An Arouca labourer was granted $50,000 bail, with a surety, by Magistrate Indar Jagroo, after pleading not guilty to the charge of common assault. The 40-year-old man appeared at the Arima First Magistrates’ Court on 1st December 2022 and is expected to re-appear in Court on 29th December 2022.
Police reports state that on 26th November 2022, a man’s wife allegedly found him stumbling along the roadway. An argument ensued which continued into the following day at their home. According to the woman, when the argument escalated, she sought refuge at a neighbour’s house to call the Police. However, the man blocked her and forcefully brought her back to their home. The woman then ran towards the roadway, when she observed her husband running towards her. The man then allegedly pulled out a cutlass from his waist and raised his hand toward her, causing her to become fearful for her life.
A report was made on 27th November 2022 to the St. Joseph Police Station and the Northern Division Gender-Based Violence Unit Officers responded. A man was subsequently arrested and charged with common assault.
The investigations were spearheaded by Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne, W/ASP (Ag.) Bridglal, Insp. Stanley and W/Sgt (Ag.) Edwards of the Special Victims Department.
Pictured Above: Minister of National Security, Fitzgerald Hinds.
Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram has chastised “the failure of the Rowley-led Government to protect its citizens from criminals,” as Couva North is once again rocked by tragedy with a double murder over the weekend followed by the discovery of two (2) more bodies on Monday morning (5th December 2022), right next door in Couva South.
On Sunday morning (4th December 2022), the bodies of Randy Ramdass of Chandernagore Road and his girlfriend Anita Jagdeo of Waterloo Road, Carapichaima, bearing multiple gunshot wounds, were found inside a white Nissan AD Wagon in a trace off Factory Road, Chaguanas. The Couva North couple reportedly left on Saturday evening to meet someone in connection with the sale of a parcel of land.
In a Media Release on Monday (5th December 2022), MP Ratiram said he visited the scene of the crime, together with Central Division Police, and afterwards spent time with the families of both victims. In expressing his heartfelt condolences to the families, the Couva North MP said he “feels an enormous sense of loss” as his MP’s Office shared a close relationship with the deceased.
Speaking to members of the media at the home of the Ramdass family on Sunday (4th December 2022), MP Ratiram asked of Prime Minister Keith Rowley, “How many more must die before you take action and to recognize that the Ministry of National Security is failing in its responsibility to ensure that citizens are safe?” He stated that the first Constitutional right our citizens are entitled to is the right to life, “but the Government has failed to fulfill its duty in that regard.”
On Monday morning (5th December 2022), citizens awoke to the news of another horrendous double murder in Central where the bodies of two (2) male victims were discovered at Rivulet Road in Couva. The victims, who are yet to be identified, were found bearing multiple chop wounds.
The Couva North MP added, “After spending BILLIONS upon BILLIONS behind National Security, the Rowley-led PNM has done absolutely nothing in the past seven (7) years to effectively address the unacceptable level of serious crime in Trinidad and Tobago.” MP Ratiram said the undeniable proof of this lies in this Government’s “blood-stained record of over 3,550 murders during their time in Office.”
The Opposition MP said he has made numerous calls for improved lighting in several areas of his constituency, for the repair and/or maintenence of CCTV cameras owned by the National Security Ministry and for “proper resourcing of our protective services, all of which have fallen on deaf ears and closed eyes.”
Supporting the sentiments expressed by both families in calling for justice following this gruesome and shocking event, MP Ratiram is calling on the Prime Minister to take immediate action and “fire his incompetent Minister of National Security, Fitzgerald Hinds, who is sleeping on the job and has cost this country a price too dear to pay.”
Pictured Above: Police Officers during a raid in San Fernando on Monday morning. Photo Credit: Ivan Toolsie/CNC3.
Several illegal Venezuelans were arrested by Police Officers during an exercise early this morning (Monday 5th December 2022), near Roberts Road, San Fernando. According to landlord Anthony Gooloo, he was in the shower at around 6:35 AM when he heard a commotion outside and was confronted by several Officers.
Gooloo said he was ordered to raise his hand at gunpoint. “Naked as I born, I raise my hand,” he said. Officers showed him a warrant. He said he told them he had nothing illegal in the house and that he was renting the downstairs of his home to a Venezuelan family. Police then searched his property but found nothing illegal. They did, however, discover three (3) Venezuelans without their papers, who were visiting Gooloo’s tenants. Officers also found several other illegal Venezuelans living in a nearby property.
The exercise was conducted by Officers of the Southern Division and Immigration Division.
UPDATE: A Venezuelan ID card was also found with one of the victims, bearing the name ‘Darrin Reynaldo James,’ indicating that he was a resident there. It listed his profession as ‘Businessman’ and said his nationality was ’Trinitario’ (Trinidadian). The other body has not been identified at this time.
The bodies of two (2) men were found in an empty plot of land along Rivulet Road, Couva, shortly after 6:00 AM this morning (Monday 5th December 2022). Photos on social media showed one of the men, of mixed descent, lying on his back, wearing only plaid boxer shorts. The other body, a short distance away, was fully clothed in pants and a blue T-shirt.
Both bodies appear to have several chop wounds. One of the victims (fully clothed) has been identified from his Driver’s Permit, as Darrin R. James of Market Street, Chaguanas. Police found a pair of crutches near to him, leading investigators to believe he might have been previously injured.
Police are currently on the scene.
This is the second double murder for the weekend.
The bodies of a couple — Amar Randy Ramdass and Anita Jagdeo — who allegedly were out to make a real estate transaction in Couva, were found in Jagdeo’s vehicle in a dirt track off Factory Road, Chaguanas on Sunday morning (4th December 2022). They were shot several times about their bodies.
More on the latest double murder as it becomes available.
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Investigations are ongoing into an incident early this morning (Sunday 4th December 2022), in which three (3) Prison Officers were reportedly ambushed and beaten while leaving a bar in Tacarigua.
According to reports, around 3:30 AM, two (2) Officers were walking out of Hutt Shutts Bar, located at Upper Crown Street in Tacarigua, on their way to meet another Prison Officer, who came to pick them up with his vehicle. While walking towards the vehicle, the two (2) Officers were ambushed by a group of approximately eight (8) men, who began attacking them. The pair of Officers tried entering the vehicle to escape the attack, but the men continued beating and hurling objects at them, damaging the vehicle in the process.
The victims eventually emerged from the vehicle and fought off their attackers, who subsequently fled the scene along Crown Street.
The Prison Officers then notified their Seniors and contacted the Police. Officers from the Arouca Police Station responded to the scene.
The Prison Officers were said to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigations are continuing into the incident.
Pictured Above: Victims Randy Ramdass and Anita Jagdeo.
The bullet-riddled bodies of a man and a woman were discovered this morning (Sunday 4th December 2022) in a parked vehicle off Factory Road, Chaguanas. The victims have been identified as Randy Ramdass of Chandanagore Road and Anita Jagdeo of Waterloo Road, Carapichaima.
According to reports, residents heard several loud explosions on Sunday morning and upon checking, found the two (2) bodies inside a parked white Nissan AD Wagon (PDE 6696). Jagdeo was in the backseat, while Ramdass was found in the trunk of the vehicle. They both appeared to have been shot several times about their bodies.
The couple were reportedly on the road in connection with the sale of a parcel of land.
Police and Paramedics were notified, however, Ramdass and Jagdeo succumbed to their injuries.
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