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In a bid to end environmental activist
Dr Wayne Kublalsingh s hunger strike,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has
announced that the State is prepared to
consent to any application seeking an
order for an expedited hearing of the
appeal filed by Kublalsingh and the High-
way Re-Route Movement (HRM).
Speaking during yesterday s post-Cabinet
news briefing, Ramlogan said he had faith
and confidence in the Privy Council s ability
to be a fearless, fair and impartial adjudi-
cator on the legal dispute that was before
"All of the points raised by the HRM,
namely the Armstrong report, all of the
technical data that they wish to have the
court review and the options that they
have put forward and the rationale and
reasonableness of those options, those mat-
ters will be adjudicated upon by five of the
finest legal minds in the world that com-
prise the judicial committee of Her Majesty
He hoped Kublalsingh would recognise
that was the highest and final appellate
court for T&T and would respect and abide
by the outcome of the matter.
"I do it also, so that our dear brother
and fellow citizen, Wayne, can in fact put
an end to this hunger strike.
"Passionate, though he may be, in the
understanding that the Government is not
simply meeting him half-way but bending
over backwards to try and find an amicable
resolution whilst at the same time hon-
ouring and respecting the constitution s
due process and the rule of law."
Ramlogan assured that there was prece-
dent in any urgent matter.
"The court has a discretion to exercise
on whether it should accelerate or expedite
the hearing of any particular appeal," he
He, however, admitted that he could not
predict the outcome of the matter.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
prior to Kublalsingh s commencement of
his hunger strike, wrote to him (Kublalsingh)
expressing her concern for the proposed
course of action, bearing in mind, the fact
that there was litigation between the State
and the HRM.
The letter outlined the position of the
Government which was that the nation
could not be held to ransom.
As Kublalsingh s hunger strike pro-
gressed, concerns intensified.
A suggestion was made by former pres-
ident of the Law Association and former
independent senator, Martin Daly, SC, that
the State should consider agreeing to have
Kublalsingh s appeal before the Privy Coun-
cil expedited so that it could be fast tracked.
Ramlogan said he communicated this
proposal to members of Kublalsingh s family
and awaited for a response from them,
given an assurance that they would speak
to Kublalsingh and get back to him (Ram-
Mere hours before she was
shot to death, Patricia Spinks
told the "mother" at her church
someone was going to kill her.
"She told me they going to
kill me, you know ," Mother Pas-
tor Carol Castle told mourners
at the St Joseph Spiritual Baptist
Church, Longdenville, yesterday
where the funeral service for
Spinks and her son Jason Nero
was being held.
The two caskets stood at the
front of a packed church.
Spinks was a devoted and
loved member of the church.
Spinks, 52, of La Solita Road,
Kelly Village, was killed in her
bed last week Friday night.
Two days later, while relatives
were conducting a wake for her,
her son Nero was shot by some-
one at the front of the house.
The police suspected Nero had
killed his mother after she began
legal proceedings to evict him
from her home.
The police believed a case of
vigilante justice may have led to
Nero s killing. Relatives said he
had a morbid fascination with
the gangster lifestyle.
Addressing the congregation,
Castle said the Saturday after
Spinks death, she asked Nero,
"Jason, who killed your moth-
She told the church: "It was
not going to stay so. God answers
prayers. The Sunday, I heard the
news (of Nero s death).
"When her death came, his
covering was removed. Even if
he didn t do it, his covering was
"If you are living a life of
crime, the enemy overpowers
She said God allowed Spinks
to come home so her suffering
could end and Nero, if he was
giving trouble, he was not be
able to do so anymore.
Castle further indicated the
family feud did not end with
Nero s killing.
She said after his murder on
Sunday, people were afraid to
attend his mother s wake.
She said she went the follow-
ing Tuesday and at 4 am some-
one called her and told her boul-
ders were being thrown on the
Castle said she felt afraid but
continued to attend the church
to conduct services.
"No little bad boy will make
me not do what God wants me
to do," she said. "This house
belongs to God."
Disclosing she found out who
was behind the stoning of the
church, she said: "When you
are in Christ, you fear no one."
Urging members to go to the
police if they knew their sons
had guns, she added: "If we start
with bad boy business here, we
won t be coming to church.
Spinks and her son were later
laid to rest at the Washington
JENSEN LA VENDE
One day after he successfully petitioned the
High Court to stop CNC3 Crime Watch host Ian
Alleyne from speaking about his court matter,
businessman Shaun Sammy appeared in court
and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence
Sammy, who was represented by Gilbert Peterson,
SC, changed his original not guilty plea yesterday
and would be sentenced on December 2.
On Wednesday, Justice Joan Charles granted an
injunction which restrains Alleyne from speaking,
broadcasting, publishing or uttering anything in
relation to any matter of Sammy s case in the
magistrate s court.
On September 18, Sammy pleaded not guilty
when he appeared before a magistrate in the Port-
of-Spain Magistrates Court.
When Sammy appeared before Magistrate Maris-
sa Gomez yesterday no mention of a missing file
There were reports that the police file in the
matter had gone missing.
Before she read the charge out to Sammy, Gomez
said she was not prejudiced and her "mind was
clear" after Peterson expressed concerns about
comments made about the case on television.
According to police reports, Sammy was driving
his vehicle along French Street, Woodbrook, around
5 pm on August 23 when he was stopped by Cpl
Maraj of the Woodbrook Police Station.
A breathalyser test was done on Sammy which
stated he had a blood alcohol level of 86 micro-
grammes of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of
breath, 51 above of the legal limit.
Kublalsingh's hunger strike---Day 23
AG: Govt offers to fast
track Privy Council appeal
Murdered mom saw
Daughters of Patricia Spinks --- Appelonia Spinks, left, and Kelly
Nero --- comfort each other at her funeral yesterday. Spinks was
murdered last week Friday. Two days later her son, Jason Nero,
was killed. Both were buried yesterday. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
Shaun Sammy leaves the Port-of-Spain
Magistrate's Court, St Vincent Street, yesterday.
PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
After injunction on
Crime Watch host ...
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