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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 26, 2015
A South Oropouche man who had his licence
disqualified on Monday for drunk driving appeared
in court again yesterday facing more charges related
to his initial arrest.
This time he was ordered to attend Alcohol Anony-
Alex Mankhan, a fabricator of Dow Village, South
Oropouche, faces charges of being drunk in a public
place, resisting arrest and using obscene language.
He appeared before Magistrate Ava Vandenburg-
Bailey in the San Fernando court yesterday.
Mankhan, 24, was fined $10,000 on Monday for
driving under the influence of alcohol. It was his
second offence of a similar nature, as in 2011 he was
fined $4,500 for failing to submit to a breathalyser.
Yesterday, court prosecutor Krishna Bedassie told
the court that off-duty SRP Sujeet Ramcharan was
on his way home around 6.45 am on Saturday when
he saw a vehicle skid off the M2 Ring Road.
Ramcharan stopped to offer assistance but when
he approached Mankhan and asked him if he had
been drinking, Mankhan started to curse.
Mankhan told Ramcharan: "I real drink and I real
*expletive* drunk and I was driving that mother
*expletive* car, what the *expletive* you go do me?"
Mankhan went on: "Is you alone here. We go
*expletive* yuh up and beat yuh *expletive*."
Ramcharan said at that point Mankhan began to
stagger. Ramcharan said he attempted to hold on to
Mankhan s right hand and Mankhan pulled away
With the assistance of other passers-by, Ramcharan
said he was able to subdue Mankhan and arrest him.
Mankhan was ordered to attend AA classes at the
Avocat Vedic School and return to court for sentencing
on October 2.
More budget cuts if the Peo-
ple s Partnership Government
gets a second term in office.
Finance Minister Larry
Howai made the disclosure yes-
terday in response to questions
from the media on plummeting
Oil prices are now below $40
Howai said the present budg-
et is pegged on $45 a barrel but
a 2015/2016 PP budget will be
based on a $40 a barrel oil
Howai, on an optimistic note,
said oil prices were expected to
rebound by Christmas.
He spoke to the media at a
Port-of-Spain Rotary Club
function yesterday at Goodwill
Industries in which Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
was a special guest.
Several Government Minis-
ters accompanied her, including
Attorney General Garvin
Nicholas, a past president of
the Rotary Club, Planning Min-
ister Dr Bhoe Tewarie, Trade
and Industry Minister Vasant
Bharath and Howai.
Several groups representing
the physically challenged were
present at the function and the
focus was on helping the dif-
Persad-Bissessar centered her
address on what her Govern-
ment had done for that group.
She began, however, by
assuring those present that the
PP moved the economy from
one of decline in 2010 to one
of stability and small growth
She promised that if the PP
returned to government that
growth would continue.
The Prime Minister then
spent the rest of her speech on
the differently-abled. She said
she had an autistic grand-
daughter and the experience
was challenging and rewarding
at the same time.
She repeated her promises
to help that community, most
of them already made at the
opening of the National
Enrichment and Empowerment
Centre at Carlsen Field recent-
ly.A guest representing autistic
children asked the Prime Min-
ister about special children get-
ting laptops and tablets and her
prompt response was: "Done!"
The PM said when she
announced the laptop pro-
gramme, it was for all children.
Persad-Bissessar received a
warm response from members
of the club.
Howard Sabga, in thanking
the Prime Minister for attend-
ing the event, said he heard her
plans for the next five years.
Sabga said he was looking
forward, if the PP returns to
power, to achieve its millenium
Budget cuts coming
Howai: New PP Govt looking at $40 a barrel
of the Port-of-
Club, chats with
during the club's
Man back in
court on more
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