(Trinidad Guardian) Six days after a Penal family of five were kidnapped from their home, one man has been charged.
According to police, Akim Kinsale of Sunrees Road, Penal, was charged with six counts of kidnapping for ransom, six counts of demanding money by menace, robbery with violence and two other charges related to the incident.
Kinsale, 25, will appear before a Siparia Magistrate today.
On December 1, neighbours and relatives of Aaron Sooknanan, his Venezuelan-born wife, Paola Sanchez-Sooknanan and their children, Ricardo, five and Isabella, three and their cousin Roxanna Gonzales, 37, discovered that the family was missing.
Police later learnt the family was at their Jhulai Trace, Penal Rock Road, Penal home on December 1 around 2 am when a group of men broke in and forced them into a vehicle.
A report was made to the Penal Police and upon checking officers found the house ransacked and the family’s vehicle missing.
The family was rescued by police on December 2. The Sooknanans trekked several hundred metres through the forest until they were found off Oropouche Road Trace, South Barrackpore by officers from the South Western Division Police and Special Operations Response Team.