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Saturday 24 March 2018

Auto dealer arrested, facing domestic violence charges

THE owner of a popular car dealership in Chaguanas was yesterday arrested by officers of the Chaguanas Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with reports that he has physically assaulted his wife over the past 12 years. The man, said to be in his 30s, was served with two search warrants at about 9 am by detective WPC Alicia Joseph of Chaguanas CID. One search warrant was for the businessman’s home in Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, while the other was for his business place at Caroni Savannah Road, Chaguanas.

The man’s arrest occurred three days after his wife posted photos on his company’s Facebook page showing bruises and lacerations which she said he inflicted on her over the past 12 years. The woman is expected to receive counselling from the Victim and Witness Support Unit, while her two children are to be referred to the Child Protection Unit, and the Children’s Authority. The businessman was taken by police to his home by “an elite team of officers” attached to the Chaguanas CID, including WPC Joseph, led by Snr Supt Ford, Supt McIntyre, Sgt Jitindra Toolaram and others.

The mid-morning arrest of the businessman was not without drama as in scenes made for a movie that could be shown on local television, CNC3’s ‘Crime Watch’ host Ian Alleyne - a personal friend of the arrested businessman - was arrested by Inspector Roger Alexander, a co-host on ‘Beyond The Tape’ a crime show which airs on rival television station TV6.

Newsday understands that while the businessman’s wife was pointing out blood stains in the bathroom area of the large Orchard Gardens home; stains which she reportedly sustained while being assaulted by her husband, CNC3’s Alleyne arrived on the premises and tried to gain entrance to the home to speak to the suspect, who was inside at the time.

Alleyne, it was alleged, used foul language which led to Inspector Roger Alexander, escorting him out of the businessman’s house where he placed Alleyne on the side of a vehicle, called on other officers to give him a pair of handcuffs which he placed on Alleyne’s wrists and marched him to a police vehicle to be taken to the Chaguanas police station.

Meanwhile, the Chaguanas businessman was originally scheduled to appear before Magistrate Joanne Connor yesterday afternoon in the First Court of the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court, which sits at the Tunapuna Administrative Complex, Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna. However, checks with the businessman’s lawyer Taradath Singh, revealed that as of 6.30 pm, “my client is still in police custody.” “He (the businessman) will be charged late tonight and is expected to appear before a Chaguanas Magistrate at 1 pm tomorrow (today),” Singh told Newsday.

The businessman may not have appeared in court yesterday, but his wife was there and Newsday understands that before leaving at 3.30 pm yesterday, a new interim (protection) order was taken out by her against her husband who was not present.


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