AckimAlexander, a 25-year-old mechanic/electrician from SouthOropouche, was granted $50,000 bail when he appeared virtually before aSipariaMagistrate, charged with fraudulent conversion of $25,000. The matter was heard before Magistrate Aden Stroude on Wednesday, where Alexanderpleaded not guilty. The matter has been postponed to January 12. It is alleged that sometime in November 2019, at San Fernando, the victim gave his blue and silver Yamaha R1 motorcycle valued $25,000 to a man, for him to sell and remit the money to him. On Sunday,May24, the owner was informed that the motorcycle was sold in SouthOropoucheby the same man however he failed to remit the proceeds of the sale in the sum of $25,000 to him and all attempts to have the man remit the money proved futile. A report was subsequently made to the police and the man was arrested by Sgt (Ag.) Breedy ofFyzabadPolice Station on Monday. The suspect was then handed over to the Fraud Squad where PC Kernahan subsequently charged Alexanderfor the offence of fraudulent conversion.

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A member of the T&T Defence Force is expected to appear before a Port of Spain magistrate today on charges of drunk driving and driving illegally on the Priority Bus Route. The soldier was held on Wednesday night during anexercise by officers of the Port of Spain Division led by Snr Sup Moore and Sup Ramjohn. The operation took place between 3pm and 11pmalong the Priority Bus Route along Beetham Gardens. When the soldier’s vehicle was stopped, officers detected a strong smell of alcohol. He was administered a breathalyser testthatgave a reading of 106microgrammesper 100millilitreof breath –more than70microgrammesover the legal limit.He was immediately taken into custody. Nine other peoplewere ticketed for driving on the bus route illegally, while eightwere ticketed for failing to wear a mask/covering over their face in public contrary to the Public Health Ordinance. The operation also included Sup Khan, Insp Seepersad, Sgt Bharath, Cpl Guerra, and Cpl Ramjattan, among others.

Two additional COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded. The Ministry of Health in its clinical update on Friday morning revealed the latest fatalities as an elderly man with comorbidities and a woman from Tobago with pre-existing conditions. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 69. The Ministry also noted that there are 25 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,260. Of those cases, 2,069 are active. The new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs. Seven patients have been discharged from public health facilities. The total number of patients discharged is now 905. Sixty-eight more community cases have recovered, bringing the total of recovered community cases to 1,217. Recovered community cases refer to persons who were previously COVID-19 positive and in self-isolation at home and subsequently met the discharge criteria and were released from self-isolation. A total of 96 patients remain at hospital: 58 (six in ICU and seven in HDU) at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility, 22 at Caura Hospital, five at Arima General Hospital, one at Augustus Long Hospital, and 10 at St Ann’s Hospital. COVID-19 positive patients in step-down / transition facilities are now at 103: six at the UWI Debe Campus, 52 at UWI Canada Hall and 45 at UWI Freedom Hall. To date, 30,262 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19. The number of patients tested for the virus now stands at 27,199. The Ministry of Health will issue another update on the status of COVID-19 this evening.

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