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A mentally disturbed
man who claimed he
heard a prisoner threat-
ening to kill a magis-
trate at the San Fernan-
do Magistrates Court
has been held by the
police for questioning.
The 25-year-old man
had reportedly made an
anonymous call the
Princes Town Magis-
trates Court around
1.30 pm, claiming he
heard a prisoner say he
was going to kill a mag-
istrate presiding at the
San Fernando Court.
The prisoner, he
claimed, said he would
use grenades to carry
out the attack.
The staff at the
Princes Town Court
made a report to the
police, who were able to
find the caller on Thurs-
day night by tracing his
Attorney Sunil Seecharan is con-
sidering filing legal action in the High
Court to retrieve five boats and
engines belonging to six Felicity oyster
vendors which the court yesterday
ordered to be sold by public auction.
Ramlochan Goolcharan, Deoraj
Goolcharan, Suresh Goolcharan,
Manohar Goolcharan, Ramdeen Heera-
man and Kenny Rattan were caught
by Forest Rangers harvesting oysters
in the prohibited area of Catfish River
in the Caroni Swamp around 6 am
They were arrested and taken to the
Chaguanas Police Station, where they
were charged and kept in custody.
Looking dishevelled, they appeared
before Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay
in the Chaguanas Third Court, where
they were fined between $5,000 and
Seecharan, representing five of them,
said the vendors were remorseful and
asked not to be sent to prison but pun-
He said they were all the sole bread-
winners in their families, the fathers
of young children and had been making
a living from selling oysters for years.
Seecharan said it was the scarcity of
oysters that forced the men into the
He asked for their boats and engines,
the source of their income, to be
Rattan, the 43-year old father of
four, had 21 previous similar offences
before the court, including possession
of the carcasses of scarlet ibis, a pro-
tected bird. He was represented sep-
arately by attorney Tarodath Singh.
Suresh and Rattan were fined $8,000
each and the other four $5,000 each.
Immediately after their sentencing,
they were taken back into custody.
Dubay, noting legislation does not
propose jail sentences for such offences,
further ordered that the five boats and
engines seized from the men should
be sold by Caroni Forest Rangers in a
public auction and the proceeds put
into the Consolidated Fund.
He said he hoped this would serve
as a deterrent to others who might
consider similar activities in protected
But the men s families, who almost
filled the small court, assembled in the
yard after the hearing and voiced their
anger and worry.
"How are they going to survive?
That s all they do. We don t know even
how they are going to pay those fines,"
A nephew of the Goolcharans,
Sudash Ramsudar, said oyster vending
was a tradition in the family.
He said because of last December s
oil spills at Petrotrin the men had to
leave the edges of the mangrove in
Oropouche where they usually caught
oysters and "take a chance on this side."
"There is no place to get crab and
oyster now," he said. "They zone from
Felicity River to Blue River."
ASP Collins Hazel shows off a confiscated shotgun while cpl Francis, centre, and Acting Senior Supt Afzal
Khan look at the drugs seized. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
JENSEN LA VENDE
Two men are to appear in court
on Monday charged with traf-
ficking cocaine and marijuana
which police said carried an esti-
mated street value of $22.5 mil-
In a separate incident, two other
men were held with an illegal shot-
gun and three cartridges by the
same group of police.
According to the head of the
division, Snr Supt Afzal Khan, offi-
cers led by Sgt Nigel Horsford
included PCs Pierre, Maynard,
Joseph and Nurse, stopped a car
around 4.30 am on Thursday along
the North Coast Road. Two men,
aged 35 and 39, from Longdenville,
Chaguanas, and La Seiva, Maraval,
were arrested after the illegal drugs
were found in the back seat of the
car, concealed in crocus bags. Police
did not disclose the weight of the
Khan told the media that one
of the cocaine packages had the
number 94 written on it.
Asked about the way the drugs
were being transported, Horsford
said it was nothing strange for
people to have crocus bags on the
back seats of their cars in the North
Coast area as many people who
lived there were farmers.
Police said they plan to increase
patrols in the area to curb the
importation of drugs.
Horsford, who was highly com-
mended by Khan, also led a party
of police who arrested two Maraval
men almost 15 hours later. Horsford
and his team saw the men in a car
on Saddle Road, Maraval. They
claimed to have been experiencing
engine trouble, but when police
realised the engine was cold, they
became suspicious and found the
shotgun and cartridges hidden in
Six oyster catchers fined;
seized boats to be auctioned
Two men held in
$22m drug bust
When the police
called him he admitted
to being an outpatient
of St Ann s Hospital and
having a criminal
The police subse-
quently went to Penal,
where they held the
man and took him to St
Ann s Hospital for treat-
ment and a report.
However, the hospital
could not admit him
without a referral letter,
so he was taken to the
Princes Town Police
Station, where the
police questioned him.
It is likely that he will
be released without
being charged, a senior
police officer said.
Outpatient held for judicial threat
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