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Woman suspect in Pollonais case released

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Kidnapp accused Police Constable Ian Dwarika is escorted to the San Fernando Magistrates Court last week. Photo by:RISHI RAGOONATH

The Marabella woman who was arrested last week in connection with the kidnapping of Natalie Pollonais has been released by police.

Investigators confirmed yesterday that the woman was questioned and released on Saturday pending further inquiries.

She was held at her home during an operation by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad last Thursday and spent Friday and Saturday being interrogated over her alleged involvement in Pollonais’ kidnapping.

Although four men are currently before the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court charged with kidnapping Pollonais for ransom, investigators suspect more persons were involved.

They said investigations will continue until they are satisfied everything has been done.

Pol­lon­ais, 49, the wife of Ja­son Pol­lon­ais, a di­rec­tor of the South Oropouche-based In­land and Off­shore Con­trac­tors Ltd (IO­CL), was kid­napped on Sep­tem­ber 6 along the SS Erin Road, Debe.

On that night, po­lice found her BMW 5308 hy­brid sedan aban­doned in an HDC apart­ment build­ing parking lot at Cy­press Hills, Union Hall.

The kid­nap­pers later con­tact­ed her fam­i­ly and de­mand­ed a ran­som for her re­turn.

Four days lat­er, Pol­lon­ais was res­cued by po­lice af­ter they in­ter­cept­ed a white Nis­san AD Wag­on along the Churchill Roo­sevelt High­way in San Juan.

A week later, PC Shaudelle Eu­in, 25, of Gas­par­il­lo and Gre­go­ry James, 50, a welder from La Brea, were charged with kid­nap­ping Pollonais for ran­som by ASP Pe­ter Ramdeen of the South­ern Di­vi­sion.

Two days lat­er, PC Ian Dwari­ka, 44, of Union Hall, San Fer­nan­do and Shain Steven, 37, a con­trac­tor from Princes Town, were tak­en to court for the same of­fence.

Se­nior Mag­is­trate Cher­ril-Anne An­toine re­ject­ed the men’s ap­pli­ca­tion for bail, say­ing that un­der the An­ti Gang Act which was as­sent­ed to in May, kid­nap­ping for ran­som was list­ed as a gang-re­lat­ed ac­tiv­i­ty.

She said it was in the cat­e­go­ry of se­ri­ous of­fences and she would not grant bail.


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