TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Couple on arms, ammo charges granted bail - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / Trinidad Express / A couple charged with possession of a gun and ammunition have been granted bail so they can care for a six-month-old baby. San Fernando Magistrate Natalie Diop yesterday granted bail on humanitarian grounds. Defence attorney Annalee Girwar earlier told the court that defendants Clint Bhagwandeen and Crystalan Daniel were the parents of a breast-feeding infant. Police prosecutor Sgt Veano Ragoo said the two were yet to have their criminal background traced. Girwar said while she understood this,”there must be a humane side” Girwar said while the accused woman worked as a clerical assistant, she prepared breast milk in order for her child to be fed during the day. She said since Daniel had been in custody, this has not been done. Girwar said Daniel, 30, the mother of two other children, had no previous or pending matters before the court. Ragoo made no objection to Daniel being placed on bail but objected to Bhagwandeen being granted bail as the tracing was due. Diop said the couple had a young child who was breast-feeding and, on humanitarian grounds, would grant bail pending the tracing. She placed Bhagwandeen, a bar manager, on $200,000 bail while Daniel was granted $150,000 bail. Both, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, need to have the bail approved by a clerk of the peace. The two were charged by constable Morris that last Wednesday they were in possession of a revolver, 31 rounds of ammunition and 442 grammes of marijuana while at Royal Road, San Fernando. Another couple arrested at the same location also faced Diop yesterday. Simon Alexander, 54, and Canadian national Andrea Hansen, 59, allegedly had a revolver and five rounds of ammunition. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. Girwar also asked for them to be placed on bail as she said they were in custody since Wednesday and their criminal background should have already been traced by the police. Ragoo said tracing could only be done after a person has been charged and then the criminal record could be produced. He also said although the couple gave their fingerprints, the machine to do the tracing was not working. Girwar suggested a check could have been done by using their names but the prosecutor said this method may not always be accurate. Alexander and Hansen who were charged by constable Bacchus, were remanded in prison custody until Monday for the tracing to be made available. Previous Article 89 firearms seized so far

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