Thursday 23 November, 2017

Cpl charged with assault against Guardian Photographer

Police Corporal Billy Ramsundar was tonight charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Guardian Photographer Kristian DeSilva.

Cpl Ramsundar was also charged with malicious damage of a Canon camera valued US$1600.

The charges arise from an alleged incident at Nazim Ave San Francique, Penal on September 15.

De Silva was attempting to take photos of the compound of A&V Drilling in relation to a story involving the 'fake oil' scandal when he was allegedly beaten by two men. 

A&V Drilling was named as the company which defrauded Petrotrin of almost $100 million dollars for gas which was not supplied.

Cpl Ramsundar is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate where the matter will be transferred to the Siparia Court.

Charges were laid by Supt Ruthven Hodge of the Police Complaints Division.