Saturday 5 December, 2020

Man sentenced for stealing T&TEC copper

A man who pleaded guilty to the charge of larceny of items from a Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) Substation was today sentenced to six months in prison.

Hansram Dookran, 53, appeared before Magistrate Cheryl Ann Antoine in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with larceny of approximately 300 feet of copper cable and 20 copper-coated earth rods from the Harmony Hall Substation, Gasparillo.

The items, valued at around $6,000.00, were discovered missing on July 26 by a T&TEC employee.

Dookram pled guilty at the court appearance and was subsequently sentenced to six months hard labour.

The 53-year-old man was arrested following enquiries led by T&TEC Estate Sergeant Ottis Mills and WEC Beharry who laid the charges. WPC Jardine of the Gasparillo Police Station also assisted in the arrest.

T&TEC is seeking to remind members of the public that, pursuant to the Electricity Act, Chapter 54:70, it is a criminal offence to tamper with the Commission’s electricity installations and/or make electrical connections. The public is therefore warned against carrying out such acts, which also pose a serious threat to safety.

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