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Two men from Enterprise who were
shot in separate incidents are now ward-
ed at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
One of the men, Brent Peters, 26, is
said to be in a critical condition.
The other victim, Nicholas Small, 19,
is in a serious but stable condition.
Police reports said on Sunday evening,
Peters was repairing his burger cart out-
side his home on Mc Cathy Street, Enter-
prise, when a man fired several shots at
He was shot about the body and was
taken to hospital.
A 20-year-old man of the same district
was later arrested and is expected to be
charged with attempted murder.
Police belive the incident may be a
reprisal shooting related to other mur-
In the second incident, Small of
Mitchell Lane, Crown Trace, Enterprise,
was at Bagaloo Trace around 11.30 pm
when he was shot.
Police said a man came up to him and
fired several shots. Two struck him, one
on his left upper thigh and the other on
Police also have arrested a 25-year-old
Enterprise man in connection with this
incident and he too is expected to be
charged with attempted murder.
Almost three years after he was paralysed in an
accident that claimed the lives of three other peo-
ple, Sea Lots resident Ryan Rampersad has been
awarded $800,000 in damages by the driver s
Rampersad, a father of two, was seriously injured
in the accident on February 24, 2013 when off-duty
police constable, Sherwyn Legere, slammed into a
group of Sea Lots residents as they were standing
on the pavement along the Beetham Highway.
Three members of the group---Haydee Paul and
her two young daughters, Shakira, seven and Akasha,
Rampersad spent months at hospital and remains
paralysed from the waist down.
In an out-of-court agreement, through his attor-
ney Ravi Pheerangee, Rampersad accepted an offer
by Motor One Insurance Company Limited for
$800,000 in damages and $125,000 in legal costs.
Yesterday Rampersad came to the San Fernando
High Court in his wheelchair for the official order
to be entered before Master Patricia Sobian-Awai.
However, he left immediately after the order was
He is still pursuing action against Legere who is
charged with causing the deaths of Paul and her
daughters. He is out on $250,000 bail on that matter.
According to the High Court order, Rampersad
was already paid $50,000 by Motor One as an inter-
He will be paid the balance in two increments
at specific dates before the end of the year.
The legal costs will also be paid in two parts.
A claim was made on Rampersad's behalf by his
attorney on September 4, 2014 against Motor One
The claim stated that Rampersad was seeking
damages for "personal injuries sustained together
with consequential loss and damage suffered as a
pedestrian as a result of negligence of the
defendant (Legere) in the driving, management
and/or control of motor vehicle registration PCT
3096, along the Beetham Highway, Sea Lots."
In the statement of case Rampersad's attorney
cited negligence on Legere's part, stating the
particulars of the negligence as "driving too fast,
driving without due care and attention, failing to
keep any or any proper lookout or to have
sufficient regard for pedestrians and/or other road
users that was or might reasonably be expected
to be at the said road."
The statement continued: "Failing to have or to
keep any or any proper control of motor vehicle
PCT 3096, failing to give any or any sufficient or
timely warning of his approach."
In the particulars of injuries, the document
stated Rampersad received the following injuries:
"Diffuse axonal injury (head injury), paroxysmal
autonomic instability with dystonia (PAID),
Ectopic ossification-with contractures, fractured
mandible (healed) and permanent partial disability
assessed at 60 per cent."
Sea Lots crash victim
Two men shot in Enterprise
Process server Mark Adams says he was
abused by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi
and given the same circumstances as
obtained in attempts to serve election peti-
tion on Al-Rawi and others he will do the
same way again.
Adams said so during a news conference
called by attorney and Opposition Senator
Wayne Sturge at his office on Richmond
Street last evening to clarify claims by Al-
Rawi that the document was served to Al-
Rawi during the funeral service for former
PNM government minister Errol Mahabir
at St Paul s Anglican Church, San Fernando,
He said Al-Rawi was abusive to him when
he attempted to present the document out-
side the church after the funeral service.
"So when I was outside with him he
stopped every single person coming out of
the funeral and it became the Al-Rawi show.
I am standing here and he continues to
belittle me and say how despicable he thinks
"And I am a stupid lil boy and how dotish
he finds I am and how disappointed he is
in me as a human being and he even made
comments to the effect that he doubted
whether I was human at all," Adams told
"So he was abusing (me), making me a
public spectacle, ridiculing me consistently.
I stood there, I took the insults, I took the
abuse," he added.
Adams said after walking away he was
followed by a security officer.
He said he told the officer he had to serve
the document but he was told by the officer
Adams said he subsequently "laid the
document at his (AG s) feet." He said he
"did not mean disrespect to the Attorney
He said the document "was not thrown,
it was laid at his feet. I actually bowed and
laid the document at his feet."
He also said two other ministers were
verbally abusive to him.
Contacted for comment by CNC3 last
evening, Al-Rawi said Adams claims were
Admitting he heard the news conference
live, Al-Rawi said: "None of these events
(claims) are true."
He said Adams "did engage in service in
the middle of a funeral service and that is
Al-Rawi said he did not think anyone in
the country would believe he "will berate
a human being in the manner that this
human being suggests I did."
He said the development was "an exten-
sion of a desperate attempt by the UNC to
make some sense out of their political ven-
ture (as) this election petition is destined
to be a severe failure on the part of those
who seek to prosecute it."
Sturge said two attempts were unsuc-
cessfully made to serve Al-Rawi at the
church but "the service was effected outside
the church close to the roadway."
Sturge said more than one attempt to
have the petition served on Al-Rawi and
five other Government MPs were rejected
by the respective MPs.
The petitions following the mounting of
a legal challenge to the results in the six
constituencies --- San Fernando West, La
Horquetta/Talparo, Toco/Sangre Grande,
St Joseph, Tunapuna and Moruga/ Tableland
--- arising out of the legal challenge to the
September 7 general election results in six
He said letters were sent to both the PNM
general secretary Ashton Ford and attorney
Michael Quamina seeking assistance in
arrangements to present the document to
the respective MP.
"They did not agree to accept service in
the dignified manner and in the circum-
stances the process server was hired to effect
service," Sturge said, adding that "thereafter
the cat-and-mouse game ensued."
Process server on church incident:
Al-Rawi was abusive
Court process server Mark Adams, right, relates to the media the events that happened
while carrying out his duties over the weekend. Looking on are attorney Wayne Sturge,
centre, and Darryl Heeralal. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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