-
islation relating to police powers of arrest, the
police were required to inform a suspect of the
exact grounds for the arrest before doing so.
"There is no evidence that Alleyne was told in
December 2011 or in April 2012 that he broadcast
on his Crime Watch programme a tape which
revealed the identity of a young woman being
raped," McKenzie said.
She also said there was no evidence Persad
had actually viewed the programme in which the
offence allegedly occurred.
McKenzie said police were only allowed to
arrest a suspect without a warrant in instances
when they had reasonable cause to suspect that
a criminal offence was being or about to be com-
mitted or in circumstances where a person is
about to commit a breach of the peace.
She said there was no evidence which showed
that Alleyne had committed any such act.
"While it could be argued he was about to
breach the peace when he threw himself on a car
before being subdued and placed in handcuffs,
no one in the crowd was arrested for breaching
the peace that night," McKenzie said.
In dismissing the charges, McKenzie also raised
an issue over the prosecution s failure to establish
a chain of custody after Alleyne was detained
which, she said, would have supported the notion
that he was lawfully arrested.
"Was he a free person or an arrested person?
Was he under police guard or handcuffed to a
bed? How was he transported from Port-of-
Spain Hospital to Mt Hope and on whose author-
ity?" McKenzie asked.
She said from the limited evidence, the court
had to infer that Alleyne was a free man when
the arrest warrants were executed at the hospital,
almost four days after he was detained by Persad.
"Why did Persad obtain a warrant four days
after Alleyne allegedly resisted his arrest? Was it
because he was not confident of this arrest?"
In October last year, after state prosecutors
concluded their case, Alleyne s attorney, Israel
Khan, SC, made a no-case submission which
McKenzie eventually overruled.
Khan had argued that Alleyne s arrest was
illegal because the police did not have reasonable
cause to suspect he had committed an offence
and had failed to inform him of the grounds for
"If the arrest is unlawful, he could not be resist-
ing," Khan said.
In an interview after McKenzie s ruling, Khan
said he had always maintained that Alleyne was
He described the officers actions as "anxious,"
saying the police should be more "cautious" when
arresting people in the future.
"It is unfortunate that this victory did not
come before the by-election in St Joseph," Khan
However, Alleyne, the former UNC candidate,
who lost to the PNM s Terrance Deyalsingh, did
not share Khan s view of the effect of the publicity
surrounding his case on the results of the by-
election on November 4 last year.
He also maintained that his actions in airing
the controversial video were justified.
"We all know with respect to airing that video,
I did absolutely nothing wrong. My job is to catch
criminals, I got the suspects and everybody is
before the courts. I took a blow for the ground
with that one," Alleyne said.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged
an appeal within hours of the magistrate s deci-
National Security Min-
ister Gary Griffith insisted
yesterday there would be
no cover-up over the $640
million seizure of cocaine
which was shipped out of
T&T concealed in fruit
He said so in a brief
interview with reporters
before the start of yester-
day s Senate sitting.
Griffith said a meeting
was scheduled for yesterday
between local intelligence
agencies and US agencies,
including the DEA. He did
not elaborate, saying once
the matter was being inves-
tigated he could not com-
ment but was confident
justice would be done.
US DEA officers and local
detectives are said to be
close to making an arrest.
The cocaine was found in
juice cans shipped from
Port-of-Spain to Norfolk,
Virginia, last December.
Later, in his contribution
to the debate on the Bail
Amendment Bill, Griffith
said an estimated 1,100
kilogrammes of cocaine had
been seized in collaboration
with international agencies
within the last three
Griffith said 300 kilo-
grammes of cocaine was
seized after national intel-
ligence agencies worked
with Spanish police. He did
not give further details on
He said subsequently
800 kilogrammes of
cocaine was discovered in
an initiative involving the
Crime Unit (TOCU) and the
Strategic Services Agency
(SSA), UK national security
agency, and the French cus-
Griffith said one of the
reasons why the Bail Bill
should be made law was to
prevent someone from
exporting $640 million
worth of cocaine.
He said without the law
the individual could
be.granted bail and commit
additional offences but if
it was made law citizens
could get an opportunity
to exhale and assist the
police with information
about crime. This would
also lead to an increase in
the police detection rate,
"The detection rate can
only be increased through
human intelligence and that
is what we need," Griffith
He said talking about the
disbanded Special Anti
Crime Unit (Sautt), the
cancellation of a contract
to purchase offshore patrol
vessels would not help in
the crime fight.
Instead, he said, Govern-
ment was seeking to estab-
lish a proper maritime wall
and not OPVs and consid-
ering making citizens vir-
tual police officers by
allowing them to give infor-
Alleyne freed of
Ian Alleyne was also charged with three of-
fences under Section 32 (2) of the Sexual Of-
fences Act which makes it an offence to reveal
the identity of a rape victim during a broadcast.
Alleyne was jointly charged with his former
broadcaster Caribbean Communications Network
(CCN) with the offences, which stem from the
video depicting the rape of a 13-year-old which
was allegedly aired three times on CCN's televi-
sion station TV 6 from October 24 to 26, 2011.
Alleyne's popular Crime Watch programme is
now aired on CNC3.
CCN is also facing six charges under the
Telecommunications Act for alleged breaches of
its licence and concession. CCN has denied the
In March last year, Alleyne pleaded guilty to the
three offences and was fined $30,000.
While being interviewed yesterday, Alleyne ex-
pressed regret over his early guilty plea while
making an obvious jab at his former lawyer and
friend Om Lalla who contested the St Joseph by-
election for the Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
"You know at the initial stage, I should have
never pleaded guilty but maybe I was wrongfully
advised," Alleyne said.
National Security Minister, Gary Griffith, centre, points to Communications Minister, Gerald
Hadeed, left, while joking with Opposition members at the sitting of the Senate yesterday.
Looking on, at right, is Finance Minister, Larry Howai. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Griffith: No cover-up
in US cocaine seizure
Three held in gang rape of girl, 13
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