“Trinidad and Tobago,” I patiently repeated for the second time.
“What?” She frustratingly retorted.
Hours before he was due to appear before a Tunapuna magistrate charged with possession of marijuana, Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis was charged yesterday with using obscene language while in police custody at the Arouca Police Station.
Alexis, 48, of Railway Road Extension, Chaguanas, at first pleaded guilty to using obscene language but upon hearing his explanation, a plea of not guilty was entered by the magistrate. He is accused of cursing a police officer at the station.
He appeared jointly charged with Dexter Caesar, 43, of Festival City, Georgetown, Guyana, and Shawn Ricardo Worrell, 39, of Half-Moon Fort, Barbados, with marijuana possession after a police raided a house at Co-operative Street, Spring Village, Valsayn, on February 14.
Although Alexis and Worrell pleaded not guilty, Caesar, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty. Dealing with the marijuana charge first, Dubay heard that Worrell had been granted permission to remain in Trinidad until July and although he was a non-national, he had strong ties to the country and was ready to surrender his passport and report to a police station if ordered.
Insisting the marijuana did not belong to him, Caesar said although his room was searched, police never showed him where they found it. On hearing his explanation, Dubay changed Caesar's guilty plea to not guilty. Remanding Worrell and Caesar into custody until February 25, Dubay said he would not consider bail in the absence of a tracing.
Inviting Alexis’ lawyer, Triston Williams, to address him in relation to the marijuana charge, Dubay was told Alexis was a reputable businessman and real estate agent whose rights were being violated.
Arguing there was no reason why Alexis had been kept in custody since his arrest last Thursday, Williams said Alexis had co-operated with the police and had been prejudiced, as he was denied the right to bail by a justice of the peace at the police station.
Saying police were not objecting to Alexis being granted bail, Insp Ramnaresh Seecharan said they wanted a tracing before bail could be considered. The magistrate remanded Alexis into custody to tomorrow.
Dubay heard yesterday, Alexis was charged with cursing officers at the Arouca station after being ordered to remove his belt. Saying he had been provoked into cursing, Alexis accused the police of cursing him first.
The court said a not-guilty plea would be entered on his behalf. This matter was also adjourned to tomorrow, when Williams is expected to represent Alexis in relation to the two charges.