Monday 6 July, 2020

Four Venezuelan nationals in court

Four Venezuelan nationals, including three women, have appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate to answer a total of 17 charges including assaulting police officers.

The four appeared before Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan in the First Court.

Attorney Nicholas Rampersadsingh represented the interests of the accused.

The State was represented by Sgt Alicia Soodeen.

Moonilal Ragbir acted as the translator for the court.

Cpl Bain and PC Mohammed were the complainants (charging officers).

After the charges were read, the four were all denied bail, as they have no fixed place of abode.

The charges stem from a fracas in Freeport on Sunday.

It began at Uquire Road, Freeport, where police were responded to a disturbance between two men – one of which was a Trinidadian national.

When police arrived they attempted to search the Venezuelan man, however, he resisted and assaulted the officers. A woman from a nearby house attempted to intervene, however, she too began attacking and cursing at the responding officers.

The two were detained and taken to the Freeport Police Station, and shortly thereafter, the other two women came to the station, where they caused a disturbance, acted in a disorderly fashion, and assaulted a woman police constable.

They were also arrested as a result.

However, the accused have claimed police brutality, claiming that they were severely beaten by the officers.

One of the women, LoopTT was told, was even struck in her stomach repeatedly – where she had a C-section wound, and needed medical attention.

The matter is expected to resume on May 14.

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