Grandfather pleads guilty to selling alcohol illegally

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 10:00

A grand­fa­ther who was grant­ed $5,000 bail for il­le­gal­ly sell­ing al­co­hol and be­ing in pos­ses­sion of mar­i­jua­na is ex­pect­ed to re­turn to court to­day.


Ra­j­nath Ram­lal, 66, plead­ed guilty yes­ter­day in the San Fer­nan­do First Court, but due to the num­ber of charge cas­es Se­nior Mag­is­trate Jo-Anne Con­nor ad­journed the mat­ter to to­day to ap­pear be­fore the Sec­ond Court.

He was ar­rest­ed by PC Akiel Smith at his Friend­ship Vil­lage home on Sun­day.

The po­lice claimed they found a quan­ti­ty of al­co­hol which he was of­fer­ing for sale with­out a li­cence.

The of­fi­cers al­so claimed they found 11.5 grammes of mar­i­jua­na.


The mar­i­jua­na and al­co­hol were pro­duced in court.

The al­co­hol com­prised of six cas­es with a to­tal of 144 bot­tles of Carib, Stag, Mack­e­son and Guin­ness; as well as two bot­tles of White Oak rum and a bot­tle of For­res Park Pun­cheon rum.

Be­fore the charges were read to him in court, he shout­ed to his at­tor­ney, “Guilty on the two charges.”

Court pros­e­cu­tor Cley­on Seedan did not ob­ject to bail.

Ram­lal’s at­tor­ney Dane Halls said Ram­lal, a grand­fa­ther of sev­en and fa­ther of two, had one pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion from 2016 for drunk dri­ving

Reporter: Sascha Wilson