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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 26, 2015
Chutney soca star Nishan Hitman Prab-
hu was granted $10,000 bail when he
appeared in court charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol yesterday.
Prabhu, of Todd s Road, Caparo, pleaded
not guilty to the charge that on September
23, he drove a motor vehicle along the SS
Erin Road, Debe, having consumed so much
alcohol that he exceeded the legal limit by
Prabhu was represented by attorney Carol
Cuffy-Dowlat, who told Magistrate Sherene
Murray-Bailey that her client was an inter-
national performer and was well known
throughout this country.
She said Prabhu was 37 years old, married
with two children, and had no previous or
Murray-Bailey cancelled Prabhu s first bail
bond and granted him $10,000 own bail.
The matter will continue on December 3.
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A father of one was yesterday granted
$40,000 bail on charges of maliciously wound-
ing his common-law wife, who was 37 weeks
pregnant at the time of the alleged attack, and
causing harm to his son.
Ashmeed Bocas was ordered to stay away
from his common-law wife Cintra Ramlochan
and son as a condition of his bail by Magistrate
Debra Quintyne in the Princes Town Magistrates
Ramlochan was said to have given birth yes-
Bocas, who lived with Ramlochan and the
child at Contention Road, Indian Walk, Moruga,
was arrested on Tuesday for assaulting Ram-
lochan and the child. He was also held for breach-
ing a protection order his parents had taken out
against him. He was arrested and charged by
PC Mathura of the Princes Town Police Station.
In court yesterday, Bocas begged Quintyne to
show him mercy, saying he would change and
not "give any more trouble."
Before considering bail Quintyne asked him
where he would stay if released, stating she
would not allow him to return to his Contention
Bocas said his grandmother lived at Mana-
hambre Road, Princes Town, and he could stay
Quintyne then laid out the provisions of the
bail, which include no contact with either victim
and no contact with the minor child unless
granted otherwise by a court order. She told him
he would be granted a police escort to go to the
house to collect his personal belongings when
he was able to secure bail.
Bocas thanked her fervently, promising not
to contact his wife or child and to get a job and
turn his life around.
The matter was adjourned until October 14.
Newly appointed independent senators pose for a group photo at their retreat yesterday. Senators, from left, are Dr Dhanayshar Mahabir,
Paul Richards, Melissa Ramkisson, Sophia Chote, Jennifer Raffoul, David Small, Taurel Shrikissoon and Stephen Creese. PHOTO: COURTESY
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Carmona issues warning to Independents
President Anthony Carmona says
Independent senators must refrain from
venturing into the "pit" as they go about
the nation s business over the next five
He made the comment yesterday during
the formal opening of a two-day retreat
for the nine independent senators at the
Office of the President, St Ann s.
The retreat is designed to assist the
participants in performing their roles as
independent senators during the 2015 to
2020 term, which started last Wednes-
In the cinema there are usually three
levels of seating for patrons, which includ-
ed pit for the cheapest seats and balcony
for the most expensive, Carmona told
the senators yesterday.
He said the independent senators
should "be the bar of excellence that is
required in the Parliament."
"Independent senators should reside
in balcony but you are allowed to come
down into house and you can stay in
house, you can stay in house for as long
as you desire but you must never venture
into pit," Carmona said.
The President said one of the distinctive
features of the senators stewardship was
to "never venture into pit."
Carmona later defended his choice of
senators, saying that the media had
reported on their impressive academic
qualifications but no mention was made
of "your impressive human qualities."
He said many of the independent sen-
ators were involved in sports, with NGOs,
in issues pertaining to climate change,
dealing with the voiceless, the disabled,
the marginalised and the less advantaged.
He said the senators had the intellectual
and human mix that were required of
Carmona said it was during his inter-
view to select the senators that he found
they were outstanding in human terms,
as they had "the right heart and the right
He said his choice of senators was "not
based on parochial, insular or geographical
considerations. It was based on appre-
ciating the need to have proper repre-
sentation of the public interest and the
common good of T&T."
Among the issues being discussed at
the retreat, which is being facilitated by
Douglas and Associates, are diplomacy,
protocol and etiquette, assertive and effec-
tive communication and emotional intel-
The retreat, which is being held for the
first time by the Office of the President,
concludes at Kapok Hotel today.
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