|I WILL RAPE, KILL YOUR WIFE |
Tuesday, February 2 2016
A THREAT to rape and kill a policeman’s wife, in retaliation for being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest at Saturday’s Chutney Brass fete in South Trinidad, has led to the arresting officer making arrangements — in collaboration with seniors — to increase security on his entire family.
Constable Dev Ramadhin of the Southern Division Task Force (SDTF), senior police officers revealed yesterday, has been deemed as being under serious threat and since Saturday’s incident at Chutney Brass, security measures have been implemented for his safety and that of his family. The man making the threat is Shameel Ali, 25, of No.
19 John Durham Road, Aranjuez who yesterday appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate to answer a charge of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.
Magistrate Brahmanand Dubay heard that on being placed under arrest, Ali refused to be fingerprinted when taken to the Marabella Police Station. At the Chutney Brass fete, Ali was arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. His siblings Sarita Ali, 39, and Jeffrey Ali, 30, also of Aranjuez, were arrested at the fete for using obscene language, obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duties and resisting arrest.
PC Ramadhin and PC Denzil Deena, both from the SDTF, were on duty at the Chutney Brass fete at Guaracara Park when they confronted Shameel Ali about the unusual length of a cigarette he was smoking. Ali has been in custody since his arrest on Saturday while his siblings were granted own bail in the sum of $7,000 each, at the police station on Saturday, and allowed to leave.
Yesterday, Ali was handcuffed and taken before Magistrate Dubay.
He pleaded guilty to possession of 0.59 grammes of marijuana and resisting arrest. Court prosecutor Sgt Gordon Maharaj outlined details stating that at about 3.10 am on Saturday, PC Ramadhin confronted Ali (Shameel) about the cigarette, but he dropped it and using his shoe, stamped down on the cigarette.
Magistrate Dubay heard that when PC Ramadhin searched Ali, he found a packet containing marijuana in a pants pocket.
Prosecutor Maharaj then told the court that when PC Ramadhin and his SDTF colleague PC Deena, attempted to place handcuffs around Ali’s wrists, but he (Ali) shouted, “I will find yuh wife and rape and murder she! I eh taking this lock-up so!.
If yuh have children, ah find them. If ah cyah do it, I will get people to do it.” The prosecutor informed Magistrate Dubay that when the accused was taken to the Marabella Police Station, he refused to be fingerprinted. Attorney Nicole Michele Basraj, pleaded for leniency for Ali, admitting that he had three previous convictions for marijuana. Basraj said that Ali had driven his family to the chutney brass show and they all went there with the intention of enjoying the night, the least of which was to threaten any police officer.
On the issue of the threat to PC Ramadhin, attorney Basraj said that Ali did not quite agree that he did so. However, Magistrate Dubay asked Shameel if he had since apologised to the police officer, attorney Basraj said that he did not get the opportunity to do so. Ali then said in court, “Sir, I sorry I told you those things.” Magistrate Dubay asked Ali if he was willing to be fingerprinted and he answered in the affirmative. The accused was remanded into custody to return to court tomorrow, when an official tracing of his past criminal record would be done for submission to the magistrate.
In the afternoon court session, Ali’s siblings Sarita and Jeffrey, appeared before Magistrate Margaret Alert where the charges of using obscene language and resisting the arrest of PCs Ramadhin and Deena, were read to Sarita Ali. The charge of obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest were read to Jeffrey Ali.
They both pleaded ‘not guilty’ and were granted continuing bail and ordered to return to court on May 6.