An Iguana love story
IN a bid to satisfy his American girlfriend's desire for exotic food, Jered Solomon planned to serve her cooked iguana.
But with the recent two year ban on hunting and the reptile being a protected animal, Solomon was instead charged and taken before the court.
He pleaded guilty to being in possession of the iguana while at Cocoyea Village, San Fernando. Solomon was charged by constable Kishore Ramsingh of the Southern Division Task Force.
Police prosecutor Sgt Chanardath Jhilmit said it was around 4.10 a.m. today, officers executed a search warrant at Solomon's home. While no arms or ammunition, as stated on the warrant, were not found, the officer discovered an iguana in a black bag in the freezer of Solomon's refrigerator.
Before the court, attorney Renu Teekasingh said that her client was "extremely remorseful" and with his guilty plea, he did not waste the court's time.
She said Solomon received injuries to his ears while in custody and had been taken for medical treatment.
Teekasingh said, "His girlfriend who does not live in Trinidad is coming to visit and had requested some time ago some delicacies. And, out of love, he had this in his refrigerator for some time."
The father of one told the court that he bought the iguana "two to three months ago".
Magistrate Indar Jagroo warned Solomon, 28, that it was an offence to be in possession of wildmeat.
"Don't you listen to the news and read the newspaper? Government has implement a two year ban on hunting," Jagroo said.
The ban started on October 1 after an announcement was made by Minister of Water Resources and the Environment Ganga Singh.
Jagroo placed Solomon on a $1,000 bond to last a year. The iguana was ordered destroyed.
(from the Multimedia Desk)