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Man charged with shooting at off-duty cops

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tyrell McKenzie

A 20-year-old Arima man has appeared in court charged with shooting at two off-duty police officers in an incident in Tobago last year.

Tyrell McKenzie, of Fort Street, Tumpuna Road, Arima, appeared in the Scarborough Magistrate’s Court charged with shooting with intent and possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

McKenzie is the second person charged over the incident, which occurred on August 30 last year. Kerwin Wilson, 35, of Virgil Alley, Calder Hall, was also charged with similar offences one month after the incident.

According to reports, the officers were driving through Lambeau when a man got out of a Nissan Tiida, which was parked at the side of the road, and began shooting at them. They returned fire but the gunman returned to the vehicle and drove away. The bullet-riddled Tiida, which contained traces of the blood of one of the suspects, was later found abandoned along Tank Road, Signal Hill.

Wilson was arrested shortly after the incident while McKenzie was only arrested last Tuesday.

McKenzie was charged by Sgt Alicia Piggott of the Scarborough CID.

Mechanic on $30,000 bail in fraud case

A 32-year-old mechanic from Curepe has been granted $30,000 bail after appearing in court charged with defrauding a 72-year-old pensioner.

Joel Stanisclaus, of Alice Street, Curepe, appeared before Magistrate Marissa Gomez in the Tunapuna Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, charged with fraudulent conversion.

The offence is alleged to have occurred on February 10 last year after the victim, a retiree from Moriah, Tobago, deposited $9,000 into his account for repairs to a car engine. The work was not done and the money was not returned.


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