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Fyzabad mother Linda
Thomas will have to live with
facial scars for the rest of her
life after a male relative doused
her with acid on Monday night.
The attack came as Thomas
was preparing dinner for the
man, who, her family members
said yesterday, had tormented
her for decades.
By midday yesterday, relatives
were told there was a slim
chance of Thomas ever seeing
again as the acid had damaged
her eyes and scarred her face.
Police said Thomas and the
64-year-old man, a construction
worker, were at John Jules Trace
around 6.45 pm on Monday
when they started arguing.
During the argument, the man
picked up a container of muriatic
acid and threw it on her. With
her grandchildren watching in
horror as she screamed in pain,
the man ran out of the house.
Up to yesterday Fyzabad
police were searching the area
and relatives homes for him.
Her sons---Kevin Charles and
Larry Thomas---heard their
mother s cry and called a friend,
who then took her to the Siparia
District Health Facility.
She was then transferred to
the San Fernando General Hos-
pital where she remained warded
up to last night.
An initial medical report stat-
ed that her eyes were blood red,
her lips swollen and there were
abrasions to her eyebrows.
After police arrived at the
home, WPC Vincent found the
plastic bottle containing the
remainder of the muriatic acid,
also known as hydrochloric acid.
It is commonly used in leather
processing, household cleaning,
dissolving rock in oil production
and the pickling of steel.
A local pastor yesterday remained tightlipped
yesterday over allegations about the authenticity
of Sure Cure Ultra Omega s products being sold
to the T&T public.
The situation developed after United States-based
organisation Great Healthworks raised concerns
that the product was being falsely advertised local-
ly. The story was carried exclusively on Monday by
CNC3 s executive producer Sampson Nanton, who
journeyed to Florida to investigate the issue.
In a letter dated May 1 to the Health Ministry,
attorneys representing Great Healthworks raised
concerns about the sale of the Omega products
The letter stated: "Our company is the owner of
Omega XL, an Omega 3 supplement that is being
distributed worldwide and has been approved by
the Ministry of Health for distribution in your coun-
"We are writing to express our deep concern for
a product being sold in your country, Sure Cure
that is making disease medical claims without proper
clinical substantiation, while at the same time dis-
paraging our Omega XL product."
The Omega product being questioned is promoted
and distributed by the pastor s organisation.
The two-page letter, addressed to Adrian Mc
Carthy, Food and Drug director at the ministry,
provided details about the contents of the locally-
based product and called on the ministry to inves-
tigate the claim.
"We are unaware of any studies regarding the
ingredients in Sure Cure that would support the
claims being made in their advertising. We request
that your offices immediately investigate Sure Cure
and cause them to cease in this activity and the
misleading advertising taking place," the letter stated.
"Pharmacies in T&T should have the right to
know the truth about Sure Cure so they can make
an informed decision whether to sell the product
to the public."
Despite the warning, the products remained on
the shelves of local pharmacies.
Great Healthworks then hired a private investigator
to check the composition of the Sure Cure products
by sending the Omega XL product and the Sure
Cure tablets to ISSI Laboratories Inc in New Jer-
sey.On August 20, Dr Yesu Das, of ISSI lab, presented
a report which found that while Omega XL contained
18 ingredients, Sure Cure s Omega Ultra contained
The report, which was submitted to David Boden,
the executive vice-president of financial operations
at Greathealth Works, stated: "The label claims of
Sure Cure Omega Ultra could not be reconciled
with its components. The expected ingredients
(Omega fatty acids) are either at very low levels, or
at below detectable limits."
The US-based company is reportedly preparing
to take the matter to the courts.
Attempts to contact the pastor for comment yes-
terday were unsuccessful. Someone claiming to be
his secretary said he was unavailable and would get
a message on to him. A female who answered his
home phone also said she would pass a message
to him but refused to divulge his whereabouts or
give his cellphone number.
As cops search for acid attacker doctors say:
lose her sight
At the family's home
yesterday, Larry Thomas
said no one could explain
what caused the man to
become so violent, although
he had been known to have
a violent temper.
He said his brothers
would often try to counsel
him on his temper but no
one ever thought it would
reach that far.
Thomas added: "Yesterday
they were quarreling during
the day and the police came.
"They sorted it out and left
but then he took it to a next
level. He left to walk out the
road and when he came
back, he passed through the
back of the house and went
upstairs where she was
relaxing and threw some
kind of acid on her.
"She was in the living
room with her grandchildren
and she was organising food
to cook when he came and
threw it on her."
Thomas said he found it
strange that when the man
left home he handed him a
receipt, asking him to pick-up
a television that was just
He believes the man left
home after the argument to
purchase the acid at a
nearby hardware with the
intention of maiming his
"He doesn't drink, he is just
a hyper fellah and when he
can't get his own way, he
"I don't know what to
make out of this. We used to
sit him down and talk to him,
tell him to leave the
argument but he always
fought and quarreled over
"He never listened to what
people were telling him, he
continued carrying on, now
look at where it has
reached," Thomas said.
HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Calligraphy artist Zhao Yanbin, second from left, describes a Chinese calligraphy painting of tigers to T&T director of the Confucius Institute at
the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Dr Beverly-Anne Carter (second from right), Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of the People's
Republic of China Lan Heping (right) and Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Prof Jane Hu Youzhen,
during the Chinese Calligraphy Painting Exhibition presented by institute at UWI, St Augustine, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
CHINESE ART ON SHOW
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