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Laventille East/Morvant MP Donna Cox and a Santa Claus character play with two-month-old Jabari
Hernandez during the MP's annual Christmas party at the House of Angostura, Eastern Main Road,
Laventille, last Saturday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
An alibi that he smokes to deal
with the dead could not save a
mortician from a jail term. Junior
Hernandez, 32, of Pleasantville,
was sentenced to six months in
prison when he appeared before
Magistrate Natalie Diop in the Sixth
Magistrate s Court on Monday
charged with marijuana posses-
Hernandez was held with 50 small
packets of marijuana over the week-
Court prosecutor Sgt Parasan
Ramsumair told the court that PC
Harripersad and other colleagues
were on patrol along Cassia Avenue,
Pleasantville, when they saw Her-
nandez standing on the side of the
road and acting suspiciously. He was
searched and the drugs were found
in his right front pants pocket.
Asked by Diop what he was doing
with the drugs, Hernandez replied,
"I am a mortician, I does need to
smoke to calm down and deal with
the dead people."
Hernandez, who has several pre-
vious convictions, was sentenced to
six months in prison.
Two armed members of a gang of
bandits who target Chinese businesses
were arrested by police on Saturday
night. The suspects, both in their 20s
from Marabella and Tarodale Gardens,
were held hours after shooting up a
roulette machine during a failed rob-
bery at the Lucky 7 Bar at St
Clement s Junction, Ste Madeleine on
Police obtained video footage of
the men walking into the bar around
5 pm Friday, firing several shots at a
vacant machine and then announcing
But when patrons began screaming
and running frantically, and the gun-
men saw the flashing lights of a pass-
ing police vehicle, they ran out the
building without taking anything.
Based on the footage, San Fernando
CID and Southern Division Task Force
launched a search for the men and
eventually found them at Phase I,
Tarodale Gardens, around 11 am Sat-
When the men saw the police they
ran, but Cpl Nanan and PCs Branche
and Bacchus were able to catch the
Both men are still being interviewed
in connection with several other rob-
beries of Chinese businesses, among
them groceries and restaurants, and
are expected to go on identification
It was not the first time gunmen
had stormed the Lucky Seven Bar.
On June 3, its security officer, Darryl
"Million" Baptiste, was shot dead
while on duty there. CCTV footage
at the compound also helped police
in capturing his killer.
Chief executive officer of the
Princes Town Regional Corpo-
ration (PTRC) Jameel Ameeral
has denied a request by the
council to approve a $185,000
retreat to Tobago, saying it is
not council business.
He also knocked members for
making private correspondence
between himself and chairman
Aiknath Singh public.
Ameeral made the announce-
ment at the 14th statutory meet-
ing of the PTRC at Hosein s
Building, High Street, Princes
Town. At the time, he was
responding to questions posed
by Saint Julien councillor Latch-
mi-Narine Ramdhan regarding a
letter sent by him (Ameeral) to
Ramdhan told the council he
was in possession of a letter from
the CEO to the chairman, in
which the CEO declined to meet
with the council regarding the
retreat and questioned the motive
behind the retreat.
"That correspondence, which
councillor Ramdhan and others
were waving copies of, was sent
under confidential cover and
addressed to the chairman,"
"They used it to make their
contribution at this statutory
meeting, which is in fact a public
meeting. I m not sure of what
the motive behind this."
He also chastised members for
the manner in which the corre-
spondence was brought before
the council without the knowl-
edge of all members.
"And I will indicate that if cor-
respondence is coming before this
council, it ought to be properly
tabled and each member must
be given a copy of the correspon-
dence so they can make their
contribution," he said.
"So I deem the correspondence
not to be appropriate before the
council at this meeting."
He also pronounced that the
proposed retreat to Tobago is not
"And I deem this meeting to
be a council meeting and the
meeting at Tobago not to be a
Princes Town corp goes over budget
Ameeral said in addition to this, the council has already
overspent from their budget by $100,000.
"Chairman, in my correspondence to you I advised that funds are
not available, I heard no mention of that.
"I indicated in my correspondence to the chairman that
expenditure has exceeded in Section 66 of the budget by
$100,000. Yet here we are planning a retreat for $185,000 for
which the quote was $153,000."
In defence of the council, Singh said the only intent of his council
was to have dialogue on the situation, which Ameeral declined to
do in his letter.
"All we asked for was to sit and have dialogue, nothing more,
who supposed to be invited after would be welcome," said Singh.
"I don't want this barrier, we will come and sit down and talk
leads to arrests
Man jailed for ganja
to deal with dead
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