Saturday, February 17, 2018

Police get court okay to keep seized money

POLICE yesterday made an application to have money allegedly seized from a man charged with being a gang member kept in their possession as they conduct investigations.

Couva Magistrate Michele Maharaj-Brown granted the officers an extension of two months.

Police officers searched Darryl Bishop's Balmain, Couva, home last Sunday and allegedly found US$1,546 and 86,262 bolivars and over TT$39,000.

Bishop appeared before the Couva Magistrate charged with being a gang member.

He was not called upon to plead as police prosecutor Sgt Teesdale said he had no recommendations.

Maharaj-Brown adjourned the matter to September 30.

Under the Anti-Gang legislation a person charged with being a member of a gang is remanded into custody for 120 days. Neither a judge nor a magistrate can grant bail.

Attorney Pamela Elder SC yesterday represented Bishop. She said she had been misled as to the court her client was appearing and had been waiting in Port of Spain.

Elder had represented Bishop in the past after the fisherman and businessman was charged with the unlawful possession of US$94,000.

The money was seized by police on November 7, 2008.

In February last year, Senior Couva Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar ordered the cash be returned to Bishop after he was found not guilty of unlawful possession of that money.

Two other men also faced the court yesterday charged with being members of a gang.

Andy McKnight, 26 and Rampersad Gobin, 34 of Balmain, Couva, were also remanded into custody until September 30.