|Three students face charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery |
By RALPH BANWARIE Tuesday, July 15 2014
Two of three students arrested and charged with; attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery were granted bail in the total sum of $180,000 by a Sangre Grande magistrate, while the third student was refused bail and remanded in custody.
Dennis Mohammed, 17, of Miller Street, Carenage; Kendon Mc Carthy 17 of Vega de Oropouche, Toco Main Road, and Jeremy Joseph 20, of Manzanilla/ Mayaro Road are all from Tech/Voc Institution in east Trinidad.
They appeared before magistrate Enjenny Espinet in the Sangre Grande First Magistrate Court, charged jointly with, Attempted murder, Kidnapping and Robbery with violence.
The charges were laid by Detective Police Constable Larry Mc Queen of Sangre Grande CID.
When the names of the trio were called by Espinet, Mohammed dressed in checkered shirt and jeans, Mc Carthy in white T-shirt and jeans and Jeremy Joseph also in white T-shirt stood before Espinet. Joseph standing apart from Mohammed and McCarthy.
Espinent reminded the three students that they will not be called upon to plead as the matter was laid indictably, she then read the charges which were Attempted robbery, Kidnapping and robbery with violence, of a 30-year-old taxi driver.
Espinet refused bail to Joseph, while Mohammed and Mc Carthy were granted bail in the total sum of $180,000 with a surety.
Mohammed was granted bail in the sum of $90,000 and Mc Carthy also was granted bail in the sum of $90,000 with surety.
The trio’s next court appearance is tomorrow, July, 16.
It is alleged that the three students abducted a taxi driver in Sangre Grande two Saturdays ago.
The three were arrested following a report by a 30-year-old taxi driver of Vega de Oropouche. The taxi driver was found on a river bank by farmers in the Charuma Forest, Biche.
Police reported the three accused students boarded the victim’s taxi at about 7 pm and agreed to pay for the trip. The driver took off from Vega de Oropouche taxi stand in Sangre Grande and was ordered to proceed to Cunapo Southern Main Road.
They subsequently tied him up and later threw him off a precipice in the Charuma forest. The farmers telephoned the police, who responded from Sangre Grande Police Station.
The victim was taken to Sangre Grande District Hospital where he received medical attention and was discharged.
Investigations led by Snr Supt Sacenarine Mahabir, Cpls Nicholas Vialva, Randy Castillo, PCs Larry Mc Queen, Joel Boodoosingh and Anwar Khan led to the arrest of the three accused students.
Following instructions from snr Supt Mahabir, PC Mc Queen slapped three charges jointly on the trio.