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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 23, 2014
A Williamsville man, who said he
was "fed up and had enough," hacked
four women to near death on Sunday
night before setting their home on fire.
The victims --- Bernadette Blackie, 60,
and her daughters Nadine, 29, Natalie,
28, and Naisha, 26 --- remained warded
in a critical condition at the San Fernando
Relatives said two of them had their
bodies disfigured during the cutlass attack
by a cocaine-addicted 65-year-old rel-
Reports stated while watching televi-
sion an argument broke out around 9
pm over the suspect's cocaine-abuse at
the family's home at Riverdale Road,
Williamsville. He took up the cutlass and
began chopping the women in retalia-
All four women ran out the house.
The suspect followed them, chopping
Bernadette on her back and head, even
cutting off one of her Rastafarian locks.
He then chased Natalie to a neighbour's
house where he chopped her on her back
and neck after she fell on a flight of stairs.
According to Bernadette's brother,
Simeon Outram, the suspect sat down
on Naisha as he slit her cheeks.
He said the attack ended after
Nadine, bleeding from her injuries, ran
to the nearby Hell Town Bar and called
out to men liming there.
When the suspect saw the men com-
ing, he ran back to the house and doused
it with kerosene. It is believed he severed
the hose on an LPG tank and set the
Neighbours said they heard an explo-
sion and heard the man screaming as
he ran through the bushes behind the
Firefighters and police responded but
when they arrived, the wooden structure
Pointing at the bloodstained walkway
leading to the family's home, Outram
said the violence could have ended if
police had arrested the man who would
often abuse the women.
He said: "Just some months ago he
pushed one of the girls down a step and
beat Bernadette on her back with piece
of wood. They called the police and you
know when the police come, they start-
ed to buff' one of the girls. Police could
have stopped this a long time now."
He said Bernadette had just retired
from Nurtimix Feeds Ltd at the Har-
mony Hall Industrial Estate, Marabella
but was holding on until she began col-
lecting pension next month.
He said their attacker, a former steel
worker, served a jail sentence in his
youth and has been using cocaine for
the past 20 years.
Up until yesterday evening, police
was yet to arrest him.
Cpl Neckchadee of the Gasparillo
Police Station is investigating.
A second oil leak has polluted
the Guaracara River in less than
five months, mere days before
The leak was detected days after
the anniversary of the disastrous
La Brea oil spill.
Yesterday oil from the Pointe-a-
Pierre refinery leaked into the
Guaracara River and Marabella res-
idents are fearful they may not have
a yuletide to celebrate.
Already one resident, Glenis
Quashie-Dalrymple, had to seek
medical treatment yesterday for
respiratory problems she said was
caused by fumes from the oil-cov-
ered river which flows behind her
Silk Cotton Street, Marabella, home.
She said over the weekend a high
sulphuric smell was evident in the
neighbourhood and her two younger
children --- ages seven and nine ---
complained of feeling unwell.
"In the night they would be
coughing but they do not have any
runny nose or fever. For the last
two days we notice a high sulphur
smell and my son was vomiting,"
Quashie-Dalrymple, a police offi-
cer, said she was okay until yester-
day morning when she began feeling
sick. She sought treatment at the
San Fernando General Hospital and
had to use the nebulizer to assist
her with her breathing.
She said when she woke up yes-
terday morning she was stunned
to see the condition of the water in
the Guaracara River.
She added: "When we woke up
I opened the kitchen window facing
the river and I looked out.
"I noticed the river was the same
as it was the morning of the oil spill
(in July). At that time (yesterday
morning) tide was high and the
bamboo was hanging over the river
and it had oil.
"That is what make me realise
it was an oil spill. The smell was
She said since the July oil spill
residents often saw oil floating spo-
radically down the Guaracara River,
especially when rain fell.
"However," she said, "it was more
severe than the last time. Every time
the rain falls you would get oil com-
ing down the river for half day and
then it would clear up but today
(yesterday) the smell is bad."
Quashie-Dalrymple said if the
situation did not improve she did
not expect to have a good Christmas.
Sixth Street Extension resident,
Isaac Rampaul, 69, shared Quashie-
Dalrymple's view. He said he did
not know what to expect for Christ-
mas now that the oil spill had
He said in July residents were not
allowed to cook and now with
Christmas mere days away, he was
not sure what was going to happen.
Yesterday a pungent sulphur smell
was thick in the air when the T&T
Guardian visited Silk Cotton Street
and Bayshore, Marabella.
The river bank was caked with
fresh oil and the water, at various
points, was covered with thick oil,
accompanied by an nauseating
Petrotrin has confirmed it is
treating with a new oil leak that
has made its way into the
Last evening Gillian Friday,
Petrotrin corporate communica-
tions manager, in response to
queries from the T&T Guardian
said, via e-mail, Petrotrin officials
responded to "a small leak in its
heavy oil system at the Pointe-
a-Pierre refinery, stemming the
overflow and containing the rem-
nants that had escaped into the
neighbouring Guaracara River."
Friday said on Sunday
"Petrotrin's first responders con-
tained the overflow within the
refinery and installed contain-
ment booms along the river."
She said vacuum trucks were
also mobilised for immediate
Friday assured that "no oil has
escaped into the sea."
She added that in exercising
caution "Petrotrin officials also
initiated air-quality monitoring
in the neighbouring Marabella
community. This monitoring is
Friday said Petrotrin had noted
recent reports relating to medical
issues alleged to have arisen from
the slop oil leak at Guaracara and
the corporate response to the spill
"included the provision of med-
ical services to a number of res-
idents of Marabella who accessed
the facilities made available and
follow-up care to persons where
this was required."
She said the company contin-
ued its programme of follow-up
medical screening which contin-
ued to be available to persons
with medical issues that may be
related to the July slop oil leak.
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'Fed up' man hacks
Petrotrin: Overflow contained
New oil leak in Guaracara River
Sixth Street, Marabella, resident Isaac Rampaul, 69, points to a portion of the Guaracara River behind his
house where a thick layer of oil was seen flowing down the water course yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
In July over 5,000 barrels of
slop oil escaped from a tank at
the refinery and made its way
into the Guaracara River,
causing confusion for the
Petrotrin incurred significant
losses following that spill. The
Marabella spill came on the
heels of the December 17,
2013 spill in Marabella.
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