Saturday 22 February, 2020

Sangre Grande man sent to mental hospital after attempted carjacking

Two weeks after a video went viral on social media in which a man depicted an account in which someone attempted to rob him of his vehicle after he stopped to render assistance, a 26-year-old has appeared before the courts.

The accused, Jamal Noray of Coal Mine, Sangre Grande, appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate earlier this week.

He was charged with assault with the intention to rob someone of their personal belongings.

He was then sent to St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital for a psychological assessment following which the matter will be brought back before the presiding magistrate.

Two weeks ago, a video circulated on social media in which a driver recalled the events which had taken place that night. He said that he was driving along the Valencia Stretch when he observed a man on the roadway.

The driver stopped to render assistance, however, when he did, the man got up and ran into the car and attempted to steal the vehicle. The driver fought back and managed to throw the would-be thief out of the vehicle.

The police were notified and an investigation was launched.

This incident led ASP Harnarine Rampath of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch to call on drivers to be “extra careful on the roads at night”.

At the time, he was responding to questions posed by reporters at the weekly press briefing, where he noted that while one should always help your fellow man, priority should be on making sure that you were safe, and as such, contact the police if they see something amiss.

“Firstly, contact the nearest police station, because it might be the best course of action, by telling the officers over the phone what you have observed. Most times there are officers on duty who will readily respond and render the assistance required,” Rampath said.


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