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For the first time since the limited State
of Emergency in 2011, the police have insti-
tuted charges against four people, including
a mother and her son, under the contro-
versial Anti-Gang Act.
The group was remanded into custody
after they appeared before Chief Magistrate
Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port-of-Spain
Eighth Court yesterday to answer a total of
seven criminal charges related to gang activity
in Port-of-Spain between July and August
Anton "Boombay" Boney, 30, of Africa
Road, John John, Laventille, faced five charges,
including one for being a gang leader. The
other accused are Nigel Sandy, of Oropune
Gardens, Piarco; Jameel Earle, 24, of Nelson
Street, Port-of-Spain, and his mother Denise
Earle, 42, of Las Alturas, Lady Young Road,
Boney, Sandy and Earle were jointly
charged with being gang members, conspir-
ing with others to murder Kevon Cooper on
July 13 last year, the attempted murder of
Gregory Goodridge on July 26 and coercing
a man to join a gang at Duncan Street, Port-
Denise Earle was not accused of being a
member of her son s alleged gang but was
charged with assisting and supporting gang
Immediately after the charges were read,
attorney Wayne Sturge, who is representing
Boney, who was not arrested during the
emergency, asked for special arrangements
be made for his client to be sent to the Port-
of-Spain State Prison as he had been receiv-
ing death threats from inmates at the prison
facilities in Arouca.
"Boney will be in grave danger if he is
taken to the Golden Grove Prison or the
Maximum Security Prison," Sturge said.
Ayers-Caesar made a note of Sturge s
claim but said she had no authority to direct
prison officials on how to house prisoners.
Sturge also said while Boney was in police
custody, investigators from the Criminal
Gang Intelligence Unit (CGIU) threatened
him and took away his diabetes medication,
a claim which was denied by members of
the unit who were in court.
Sturge and the group s attorneys also
claimed investigators prevented their clients
from speaking to them while they were
Security measures were increased signif-
icantly for the group s court appearance,
with heavily armed police in riot gear guard-
ing all the exits of the court at St Vincent
Approximately 449 people were arrested
in connection with gang activity during the
emergency. A little under half were subse-
quently released without charge.
Of the 236 who were charged with being
gang members, all but one, Jason Edwards,
were discharged by Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, who said the
State had insufficient evidence to prosecute
In July last year, a San Fernando magistrate
convicted Edwards of being a gang member
and sentenced him to two years imprison-
Before the case was adjourned yesterday,
Sturge and the rest of the group s legal team
made an application for prosecutors to dis-
close the evidence against their clients as
soon as possible to facilitate a speedy trial.
Among the items Sturge wanted disclosed
were transcripts of wire-tapping recordings
that he said had been made of his client s
phone calls and a video recording of Boney s
interview with police after he was arrested
While he could not give a date for the
disclosure, police prosecutor Insp Richard
Taylor promised it would be made available
as soon as the DPP appointed a state pros-
ecutor to the case.
The Earles are being represented by Patrick
Godson-Phillip, while Richard Clarke-Wills
is appearing for Sandy. The four accused
will reappear in court on March 6.
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A 41-year-old man was released on $120,000
bail after appearing in court charged with having
sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Sherlon Flores, of Anastasia Terrace, Arouca, was
not called upon to plead to the statutory rape charge
when he appeared before Magistrate Maureen
Baboolal-Gafoor in the Port-of-Spain Seventh Court
Flores is accused of having sex with the minor
on a date in August last year at a house at Jogie
Terrace, Don Miguel Road, San Juan.
He stood silently with his hands behind his back
for the duration of his court appearance yesterday
and only spoke to confirm his name.
Baboolal-Gafoor decided to grant him bail after
his fingerprint tracing revealed he had a clean crim-
inal record and court prosecutors told the court the
alleged victim did not live near him.
As part of his bail condition, Baboolal-Gafoor
ordered the accused to report to the Arouca Police
Station once weekly and to refrain from contacting
the victim or coming within 100 metres of her.
Flores will reappear in court on March 11.
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Lawyer tells of threats from prison for accused gangster...
for 11th FEBRUARY, 2014
My client not safe
Police lead the group of suspects charged under the Anti-Gang Act into the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court yesterday. The four
suspects, including Laventille resident Anton "Boombay" Boney (inset), were eventually denied bail. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Bail for man charged
with raping girl, 12
Russell Lalloo, the brother of Howard Lalloo,
who was gunned down on Monday, is calling on
the police to bring his brother s killer or killers to
Speaking with the media outside the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, St James, yesterday, Russell Lalloo said
the family was shocked and saddened by his brother s
The eldest son among five children, Howard Lalloo,
45, of Southern Main Road, La Romaine, was found
dead in his Toyota Prado Land Cruiser along Milton
Road on Monday around 2.30 pm. Police say they
received an anonymous phone call alerting them to
Lalloo, a quality assurance officer at the Water and
Sewerage Authority (WASA), was described as a very
quiet person. Both police and relatives believe Lalloo
knew his killer as none of his valuables were miss-
"The family is shocked by this incident and we
would want some justice. We want the police to
exercise their powers. We see the police are dealing
with the matter professionally, but at the end of the
day we want to see some justice," Russell Lalloo said.
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