Saturday 28 March, 2020

Officers, bar manager in court for child trafficking

A police inspector and a police sergeant, along with a bar manager, have all appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate on allegations of trafficking a child for the purpose of exploitation. 

Insp Rajesh Gookool, 47, and Sgt Richard Lalbeharry, 43, appeared before Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan in the First Court yesterday. 

They were jointly charged along with bar manager, Matthew Ross, 39. 

They were also charged with the offences of misbehavior in public office, supporting a gang related activity, and receiving a benefit knowing that it resulted from the offence of trafficking a child. 

Gokool also faces an additional charge of assaulting the child. 

The charges against the three men were laid indictably and they were not called upon to enter a plea. 

Attorneys John Health, Kevin Ratiram, and Keith Beckles, represented the interests of the accused. 

After submissions to the court, bail was granted. 

Gokool was granted bail at $700,000, LalBehary was granted bail at $600,000, while Ross was granted bail at $500,000, all to be approved by a clerk of the peace. 

Each accused was also given a cash alternative. 

After further submissions the matter was adjourned to March 25. 

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