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April 25, 2012

Trinidad TV host charged over teen rape footage

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The controversial case centres around Port of Spain.

Ian Alleyne, host of Trinidad TV show Crime Watch, has been charged with crimes under the Sexual Offences Act after a tape purporting to show a mentally ill teenage girl being raped was allegedly broadcast last year.

The footage allegedly was on-air thrice last October and triggered multiple complaints to police. Caribbean Communications Network‘s (CCN’s) channel TV6 is jointly charged under the same act as Alleyne, as well as under the Telecommunications Act. Summonses were served at their Port of Spain headquarters. Alleyne was placed in custody in the same city.

Alleyne has been hospitalised following his arrest, owing to chest pains. He is due to go before a magistrate, and cannot receive bail until he does so. He is also charged with obstructing police. Police had visited CCN offices in Port of Spain twice last year seeking the tape.

Alleyne issued a message to The Trinidad Express criticising the decision not to grant him bail until he appears in court. He said it “is really a sad state of affairs on the part of the police. What have I done that they have seen it fit to ensure that I’m only granted bail before a magistrate?”



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  • Derek Achong. “Alleyne on four charges” — Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, April 24, 2012
  • Akile Simon. “NO BAIL” — Trinidad Express Newspapers, April 23, 2012
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Trinidad TV host bailed on teen rape broadcast charges

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trinidad’s Ian Alleyene, host of TV6‘s Crime Watch, has been released on bail. He spent the weekend in custody after being charged under the Sexual Offences Act following television broadcasts allegedly showing a mentally ill teenage girl’s rape.

The controversial case centres around Port of Spain.

Arrested on April 20, Alleyne spent the weekend in a hospital and the night of April 23 in police custody. He is now free after a Port of Spain magistrate granted his release on TT$80,000 (About US$13,300). The case is adjourned until May 14, when the owner of the TV station, Caribbean Communications Network, is summonsed to also appear in court regarding the same broadcasts.

The charges, filed just days before the statute of limitations expired, allege footage was thrice broadcast in October 2011 which allowed public identification of a rape victim. A fourth charge alleges Alleyne, who’s lawyer says has no previous convictions, obstructed the police investigation.

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—Ian Alleyne

The fourth charge relates to an incident last week at Caribbean Communications Network’s Independence Square premises in Port of Spain. Alleyne was ultimately arrested publicly but police claim they first asked him to attend a police station.

Alleyne was taken to court early yesterday morning where he appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in a hearing witnessed by journalists and his family. Thirty minutes after bail was granted he had posted it and was freed, meeting supporters protesting against the prosecution outside the courthouse.

“[I]f you go back to the genesis of this entire incident you will realise it is just a travesty of justice,” he told the press. Walking through Port of Spain upon his release, he twice mounted tables to address following supporters. “They can lock me up for a month, they can lock me up for two months, but I will still come out and will continue my fight for you. As long as there is breath in my body, I will continue fighting for you, the poor people.”

During the hearing, court officials were accused by the magistrate of breaching procedure. Alleyne had been taken directly into the court before it had opened, and was fed breakfast there. Superintendent of the Court and Process Branch Kenneth Cordner promised to “hold some training sessions to ensure that the officers fully understand their roles” and called the incident “upsetting.”

Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard warned local media yesterday not to prejudice any trial, noting the high public interest in the case. Gaspard said doing so would “would constitute an unwelcome and unfortunate interference with the due administration of justice and may properly provide a sufficient basis upon which a citation for contempt may be fastened.”

Also yesterday, Alleyne took to the studio and returned to his position hosting Crime Watch. He denies all charges.

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March 12, 2009

Cricket: West Indies regain Wisden Trophy

Cricket: West Indies regain Wisden Trophy

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

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The West Indies cricket team held on to a draw in the fifth and final test of the five match test series at Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad against the England cricket team to win the five test series 1-0 and regain the Wisden trophy after a gap of nine years. This is their first major test series victory in five years.

To win the match, West Indies were set a target of 240 runs in 66 overs or to bat two sessions for a draw. West Indies pair of Fidel Edwards and Denesh Ramdhin thwarted the English attack to finish on 114-8 and drawing the match.Earlier in the day Kevin Pietersen scored 102 runs to enable England to declare at 237/6 in their second innings.

England had drawn the previous two tests in Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda and had lost the first test in Jamaica by an innings and 23 runs. The second test in Antigua was abandoned. Matt Prior was declared Player of the match and Ramnaresh Sarwan was declared the player of the series.



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May 27, 2006

Cricket: West Indies win ODI series, beat India 3-1

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Cricket: West Indies win ODI series, beat India 3-1

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Saturday, May 27, 2006 The West Indies beat India by six wickets in the fourth One- Day International at the Port of Spain, to clinch the 5 match series 3-1. The Indian batting order failed again, managing to make only 217/5 at the end of 50 overs. The highest scorer was Mohammad Kaif, who scored 62 runs before being bowled by Dwayne Bravo. The top-order including Sehwag, Dravid and Raina collapsed, with the top three batsmen raking up only 33 runs between them.

The West Indies began the chase strongly, but was dealt an early blow by Phatan who sent Samuels back to the pavilion in the 5th over. Ajit Agarkar dispatched Sarwan for 49 four overs later, putting more pressure on the Windie middle-order. Brian Lara pleased his home fans with a 61-run knock before scooping one to Raina. The skippers’ fellow Trinidadian teammate Bravo put up an unbeaten 69, notching his first ODI half-century and pulling the West Indies out of their early slump, in the process. In the end the home-team reached the target of 218 comfortably with 6 overs to spare.

The match was played at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, and Trinidad and was refereed by E.C Broad. The match-umpires were B.R. Doctrove and Simon Taufel. West-Indian veteran S. Bucknor was the T.V umpire. D.J. Bravo was awarded the Man-of-the-match award for his fine performances both with the ball and the willow.

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October 15, 2005

Explosion outside Trinidad nightclub wounds more than 10

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Explosion outside Trinidad nightclub wounds more than 10

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Saturday, October 15, 2005 An explosion outside a popular nightclub in Trinidad’s capital, Port-of-Spain, has wounded at least 10. Officials are unsure of the cause of the explosion and no group has yet claimed responsibility. This is the fourth such bombing to occur in the area — all the bombings have occurred near the same time each month. The explosion occurred just after 7:00 p.m. AST (2300 UTC) outside the “Smoky and Bunty” bar along a popular strip of bars and clubs.

“This is the worst type of attack on our city and against our citizens,” said Minister of National Security Martin Joseph during a press conference. Joseph also announced that five suspects were detained and being questioned by police. “What is different on this occasion is that there have been arrests.”

The United States Department of State and the Canadian government have issued travel warnings in response to the recent violence in the area.

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  • Darryl Heeralal, Cordielle Street and Gregory Lal-Beharie. “TEN hurt, FIVE HELD” — TV6, October 15, 2005
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