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Friday 23 March 2018

Police await statements in abuse case

Sources at the Chaguanas Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said yesterday that they are awaiting an official statement, and medical records before arresting a popular Central car dealer who was accused by his wife of physically abusing her.

On Saturday, the woman began posting photos showing several bruises about her body.

Along with the photos came allegations that it was the businessman who inflicted the injuries.

The woman revealed that she had been a victim of domestic abuse for the past 12 years.

Since the photos began circulating on social media the police has intervened.

Newsday was told that while a report was made to the Chaguanas Police Station, the woman has not yet given a statement to investigators. Sources at the CID said that as soon as a statement is given and records produced, an arrest will be made.

The woman was expected to be interviewed yesterday, by the head of the Central Division to determine whether she wishes to press charges, however Newsday understands no such interview took place.

The woman has since removed herself and her two children from her husband’s home. She is also expected to receive counselling from the Victim and Witness Support Unit, and her two children are to be referred to the Child Protection Unit, and the Children’s Authority.

In a statement sent to the media, political leader of the ILP, Rehka Ramjit, an attorney- at-law, said consent in this particular matter is not necessary for charges to be laid against the businessman.

“It would be misleading for the police or anyone to state otherwise” Ramjit said in the release, “It is trite law that any act deemed a criminal offence by the State is considered a crime against the State and the victim becomes the Virtual Complainant. A crime against the State can be proven without the direct evidence of the victim. The most obvious example of this is in the case of a murder where there is no victim to give direct evidence.”


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