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No bail for suspect accused of threatening cop

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A San Fernando magistrate has ordered an investigation into death threats made by an accused man against a police complainant in open court. Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan was told by police prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedassie that the accused Dillon Abdul, 23, threatened to kill PC Nicholas Jervais, while he was walking into the Second Court on Monday.


Jervais charged Abdul and his common-law wife, Sabrina Sookram, 24, with possession of a gun and six rounds of ammunition which were allegedly found at their home at Battoo Avenue, Marabella, on Friday. Bedassie told the magistrate that Abdul, who was in the holding bay, allegedly told Jervais: “This eh done here. I go kill yuh,” as he (Jervais) walked into the courtroom. 


Jervais had to pass close to the Holding Bay to get to the prosecutor who was to the front of the court. The magistrate said he was focused on what he was doing and did not hear or notice anything. “If I heard, I would have charged him right away,” the magistrate said. However, the magistrate ordered the prosecutor to ensure that an investigation was launched into the alleged incident. Abdul has denied he made the death threat.


The prosecutor said Abdul had one previous conviction. In 2011 he was charged by Jervais for possession of marijuana and was fined. However, as a result of the alleged death threat to Jervais, the prosecutor objected to bail under Section 6 Sub Section 2 A of the Bail Act. The magistrate said: “If granted bail, I am of the view that if the allegation is correct, a capital offence will occur or that you might interfere with the witness.” 


In denying him bail, the magistrate told Abdul’s attorney Subhas Panday that Abdul might have to face another criminal charge arising out of the allegation. Abdul was advised of his right to apply to a judge in chambers for bail and his wife was granted $100,000 bail. The matter was adjourned to March 25. 


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