Even amid guarantees by National Security Minister Gary Griffith that his ministry will use all necessary measures to decrease criminal activity in this country, there is news today that a woman and her two children- ages 10 and 6 years old, were terrorized at their home by a lone gunman yesterday.
The woman, Vena Bahadoor, of St. Julien Road, Princes Town, told police that she had been in her yard at around 1:30pm when she was accosted by the assailant who forced her into her home through an open door. Her children were inside and looked on as the man ransacked their home, stealing $150 cash and $7,450 worth of jewelry before escaping on foot.
Officers reportedly visited the scene of the crime and efforts are now underway to capture the culprit.
Separately, an eighteen year old man appeared before Deputy Chief magistrate Mark Wellington today, in the San Fernando first magistrate’s court, where he pleaded guilty to the larceny of an iPhone valued at $3400. Mark Sonwah was arrested by Barrackpore police last week after a report of the theft of the item was made by the 16 year old owner.
In court today, Sonwah said he was sorry and ashamed of his actions. He said he had never committed any type of crime before and committed the act out of revenge as his cousin had recently stolen his phone. Sonwah told the magistrate that he sold the iPhone to a Jamaican national for $700TTD.
He was sentenced to 9 months hard labour and he was not represented by a lawyer.