Eighty-five patrons, who were allegedly caught by police during a raid at the Residence Night Club earlier this year, are expected to be appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on August 30th. This comes as the accused were charged via summons following an extensive investigation by Cpl Patino of the St. James Police Station.
The owner of the nightclub was charged on January 25th with providing and selling alcohol for dining customers, exceeding 50 per cent dining services for customers, being found in a public place where the number exceeded 10 and having a bar opened after authorised hours.
Eight other employees were also charged with similar offences. The matter was postponed to August 30th, 2021. The 85 patrons will also appear before the court on the same date to answer to the charge of gathering in a public space exceeding ten persons.
At the point of the arrests, Public Health Ordinance Regulations
Section 4 (1) (d) of the regulations says it is an offence to hold
a public party or public fete;
Section 3 (1) (a) says it is an offence for someone to be found
at a public place where the number of persons gathered, at
any time, exceeds ten;
Section 4 (4) (d) says it is an offence for a restaurant, bar, or
establishment, to sell or provide alcohol to its in-service
According to police reports, on the night of January 24th, Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, was alerted to a party at the Residence where more than 100 persons had gathered.
Commissioner Griffith then spoke with Senior Superintendent of Police (Ag.), Western Division, Kelvern Thompson, and an exercise was immediately coordinated, police officers blocked both the front and back entrances. Police entered the establishment and detained all the patrons, most of whom live in upscale areas of North Trinidad.
Most of the patrons were placed in the Police Detention Bus and taken to the St. James Police Station. The exercise was coordinated by Senior Superintendent, Kelvern Thompson and Supt Henry, ASP Baird, Inspector Grant, Sgt Carmona with field operations by the Western Division Task Force, the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), and the Canine Branch.