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New twist in Deonarine Range Rover issue: UK Owner wants it back
In a new twist to the saga of the Range Rover bought by Independent Liberal Party (ILP) deputy leader Anna Deonarine, the original owner, a UK company, wants the car back. A local lawyer acting for the UK company’s attorney has written to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan demanding its immediate return. Karl Hudson-Phillips, QC, spoke with Ramlogan on the matter yesterday. Ramlogan last night told a public meeting of the People’s Partnership in Princes Town that the vehicle would be sent to England and not returned to Deonarine. Attorney Jessica Maicoo, who is in Hudson-Phillips’ chambers, wrote to the AG yesterday “in the matter of the recovery of that black Range Rover diesel sport estate 2.7 TDV6 S 5 automatic vehicle locally licensed as PCM 1100 and bearing the chassis/frame no SALISAA138A179106.”
Maicoo wrote, “We have been retained by Mr Barry Hancock of BR International Ltd, who has the benefit of a duly notarized Power of Attorney dated 17th November 2011 from Lombard Vehicle Management, the latter being the legal owner of the subject vehicle which was reported stolen in the United Kingdom between May 2008 and December 2008.” The letter said the exact circumstances in which the vehicle was stolen and shipped to Trinidad were unknown, but Maicoo was instructed that the vehicle, “which was the subject of a contract hire purchase between Lombard Vehicle Management and one Nabeel Shah was shipped to Trinidad in December 2008 without Lombard Vehicle Management’s knowledge or consent.” She noted that “it is confirmed that the vehicle is in the possession of the State,” and called upon “the relevant government department, through the Office of the Attorney General, to hand over the vehicle to us on behalf of Mr Hancock, whom we represent so that the same may be disposed of according to the direction of the owner.”
The letter was copied to Deonarine
Contacted yesterday on the matter, Ramlogan said based on the current state of affairs, he had no doubt that acting CoP Stephen Williams “in due course will take a mature look and review this matter in the interest of justice and in the public interest.” A Sunday Guardian exclusive reported that Deonarine was named as a critical link in a UK police investigation into the theft of the stolen luxury vehicle. Deonarine has maintained that she is not at fault and was a victim in the matter. Attempts to contact Deonarine last evening were unsuccessful as calls to her cellphone went unanswered.
AG comments: Ramlogan said yesterday that the documents relating to the Range Rover were “quite compelling and refute a number of statements made by Deonarine.” He said Deonarine needed to explain her claim that she did not import the vehicle, when the State had issued an import licence to her company and it was pursuant to that licence that the vehicle was imported. Ramlogan said he was not surprised that no one was charged, but was surprised at the way the investigations were carried out, “because it is clear that critical pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are missing.” He also said he was not surprised by PNM leader Keith Rowley’s “jumping to the defence” of Deonarine. He also dismissed Rowley’s claim that he was violating his oath of office, insisting he was committed to serving the best interest of the nation.
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