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Barcelona terror attack: One arrested after van driven into dozens of pedestrians

Thursday 17 August 2017

At least 13 people have died and 50 are injured after a white van hits people in a tourist area of Catalonia’s capital.

Streets cordoned off

Police have arrested a suspect after a van killed at least 13 people in a terrorist attack in Barcelona city centre.

A white van mounted the pavement of Las Ramblas, the main tourist area in the city, and struck several people, police said.

It came to a halt at the entrance to the Liceu metro station and the occupants escaped and ran off into the streets nearby, according to one newspaper.

Spanish police search streets and bars for terrorists

:: Barcelona terror attack: What we know so far

Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn confirmed that 13 people have died and 50 are injured.

One social media video post showed bodies strewn across the pavement for several hundred metres along the famous street.

One TV station said two armed men entered a Turkish restaurant and took hostages, but the interior ministry denied this.

Debris on the ground after a van hit pedestrians in Barcelona

Image: Debris on the ground after a van hit pedestrians in Barcelona

Police initially said they were looking for a man of 5ft 5ins (1.7m) in height, wearing a white shirt with blue stripes.

The van used in atrocity is said to be a Fiat, that was hired from an address in Santa Perpetua Of the Mogoda about five miles north of the city.

El Pais has identified a man who the Civil Guard says is responsible. A Facebook account says he is from Marseilles and lives in Ripoll, Catalonia, about 50 miles north of Barcelona.

:: ‘I saw a woman screaming for her kids’

Security forces have found a second van connected to the attack in the town of Vic, 40 miles from Barcelona, 10 miles south of Ripoll, according to police sources.

There were also unconfirmed reports of shooting on a road near Las Ramblas, but the police has yet to comment.

Debris on the ground after a van hit pedestrians in Barcelona

Footage from reporters on the ground shows armed officers combing the streets and a market near where the van came to a halt, with a search said to be under way in several other shopping areas.

Numerous people have been trapped in shops after being told to hide following the initial crash. They are slowly being evacuated by armed officers.

Emergency services in Catalonia say they have asked the Metro to be shut down and the Renfe stations nearby have been closed and evacuated.

:: LIVE: ‘Armed men holed up’ after Barcelona attack

Police have also cordoned off the Las Ramblas and several of the streets nearby and shut down several of the shops.

A police car blocks the road after the collision

Image: A police car blocks the road after the collision

An eyewitness, lawyer Aymar Anwar, who’s at a conference in the city, said: “All of a sudden I heard a crashing noise, and the whole street just started to run screaming.

“I saw a woman next to me screaming for her kids.”

The Spanish and Catalan governments are meeting to discuss what has happened.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey said on Twitter: “To all administrations: the priority is to treat the wounded and aid the work of the security forces.”


The Foreign Office released a statement saying: “The British Embassy in Madrid and Consulate General in Barcelona are in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking further information following reports of an incident in central Barcelona.

The scene after the incident

“Local authorities have advised people to stay inside and stay away from the Las Ramblas area of the city. If you’re in the immediate area you should take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities.”

A White House spokesman said Donald Trump’s chief of staff is “keeping abreast of the situation” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US stands ready to act.

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Natalee Holloway

Human remains discovered after 12-year search for American student in Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aug. 17,  CMC –  There is another twist to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of American high school graduate Natalee Holloway  following the discovery of human remains in this Dutch Caribbean territory.

Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway

Holloway, 18, was with friends on a post-high school trip to Aruba in 2005 when she vanished, leaving her loved ones wondering for years what happened to her.

For years, speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national last seen with the Alabama teen at a tourist bar on the island.

With the discovery of the remains, Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on NBC Television Wednesday that the remains are now being DNA-tested to confirm if they are Natalee’s remains.

“We’ve chased a lot of leads, and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years,” Holloway told NBC, showing hope that the lack of answers that has tormented him for more than a decade may be coming to a close.

Holloway said that the discovery was the result of an 18-month investigation with Ward, a search that was documented for a television show that debuts Saturday.

Previous theories stated that Holloway was hidden in a construction site or dumped in the sea, although an informant, a man identified by the television programme – only as Gabriel, said she was buried at an Aruban park.

Gabriel said that he lived with a friend of van der Sloot’s named John, who relayed that Holloway began foaming at the mouth and died after being given a date rape drug.

Van der Sloot is currently serving nearly three decades in prison for the murder of another young woman in Peru.

The now 30-year-old admitted to police in 2010 that he strangled Stephany Flores, 21, in his Lima hotel room after she learned of his connection to Holloway’s disappearance.

A transcript of Van der Sloot’s confession shows that he said he could give information about the Aruba case to police in exchange for a deal on the Peru killing.

US Federal prosecutors also filed charges against him in 2010 for allegedly trying to extort money from Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, by giving her false information about the whereabouts of her daughter’s remains.

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Photo of drug field at Dick Hill

RMPS with Mounts Bay aid destroy drug fields

RMPS with Mounts Bay discovery, but premature revelation destroy marijuana fields

Photo of drug field at Dick Hill

RFA Mounts Bay

There have been at least two occasions as recent as May this year the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) reported hauls of, and convictions for possession of cannabis sativa (marijuana) in different locations of Montserrat.


Prior to that and since they RMPS has been involved in the destruction of fields of marijuana plants also in various locations on the Island. Often these fields have been sought out by helicopter from visiting UK RFA navy ships.

Often reports of these activities come after the police have carried out surveillance in an attempt at discovering who the owners are of the productions, even after the ships’ captain had revealed their find to the relevant officials and the press on island.

Mounts Bay helicopter

But over the past weekend following the visit of the RFA Mounts Bay between August 7-10, a reconnaissance mission by a Wildcat (helicopter) crew during the visit of the Naval support ship, carried out over the tiny island, found nine suspected illegal drugs plantations on the island. Such reconnaissance have taken place before with finds in other areas such as duck pond and other areas on the unoccupied eastern side of the island.

C O, Captain Chris Clarke

The Watch British Forces News reported this news on the Forces Network on August 8.

This particular plantation was situated near Dick Hill in the still-inhabited part of the island, and will now be destroyed by the authorities.

However the news of this wildcat went virtually viral to the ire of the RMPS whose acting commissioner, Deputy Charles Thompson said, “mind I was rather surprised that this information was released.”

Thompson said the untimely publication of the discovery by the RFA Mounts Bay seriously compromised their efforts.

“…it meant that as a police service we would have had to change some of our previous plans that we would have to deal with these cultivations,” he said, commenting that this is in terms of what would have transpired since that.

He reported today, that “a number of our officers were able to go into some of the areas and they were able to uproot a total of 971 plants, many of which were several feet tall,” adding specifically that, “from the posting of RFA Mounts Bay story, there was a picture of a cultivation,” which he said, “was one of the cultivations that we would have uprooted today.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police Charles Thompson

The Ag. Commissioner said: “I think the fact that information was released into the public domain rather prematurely, placed a significant amount of risks not only to the police officers who are going out there to address these illegal activities…” But he added that the RMPS will take measures to avoid a recurrence, considering that communication is, “mainly done through the Governor’s Office with the RFA Mounts.”

“Clearly there has to be some discussions with the Office of the Governor because it is through that channel,” Thomson said, noting, “information would have already been communicated to the appropriate persons so that they see that we are seeking that no further reoccurrence of this takes place.”

On Labour Day, May 1, 2017 during the annual clean up exercise a total of 52 marijuana plants were discovered in the Davy Hill district. The plants were approximately 7’’ inches tall. No one was arrested in connection of the findings.

This caused Acting Commissioner Charles Thompson to encourage other members of the public to step forward and continue to provide officers with information, “as together we can make a difference.” The said plants recovered were to be destroyed in the presence of a Magistrate at a later date.

Following that, on May 10, 2017Acting Commissioner Charles Thompson has confirmed that RMPS officers recorded another successful drug eradication mountain patrol in the Barzeys area. Officers uprooted two fields – first consisting of 1125 Marijuana plants ranging from a few inches to as tall as seven feet; while the second field produced 314 plants.

The RMPS commended the effort because the Community and the Police by identifying criminal activities and seeking the assistance of the Police Department in addressing criminal activities. This time the said plants were destroyed on site due to the terrain.

During the previous visit of an RFA navy ship, the captain had made a similar reporting of sites of cultivated fields in Centre Hills which the police had eventually destroyed.

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Police will now occupy that building seen here from the sea

RMPS occupy vacant MDC Tourist Information building at Carrs Bay

MDC Tourist Information centre

According to a ZJBNews report the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) is mobilising further to enhance its presence in the community.

In the latest development the RMPS Marine unit has taken up residency in a now defunct Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) building at Carrs Bay at the entrance to Little Bay.

Police will now occupy that building once an Information Centre seen here from the sea

The report stated, that in a statement which was sent to ZJB News (TMR has obviously been excluded from these and other statements) the RMPS high command says this accommodation provides much needed office space for the Police Marine Unit. It says the Marine unit has been reactivated in anticipation of receiving the interim Police vessel later this week, the Police high command also sees the occupation of the building as an opportunity to increase the organization’s interaction with the community.

The statement reportedly says further: It says the building is strategically placed in the Carrs Bay area to facilitate this community interface which has been a key component in their quest to achieve their vision of reducing crime and keeping the island safe, the RMPS says the island’s policing strategy can only be stronger with critical input from the community stating that success will not just require determined focus by the Police but support from Government, the Public Service and the community at large.

Already it appears that it has aided in upgrading its ability to carry out raids in the immediate vicinity at Carrs Bay. Such took place on Thursday when police were seen with guns and gear in the parking lot outside the closed King’s Supermarket. Some observers said, “it was just mere harassment!”. No arrests were reported from the activity.

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Ren Biao

Chinese national to challenge government’s decision to withdraw passport

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug 2, CMC – An attorney for a Chinese fugitive who returned to Beijing last month to face charges of fraud involving at least US$100 million, says will seek a judicial review of the decision of the St. Kitts-Nevis government not to re-issue him with a local passport.

Attorney Chesley Hamilton, speaking on WINN FM radio here said that the judicial review is aimed at addressing the matter of the government not having extended his client, Ren Biao, rights and privileges to continue to use the St Kitts and Nevis passport which he had acquired under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).

Ren Biao
Ren Biao (File Photo)

“The cabinet has made a decision not to re-issue him his passport at the moment and I have instructions to deal with that matter in terms of a judicial review,” he told radio listeners.

Ren Biao is accused by the Chinese authorities of swindling US$100 million from a Chinese state company and Beijing had called on the Timothy Harris government to have him extradited to face the charges.

He was detained here for three days by police while the discussion for his extradition continued and Hamilton says Ren Biao was very upset by the treatment he received.

“Yes he is very upset in terms of the fact that he was arrested here for three days for no apparent reason and the façade that there was some ongoing investigation about protection money and he is very upset over the treatment that he has gotten from the Harris administration and he continues to be upset that as a citizen they have failed to issue him his passport and offer him the rights and privileges of a St Kitts Nevis citizen.”

But Prime Minister Harris told WINN FM that he has received no complaint from Ren Biao or his attorney in that regard, saying “that is a matter for law enforcement and the law enforcement I am sure has no particular axe to grind, and gone about their activities and their investigation in a very professional matter.”

He said the details of any interaction involving the Chinese national and the police “are not matters I can communicate upon and indeed, I have never received a complaint regarding the treatment by law enforcement officers with respect to him.

“From all accounts the exercises undertaken by the police were very professionally done, they facilitated him to meet with his lawyers and have all queries basically answered. To my knowledge, no complaint has ever been made by anyone in relation to those interactions and so it is unfortunate at this late hour that such complaints would be uttered” Harris told radio listeners.

Ren Biao had hoped to travel to China with his St Kitts and Nevis passport, but had to settle instead for a temporary Chinese document.

“The matter of his passport is one which is under part of the investigation that is being conducted by the police, has to do with those passports and therefore the Commissioner of Police was of the view that at this particular moment in time having regard to the active investigation, that it would not be prudent for the passport be made available at this particular moment in time. We are happy that he has had recourse to other instruments that has facilitated his travel,” Prime Minister Harris said.

He told listeners that the matter is part of an active investigation.

“The police is leading with respect to this particular investigation, the Commissioner of Police is the man who basically has taken seize of this matter and he provides relevant guidance to the Ministry of National Security and to me as the Prime Minister on this matter.

“We let the professionals do their work, we take note of their advice and react in accordance with the best interest of the country” Harris added.

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 Khemraj Ramjattan

Twenty two inmates from gutted prison granted bail – driver abducted by escapees found

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul. 11, CMC – Twenty two prisoners who were remanded to the Georgetown Prison were granted bail on Monday as a means of easing the congestion in the penal system.

The prisoners who were behind bars for minor non-violent offences were offered bail  as six Magistrates held special bail hearing at the Lusignan Prison, where hundreds of prisoners were taken following Sunday’s devastating fire and prison break at the Georgetown prison.

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan told reporters that other major decisions  will include the relocation of over 1,000  prisoners from the Lusignan facility.

 Khemraj Ramjattan
Khemraj Ramjattan

He said the prisoners have been in open spaces even as efforts are afoot to make them comfortable until they can be transferred to the Timerhi, New Amsterdam or Mazaruni prisons.

Ramjattan acknowledged that the inmates are still exposed to the elements but said that tents and temporary accommodation are being established.

He added that on Monday, the Civil Defence Commission delivered tents, water and food items to the prisoners .

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud also promised that the prisoners at Lusignan will see significant improvement within the next 24hrs.

“There are five that are still at large, four of the five we have confirmed their identities and we are still to confirm the identity of the fifth person, we had information that has been partially confirmed of one escapee sighting in Georgetown” he said.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man who was reportedly kidnapped by four of the prison escapees on Sunday afternoon and forced to drive them away from the prison, has been found alive and safe.

According to police reports Matthew Shivtahal was found late Monday by investigators.

He was questioned by Police then taken for medical checks at a city hospital. He had no serious injuries according to relatives.

His mother, in an interview with News Source Guyana said she received a call from the police just after 10 pm (local time) on Monday.

“I am thankful, very thankful. That is my only child so I am very happy he is alive and well”, the mother said.

On Sunday, a major fire engulfed the prison during a jail break. Security officials reported that four prisoners who are on the run, are believed to be armed and dangerous.

The security personnel say road blocks have been set up in several parts of the city and a major joint services operation has been launched.

It is suspected that there might have been a number of casualties as a result of the fire.

It was just after 4:00pm (local time)  on Sunday that fire was seen in one of the sections of the jailhouse just after reports surfaced about the prison break.

The prison was built to accommodate just over 600 inmates but for several years, it has found itself overcrowded by more than 400 inmates.

At the time of Sunday’s jailbreak and fire, there were 1018 prisoners at the facility.


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ELAC study says banks in Antigua and Barbuda, adversely affected by de-risking

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jul. 10, CMC – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says 67 percent of the banks in  Antigua and Barbuda have been adversely affected by de-risking.

This is the outcome of a regional study that is looking at the economic impact of de-risking on the economies of the Caribbean.

bankThe study, conducted by ECLAC, an agency of the United Nations,  said that on the other hand – in the non-banking sector the figure has been considerably lower, standing at 35 percent.

According to Belizian national Dr. Ydahlia Metzgen, an economist, who is leading the study, the just completed a visit to St John’s where they conducted  a series of interactions with representatives from local , off-shore banks and foreign-owned banks, credit unions, money transfer operations, financial regulators, private sector Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) among others.

Belize and St Kitts-Nevis are also being used as part of the case study for the project.

Metzgen said a study among the banking sector and the non-banking financial services sector in all three territories revealed that many have been adversely affected by de-risking.

“The survey results based on these entities which responded by completing the questionnaire, showed that 64 percent of the banking sector had been adversely affected while the figure for the non-banking sector stood at 51 percent,” she revealed.

The economist said the Caribbean needs to have a healthy banking sector in order for it to achieve its wider goals of providing a higher standard of living for its people.

For Antigua and Barbuda, she said from the information gleaned so far, it appears that the country is ahead of most with respect to its banks which have been taking the necessary steps not only to upgrade their systems, but also to appoint compliance officers.

She said the role of these officers is to ensure that the banks are compliant with the latest advisories coming from local legislators as well as from the external banks and watchdog agencies.

In the case of Belize, that was hit early and hard by the de-risking problem, she said the banks have been able to cope by putting in place updated AML/CTF framework and to move to automated software systems that automatically trigger suspicious activities.

Additionally, the banks have also been in constant contact with corresponding banks as regulators conduct a higher frequency of audits and then get the information out to the wider world that it has in fact been strengthening relevant legislations. “Basically, this means dispensing the myths about the region,” she declared.

Concerning  measures that can be adopted to mitigate against these challenges Metzgen said there are two broad recommendations.

She said Caribbean countries have to make it clear that actions have been taken in their jurisdictions for increased transparency as well as putting in place Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-terrorism financing legislative frameworks.

“There seems to be a dis-connect between what information is available in the developed world about the region and the reality of what really exists; it’s both a communication and a perception problem,” she noted. She explained that the region is fighting a perception of the area that is about a decade old.

She also noted the need for a coordinated effort led by an entity such as UN ECLAC to advocate for the region at a higher level to give an understanding of the

De-risking refers to the action by international banks to sever corresponding banking relations with banks in the Caribbean.

This action by major global banks is being taken mainly out of fear that business relationships will expose them to higher risks due to concerns over the Caribbean banks’ perceived vulnerability to money laundering and financing of terrorism activities.

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Guyana prison on fire, one prison officer dies

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul 9, CMC – The Guyana government Sunday night sought to assure citizens that the situation at the country’s main prison in the capital was under control and that inmates from the burnt facility were being transferred to other institutions across the country.

Prison officials confirmed that six prison officers were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where prison warden, Odinga Wickham, succumbed to gunshot wounds, two are in critical condition and three are stable.

Guyana fire M“As we speak a joint and entire search of the facility was being conducted to ensure that all persons have been removed from the prison,” said the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, adding that he had not received any reports of any prisoners dying.

Samuels said that of Sunday, the prison accommodated 1,018 prisoners.  Sixteen months ago, 17 prisoners died at the same facility following a fire there.

The police have issued wanted bulletins for two prisoners who escaped following the fire at the Camp Street facility saying they are wanted for murder and escaping from lawful custody.

They hve named the two as Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon and Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams C/D “Smallie”.

President David Granger urged citizens to practice safety and precautionary measures and that law enforcement officers are working along with members of the joint services to recapture those who have escaped custody.

 “Well the government is acting quickly to ensure that the prisoners are caught but more important, that those prisoners who were previously accommodated at the Georgetown prison are kept in a secure place and this is our task overnight on this Sunday night and by Monday morning they will be in secure accommodation so Guyanese will be assured that there are not going to be prisoners roaming all about the city or the countryside.

 “Troops were deployed from the Guyana Defense Force, special police were deployed from the Guyana Police Force, the fire service was deployed and of course the prison service responded immediately so there was immediate response from all four of those services.” President Granger explained.

The President said that it is hoped that within the next 24-36 hours all prisoners formerly held at the Georgetown Prison will be relocated. These prisons include The Lusignan Prison, Timehri Prison and the Mazaruni Prison.

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, told a late night news conference that the prisoners will be secured for the next 48 hours at the Lusignan prison, while efforts intensify to locate those prisoners on the run.

“We are in the process of providing the necessary things to make them comfortable and make arrangements for them to be placed in other prisons around Georgetown. We are getting some tents and extra lighting in Lusignan, it’s a closed off area.”

He said that simple measures were also implemented such as installing more closed circuit television security systems which led to prisoner officers being caught colluding with prisoners on previous occasions.

 “A lot of them for possession for narcotics and they have served some time. There is an early and a late release date, but if you have good behaviour you can have remissions from me….We have to ask the Chancellor to start the process of going to prisons to do situational analysts to see how many remands are there and if their (prisoners) families can pay their bails.”

The Minister assured that the Camp Street prison will be rehabilitated as soon as possible with additional staffing and full capacity.

Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were activated at the prisons as the events unfolded.

He said he had received two phone calls on Sunday afternoon informing him of the fire and that a prison officer was taken hostage and there were reports of gun shots being fired.

The sections which are referred to as the ‘wooden prison’ at the corner of the Durban and John Street, and Prison Chapel at the corner of Bent and John Street, were on fire. The incident started at the two locations simultaneously.

Samuels said that from “his perspective the two wooden buildings were completely gutted and prison sports club that was been used as a holding area was set on fire and destroyed.

“The Fire Service was there but the fire quickly spread to other buildings, which the assistance of other agencies, we immediately activated the Evacuation Procedure whereby the brought prisoners to a safe area outside, all of the prisoners that they have access to and that were readily available”.

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Dominican Republic nationals nabbed with cocaine in Caribbean Sea

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jun. 29, CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, working jointly with officers of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF) have arrested three nationals of the Dominican Republic while attempting to smuggle 151 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

JDF Coast GuardIn its report on Wednesday, the ICE said the contraband has an estimated street value of US$3.7 million.

It’s reported that on Monday, a US Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft detected a 25-foot boat traveling southbound without navigation lights about 22 nautical miles north of Loiza, Puerto Rico.

On approach by the Coast Guard, ICE said the crew of the vessel “jettisoned five large bales and continued south at high speed until it stopped approximately six nautical miles north of Loiza.”

“The Coast Guard and PRPD seized and salvaged the vessel, took custody of the crew and recovered the jettisoned bales consisting of 128 bricks of cocaine and two roll-shaped objects, which tested positive for heroin,” ICE said.

US Magistrate Bruce McGiverin authorized a complaint charging the three Dominican nationals with “possession and importation of a controlled substance and failure to heave.”

The Dominicans had their initial hearing before the magistrate on Tuesday and were transferred to the Guaynabo Metropolitan Detention Center awaiting the outcome of their case.

They face a term of 10 years to life in prison for the narcotics violations.

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Former prosecutor jailed for 17 years

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 28, CMC – A former police prosecutor has been jailed for 17 years with hard labour after he was found guilty of raping a then 17-year-old girl who had gone to the police station to make a report 16 years ago.

Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor, sitting in the San Fernando Second Criminal Court, south of here, Wednesday, said aggravating factors in the case against Harry Ramlochan were that the accused was a person of trust being a police prosecutor and acting sergeant and there was a level of vulnerability as the girl and her mother had gone to make a report about domestic violence.

court rulThe judge said she considered the convict’s age and child’s age at the time of the attack, and the fact that it was her first sexual encounter.

Prosecutor Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal  had told the court  attack had severely scarred the victim for the rest of her life, saying she hoped that through her resilience, the victim will be able to overcome the effects of the incident.

Jurors took 90 minutes to find Ramlochan, who was 50 years old at the time of the crime, guilty of the offence after a month long trial.

The woman told the court that on Saturday May 5, 2001 she went with her mother to the San Fernando police station to make a report that her mother had been beaten by a relative.

Ramlochan took the mother inside to make the report and then said he wanted to take a statement from her daughter. Her mother advised her to go with him.

In her evidence the victim said that Ramlochan took her to a dormitory where he asked her if she had ever had sex. She told him she was waiting until marriage.

She said Ramlochan then tried to hug and kiss her and left the station, and on his return offered her a drink of rum but she also refused. She also refused the money Ramlochan offered her when he took her to the Courts and Process Office.

The court heard the police officer became upset and closed the door and pushed her against a cabinet and forcefully kissed her and bit her lips. He then pushed her against a wall and pulled down her pants and underwear. He pushed her on a sponge on the ground where he raped her.

But in his defence, Ramlochan denied having sex with the then 17-year-old. He said that on the day she came to the police station she insisted that he arrest her father.

He said when she arrived at the station, her lip was already swollen and she held a towel over her mouth. He said she told him that while her father was beating her mother, he slapped her on her mouth. He said he changed the money to give to the then teen because he felt sorry for her after she told him her father never gave them money.

In his plea for mitigation attorney Chris Ramlal urged the judge to consider his client’s age, that he had an unblemished disciplinary record since he joined the police service in 1972.

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