Employee slapped with fine for stealing from Ian Alleyne
One man has been fined for stealing from Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne.
Sheldon Ramnath, 27, from San Fernando was fined $12,000 after appearing before senior magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.
Ramnath was jointly charged with Akile Simon, 36, from Curepe, for stealing $10,000 from a vehicle which belongs to Alleyne.
On their first appearance, Simon pleaded not guilty, while Ramnath entered a guilty plea.
Cpl Mark Phillips of the Chaguanas CID was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.
The State was represented by police prosecutor Sgt Soodeen, while the two accused were represented by attorney Taradath Singh.
Alleyne made an appearance before the courts Wednesday to plead on behalf of Ramnath, so that he could avoid a custodial sentence (jail time).
After further submissions to the court, Ramnath was fined.
If defaulted (not paid) he will face a term of two years imprisonment.
Simon was remanded into custody, as he has previous convictions under his name.
He will return to court on February 12 where the matter will go for trial.
On January 10, Alleyne secured the cash in his vehicle in the parking lot of his business place at Endeavour Road, Chaguanas.
He said when he returned to the car a few hours later, he checked and discovered the money missing. A report was made and an investigation launched into the incident.
The two were subsequently arrested by officers of the Chaguanas Criminal Investigations Department in connection with the report.
Some of the money, an estimated $2500, was recovered at Ramnath’s home.