Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 29th 2014 Contents A8
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 29, 2014
A 45-year-old marijuana trafficker
was sentenced yesterday to 16 years
Samuel Ramesar, a scrap iron dealer
of Centenary Street, Tunapuna stood
silently in the prisoner enclosure of the
Port-of-Spain First Court as the sen-
tence was passed by Justice Devan
In passing sentence, Rampersad said
he considered the seriousness of the
offence as well as the fact that he
(Ramesar) was charged with cocaine
trafficking while he was on bail for
He also acknowledged that Ramesar s
criminal tracing revealed he had served
nine years in prison for robbery with
violence and for defrauding a man of
Ramesar pleaded guilty to the cocaine
charge in November 2012 and was
slapped with a $15,000 fine.
It took a nine-member jury before
Rampersad almost three hours to come
to a unanimous verdict for Ramesar,
when he was convicted in July last year
on the marijuana charge.
During his brief trial, the State led
evidence that on December 20, 2002,
Ramesar was driving with another man
near the Uriah Butler Highway and
Bamboo No 1, Valsayn, when they were
stopped by police.
While searching the car, police found
a black garbage bag under Ramesar s
seat. The bag contained three plastic
packages of marijuana. The drugs val-
ued at over $300,000 weighed a total
of 3.5 kilos.
In presenting a mitigation plea for
Ramesar, his attorney Peter Carter said
the court had to impose lengthy cus-
todial sentence for his client.
However, he suggested the sentence
be 13 years imprisonment.
Carter claimed his client only earned
a "modest" income from collecting
scrap iron and engaged in trafficking
drugs to supplement his income to sup-
port his common-law wife and five
He also suggested that the quantity
of drugs found on his client was sub-
stantially less than in similar cases
where accused people were sentenced
to between 14 and 16 years in prison.
In response, State prosecutors Brent
Winter and Ravita Persad raised Rame-
sar s criminal record as the main aggra-
vating factor Rampersad should con-
sider in passing sentence.
into the sea
to serve 16 years
for drug trafficking
Three men accused of robbery were
spared jail term yesterday after the
victim said he no longer wanted to
pursue the case.
Rishi Maharaj, Suresh Ramnath and
Anneurde Sooknanan walked out the
Port-of-Spain High Court as free men
after they were each placed on a
$30,000 bond to keep the peace for
While placing the men on the bond,
Justice Devan Rampersad warned them
if they were to breach it by being arrest-
ed during the one-year period, they
would be brought back before him to
Maharaj, Ramnath and Sooknanan
were before Rampersad charged with
robbing Reynard John on April 15, 2005.
When the case was called yesterday
to allow for their guilty pleas, State
prosecutor Brent Winter indicated
John s change of heart.
Winter said: "The virtual com-
plainant (John) has moved on with his
life and like to put matter behind him."
He said that John had discussed the
issue with prosecutors and the three
men s attorneys, and indicated that he
was willing to accept $24,000 in com-
pensation for the incident.
Rampersad advised the three men
that John s intervention was the only
reason why they were spared a prison
According to the evidence, John was
at standing at St Mary s Junction in
Freeport when he attempted to enter
Sooknanan s taxi.
Armed with cutlasses, Maharaj and
Ramnath walked up behind John and
started planassing him. John fell into
a drain at the side of the road, the men
removed him, tied his hands, placed
him in the back of Sooknanan s taxi
and drove to the Waterloo cremation
When they arrived there, John was
removed from the vehicle, stripped
naked and was repeated planassed. The
three men then robbed him of $60.
Rampersad also ordered the three
men to pay John, $8,000 in compen-
sation each by April 11.
3 men spared jail for robbery
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