PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday January 15, 2020 – A medical school dropout who threatened to behead the twin-island republic’s top cop and kill his wife, more than a year ago, has been released on a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
Mahindra Ramdath, 35, who was charged with the misuse of a telephone contrary to Section 106 of the Summary Offences Act, was sentenced in the Port of Spain Magistrates Third Court after being found guilty of making the threats against Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and his wife, Nicole Dyer-Griffith.
Ramdath had made the death threats when he called the E999 hotline on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 around 1:30 pm.
He had said: “I want to summon Gary Griffith for defamation of character against me tomorrow in court, or else I will call him and chop off he (expletive) mother (expletive) head. How you like that? And kill he wife Nicole Dyer… huh mother (expletive).”
However, Ramdath’s call was traced and he was arrested at his home just two and a half hours later.
After his first court appearance on the charge, he was sent for a psychiatric evaluation.
Ramdath has now been bonded to a sum of TT$10,000 (US$1,482) to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years.
Several death threats had been called in against Commissioner Griffith around the same time of Ramdath’s, and the police chief had challenged those who wanted him dead to “stop calling and come…find me”.
“It seems that some are trying to make themselves famous by threatening to kill me, but instead of grand charging and boring us, I would ask them to stop calling and come. They could find me. I promise to make them famous,” he said at the time.