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Magistrate absent,Vicky’s case put off
Almost two weeks after her short-lived prison escape, accused fraudster Vicky Boodram reappeared in court yesterday on a series of fraud charges which landed her in prison in the first place.
Boodram was due to reappear before Magistrate Christine Charles in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court for the continuation of her case relating to 40 fraud charges, which were laid in March, last year.
Charles was not present in court and all her matters were adjourned by Senior Magistrate Nannette Forde-John. Boodram will reappear before Charles next Thursday.
Charles had denied Boodram bail as the offences allegedly occurred between 2012 and 2016, while Boodram was already on bail for over 100 unrelated fraud charges.
Under the charges before Charles, Boodram is accused of defrauding several people and companies of close to $1 million. Boodram escaped from the Women’s Prison in Arouca on November 27 but was arrested at a house at Latchoos Road, Penal, three days later.
Police officers PC LeVon Sylvester and WPC Lisa Navarro were jointly charged with Boodram for aiding in her escape by presenting fraudulent court documents to prison officers. They were also charged with misbehaviour in public office and suspended from duty.
The police officers were each granted $300,000 bail and are expected to return to court today.
Lotto booth operator Roxanne Cudjoe, in whose home Boodram was allegedly found, was charged with harbouring a prisoner and had been granted bail in the sum of $100,000.