Thursday 23rd June, 2005


AG sued over cops’ failure to act in case

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By Leah Mathura-Dookhoo

An automotive rental businessman has filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General, on behalf of the Police Service, for failing to prosecute a client of his after he received “bounced” cheques in 2000.

Larry Darmanie, of San Fernando, is also suing the client, who he claimed issued him post-dated cheques totalling $30,000 for a car he rented.

The writ, which was filed in the San Fernando Supreme Court on Friday by attorney Kevin Ratiram, claimed that when Darmanie attempted to cash the cheques at a bank in San Juan, they were dishonoured owing to insufficient funds.

Darmanie then went to the Fraud Squad in Port-of- Spain to file a report.

When he realised the matter was not being investigated, Darmanie went back to the Fraud Squad office in an attempt to retrieve the cheques in 2001.

Despite numerous promises from one of the officers to return the cheques, he has encountered difficulty in doing so.

According to Ratiram, through the failure of the police to investigate the matter, his client has suffered loss and damage.

He is now accusing the State of failing to prefer criminal charges against Darmanie’s client, “knowing that this would have prevented Darmanie from receiving compensation via a court.”

Furthermore, the writ stated that investigators knew failure to return the cheques in a timely manner would affect his client, since there would have been a four-year limitation period within which Darmanie could institute a civil lawsuit in the matter.

The suit gives the State eight days in which to reply.

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