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Lieutenant Commander in court

...on three charges

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

LIEUTENANT Commander in the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Norman Dindial appeared in court yesterday on three charges.

Dindial, 41 of Cunupia who has over 20 years service, had the charges read to him before the Chaguanas court that last Saturday he allegedly used abusive language toward a police officer and also obstructed and resisted her in the execution of her duty.

Magistrate Rae Roopchan told Dindial that at Rodney Road, Endeavor, Chaguanas, he used abusive language to provoke WPC Lalbeharry to commit a breach of the peace.

He was also charged with obstructing and resisting Lalbeharry in the execution of her duties on that day. Defence attorney Garvin Ramseepaul said his client was "eager to have the matter dealt with."
Police prosecutor Sgt Shiva Boodoo made no objection to Dindial continuing on the bail he had been granted at the police station over the weekend.

He said that the Director of Public Prosecutions will be involved in the case as Dindial was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.

Boodoo said that he would continue to liaise with the DPP's office.
The matter was adjourned to December 5 when the prosecution is expected to hand over documents to the defence and to ascertain the appointment of a State attorney.
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