Saturday 15 December, 2018

Second cop, contractor in Pollonais kidnapping denied bail

Police Constable Ian Dwarika and building contractor Shain Steven have been denied the September 6, 2018 kidnapping for ransom of Natalie
Pollonais. Photos via the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Police Constable Ian Dwarika and building contractor Shain Steven have been denied the September 6, 2018 kidnapping for ransom of Natalie Pollonais. Photos via the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Two men, including a Police Constable last attached to the La Romain Police Post, accused of kidnapping Natalie Pollonais on September 6 have been denied bail.

PC Ian Dwarika, 44, last attached to the La Romain Police Post, and Shain Steven, 37, a building contractor, of Inverness Road, Princes Town, appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Ann Antoine, in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to answer to the charges.

Steven faced an additional charge for demanding a ransom.

The matter was adjourned to October 16, 2018.

Pollonais, 45, was kidnapped on September 6, 2018, shortly after leaving the C3 Centre, San Fernando, and a ransom demand subsequently made to her family by the kidnappers.

The incident was reported to the police, and a massive intelligence driven operation was immediately mounted under the guidance of Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.

Pollonais was rescued from her captors in a white Nissan AD Wagon, which was proceeding along the westbound lane of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, near the Courts Mega Store, by a team of officers around 7 pm on September 10, 2018.

A male suspect who was in the vehicle with the victim at the time the vehicle was intercepted, was arrested.

Two other suspects were subsequently held at the La Romain Police Post around 7:40 pm the same night, while a fourth suspect, subsequently surrendered to police two days later.

PC Shaundelle Euin and Gregory James, who were previously charged in connection with the incident, appeared in court on Tuesday, and were also denied bail.

Dwarika and Steven were charged by ASP (Ag.) Peter Ramdeen, of the Southern Division, on Thursday, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, on Monday.

 

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