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'Brain-damaged' man, relatives charged with drug possession

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

A FAMILY of five, including a man described as being brain-damaged, yesterday faced the court charged with trafficking $30,000 worth of marijuana.

Balkissoon Ramrattan and his sons Anil, Dinesh, Navindra and Suraj Ramrattan, all of La Romaine, faced the Fourth Court charged with having 1.2 kilogrammes of the illegal drug.

It was alleged that last Saturday the family had the marijuana at their La Romaine home.

They were charged by Constable Hosein.

Anil Ramrattan was the only one to plead guilty to the offence.

He was denied bail and will return to court on January 17 to be sentenced after the police information is given.

Balkisssoon Ramrattan, 65, was placed on $10,000 own bail and will also return on that date.

Defence attorney Annalee Girwar said Navindra, 23, was described by family members as being brain-damaged and living off of disability.

She asked that he be sent to St Ann's Mental Hospital for evaluation.

Girwar said Suraj, 35, was a mechanic and Dinesh, 27, the father of a nine-month-old, worked as a chef. She said both had no matters before the court.

Police prosecutor Dwight Halls agreed they had nothing on record and made no objection to bail being granted. However, he asked that they report to the police twice a week.

Magistrate Margaret Alert placed both Dinesh and Suraj on $25,000 bail, with the condition that they go to San Fernando Police Station on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Navindra was sent to St Ann's for observation, with a report to be submitted to the court by January 17.

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