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Five men, accused of stealing three boat
engines from the T&T Yacht Club, Glencoe,
last Thursday, were refused bail when they
appeared in court yesterday on six robbery
Magistrate Cheron Raphael, presiding in
the Port-of-Spain 11th Court, initially con-
sidered releasing the group on bail but
changed her mind after their criminal records
revealed they had pending court cases for
various offences, including robbery with
violence and gun possession.
Raphael made the decision despite hearing
pleas from each prisoner, who individually
professed their innocence in relation to last
week s incident.
"I am an innocent man. I did not get point
out and they still charge me," a desperate-
sounding Nickel Renny said after telling the
magistrate that his wife was pregnant.
All but Anthony Charles were slapped
with three charges for using knives to rob
two security guards at the yacht club on the
Western Main Road, Glencoe, around 3 am
Charles appeared in court separately and
was charged with receiving the stolen boat
engines, four two-way radios and two charg-
ers.The five men were not called on to plead
to the charges, which were laid indictably.
When he initially appeared in court,
Charles criminal tracing was not available.
Raphael agreed to grant him $150,000 bail
after he claimed to have a clean criminal
However, when the four others appeared
in court almost two hours later, the com-
plainant in the case, Cpl Campbell, presented
Charles record, sourced using his finger-
prints. That prompted Raphael to immedi-
ately recall the matter.
"I don t like to be misled," Raphael warned
Charles as she revoked her earlier bail order.
The group will reappear in court on April
An employee at the Office of the Prime Minister
was reprimanded and discharged yesterday after
she pleaded guilty to using obscene language.
Renee Sookhai, an administrative assistant, apol-
ogised to the police for bringing her workplace
into disrepute. She said she was intoxicated.
The 33-year-old Sookhai, of Retrench Village,
near San Fernando, appeared before San Fernan-
do Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie.
She was charged by WPC Jointe.
The incident took place around 12.35 am yes-
terday at Duncan Village, San Fernando, after the
police responded to a disturbance at Kings Bar-
Police prosecutor Sgt Cleyon Seedan said when
officers got there, they saw a large number of
people gathered around a white car parked on the
road and playing loud music.
Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the police
asked the driver to turn down the music and he
Sookhai, however, placed both hands on the
hood of the car and shouted: "I working in the
PM s office and I want to know why allyuh making
this car move."
Sookhai heeded the police warning that she was
obstructing them in the execution of their duties.
But Seedan said she walked about a foot away
and shouted: "F... them police. I working in the
PM s office. Them can t do me nothing."
When the police officer approached her, Seedan
said she repeated the statement.
Seedan said she had no pending matter or pre-
The magistrate asked her if she thought that by
telling the police she worked in the PM s office
she could influence them. She told her she must
respect the police.
"You are a young woman, more so employed
with the PM s office. The office should be above
reproach, whether from the PM down to all her
staff," the magistrate said.
Sookhai said she only mentioned once that she
worked in the PM s office and denied telling the
police that they could not do anything to her
because of where she worked.
Jointe refused to accept the apology. The mag-
istrate warned Sookhai not to let it happen again.
No bail for five accused
of Yacht Club robbery
The four men are accused of stealing
several cellphones, an extendable baton,
three outboard boat engines, a chopsaw,
four two-way radios and two
accompanying chargers, together valued
at almost $110,000.
The stolen items were brought to the
St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain,
courthouse on the back of a flatbed
truck and were photographed by police.
Raphael then ordered the items be
returned to their owners.
Daniel Barkley, 35, of Pioneer Drive,
Sea Lots; Kerry John, 30, of Santa Cruz
Old Road, San Juan; Emmanuel Felix, 24,
of East Dry River, Port-of-Spain; Nickel
Renny, 23, and 25-year-old Anthony
Charles, both of Beetham Gardens.
WHAT WAS STOLEN
Water spews from a broken line along South Trunk Road, near Bel Air, La Romaine, yesterday near the construction site of the
Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin. PHOTO:RISHI RAGOONATH
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