CCN TV6’s Crime Watch host, Ian Alleyne, has been slapped with four charges, three under the Sexual
Offences Act and one of resisting arrest…
Lead investigator in the probe into the airing of a tape showing the rape of a minor, ASP Ajith Persad, on
Friday evening, laid information on three Sexual Offences charges, and resisting Persad in the execution
of his duty, contrary to the Police Service Act.
Up to late Friday evening, the four warrants ASP Persad obtained before the Clerk of the Peace at the
Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, in relation to the charges against Alleyne, had not been executed on
Alleyne, as he remained warded under police guard at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt
Hope up to last night.
Alleyne’s attorney, Om Lalla, a regular face on the Crime Watch show, hosted the programme in his
Mr. Lalla confirmed the police had charged Alleyne with four offences.
Police sources confirmed the warrants will be executed on Alleyne when he is discharged from the
He will be finger printed, photographed and granted bail before a Justice of the Peace and ordered to
appear before a magistrate on Monday.
CCN TV6 was also slapped with three charges under the Sexual Offences Act and will be served with
three summonses which were also obtained by Persad.
But responding to questions from the media about the arrest of the Crime Watch host, Deputy
Commissioner of Police in charge of crime, Mervyn Richardson, said it is the police role to ensure that
the rule of law takes place and that was all officers were doing on Thursday last…
Richardson said the drama that unfolded could have been avoided had Alleyne responded amicably.
He denied the arrest was a personal vendetta against Mr. Alleyne.
Meantime, one Criminologist says Thursday’s arrest of the talk show host would only serve to boost
ratings of his television show…
Renee Cummings also agreed the matter could have been handled better by the police officers who
went to the CCN compound to arrest Mr. Alleyne…
She said the police action only serve to turn Mr. Alleyne into a bigger hero in the eyes of his