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The eldest brother and three
other relatives of People s
National Movement (PNM)
political leader candidate Pen-
nelope Beckles-Robinson will
appear before an Arima mag-
istrate today on gun and ammu-
On Saturday, Northern Divi-
sion officers carried out a raid at
two houses in the Malabar, Arima
and seized an AK-47 assault rifle,
a pump action shotgun, a .44
revolver and a .357 revolver, and
72 rounds of assorted ammuni-
tion at a house on Swift Avenue,
Phase III, Malabar.
At a another house at Cocorico
Avenue, Phase III, police said
they found 37 rounds of ammu-
nition and seven people were
Police said search warrants
were executed at both houses
after months of surveillance.
The arresting officers conduct-
ed a news briefing at the Arima
Police Station on Saturday where
they displayed the cache of arms
They confirmed that one of
the houses was owned by Beck-
Police charged the suspects
from Swift Avenue yesterday
afternoon with the possession of
firearms and ammunition.
Officers said up to late last
night, the suspects were all being
charged and processed and were
not released bail.
One of the suspects has also
worked on Beckles-Robinson
The other seven suspects in
the Cocorico Avenue home will
also be appearing in court
charged with possession of
Northern Division Senior
superintendant David Abraham
on Saturday commended the
officers for their diligent work.
Within the past few years, the
community has been described
as a major "hot spot."
A quantity of firearms and
ammunition have been seized at
various houses during a crack-
down in crime exercise in the
Beckles-Robinson will come
up against the incumbent polit-
ical leader of the PNM, Dr Keith
Rowley in the party's May 18
At a meeting on Saturday night
at Sangre Grande Beckles-Robin-
son confirmed that her eldest
brother, his wife, nephew and
sister-in-law's brother were
arrested on Saturday afternoon
at a raid on a Malabar home.
PNM political leader candidate Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, second from right, greets supporters on her
arrival for a political meeting at Foster Road, Sangre Grande on Saturday. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
Monday, March 24, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
People s National Movement
political leader contender Pen-
nelope Beckles-Robinson con-
fronted her the arrest of her
bother and three other relatives
following a gun-find at their
Malabar home head-on on the
political platform on Saturday.
"It was very unfortunate and
they are being investigated for
arms and ammunition. Today has
been a very difficult day for my
family. The truth is these things
do happen and it is the time we
are very distraught and when your
courage is tested the most," she
told the audience at a political
meeting at Foster Road, Sangre
Grande, hours after her relatives
were taken into custody.
She said her eldest brother, his
wife, nephew and sister-in-law's
brother were arrested on Saturday
at a raid on a Malabar home.
But Beckles-Robinson, a lawyer,
said she believes in the justice sys-
tem and is hoping for a speedy
"I have faith in our criminal
justice system. I want the best
possible investigation to take place
and simply let the police do their
work. Of course as a sister and
aunt, you understand the chal-
lenges we all face," she said.
Beckles-Robinson said last week
she addressed the same issue of
guns coming into the country and
borders not being protected.
"There is no one immune from
crime and it can come home to
anyone of us and not a single per-
son is immune from crime. Little
did I know three days later...it
would come to my front step.
"We all have to have faith in
the judicial process and let the
police do their work and all I
expect is a proper investigation
and speedy investigation and we
can take it from there," she said.
A Russian-made AK-47 assault
rifle, two revolvers, a pump action
shotgun, and 72 rounds of ammu-
nition were allegedly seized during
the police raid. (See Page A8)
Penny on arrest of brother; seizure of guns
'These things do happen'
After eight years of repeated delays
and unexpected hindrances, a dozen men
will today go on trial for the kidnapping
and murder of central businesswoman
A 12-member jury consisted of eight
men and four women supported by six
alternates are expected to gather at the
Hall of Justice around 9 am, when the
State will open the prosecution's case.
A total of 74 witnesses are scheduled
to testify against the accused and the trial
is expected to last as long as a year to
Security measures at the court is expect-
ed to be significantly increased for the
high profile trial.
Besides normal security scans at the
entrance to the court, members of the
public will also have to clear a secondary
security check point erected outside the
entrance to the Second and Third Assizes.
Visitors will have to lodge their cell-
phones with security personnel, before
passing through a metal detector at the
entrance to the adjoining courtrooms.
The two rooms, outfitted with video
conferencing equipment, are being used
for the trial to accommodate the large
number of attorneys who are defending
the 12 murder accused.
The trial had been blighted with delays
in the past as many of the accused men
had difficulties in securing legal represen-
tation, before the Legal Aid and Advisory
Authority intervened in 2012 to implement
a special Cabinet-approved payment plan
to lure defence attorneys into the trial.
Jury selection began in May, last year,
with more than 400 people being sum-
moned as potential jurors. The trial could
not commence after the month-long jury
selection process as defence attorneys were
engaged in pre-trial legal arguments.
Naipaul-Coolman, 52, the former chief
executive of supermarket chain Naipaul's
Xtra Foods was kidnapped from her home
at Radix Road, Lange Park, Chaguanas on
December 19, 2006. Her kidnappers
demanded a $3 million ransom was
demanded for her release. Her family paid
a portion, however, she was not released
and her body was never found.
The dozen men before jury and Justice
Malcolm Holdip are: Allan "Scanny" Martin,
Shervon "Buffy" Peters, Keida Garcia,
brothers Marlon and Earl Trimmingham,
Ronald Armstrong, Antonio Charles, Joel
Fraser, Lyndon James, Devon Peters,
Anthony Dwayne Gloster and Jamille
Garcia. A 13th man, Raphael Williams was
charged with the crime but died in prison
in 2011 of complications from sickle-cell
Their legal team includes Ulric Skerritt,
Joseph Pantor, Selwyn Mohammed,
Lennox Sankersingh, Ian Brooks, Wayne
Sturge, Mario Merritt, Richard Valere,
Kwesi Bekoe, Colin Selvon, Vince Charles,
Christian Chandler, Delicia Helwig and
The prosecution team includes, Gilbert
Peterson, Dana Seetahal and Israel Khan.
ABOUT THE CASE
Four on gun and
Man killed in
One man was killed and a
woman seriously injured in
a head-on collision yesterday
at the corner of the St Helena
By-Pass Road and Caroni
North Bank Road.
The accident occurred
around 5 pm near the traffic
light at the intersection, police
said. The woman was taken
to hospital for treatment.
The identity of the dead
man was not released by
Teen in court for
A 19-year-old man will
appear before a Couva Mag-
istrate today charged with
sexually assaulting a three
According to reports, the
girl was at the man's Tabaquite
home earlier this month where
the assault was alleged to have
The child complained to her
mother about pains and was
taken to a health centre where
the doctor told her that the
child was assaulted.
The mother reported the
incident to the Brasso Police
Station and the man was
arrested over the weekend.
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