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11-year-old girl claims physical and sexual abuse by religious group

AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl who claims that she was abused, physically and sexually, by a religious group in Sangre Grande is now the centre of a child custody battle between her father and mother. According to reports, on Saturday the father of the child received a writ ordering him to hand over the child days after she was removed from the custody of her mother. According to her father he removed his daughter shortly after he noticed severe bruises about her body including long whip-like marks along the arms and legs. Newsday also learned about more bizarre practices by persons who reportedly took care...

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Two accused fail to show, murder hearing postponed

TWO of the three California residents charged with the murder of Chanardaye Bissoon-Dookhan, mother of three, between September 6 and 7, did not appear at the Couva Magistrate's Court on Monday due to transportation problems. The third accused Devon Harrigangan HaHhHh, formerly of Mason Hall, Tobago, but whose last address was Fifth Street, New Settlement, Dow Village, California, was the only one who was transported by the new security arrangements. When the matter was called, the presiding Magistrate Lianne Lee Kim, had no choice but to postpone the hearing to September29. The three accused are Malharrie Dookhan, mother of the murdered victim (Chanardaye...

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Ali freed on gun charge

RONALD ALI of Belmont who was last year charged for the illegal possession of a gun yesterday had his matter dismissed in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Fourth Court after Magistrate Harry Persad upheld a no case submission made by defence attorney for the accused Martin George? Ali was held on March 21, 1995 at Belleau Road, Belmont by PC Phillip Wilson who was on mobile patrol in a marked police vehicle. PC Wilson told the court that he spotted Ali at a corner shed acting suspiciously, and upon searching him found a revolver. However Magistrate Persad in dismissing the case stated that he found...

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24 years for shooting police

A MAN who shot two policemen and robbed employees of a travel agency of cash and jewelry more than seven years ago, lost his appeal yesterday and was ordered to start a 24-year sentence right away. Benjamin De Freitas, of Plaisance Road East Dry River, who had been in jail for the past four years awaiting his appeal, was also ordered to receive 20 strokes with the birch. De Freitas was convicted before Justice Lennox Deyalsingh in the Port-of-Spain First Assize Court on February 7, 1992. He was charged with robbing four employees of Lee Pow's Travel Service, corner Frederick and Oxford Streets,...

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From 30 strokes to 20

by Curtis WilliamsTHE COURT OF Appeal yesterday reduced from 30 to 20 the number of strokes Benjamin de Freitas would receive with the cat-o’-nine tails.   The court upheld a submission from his attorney Martin George that the trial judge exceeded the statutory limit of strokes that a person could receive. The Court of Appeal comprising Justices Sat Sharma, Mustapha Ibrahim and Jean Permanand reduced the sentence but confirmed the conviction.   George had applied to the court for leave to withdraw his appeal against the conviction.   De Freitas was sentenced in February 1992 to 30 strokes and 29 years in prison by...

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20 years for rapist

by Theron BoodanTO BE RAPED by a friend is more traumatic and atrocious than to be raped by a total stranger.  This was the view of Justice Melville Baird, when he sentenced Dion Julien to 20 years hard labour yesterday, for raping a female friend while she was unconscious.  Julien, 30, an electrician of Morne Coco Road, Maraval, was found guilty of raping an executive assistant of a city firm, during the early morning hours of June 5 1988, at Carenage.  The woman who knew Julien very well had asked him to take her home after a party, a mere two minutes walk.  On...

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‘Escort’ gets 20 years for raping woman

by Nicola Ghouralal March 27, 1996DION JULIEN lowered his head as Justice Melville Baird yesterday sentenced him to 20 years hard labour for the rape of a young woman, whom he had known for six years.    Julien was found guilty of raping the woman while he was escorting her to her home from a party at a Carenage cricket club on June 5, 1988.   The woman said she stopped off in the course of the two-minute walk to her home to use someone's   bathroom and that Julien came up and raped her.   During the incident, the woman passed out. She said...

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Man found guilty of raping unconscious woman

AN ELECTRICIAN who raped an executive assistant of a City firm while she was unconscious, will know his fate today. Dion Julien, 29, of Morne Coco Road, Maraval, was found guilty yesterday of raping the woman during the wee hours of June 5, 1988. After listening to a plea in mitigation by attorney Martin George, Justice Melville Baird, remanded Julien in custody for sentencing today. The State prosecutor was Geoffrey Henderson. The Port-of-Spain Fourth Criminal court heard how the young female executive was at a party in Carenage, when she decided to go home in the early hours of the morning. She asked Julien...

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by Curtis Williams DION JULIEN, 30, of Constabulary Street, Carenage, was yesterday found guilty of the 1988 rape of an executive assistant. Julien wept openly in Port of Spain Fourth Criminal Court as the nine-member jury comprising four women and five men returned the verdict. The Jury took three hours to arrive at the guilty verdict. They had returned to the court after two and a half hours and said they could not reach a unanimous verdict but were asked to return to the jury room and come to a decision. The State's case was that on June 5, 1988, Julien and the young...

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