Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mom charged with having guns, goes to court

Charged: Sinead Maharaj

AN INTERIOR DECORATOR has been placed on half a million dollars bail after three guns were allegedly found in a handbag in her toilet tank.

Sinead Maharaj, 27 of San Fernando, was fined previously for possession of a gun , and ten years ago was brought before the court by her mother for being uncontrollable.

She faced San Fernando senior magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine.

The magistrate read the charge which alleged that last week Friday Maharaj had three revolvers at Hermitage Village, San Fernando. She was not called upon to enter a plea to the indictable charges laid by constable Avidesh Narine.

Maharaj was represented by attorney Chantal Paul who told the court her client was a professional interior decorator for the past ten years at her mother's business. She also said Maharaj, a single mother of two, was willing to submit to any conditions of bail and to surrender her passport.

Paul admitted that Maharaj had a conviction last year of a similar nature. At that court appearance last year February, Maharaj pleaded guilty and was fined $8,000. Paul said Maharaj had no pending matters.

Seedan objected to bail as he spoke of the seriousness of the offence and the number of guns. In answer to Antoine, he said the guns, on average would each sell legally for $6,000.

Antoine placed Maharaj on $500,000 bail. She is to report to the San Fernando police station four times a week and hand over her passport. Paul also petitioned the court for cash bail but this was denied as the magistrate said there were too many illegal firearms in this country. Maharaj will return to court on February 19.

During the hearing, Antoine mentioned a “very old warrant” for Maharaj. It was dated 2006 and she said it stemmed from when Maharaj was a minor and her mother brought her before the court for being beyond control. Antoine dismissed the warrant.