Wednesday 19th April, 2006

 

Cop praised for arresting man in army uniform

 
 
 
 
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BY INDARJIT SEURAJ

A Port-of-Spain magistrate yesterday commended a police constable for his “keen observation” when he apprehended a Laventille man who was unlawfully wearing an army uniform.

PC Sydney Gill was praised after he arrested and charged Jeavan Lawrence with unlawful possession of an army uniform yesterday.

Lawrence, 21, a butcher of Espinet Street, Laventille, was placed on a $5,000 bond for three years, after he pleaded guilty to the charge before Magistrate Kimraj Narinesingh in the Port-of-Spain Fourth Magistrates Court.

He pleaded with Narinesingh to be lenient with him, lamenting that his home had burnt down only two weeks ago.

In breach of the bond, Narinesingh said, the accused would be sentenced to three months in jail with hard labour.

Gill, assigned to the office of Port-of-Spain Snr Supt Krishna Maharaj, was proceeding along Abattoir Street, Beetham Gardens, heading to the Civilian Conservation Corps when he noticed Lawrence wearing the uniform and heading east on a bicycle.

Gill stopped and accosted Lawrence, who was arrested after he said he was not a soldier.

Lawrence said he had purchased the army camouflage at the Port-of-Spain Central Market.

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