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A couple from Kelly Village,
Caroni, were denied bail when
they appeared in court yesterday
in connection with the sexual
assault of their eight-year-old
The 38-year-old man and his
31-year-old wife, who cannot be
identified to protect the identity
of the victim, were remanded into
custody when they appeared before
Senior Magistrate Gillian David-
Scotland in the First Court.
They were charged with two
offences under the Sexual Offences
Act and were not called upon to
The man was charged with
committing an act of incest against
the child at their home last year
and the mother was slapped with
one charge under Section 31 of the
legislation, which makes it an
offence to fail to report sexual
abuse against a minor to the police.
If convicted the woman will face
seven years imprisonment.
The victim and her siblings,
ranging in age from five years to
four months, were removed from
the family s home and placed in a
children s home in December after
their parents were charged with
their wilful neglect.
The child reported her father s
abuse to staff of the home last
week, leading to her parents arrest
Cpl Curtis Pierre and WPC
Robinson, both of the Caroni Police
Station, investigated the case and
laid the charges.
The couple will reappear in court
on April 9. (DA)
One day after he was released
on bail for possession of mari-
juana, police shot and killed a 24-
year-old Morvant man on Tues-
day night after a shootout with
Police said around 10.45 pm on
Monday, officers from the North
Eastern Division Task Force, led
by Sgt Cornelius Samuel, were on
mobile patrol at Mapp Lands, Mor-
vant, when they saw two men
walking along the street.
Investigators said without warn-
ing the two pulled out guns and
began shooting at them. The offi-
cers returned fire, police said. A
man, later identified as Adrian
Charles, from Chinapoo Village,
Morvant, was found lying on the
ground bleeding from multiple
gunshot wounds. He was taken to
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
where he was pronounced dead
The other man escaped by run-
ning through nearby bushes, police
Charles is the seventh man to
be killed by police for the year,
according to a T&T Guardian toll.
Police said they returned to the
area where the shooting took place
yesterday and found a bulletproof
vest and a 9 mm pistol with an
extended magazine capable of
holding 32 rounds of ammunition,
with nine rounds in it. They believe
the man who escaped may have
thrown away the gun and vest
while running away.
An autopsy is expected to be
done on Charles s body today at
the Forensic Science Centre, St
2014 police killings
• Jeremy Innis, 19, shot dead
on March 11 at Gloster Lodge Road,
Gonzales, in a police shootout.
• Anthony "Sambo" Hep-
burn, 25, killed at his Sookhoo
Trace Extension, Claxton Bay,
home on February 11 during a
• Akeem Price, 22, of Le
Chateau Village, killed after a rob-
bery at Mt Moriah on February 4.
• Nicholas Sylvester, 19, killed
on January 20 at Chaguanas Main
Road after a robbery at Chrissie
Terrace, Enterprise, Chaguanas.
• Walcott Ali, 51, shot dead
after reportedly attacking police
with a cutlass at Aranguez on Jan-
• Janus Alfonso, 28, shot dead
during a shootout after police
sought to execute a warrant on
him at his Clarke Trace, Enterprise,
home on January 10.
Morvant man killed
in police shootout
A 34-year-old man from Mayaro
is expected to appear in an identi-
fication parade today after being held
in connection with assaulting eight
girls at a Mayaro primary school on
The man, a Community Environ-
mental Protection and Enhancement
Programme (Cepep) worker, was cut-
ting grass nearby when he reportedly
entered the school during the lunch
The girls, who are aged seven to
nine, said the man, brandishing a
weapon, made his way into the school
and inappropriately touched them
before running off. A report was made
to the Mayaro police station and based
on the description given, a suspect
In light of this incident, the T&T
Unified Teachers Association is calling
for better security at schools. Lynsley
Doodhai, second vice president of
TTUTA, said the Ministry of Educa-
tion has to take heed to ensure the
safety of children in their care.
He also called on principals to be
extra-vigilant and scrutinise people
entering their schools.
President of the Primary School
Principals Association Valance Ramb-
harat said it was virtually impossible
for one security guard to patrol large
compounds and there should be at
least two guards, along with security
aids such as cameras and other
Suspect held in Mayaro
school assault case
Husband, wife in court on incest charges
The Appeal Court will decide the
fate of a Wallerfield businessman and
his ex-wife, currently serving a total
of 33 years in prison for cocaine and
marijuana trafficking, next Tuesday.
Appellate judges Alice Yorke Soo
Hon, Prakash Moosai and Mark
Mohammed reserved their decision in
the appeal of Dexter Brown and his ex-
wife Nisha Outram, on Tuesday.
In challenging their convictions and
sentences, Brown and his ex-wife have
contended that the judge who presided
over their trial last year, made errors
in law in his directions to the jury which
made their convictions unsafe.
During their trial before Justice Hay-
den St Clair-Douglas in the Port-of-
Spain High Court, the State led evi-
dence that when police raided the
couple s farm at Brazil Road, Wallerfield,
on November 6, 1999 they found
almost 300 kilos of marijuana and
cocaine valued at $2 million.
Brown was sentenced to 18 years in
prison and Outram was ordered to serve
15 years. Outram, who was seven
months pregnant during the trial, col-
lapsed in court on hearing the sentence
and suffered a miscarriage. DA
Court reserves ruling in drug matter
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