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20 years for raping a friend

by Fulton WilsonTHE RAPE of a woman by a friend can be even more traumatic and outrageous than rape by a stranger, Justice Melville Baird said on Tuesday as he jailed rapist Dion Julien for 20 years.   Julien 30, and a father of two of Constabulary Street, Carenage, was found guilty on Monday of raping a Woman on June 5, 1988. He was charged by Sgt Franklyn Edwards.   Before passing the sentence, Justice Baird, presiding in the Port of Spain First Criminal Court, said he agreed with the jury's verdict. He had postponed sentencing to yesterday.   He said the case...

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Court cuts 85 years off 110- year sentence

Wednesday 5th March, 1996by Curtis WilliamsTHE Court of Appeal yesterday effectively reduced the sentence of Oswald Jack by 85 years. Jack was sentenced in the San Fernando Assizes by Justice Lennox Deyalsingh to 110 years hard labour.  He had pleaded guilty to three different indictments on 18 counts of crimes ranging from robbery, larceny, possession of a firearm to receiving stolen goods and was given consecutive sentencing. When the matter was called before the Court of Appeal, attorney for the appellant, Martin George pleaded with the court to have Jack's sentences run concurrently. Attorney for the State, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Anthony...

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Appeal Court judges case in record time

by Suzanne Sheppard LEGAL HISTORY was made yesterday after the Court of Appeal heard arguments and delivered a ruling on a conviction imposed just over three months ago in the Port of Spain High Court. It was the first time an appeal had been disposed of in such a short space of time (appeals are generally not heard until several years after the original trial).   The landmark decision was delivered by Chief Justice Michael de Labastide, who presided over the hearing along with Appeal Court judges Roger Hamel Smith and Lloyd Gopeesingh. They upheld a rape convicton registered against Carenage electrician...

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STONE KILLER FREED

by Joel NantonMonday 11th December, 1995A 28-YEAR-OLD Cocorite resident who killed a man with a stone five years ago, was freed of the murder charge by a Port of Spain Magistrate on Friday. Martin Stephen, a carpenter by trade, was arrested and charged for the murder of Clifford Japal on January 3, 1990. Magistrate Nanette Forde-John dismissed the charge after Stephen's attorney Martin George made a no case submission. The court heard that on January 3, Stephen of Waterhole Cocorite, was walking along Waterhole street on his way home, when he was challenged by Japal who was brandishing a knife. A struggle ensued between...

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MAN FREED OF MURDER CHARGE

Saturday 9th December, 1995 A MAN accused of murder was yesterday freed by Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in the Port-of- Spain First Magistrate's Court.   Martin Stephen, 28, of Waterhole, Cocorite had the charge of murder dismissed after his attorney, Martin George, made a no-case submission.   Stephen was accused of killing 29-year-old Clifford Japal during a scuffle at Waterhole, Cocorite on the morning of January 3, 1990.   State attorneys Melvin Daniel and Calliste Narinesingh called nine witnesses in the inquiry, including the complainant, Insp Leon Anthony.   However, attorney George contended that the evidence before the court was unsatisfactory and unsafe to put...

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Mother who killed baby told to seek God’s forgiveness

by Theron BoodanTuesday 14th February, 1995A 24-YEAR-OLD mother charged with the murder of her five-month-old son, wept yesterday as she walked out of court on a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for three years.  While putting Avegale Dookie on the bond, Justice Richard Crane told her, “The court has shown you Christian kindness, but you will have to seek God's forgiveness."  Dookie, had pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, when a failed suicide ended in the murder of her son Akeel.  She and her three-year-old daughter Brittney, survived the gramoxone drink on December 21, 1991 at...

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MAN OF INTEREST Martin George-a preserver of high standards

by Aneela Maraj Friday 31st December, 1993FRANK, open and very much a to-the-point-person; that’s Martin George. Born in Signal Hill, Tobago, he now lives in St. Augustine, Trinidad and says that while growing up his mother was in Tobago with his other siblings and he was in Trinidad learning how to be independent. “I remember my days as a child in Tobago as being very special. Even though my father died from a blood clot during surgery when I was seven, I still had the strength of my mother to rely on. And she is still a very strong woman even in her...

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JUDGE CALLS FOR SYSTEM TO DEAL WITH INSANE

December 16, 1993 A HIGH COURT Judge yesterday called for certain systems to be in place so the courts would better be able to deal with the insane. Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, referring to a case involving a mentally ill man who pleaded guilty to five indictments before him, said: “The necessary authority needs to look into what structure can be put into place to deal with situations such as the one before me, because the courts are not fully equipped to handle such situations.” However, Justice Deyalsingh noting that he had to protect society from such people, placed the mentally ill man. Clement...

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Handyman Guilty

by Francis Joseph, Wednesday 30th June, 1993 LEROY ANDREWS, a handyman of Lopinot, was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Marion Narinesingh and sentenced to be detained at the State's pleasure because - he was under 18 years old at the time of the murder. Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, presiding in the Port-of-Spain First Assize Court, informed the accused that, based on the fact that he was 16 years old when the murder was committed, the sentence of the court was that he would he detained at the State's pleasure. Persons over 18 who are convicted of murder are usually sentenced to hang. Andrews,...

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STATE HAS PROVEN ITS CASE

Tuesday 29th June, 1993 It reflects on us as a people, and on the society as a whole." She told the jury that the State had proven its case. "You can't let the age of the accused hasten you to arrive at the verdict. We are all appalled with shame from any young man's action in a society like this. You would be uncomfortable for any 16-year-old to be charged with such a crime," the prosecutor added. White-Wilson said that such crimes seem to be the order of the day. "Our seeds are not growing. What about the trees, the flowers, the garden?...

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