The hearing for acting Inspector Darryl Ramdass, who was charged last Thursday for the possession of eight macaws without a license was delayed yesterday as he is expected to stand alongside his spouse, Tenisha Ramdass who was also charged with over 400 counts of money laundering.
Ramdass and his attorney Criston J Williams, appeared before senior Magistrate Nanette John-Forde at the Port of Spain Magistrate 4A court yesterday prepared to answer the charges, however the matter was deferred to today when both he and his spouse would be available to hear the matter. According to sources, Tenisha Ramdass was expected to appear in court yesterday to face the charges, but was unable to make it due to several difficulties in transportation from the Maraval police station where she is being detained to the court.
Newsday also understands that due to the large number of charges being brought against her, the procedure behind processing Ramdass may take longer than usual. Up until late yesterday afternoon, the inspector along with several relatives stood outside the Port of Spain Magistrate's court awaiting the arrival of Ramdass who remained at a holding cell at the Maraval police station. Newsday spoke to relatives who expressed concern over the length of time that Ramdass was detained.
Inspector Ramdass was expected to appear before a High Court Judge yesterday morning but the case was deemed unnecessary as his wife was charged for money laundering and as such was only required to appear before a Magistrate for the charges of the macaws.
According to reports Ramdass and his wife were charged for their respective offences last Thursday when officers of the Fraud Squad led by Senior Superintendent Totaram Dookhie, visited the couple's home and discovered the macaws as well as jewellry and other valuables worth approximately $2M.