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Police have found
more drugs and a gun at
the home of a Cunupia
man who was one of
three people arrested
after a high-speed chase
in Siparia on Wednesday
ended in a crash.
Siparia CID, led by
Insp Anderson Pariman,
executed a search warrant
at the home of a 28-year-
old man at Chin Chin
Road and found four
Former Urban Development Corpora-
tion of T&T (Udecott) CEO, Winston
Agard, yesterday testified while some
contracts for consulting services awarded
by the corporation went through a formal
process, the consultants for the Las
Alturas Housing project was awarded
solely by former executive chairman
Agard told members of the enquiry Hart
was responsible for the selection of con-
sultants for the project.
Agard was employed by Udecott between
August 2001 and September 2005.
Asked about the process for purchasing
sites for housing projects, Agard said the
decisions were not up to him.
"I was not involved. The matter was
dealt with at board level. I was not involved
in negotiations or asked to give advice,"
Agard told the commission.
Agard said the consultancy firm, Plan-
ning Associates Ltd (PAL), chosen by Hart,
later hired Geotech Associates.
He said a report from the company did
not raise concerns or problems about the
He said, however, that public consul-
tations were held by Town and Country
Agard said the initial application to Town
and Country Planning sought approvals
for 130 units to be built on the property.
However, there was a resubmission for
300 units shortly after.
Asked by chairman of the commission,
Mustapha Ibrahim, whether or not he had
raised questions on the increase in the
number of units, Agard said he did not.
He said Town and Country had specif-
ically reserved the area where the land
slippage occurred in the development as
Agard said the two, now condemned,
buildings constructed by the Housing
Development Corporation (HDC) were
built on the area reserved as open space.
The two buildings were not originally a
part of the scope of works.
Agard said he knew nothing about the
site after he left Udecott in 2005.
He was asked if he felt the area was
suitable for construction.
"A part of the site was not economically
suitable for the construction project," Agard
He explained that work could have been
done on the vulnerable part of the site but
it would have been costly.
packets of compressed
marijuana, a .38 revolver
and four rounds of .38
This adds to the 34
packets of high-grade
marijuana and a package
of pure cocaine, valued
at $2.5 million, that were
found on the suspects
after they crashed their
Honda Civic into a Nis-
san Laurel at the corner
of High Street and Coora
Road, Siparia, around 10
Police had earlier
learned the trio went to
a beach in Palo Seco
where they had just pur-
chased the shipment of
Six passengers, includ-
ing three children, who
were in the Nissan Laurel
received injuries and were
treated at the Siparia Dis-
trict Health Facility and
More drugs, gun found
at home of arrested man
intensify it if
WASA did not
number of water
WASA says a
into the area
Witness: Calder Hart chose consultants
AT A GLANCE
The commission of enquiry was set up to
investigate "the entire process which led to the
construction of the Las Alturas Towers at Lady
Young Gardens, Morvant, and all other acts, matters
or decisions done or undertaken incidental to and
including the construction" of the project, which
include the procurement process.
Two multi-storey units of the Las Alturas housing
project began falling apart after construction and
the $26 million towers were earmarked for
demolition. They were part of a larger project, which
was originally budgeted at $65 million and then rose
to $90 million. The commission is chaired by former
Justice of Appeal Mustapha Ibrahim. The other
members include civil engineers Dr Myron Wing-
Sang Chin and Anthony Farrell.
A 22-year-old Barrackpore woman is undergoing
counselling after she was raped by a bandit who
raided her family s home yesterday.
Her 28-year-old husband and their two-year-old
child were held in a separate room during the ordeal.
Police said two bandits, one armed with a gun, kicked
down the back door of the couple s home around 1
am and ordered the family to surrender their valuables.
After stealing jewelry, money and appliances, one of
the men took the woman into a room and carried
out the assault.
They later escaped in the couple s car which was
later ditched after the bandits crashed into a utility
pole at St Mary s Village, Moruga.
Just Monday, truck driver Ramcharan Maharaj, 45,
was shot dead by bandits who stormed his Cunjal
Trace, Barrackpore home.
The bandits, one armed with a gun, stole jewelry,
cash and appliances and loaded it into the family s
Toyota Corolla car.
His wife, Amelia, and son Gabriel were tied up in
other rooms. Before leaving, one of the bandits shot
Maharaj in his head and escaped in the stolen car
which was later found in Lengua. ---Kevon Felmine
in home invasion
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