Thursday 23 January, 2020

Updated: $5000 Bail for UWI students held during protest

The two students that were arrested by police during a protest at the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus, were each granted $5000 bail when they appeared before a Tunapuna Magistrate around 9 am on Friday morning.

23-year-old Brian Richards of Dandy Lane, Siparia was charged with disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel John of Sandalwood Drive, Malabar, was charged with obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.

Both students were charged on Thursday evening and appeared before Magistrate Sherene Murray-Bailey in the Tunapuna 2nd Magistrates’ Court.

Richards is a student of the Faculty of Social Sciences and is part of the Student Senate while John is also a Social Sciences student and is part of the UWI Student Guild.

John was charged by Cpl Mitchell of the St Joseph Police Station while Richards was charged by PC Superville of the Tunapuna Police Station.

The matter was adjourned to November 16.

Police say officers received a report regarding protest action at the entrance of the Southern Gate of the University. The students formed a human barricade in protest of security issues at the school following a reports of the robbery and attempted rape of a second year student. Shortly after the call, law enforcement officials arrived at the scene.

Sources say roughly 300 persons participated in the civil action which lasted between 3 pm and 4:15 pm. 

The men were arrested and were taken to the St Joseph and Tunapuna Police Stations.

St Augustine MP Prakash Ramadhar was among a team of attorneys which represented the accused.


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