Phillip Siblings

Nicholas Phillip, 29, and Crystal Phillip, 30. 

A Chaguanas man who allegedly robbed a businesswoman using a taser, and his sister who allegedly offered a bribe a police officer to forgo an identification parade, both appeared in court on Wednesday.

Nicholas Phillip, 29, also known as “G-man” and “Jaws”, was charged with the offence of robbery with violence.

His sister, Crystal Phillip, 30, was charged with the offences of offering a bribe to a police officer, and use of obscene language.

The siblings, who live at Southern Main Road, appeared in separate virtual hearings at the Chaguanas magistrates’ court.

Nicholas Phillip is alleged to have robbed a businesswoman on Market Street, Chaguanas on May 10.

It is alleged that the victim was about to enter First Citizens Bank around 8.55 a.m., when Nicholas Phillip held on to the victim’s right shoulder and announced a robbery.

The victim resisted and was shocked on the left side of her neck with a taser.

The victim was pushed to the ground and dragged a short distance which caused minor injuries.

In her handbag contained $48,000, a government cheque of $2,000, a TT identification card, TT driver’s permit, a debit card and Samsung A21S cell phone, with a case valued $1,900.

Nicholas Phillip allegedly robbed the victim of her handbag, as well as three gold chain valued $4,500, a pair of gold anklets valued $3,500, and escaped in a beige Toyota Axio.

PC Meah investigated and Nicholas Phillip was arrested.

He appeared before magistrate Adrian Darmanie, who denied bail.

The case was postponed to July 14.

And Crystal Phillip was arrested after she allegedly offered a police officer a $30,000 bribe.

It is alleged that around 1 p.m. on June 14 while PC Meah was on duty at the Chaguanas Police Station, she attempted to offer to a police officer to forego an identification Parade for her brother who was in custody.

It is further alleged that while in custody she used obscene language, and was also charged for that offence.

She appeared before magistrate Dwayne Murray who granted $25,000 bail.

That case postponed to August 16.


Taxpayers have forked out close to $4 million in legal fees in the matter of Vertical Aviation LLC and the lease of the Sikorsky S76D helicopter by the former government.

Vertical Aviation had claimed the Government failed to satisfy its obligations under the lease by not paying rent and interest due for late rent payments, failed to replenish the security deposit after the aviation company applied the deposit funds to late rent payments, failed to enrol the aircraft in a tip-to-tail maintenance programme and did not maintain insurance for the aircraft.

Professor of molecular genetics and virology at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Christine Carrington says while there are yet no confirmed cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, it is only a matter of time before the highly transmissible variant is detected here.

Carrington was speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference hosted by the Ministry of Health.

A 41-year-old woman remained in police custody yesterday, being questioned in connection with the murder of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance chairman and Piarco Airport corruption accused John Smith, 74, on Friday afternoon.

Around 4.30 p.m. on Friday, offi­cers of the Maraval Police Station responded to a call that there was a domestic dispute at a residence in Haleland Park, Saddle Road, Mara­val.

For decades, Trinidad and Tobago has battled a raging gang problem.

Successive governments and law enforcement have fought to reduce criminal organisations which have engaged in well-executed mafia-style illegal operations, including drug and gun running, money laundering, prostitution, extortion, and crimes like murders, robberies and even what are regarded as white-collar ventures.

THE manager at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) who cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following a complaint against him has signed an affidavit saying he was repeatedly called upon to change his findings in the matter.

He also said he was denied several requests to interview the Min­ister of Public Utilities for a “witness statement in the matter”.

It’s only a matter of time before Trini­dad and Tobago gets its first case of the Delta variant, as it’s more transmissible than the P1 (Brazilian) variant, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also warned on Thursday that it is inevitable the highly infectious Delta variant will reach T&T’s shores.

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