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for MARCH 24th 2014
The relatives of Penelope Beck-
les-Robinson, a contender for the
leadership of the May 18 opposi-
tion party the People s National
Movement (PNM), were each
granted $400,000 bail yesterday
when they appeared before Senior
Magistrate Indrani Cedeno in the
Arima Magistrates Court charged
with possession of four guns and
12 rounds of ammunition.
The relatives included her broth-
er, Lincoln Beckles, 54; his wife,
Janice; their son Brandon, 26 and
Lincoln Beckles' brother-in-law
Wayne Farrell, 52.
They were represented by Senior
Counsel Pamela Elder and given
the option of a cash alternative of
$25,000 by way of a manager's
cheque with proof that the money
was gained legally.
The four were arrested at their
home at Swift Drive, Phase Three,
Malabar, last Saturday after police
executed a search warrant and
found a Magnum .357 pistol, a .38
Smith and Wesson revolver, an AK
47, which the charges stated was
a prohibited weapon, and a shot-
They were also accused of having
six rounds of .44 ammunition and
six rounds of .38 ammunition. They
were not called on to enter a plea
as the charges were laid indictably.
Cedeno was informed that the
guns and ammunition were
allegedly found in the bedroom of
the Beckles-Robinson's nephew,
Before granting bail to the four
Cedeno lamented that she had to
grant bail since it was not in the
schedule of offences in which the
ammendment to the Bail Act
denied an accused bail.
"Of course this is one of the
things which the court is concerned
about, because regarding the recent
ammendment to the Bail Act one
may blindly look at the legislation
on its surface and think otherwise
but as the law currently stands for
the offences of possession of a
firearm, possession of ammunition,
and for drug trafficking concerns,
there is no statutory impediment
on the issue of granting bail.
"Unless the matter is being heard
in trial, the only matters that fall
under the statute are matters which
have a ten-year jail term or more.
"That is the only time that the
court can deny bail and this is a
cause of great concern as the pos-
session of firearms and ammunition
can be connected to robbery and
assault," Cedeno explained, adding
she was there to execute the law
which the Parliament passed "in
Before the comment Elder
informed the court her clients all
have unblemished records and that
the offences with which they were
charged were bailable.
Elder said Lincoln was gainfully
employed as a manager at the
National Flour Mills and he was
the owner of the home where the
weapons were allegedly found.
She added that Janice Beckles
was a housewife while their son
was employed as a clerical assistant
at the University of the West Indies
while Farrell was a joiner by trade.
Elder asked that her clients be
granted reasonable bail.
In response, court prosecutor
Sgt Leon did not object to bail.
The four are to re-appear in
court on April 16. Sgt Mathew
Haywood laid the charge.
After being sent home with her miscarried five-
month foetus wrapped in a black garbage bag, 23-
year-old mother of one, Tahia Jordan, was told yes-
terday she would not be able to bury the foetus as
it is "not procedure" to give miscarried foetuses
under 28 weeks back to parents.
Jordan told the media last week at her Trou Macaque
home she miscarried the child, who would have been
named Kaiden, last Wednesday at her workplace at
Rituals Coffee House, Maraval.
She said she was taken to the Casualty Department
of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where she was
attended to before being warded. Jordan added that
when she came home last Thursday she found the
dead foetus inside the garbage bag which she had
assumed contained dirty clothing.
A nurse at the department has been suspended for
two weeks with basic salary as a result of the incident,
which was described as a clear violation of protocol
by North West Regional Health Authority chairman
In a brief telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Jordan said she met with the medical chief
of staff Dr Pooran, medical director of Health Carol
Bhagan-Khan and general operations manager Ernest
Ali at the hospital yesterday and was told she would
Penny's relatives in court
on arms, ammo charges...
In an unrelated matter a family of
seven were all granted bail totalling
$1.2 million by Cedeno after they
appeared before her charged with
possession of 37 rounds of assorted
The seven were Kareem Trotman,
Christine Watson, Chryseis Watson,
Barbabra Watson, Keron Trotman,
Jerome Trotman and Wilfred
Trotman were arrested last
Saturday at a house in Malabar,
All except for Kareem Trotman
were granted $150,000 bail each
and pleaded not guilty to the
offence. Kareem Trotman pleaded
guilty and was granted $300,000
bail. All seven are to reappear in
court on April 16 and were charged
by PC Anil Andrews of the Northern
Division Task Force.
Police officers escort, from left, Barbra Watson, Chryseis Watson and Janice Beckles to the Arima Magistrate Court
yesterday to answer to possession of guns and ammunition charges. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
not be able to obtain a death certificate and therfore
would not be allowed to bury the foetus legally.
Jordan added that she found the response insen-
sitive. She is to meet with the officials again today.
In response to Jordan's comments, Baliram said it
was not procedure for a foetus under 28 weeks to be
returned to the parents. She added that the hospital
was seeking legal advice on the issue which it expected
to receive today.
She added that the officials did not deny Jordan
the opportunity to bury the foetus but wanted to get
legal clearance on it. JLV
Hospital not giving mom foetus
ANOTHER FAMILY ON AMMO CHARGES
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