Two Couva men who were charged with committing arson against a family of 10 have appeared before the Couva Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
A 32-year-old businessman, Shaun Braithwaite, also known as ‘Teddy’and 29-year-old labourer, Shakeel Braithwaite, both of McBean, Couva, were jointly charged with arson when they stood before Magistrate Cheron Raphael.
Shakeel, who was also charged with robbery with violence, shooting with intent and possession of a firearm and ammunition, was denied bail while Shaun was granted $120,000 bail. Both men, who are unrelated, are expected to reappear in court on April 9.
Shakeel’s robbery charge arose from an incident which took place in August 2018, against patrons of a bar in Esperanza Village, Couva.
Both Braithwaites were charged with arson following an incident on March 2 when a family of 10 discovered their house on fire, while they were still inside. At 1 am on the date of the incident, one of the victims heard loud noises outside of his home and went to investigate. While making checks he noticed four men outside and the house on fire. One of the suspects also shot at the victim. The victim ran back into the house, grabbed his wife and children and escaped.
Both men were arrested on the same date of the attack against the family and were later charged by PC Ramoutar of the Couva Criminal Investigations Department.
Enquiries are ongoing.
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