Ajodha to be sentenced next month
RADIO personality Hansley Ajodha had the case against him adjourned yesterday after another accused in the case, Lawrence Cole, was taken into police custody and unable to attend court.
Both men had entered guilty pleas in relation to the charges against them and the companies they represent.
Defence attorney Kevin Ratiram was expected to mitigate on their behalf yesterday.
Instead, Ratiram told the court that Cole, managing director of Life Radio 99.5 FM Ltd, was “currently in police custody as of this morning in Port of Spain. Under the circumstances, he is unable to be here”.
San Fernando Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan said that he preferred Cole be present.
Two weeks ago, Ajodha pleaded guilty to offences relating to transferring of a radio licence to Life Radio 99.5 FM.
In addition to the charge of allegedly helping Life Radio 99.5 FM Ltd to operate radio transmitting equipment and radio communication services without a licence from Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), Ajodha faced charges in his capacity of managing director of 21st Century Arts and Entertainment Ltd.
It is alleged that he failed to pay the concession fees for 2007 to 2009 and failed to submit details of annual revenues and information required by TATT relating to broadcasting services.
TATT had accused Life Radio 99.5 FM Ltd of providing broadcast services, transmitting equipment and radio communication services without licence and concessions without a concession, operated radio transmitting equipment without a licence and operated radio communication services without a licence.
Cole had also entered a guilty plea on behalf of the company.
Yesterday, attorney Sean Cazabon, who is appearing along with senior counsel Dana Seetahal and instructing attorney Natasha Bisram for TATT, said while certain payments had been made with regard to the matter, there was still the issue of an alleged continued breach.
Attorney Imran Khan is appearing alongside Ratiram in the matter.
Rambachan adjourned the case to October 24.