Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Five accused in teen’s kidnapping granted bail

From top left to right: Deokumar Lutchman (uncle), Nicholas Jagessar, Bissessar Arjoon (uncle), Ashraf Hosein.

From top left to right: Deokumar Lutchman (uncle), Nicholas Jagessar, Bissessar Arjoon (uncle), Ashraf Hosein.

The five people charged with the kidnapping of 14-year-old Brandon Sam appeared before a Sangre Grande Magistrate on Friday and were granted a total of $950,000 bail.

Among the accused were two of Brandon’s uncles and his 16-year-old cousin.

Uncles Deokumar Lutchman, 39, and Bissessar Arjoon, 52, along with Nicholas Jagessar, 28, were each granted $200,000 bail.

Meanwhile, Ashraf Hosein, 28, was placed on $250,000 bail while Brandon’s teenage cousin was placed on $100,000 bail.

Sangre Grande Magistrate Debrah Quintin granted conditions for bail including that the men stay within 1000 feet of the victim anywhere in Trinidad and Tobago. The men were also informed that they should not be found within one mile of Brandon’s home or school.

The matter was adjourned to September 29.

On Wednesday, August 23, Police were informed that Brandon and his 16-year-old cousin were both kidnapped with a $350,000 ransom demanded for their safe return.

A team of officers from the Eastern Division responded, and acting on information received, went to a galvanized room in Penal Rock Road, Penal, where the boys were found unharmed.

Police initially ruled the incident a ‘fake kidnapping,’ however, investigations revealed an alleged plot undertaken by Brandon’s relatives who were among the men charged with the crime.

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