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Deonarine’s Range Rover story goes international
A luxury Range Rover Sport HSE, valued at about $500,000, which was bought by Independent Liberal Party interim deputy political leader Anna Deonarine-Rampersad from an agent in England and which has been reported as a stolen vehicle by the British police, has made international news. The Birmingham Mail yesterday reported the story which carried the headline, “Paradise island leader bought Range Rover stolen in Birmingham.” “The sport SUV disappeared five years ago after being hired by someone using a false name from Brindleyplace-based Lombard Vehicle Management. “But it was later traced to the Caribbean isle where it was bought by Independent Liberal Party deputy leader Anna Deonarine-Rampersad,” the story said.
It added a “row” surfaced this week when lawyers representing Lombard Vehicle Management formally demanded the return of the Range Rover, which was being kept in storage by the State.
Local attorney Jessica Maicoo wrote to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan saying the original owner was demanding the immediate return of the car. Deonarine-Rampersad has maintained she had no idea the car was stolen. The Birmingham Mail said the vehicle was “snatched” from Birmingham on May 15, 2008, by someone who had hired it using false personal details. It was then sent abroad in December of that year. “Leading ‘motor detective’ Barry Hancock of vehicle theft investigators BR International Ltd, was recruited by Lombard to investigate.“He flew to Trinidad two months ago on the understanding the SUV would be handed over once he had identified it, but that has not happened,” the newspaper said.
It added Hancock was also on the trail of 10 other UK vehicles, believed to have been given new licence plates in the Caribbean. At a public meeting last week, Deonarine-Rampersad reiterated her innocence and vowed to take action against anyone who attempted to tarnish her reputation. At a People’s Partnership meeting in Princes Town, Ramlogan said that the vehicle would be sent to England and not returned to Deonarine-Rampersad. Ramlogan said the documents relating to the Range Rover were “quite compelling and refute a number of statements made by Deonarine-Rampersad.” Attempts to contact Deonarine-Rampersad were unsuccessful as calls to her cellphone went unanswered yesterday.
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