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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Doctors at the St Ann s Psychiatric
Hospital have deemed the man
charged with stealing the 47-seater
bus from Kings Wharf, San Fernando,
to be of unsound mind.
Aaron Small, 32, wanted to plead
guilty when he reappeared in the San
Fernando Magistrate s Court on Mon-
day but it was not accepted because
of his mental status.
Small, of Woodbrook, was allegedly
driving the $978,429.89 Yutong bus,
the property of Public Transport Service
Corporation (PTSC), when the police
stopped him near Mon Repos on Jan-
uary 17. He was charged by PC Davis
On the request of his attorney Ains-
ley Lucky, Small was remanded at St
Ann s for a psychiatric evaluation.
When Lucky inquired from Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington
whether the hospital had sent a report
on Monday the magistrate said they
"It says he was not of sound mind
at the time of the commission of the
offence," Wellington said.
It was at this point Small said: "I
want to plead guilty based on my
However, his attorney told the mag-
istrate: "That is not of his best interest."
The magistrate reduced Small s bail
from $35,000 to $15,000 and adjourned
the matter to April 1.
Angry vendors at the San Fer-
nando Market are accusing officers
of the San Fernando Municipal
Police of encouraging illegal street
vendors to occupy the pavement
along Mucurapo Street.
But not that allegation was
revealed to San Fernando mayor
Kazim Hosein yesterday but the exis-
tence of a drug block near the mar-
ket s back entrance, which vendors
fear will bring gun violence and rob-
bery near them.
Several vendors left their stalls
filled with produce and threatened
to lock the gates of the market, say-
ing the illegal vending had taken
away their customers.
Jaikaran Mahabir said it was unfair
that bona-fide vendors were spend-
ing $45 monthly for the small space
they occupied while wholesalers were
putting out produce on the floor of
the pavement or in their vehicles on
Rosetta Jack said the washrooms
which were being built years ago
remained unfinished and were in a
She said when rain came the roof
was like a strainer.
Mahabir said: "There are police
officers who have their people selling
outside on the streets and they say
who can sell and who can t sell.
She claimed there were some offi-
cers encouraging illegal vending.
"We have to pay $45 plus VAT
every month for one stall and nobody
outside has to pay this and they are
getting better accommodation than
"They are selling during market
hours and they are affecting our
sales. This also causes traffic jams
outside there with two lanes of traffic
because people are stopping right
there and are making their market.
Anything you can see inside the mar-
ket, they sell it outside," Mahabir
He said when they complained to
the market clerk, they were told to
report it to the police.
When they reported it to the
police, he said, they would be sent
back to the market clerk.
He said the only time officers came
to the market was at 8 am daily to
assist the market clerk in collecting
dues. He said the lone female secu-
rity officer stationed at the market
was powerless to stop anything.
Man charged with stealing
bus of 'unsound mind'
Sando mayor hears
Both Hosein and ASP Heather
Remy-Brathwaite said claims
against the municipal police were
just allegations. Hosein said he did
not want to "come down on the
police concerning the allegations
while Remy-Brathwaite also
dismissed the allegations.
"As we said, those are allegations.
We do not have the officers here at
the moment but strategies will be
put in place to address the vending
"We have security officers on
duty at the central market and we
will have meetings and we will work
on something to deal with that.
"We must remember that citizens
also do have the option of calling
the central police if the city police
are not around," Remy-Brathwaite
Hosein promised to have the
toilets and roof repaired in three
However, he was warned by
vendors that if that time lapsed,
they would lock the market gates
and block the road in protest.
IT'S JUST ALLEGATIONS Reene Ogeer, a vendor at the San Fernando market, speaks with San Fernando mayor Kazim Hosein about
conditions of the market and the illegal vending which is affecting sales. The mayor visited the market
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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