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Police seek DPP’s advice in Pollonais’ kidnapping

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The vehicle in which kidnap victim Natalie Pollonais was rescued from along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in El Soccorro, San Juan. Photo by:ABRAHAM DIAZ

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Detectives probing the kidnapping of Palmiste mother Natalie Pollonais were seeking advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether to charge four men who were arrested last week.

Up to late yesterday, the officers from the San Fernando CID were awaiting instructions. No charges have been laid against the two police constables, a labourer and contractor held for the kidnapping.

However, police said they were carrying out further enquiries to ensure that the prosecution has a solid case to present to the court.

Pollonais, 49, of Palmiste, is the wife of Ja­son Pol­lon­ais, a di­rec­tor of the South Oropouche-based Inland and Offshore Contractors Ltd (IO­CL).

CCTV footage showed that she left in her BMW 5308 hy­brid sedan around 11.30 am. It also showed two men dressed in police uniform entering a white Nissan AD Wagon around the same time. One of the men was holding onto a registration plate.

Hours later, she was reported missing and San Fer­nan­do CID and South­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force found her car aban­doned in the park­ing lot of an apart­ment build­ing at Cy­press Hills, Union Hall.

The car had a false registration plate. Her kid­nap­pers then de­mand­ed a US$300,000 ran­som for her re­turn.

Four days later, police con­ducted sur­veil­lance on a white Nis­san AD Wag­on that went to a ho­tel in Ca­roni and left min­utes lat­er.

The wagon was intercepted along the Churchill- Roosevelt Highway in El Socorro. The labourer, who was driving the wagon was arrested.

Southern Division CID then went to the La Romaine Police Post where they arrested the two officers while they were on duty.


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