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Om Lalla steps aside in Alleyne’s case
Senior counsel will now represent Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne who is charged with resisting arrest, when the matter goes to trial on October 7, his former attorney Om Lalla says. Alleyne is the host of the Crime Watch television programme which is aired on CNC3. The charge stems from an alleged offence leading to his arrest on April 19, 2012. Four days later Alleyne was placed on $80,000 bail on one charge that he resisted arrest by Sgt Ajith Persad, as well as three other charges under the Sexual Offences Act. The three other offences related to the airing of a video which identified an under-age rape victim on public television.
The video was aired on the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) TV6 on October 24, 25 and 26, 2011. Alleyne was charged under Section 32 (2) which deems it an offence to reveal the identity of a rape victim by broadcast. On March 19, Alleyne was fined $30,000 after being found guilty of the three charges under the Sexual Offences Act. Yesterday, Alleyne appeared before Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie in the Port-of-Spain court. Attorneys Dereck Balliram and Lalla represented Alleyne in the Fourth Court. In an interview outside the court, Lalla said: “The matter of Ian Alleyne came up for hearing today and has been adjourned until October 7 for trial.
I indicated to the court today that having received the statements of witnesses in the matter, I have a conflict of interest. Having been on the scene and having been made a party to it by the statements and as a result we have retained a senior counsel. We took a criminal attorney to take conduct of the matter, who will be leading the trial on the 7th, and it will be an interesting trial that will take place. It is set and we are ready to deal with it.” Asked who the senior counsel was, Lalla said: “We are not going to disclose at this stage, and Mr Alleyne will do it at an appropriate stage.” Alleyne said, “I am very excited about the October trial and bet your bottom dollar heads will roll on that day.”
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