Two charged with stealing machine from Sando hospital
TWO men whose mothers are suffering with cancer were denied bail yesterday on the charge of stealing an ultrasound machine from the San Fernando General Hospital.
The machine is yet to be found and more people are being investigated.
Defendants Ramesh Bisram and Devan Singh, who provide financially for their cancer-stricken mothers, and co-accused Jordan Harripersad, will reappear on Monday when the magistrate will be told whether they have any criminal matters.
The men, all of Gasparillo, appeared before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes who read the charge that between August 7 and 8 at the hospital, they allegedly stole the ultrasound machine valued $500,000, the property of the South West Regional Health Authority.
The court was told Harripersad, 44, was a taxi-driver who had sustained an injury and was now on disability.
Sgt Chanardath Jhilmit objected to bail being granted to the men. He said investigations were continuing and more people were being sought in the case.
Ramoo-Haynes said she wanted to have the men’s criminal background checked before bail was granted.
Two months ago, the machine went missing from the hospital. Chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), Anil Gosine, said the machine was stolen after the hospital’s alarm system was disabled.