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Teacher charged with injuring policewoman

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

SECONDARY school teacher Kavita Maharaj appeared in court yesterday charged with three offences, including causing grievous bodily harm to a policewoman, after Maharaj allegedly struck the officer with her car.

It was alleged that Maharaj, while she was the driver of a vehicle, caused grievous bodily harm to WPC Frances Benjamin.

It is also alleged that she resisted the officer in the execution of her duty and used obscene language to the disturbance of people along Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando on Wednesday.

But Maharaj claimed, through defence attorney Jason Jackson, that her hand was injured while being taken into custody.

“At the time of arrest, she was handled in such a way that her right arm sustained injury. 

She asked to be taken to the San Fernando General Hospital to seek medical attention and she was refused by two police officers,” Jackson said.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, presiding in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, made a note of her claim.

In asking for bail for his client, Jackson queried why the charge of grievous bodily harm had been laid against Maharaj when the medical certificate gave the officer’s injuries as soft tissue damage to the left arm.

He also asked why the charge remained an indictable offence before the court yesterday.

Jackson also told the court tickets for traffic violations were issued against Maharaj.

Wellington placed her on $20,000 surety bail to cover the three charges.

She will return to court on February 13.

It is alleged that Maharaj cursed and struck the officer with the wing mirror of her car when she drove off after being given traffic tickets.

 Maharaj allegedly stopped a short distance away and claimed when she was being arrested, her hand was injured.

 
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