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Accused freed after witness changes story

A CARENAGE YOUTH who spent nearly five years in custody awaiting trial for murder was freed yesterday after one key prosecution witness changed his story and the other failed to appeal at the trial. The judge upheld a no-case submission after the prosecution was unable to prove the case against Danville Jacobs. One of the main witnesses, Gaylene Roach, failed to obey the summons to attend court, while the other, Sheldon Hinds, changed his story at the Assizes. Justice Melville Baird, presiding in the Port-of- Spain Third Assize Court; ordered that the proceedings of the trial be submitted to the Director of...

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Invalid guilty of robbery

Year 1995A 46-YEAR-OLD invalid was yesterday found guilty of two counts of robbery with aggravation at the Port of Spain High Court.   Kenrick Luke of Trou Macaque was on trial for a $200,000 bank robbery before Justice Melville Baird in the Fourth Criminal Court, Justice Baird postponed sentencing until Monday.   Luke together with others robbed employees Alfie Skerritt of $239,900; US$4,000, CAN$250, EC$250 and Lucia Richardson of $l5,600 at the Bank of Commerce, Sangre Grande on May 16, 1993.   Roger Gaspard and Reynold Waldropt prosecuted while Martin George conducted the defence. Several witnesses gave evidence including Lionel Sieunarine, who was...

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Bank robber with stroke to be sentenced Monday

1995A 46-YEAR-OLD who robbed a bank in 1983 and then suffered a massive stroke in 1988 was found guilty yesterday of two counts of robbery. His lawyer asked that he not be sent to prison because "he is already paying for the rest of his life." Justice Melville Baird placed Kenrick Luke into police custody until Monday when he will pass sentence. Luke, of Trou Macaque, Laventille, with his right arm in a sling, his right foot in a brace, and walking with a stick, was before Justice Baird in the Port- of-Spain Fourth Assize Court charged with robbing the Sangre Grande...

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Luke guilty of robbery

by Theron Boodan1995KENRICK LUKE was found guilty yesterday by a jury of robbing a Sangre Grande bank of $250,000 twelve years ago.   On Monday he will know his fate when Justice Melville Baird will pass sentence on him, in the Port-of-Spain Fourth Assizes.  According to the evidence, on May 16, 1983, around 10.15 am Luke and other armed men robbed the then National Commercial Bank.  Sometime in 1988 Luke, 46, of Trou Macaque, suffered a stroke and is now unable to walk without the assistance of a walking apparatus.  In a plea for mitigation, Luke's attorney Martin George, told the court that since...

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Judge puts child-killer on bond

by Francis Joseph HIGH COURT Judge Richard Crane said yesterday the court has forgiven child-killer Avagale Dookie, but advised her that she still has to seek forgiveness from God.   Justice Crane described Avagale’s case as "shocking" and added that "women don't do these things in any part of the world." He continued, "It is disheartening to think that you took this child's life. For that I will pray for you."   But he stressed that Avagale was fortunate to have the services of the Probation Department at her disposal.  Justice Crane said he accepted the report of Probation Officer Annette Brice.  Dookie, 24, was...

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Acting PS sues for libel

March 2, 1994 DOROTHY LEE SOOKDEO, acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Mobilisation, has filed a court action claiming damages for libel, against a Couva man.   In a separate matter, Roger Yearwood, a civil engineer, has sued Bob Singh and Trinidad Engineering and Research Ltd, over the balance of some money owing on the Warden’s Road, Squatters Regulisation Project, which was completed in December 1992.  Sookdeo who is also an attorney at law, claimed that Vishnudath Rooplal, of Main Road, Couva, had caused his attorney, Karen Boodhan, to write her (Sookdeo) a letter involving money indebtedness, to the amount...

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by Francis Joseph A MENTALLY ILL man who pleaded guilty to shooting at three policemen was yesterday placed on a $10,000 bond and ordered to report to a probation officer on the first day of each month for the next ten years. Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Second Assize Court, told Clement Charles that if he breached that order, he (Charles) was liable to be brought back to court and face a ten-year prison term. Charles, of Talparo, had pleaded guilty on Tuesday to shooting at police officers Nadir Khan, Clayton Andrews and John Ramdeen on June 20, 1983, near his...

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Chicken vendor plucks Mayor Rose

By Selwyn Carr THE Mayoress, Rose Janneiere, and the Arima Borough Council have lost round one in their bid to remove a thriving chicken business from operating inside the market! Justice Madame Sealey granted an injunction holding back the corporation from demolishing the structure put up by Lennard Baptiste, brother of calypsonian, Lord Brigo. The corporation had threatened to demolish the man's business. Attorney Albert Edwards, filed suit on behalf of Baptiste against the corporation. A letter to Baptiste, signed by the borough’s Town Clerk, Michael Woods, noted that he “could not be allowed to operate from a health aspect.” This was after a $50-a-month licence...

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