Schoolboy arrested on rape charge
By RALPH BANWARIE Monday, September 23 2013
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Some officers of the Eastern Task Force look at the haul of firearms,marijuana and cocaine....
A 16-year-old student who obtained eight CXC passes is among 57 people arrested over the weekend by Eastern Division Police.
The teenager was arrested on Saturday and is expected to be charged with several counts of sexual offences. He is accused of raping a nine-year-old child. In addition, Eastern police officers issued 295 fixed penalty traffic tickets, confiscated illegal drugs valued over $50,000, seized two fire arms and ten rounds of live ammunition.
The police exercises were carried out separately by police officers attached to the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Warrants, Traffic Section of Sangre Grande Police and Eastern Task Force.
The exercise conducted by members of CID netted nine persons, three of whom are charged for rape, one of them the schoolboy, four persons were held for robbery, one for car theft and one for house breaking and larceny. This exercise was carried out in the Sangre Grande and environs and included Cpl Keith ‘Castro’ Leon, Ag Cpls Shawn Jones, Darren de La Rosa, PCs Kerry Ramnarine, Keron George, Keron Joseph and WPC Giselle Jones.
Eastern Task Force in their exercise, which was conducted in the entire Eastern Division arrested 27 people.
Two females were among the 27 arrested, one of whom is a shopkeeper. Both women were held with marijuana and cocaine which carries a street value of $50,000, two for firearms possession and ammunition, the other 23 were arrested for offences which included robbery, indecent assault, resisting arrest, larceny, house breaking, and larceny of a vehicle.
Eastern Division Task Force exercise was led by Sgt Kenneth Lutchman. Officers from the Warrants Section were successful in executing 21 warrants for offences like failing to pay maintenance, not appearing in court, larceny, and robbery.
While police officers attached to Eastern Traffic Branch led by Cpl Boodoosingh issued a total of 225 fixed penalty tickets to motorists for various offences which included driving without DP, no certificate of insurance, illegal lights, loud music, overcrowding, no ID lights, illegal number plates, no head lamps, driving without seat belts, smooth tyres, etc.
All exercise began at 8am on Saturday and ended at 8am on Sunday morning and was conducted in most of the districts in Eastern Division which included Sangre Grande, Valencia, Toco, Mayaro, Biche, Rio Claro and Matelot.
The exercise was co-ordinated by Snr Supt Dianand Naipaul, and assisted by Supt Jason Ford and ASP Arjoon Ramkelawan.
Snr Supt Naipaul commended his officers for their dedication to duty and arresting some of the lawlessness that is plaguing the country. Snr Supt Naipaul also commended Officers from CID for the arrest of three rapists. These sexual predators have been in the recent time taking advantage of secondary school girls in the Sangre Grande district by foolng them and taking them to places and force them into sexual activities.
This is only the beginning, says Snr Supt Naipaul and sends a warning to those sex driven predators to refrain from sexually molesting school children. “Stay away from the school girls” he warned.
All arrested persons will appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate Court today.
The cells in Sangre Grande have been filled to capacity and today will be a very busy and hectic day for police officers attached to Court and Process Branch and also the courts.