Thursday, January 18, 2018

‘Gang leader’ and three in court today

A MAN allegedly considered one of the most influential and powerful gang leaders in this country is expected to appear at a Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court today on gang-related charges and charges connected to murder, along with three others.

The 29-year-old man was detained by police on Friday, along with two other men, ages 23 and 28, and a 42-year-old woman.

Late yesterday evening, instructions were handed down by Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard to charge the quartet with a number of offences.

Senior sources told the Express and TV6 News that the alleged gang leader will be charged under the Anti-Gang Act as a gang leader.

Well-placed senior police sources said “he will be the first person in history to be charged as a gang leader since the Anti-Gang Act was brought to Parliament in 2011”.

The man will also be charged with being a gang member and faces a fifth charge under section 6 of the Act, which states: “A person who by any means, coerces or encourages entices, aids or abets another person to be a gang member commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 25 years.”

Sources also explained that the man will face a charge of attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. These charges emanated from incidents last year.

The Express and TV6 News were reliably informed that members of the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit (CGIU) had been monitoring the man for several months and were able to secure vital information, including recorded phone conversations, after applying to a judge for a provisional warrant to have his phone tapped over a period of time.

Two other men from North Trinidad will be charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, and being a gang member.

The woman will be slapped with two charges under the Anti Gang Act, which encompasses section 8 of being a gang member and section 10 which states: “A person who harbours a person whom he knows or ought to know is a gang member or is wanted by any member of the law enforcement authorities for any gang-related activity commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for five years.”

The charges were all laid by the CGIU.