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A magistrate yesterday
lambasted a 23-year-old
paralegal working at the
Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) office and
ordered him to pay a fine
of $6,500 fine for drunk
Telling Dillon Doodal
he "has flushed his career
down the toilet," San Fer-
nando magistrate Rehana
Ali berated the third-year
law student for embar-
rassing the DPP s office
and the law profession.
"I am disgusted," said
Ali after Doodal pleaded
guilty to driving 58 micro-
grammes above the legal
The court heard Doodal
was arrested by PC Ger-
ard around 3.25 am at
Naparima Mayaro Road,
Mon Repos, on Sunday
after the officer, who was
on a road traffic exercise,
detected a strong scent of
alcohol on his breath.
Doodal admitted to
police he had about two
beers but he also said: "I
working in the DPP office.
I know my rights and if
you lash me I will give
you a lawsuit faster than
He was taken to the Ste
Madeleine Police Station
and charged. Doodal
scored a reading of 93
microgrammes on the
breathalyser device. The
legal limit is 35 micro-
Apologising for his
actions, Doodal said he
was liming with a friend,
the owner of the car he
was driving, at a night-
When they got to the
gas station at Royal Road,
he explained, his friend
came out the car, stum-
bled and fell.
"I realise he was more
drunk than me," said Doo-
dal who said he then called
His cousin told him to
meet him at the Mon
Saying she felt embar-
rassed and disappointed,
the magistrate added that
Doodal even flaunted
where he was working
when stopped by the
"You should be
ashamed," said Ali.
Doodal said he only
made those remarks
because he found that the
Accident victim Khemraj Sookwah s last words to
his father were, "Daddy close the door for me."
A sorrowful David Sookwah yesterday recalled: "He
was leaving home Friday morning at 3.34 am to go to
work at the airport and called out to me to close the
"I didn t watch his face, which I normally do, because
I was too sleepy.
"I just closed the door and went back to bed," Sookwah
Shortly after, Sookwah heard the tragic news that his
19-year old son had died in an accident at the UWI
traffic light, St Augustine.
His work colleague, Natalie Haynes, a 44-year-old
mother of two, who travelled to work with Khemraj,
Haynes was a traffic agent at the company for the
past six years. They were both rostered for the 4 am
Khemraj, of Ruben Trace, Enterprise, a ramp attendant
at Piarco Air Services Ltd for the last 18 months, stopped
at the red light, near UWI.
"His car was at a standstill when a vehicle came from
nowhere and rammed into him.
"The medical said he died from head trauma and
other injuries," he explained.
Sookwah said he has not heard anything since about
the driver of the other car.
He said Khemraj was the fourth of five children and
worked two jobs.
"Before he got the job at the airport, he used to wrap
doubles near Medford gas station.
"He continued to do this in his spare time as a little
hustle," he added.
Sookwah said he was trying to cope while making
arrangements to lay his son to rest later this week.
Meanwhile, the family of Haynes was in grief while
they also sought to put funeral arrangements in place.
Haynes 16-year old daughter, Chelsea, yesterday told
the T&T Guardian she was very close to her mother.
Haynes has one other child, a 15-year old son.
Chelsea appeared in a state of shock. Asked how she
was coping, she replied: "I don t know."
An acting Assistant Superintendent of
Police (ASP) accused of three criminal
charges, including resisting arrest, is asking
for a speedy trial to clear his name.
Augustus Williams pleaded not guilty to
the charges when he appeared before Mag-
istrate Carl Quamina in the Port-of-Spain
Third Court yesterday.
"He (Williams) is ready and anxious to
proceed with the matter. He is a senior
police officer and has the right to a speedy
trial," Williams lawyer Ulric Skerritt told
Quamina after the charges were read.
Williams, who was last assigned to the
Western Division, was detained on Saturday
evening after an alleged altercation with
police outside a bar in St Paul Street, East
Besides resisting arrest, Williams was
slapped additional charges for using obscene
language and for refusing to supply a sample
for a breathalyser test.
He was granted bail by a Justice of the
Peace on Saturday night and was allowed
to go home to return to court yesterday
morning. The bail bond of an undisclosed
value was endorsed by Quamina yesterday.
Before the case was adjourned, Skerritt
requested that prosecutors disclose all the
evidence necessary for preparing his defence
to the charges against his client.
The evidence requested included CCTV
footage from the location of Williams arrest
at the Besson Street Police Station where
he was taken for the breathalyser test.
Skerritt also asked for the results of a
preliminary breathalyser test on Williams
before he allegedly refused a second, leading
to the charge.
In response court prosecutors advised
Skerritt his request would only be processed
after the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) appointed a State attorney to pros-
ecute the case.
Williams will reappear in court on April
officer was being aggres-
sive. The magistrate, how-
ever, did not believe him.
The magistrate also
advised Doodal s mother
to take his licence from
him because he was irre-
sponsible and making bad
Doodal said he could
pay $3,000 forthwith. The
magistrate allowed him
until February 26 to pay
all the money.
Top cop on 3 charges
wants speedy trial Two co-workers
die in road crash
Employers and colleagues of Khemraj Sookwah
and Natalie Haynes at Piarco Air Services Ltd are
sad over their deaths.
Managing director Conrad Jemmot sent a
condolence letter to the media.
It said: "It is with great sadness and a heavy
heart that the directors, management and staff of
Piarco Air Services Ltd wish to offer their sincerest
condolences to the families of Khemraj and Natalie.
"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers
go out to them."
Career down toilet
Magistrate to law student on DIU charge:
Dillon Doodal is escorted from the San Fernando
Traffic Court yesterday by PC Gerard after he was
fined $6,500 for driving under the influence of
alcohol. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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