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Prakash Ramadhar is refusing
to step down as Congress of the
People (COP) leader.
The COP s Youth Congress had
called on Ramadhar to give up the
leadership post hours after the
party faced a crushing defeat at
the polls last Monday.
The COP captured one of eight
seats which it contested, and this
angered the Youth Congress. In a
press release, the group stated that
the party had gone from a position
of strength to zero credibility.
Yesterday, PRO of the COP
Patricia Metivier responded to the
issue raised by the Youth Congress
at a press conference at Flagship
House, St Clair.
She said the party found it
strange that the group, comprising
four members, would ask Ramad-
har to resign when they failed to
participate in the party s affairs
"I don t know what is their
agenda. Is either they come on
board or decide they do not want
to be part of this anymore," Metivi-
Ramadhar said there was a
"motivating force behind" the
press release, but he intended to
recommit and rebuild to take the
He said he was "disappointed"
with the election results.
"We expected that the people
would have voted in support of
the People s Partnership. We are
down but not out. We will con-
solidate and recommit to make
ourselves more attractive and lov-
Ramadhar said at one point he
wanted to fight the Tunapuna seat
instead of St Augustine.
However, he said, if he did not
capture the Tunapuna seat, the
COP would not have had a seat
and voice in Parliament, which
could have led to the party s death.
He said the COP would continue
to work hard as they prepared for
the next election.
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Police officers attached to
the Central Division are being
lauded for their swift work
in apprehending a 48-year-
old sexual predator, posing
as a PH driver, who kid-
napped a woman on Friday.
According to police reports
the man of Taska Road,
Piparo, was arrested on Friday
afternoon after Sgt Johdan and
officers from the Central Divi-
sion Task Force intercepted a
white Nissan B-15 driven by
the suspect. Police said the
man jumped out of the police
car in an attempt to elude cap-
ture, but was recaptured after
Police said the man picked
up the 24-year-old school
teacher in Williamsville to take
her to Tabaquite around 10.50
am on Friday. The driver,
police said, went off route to
a lonely area at Emmanuel
Trace, Piparo, along the Piparo
Old Road, where he threatened
the woman. The man forced
the woman to perform oral sex
on him before indecently
assaulting her. After the ordeal
the man demanded the
woman to strip and robbed
her of her Blu Studio cell-
phone, a BlackBerry cellphone,
jewelry and an iPad. He then
threw the woman out of the
car and told her to run.
A passerby stopped and
helped the woman who con-
tacted the Gasparillo Police
Station. The good Samaritan
took the woman to the Princes
Town Health Centre where she
was treated and discharged.
The stolen items were
recovered in the man s car. He
is expected to be charged with
escaping lawful custody, kid-
napping, indecent sexual
assault and larceny. Cpl Lal-
beharry is continuing inves-
Prakash not stepping
down as COP leader
...says he's disappointed with election results
Over a dozen families living in the
Oropouche Lagoon spent last night
counting their losses as heavy rains
and flooding wreaked havoc in South
With over five hours of continuous
rain, lightning and thunder, water levels
in the New Cut Channel and surround-
ing lagoons began overflowing, stream-
ing into homes along Pluck Road, San
Francique, St John s Trace, Avocat, and
According to Tricia Toykam, at least
four homes at St John s Trace were
under water with water levels reaching
as high at 12 inches. She said residents
lost clothes, furniture, appliances and
equipment worth hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars. She said while the
community was prone to floods, noth-
ing was done to address the drainage
issues in the past few years.
Councillor for Avocat/ San Francique
North Rajwantee Bullock visited affected
residents in San Francique, yesterday.
She said residents from Centeno Trace,
Sukal Trace and Kanhailal Trace felt
the brunt of yesterday s flooding with
levels in their home reaching between
two and four feet. One businessman
with musical equipment suffered heavy
losses when his systems were damaged
by the water, while a carpenter lost his
material in the flood.
Bullock said the Siparia Regional Cor-
poration (SRC) had completed a box
drain programme in the area recently.
However, she said, the community was
situated in a low-lying area and the
increase of new homes had put a heavier
burden on the existing drainage. She
said it would take between $2 million
and $3 million to address the drainage
problem in the San Francique area alone.
"The size of our drains cannot handle
the capacity of water with these heavy
rainfalls. The contributing factors to
the floods are that there are many new,
large houses and their runoff has
nowhere to go in the lagoon area that
is already filled. There is a main river
that takes the water out to the Mosquito
Creek and that also needs to be desilted
and dredged as well," Bullock said.
She said she would meet with the
Disaster Management Unit of the SRC
and other agencies to arrange assistance
for the residents soon.
Ramjit "Pie" Ramlal looked like a
happy man as he danced along the
Moruga Road yesterday morning, but
his fate changed when he was savagely
beaten to death with a brick.
Ramlal, 48, a handyman of Fifth
Company, was the third person to be
murdered in the last eight days in the
quiet rural community. So far, there is
no evidence to link his death to the last
three killings as investigators are yet to
determine a motive for his murder.
Reports state that a female security
guard was heading home around 4 am
when she saw Ramlal s body lying in
the road in front of his family s Number
One Stop Bar. She immediately went to
his mother s home and informed relatives
who went to the scene.
Speaking at the bar yesterday, his
niece Charmaine Dyer said Ramlal went
to lime with her sisters at B s Complex
and Bar in St Mary s on Friday evening.
She said video footage from their bar s
CCTV system showed him dancing and
looking happy on the pavement. After
receiving news that he was seen lying
in the road, relatives rushed out and
found a small concrete slab on his head
and a brick at his side.
"We came down here and found him
on his back with a stone over his face
and a brick to the side of his head. His
face was busted open. We don t know
what happened, but maybe he and
someone was fighting and when he fell
to the ground they dropped the stone
on his face.
"I think it had to be a robbery because
he got paid yesterday and we are not
seeing his wallet. He did not have any
argument with anybody and the cameras
showed him dancing in the road," Dyer
She said it was possible that he was
killed by someone he knew.
Dyer said one of her sisters was arrest-
ed after she accidentally slapped a female
police officer in her face. She said the
relative was inconsolable when she came
to the scene and, as she lunged towards
the body, the officers held her back.
During a scuffle to get free, she said,
the relative struck the officer and was
arrested and taken to Princes Town
Dyer said police told her sister that
she would be charged for assaulting an
officer, resisting arrest, damage to prop-
erty, and using obscene language. Rel-
atives said the woman has an eight-
month-old son who is breast-feeding
and police told them to bring the child
to the station to be fed.
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Admitting that murders were increas-
ing in the community, a Senior Southern
Division officer said they had noted a
rise in drugs and guns landing along the
Moruga coastline. While roadblocks and
patrols had yielded drugs and weapons,
he said, the murders continued.
"We have an increase in drugs and
guns trade coming through the Moruga
area and it is a big increase because the
borders in that district are not being
protected. We have no coastal patrols
down there and it is a free sea trade.
The coast guards are supposed to be
manning the sea, but we don t even
have vessels down on this side."
He said personnel in the district had
been bolstered using both the CID and
Southern Division Task Force.
...third killing in eight days
in the quiet rural community
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