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A section of the crowd during Hanuman Chalisa chanting ceremony at the Divali Nagar last weekend.
The event coincided with the 170th anniversary of the Indian Arrival Day celebrations which will be
observed with a public holiday on Saturday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
A school safety officer charged with
beating his wife was granted $35,000
bail on Monday on the condition he
moved out of his matrimonial home.
Lester Frederick, 52, who has a pend-
ing matter for a similar offence,
appeared before San Fernando Fourth
magistrate Margaret Alert.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge
of assaulting his wife by beating her.
The offence allegedly took place at their
home at Southern Main Road, La
Romaine, hours before his court appear-
PC Markus Lange arrested and
charged the accused.
Frederick told the magistrate he was
employed with the Ministry of Educa-
tion as a school safety officer. He said
he was on sick leave and was supposed
to have returned to work on Monday
Court prosecutor Sgt Krishna
Bedassie did not object to bail but noted
the accused had one pending matter.
However, Frederick s wife, who was
in court, expressed concerns about him
returning home after the court matter.
The woman also asked about obtain-
ing a restraining order. The magistrate
advised her to speak with the Justice
of the Peace at the Madinah building
where the Family Court is located.
Asked by the magistrate if there was
somewhere else he could stay, Frederick
said: "Not really, I will have to speak
to my brother."
Frederick, however, said all his "stuff"
was at his matrimonial home and he
would need access to it.
The magistrate granted him bail on
the condition that he moves out of the
house by 5 pm on Monday.
She also advised the woman to stay
away from the premises until after
The matter was adjourned to
Oyster vendor Bobby Gopie who
was caught drinking and driving told
a San Fernando magistrate on Monday
that alcohol helps him with body
cramps after he goes in the mangrove.
Gopie was arrested around 2 am on
Sunday on the Solomon Hochoy High-
way near Tarouba after the police smelt
alcohol on his breath, said court pros-
ecutor Sgt Dianath Harricharan.
Gopie admitted he drank two stouts
and a shot of puncheon rum.
After a breathalyser test was admin-
istered on him, it revealed that Gopie
was above the legal alcohol limit by 29
microgrammes. The legal limit is 35
Asked by Magistrate Sherene Mur-
ray-Bailey if he had anything to say,
Gopie said: "I think I was wrong for
drinking and driving but I had no
He said he experiences body cramps
when he comes out of the mangrove
after catching oysters.
"My whole body is be wet up... I
have to take something to cool down
the body... I does catch cramp when
I come out of the mangrove."
Inquiring whether he ever considered
taking any medication, the magistrate
said: "It cannot be that just before you
go to drive you must have a drink to
help with body cramps." Gopie said he
experiences cramps every day.
Explaining to him that alcohol could
have a negative effect on his ability to
drive, the magistrate deferred sentence
to allow him to visit a doctor for
him/her to prescribe "something other
than alcohol" for the cramps.
She also advised Gopie to attend
Arrive Alive classes to learn about the
dangers of drinking and driving.
Gopie is expected to reappear in court
on June 25. ---Sascha Wilson
A San Fernando City Corporation
labourer who blamed alcohol for his
criminal conduct was slapped with
$1,050 in fines on Monday.
Avinash Narine, 27, pleaded guilty
to having a cutlass for the purpose of
wounding, disorderly behaviour,
obscene language and resisting arrest.
He was arrested around 3.30 am on
Sunday along the Guaracara Tabaquite
Prosecutor Sgt Krishna Bedasie told
San Fernando Fourth Court Magistrate
Margaret Alert the police saw the
accused walking and dragging a cutlass
on the roadway.
When the police told him about his
behaviour, Narine began pacing up and
down the road, cursing and threatening
to kill someone for pelting him with a
A police officer took the cutlass away
from him but when the officer tried to
arrest him he pulled away his hand.
Narine was eventually arrested and
Asking for leniency, his attorney
Ainsley Lucky said that Narine was
under an alcohol-fueled state.
"In this, alcohol was the catalyst,"
said Lucky who added that it gave his
client "dutch courage."
In answer to the magistrate, Lucky
said the incident arose after an argu-
ment which "blew up from a mold
to a mountain."
Asking for a bond, Lucky said Nar-
ine had a problem with alcohol abuse
and was willing to apologise to the
However, the magistrate fined him
$750 for the cutlass offence, allowing
him seven days to pay or serve six
weeks in jail.
He was also fined $150 each on the
obscene language and disorderly
behaviour charges to be paid forth-
Narine was also put on a $2,000
bond for 12 months to keep the peace
and be of good behaviour.
$35,000 bail for man charged
with beating his wife
Remorseful labourer fined for conduct
Alcohol soothes my body cramps
Oyster catcher on DUI charge tells court:
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