No bail for police officer on rape charge

Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice of­fi­cer Akeem James has been denied bail on charges of rape, griev­ous sex­u­al as­sault and false im­pris­on­ment of a 29-year-old Venezue­lan woman.
 James, 28, appeared on Wednesday before Princes Town First Court Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally on Wednesday.
The magistrate was told that James had a pending matter of a similar nature. 
James was charged on Tuesday night by WCpl Dane-Marie Marshal of the Professional Standards Bureau. 

Venezuelan migrants rush to Tobago as deadline approaches

With one week to go be­fore the dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion, over 200 Venezue­lans braved the in­clement weath­er in To­ba­go yes­ter­day and turned up at the Car­o­line Build­ing Reg­is­tra­tion Cen­tre in Scar­bor­ough, To­ba­go, in an at­tempt to get away from the long lines at the two lo­ca­tions in Trinidad.

This is the first time To­ba­go has seen such an in­flux, since the reg­is­tra­tion process com­menced nine days ago.Since the start of the reg­is­tra­tion process, To­ba­go has not seen any fig­ures ex­ceed­ing 40 mi­grants on a dai­ly ba­sis.

Printing problems hamper registrations

Calls are be­ing made for the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty to put print­ing and pho­to­copy­ing fa­cil­i­ties in place for the ef­fec­tive reg­is­tra­tion of Venezue­lan na­tion­als.

Scores of Venezue­lans were told they had to re­turn for reg­is­tra­tion be­cause they had the wrong forms and no hard­copy of doc­u­ments. Some who went in for reg­is­tra­tion at Achie­vors Ban­quet Hall in Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do, said they were con­fused.

Venezuelan national jailed for credit card fraud

A 42-year-old Venezue­lan man, who ad­mit­ted to mak­ing close to $200,000 in less than a month by cred­it card fraud, has been sen­tenced to six years in prison.

Jorge Julio re­ceived the sen­tence for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the cash, know­ing it was the pro­ceeds of fraud, when he reap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Venezuelan killed crossing road

Six months ago, Al­ber­to Car­ril­lo left his wife and three chil­dren in Venezuela to come to this coun­try in search of work.

Car­ril­lo got a job as a loader on an ice de­liv­ery truck and was mak­ing de­liv­er­ies in Man­zanil­la last Fri­day when he was knocked down by a car and killed.

Car­ril­lo’s lo­cal co-work­er, who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, who on­ly iden­ti­fied him­self as Mi­tra, said that around 6 pm they stopped along the Man­zanil­la-Ma­yaro Road for Car­ril­lo to uri­nate.