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A father of three who told a San Fernando mag-
istrate he did not know that drinking four beers
would put him over the legal 35 microgrammes
alcohol limit was fined $1,800 for driving while
under the influence yesterday.
Brian Beharry, 37, of Blitz Village, Pleasantville,
pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before
Magistrate Natalie Diop in the San Fernando Traffic
He was represented by attorney Analee Girwar.
According to the facts read by court prosecutor
Sgt Dianath Harricharan, Beharry was stopped while
driving along the Guaracara/Tabaquite Main Road
on Saturday around 11.20 pm during a road traffic
He was asked to submit to a breathalyser test
and he agreed. He tested 53 microgrammes, 18
microgrammes over the legal 35 microgrammes
He was then arrested and charged.
In court yesterday, Girwar told the court
her client was a father of three and worked
as an air-conditioning technician.
She said Beharry was helping out his sister
by picking up some of her friends that night
in Hardbargain, Williamsville. She said
when Beharry reached into Reform Village,
his passengers urged him to stop at a bar.
Girwar said his intention was to drink two beers
and stop but he was persuaded to have two more
by his passengers.
She pleaded for a non-custodial sentence for
Beharry, noting it was his first offence before the
Diop agreed Beharry should be given a non-cus-
todial sentence but told him his crime was a very
serious one. She said that driving under the influence
often led to either the driver s or other people s
death or property damage.
Diop fined him $1,800 or in default 15 days simple
imprisonment. He was allowed 15 days to pay the
Question: Do you feel safe
shopping in Port-of-Spain? Is
there anything you think the
authorities can do to improve the
security, especially in the run-up
to the Christmas season?
"Yes, I feel safe. I don't have
any problems. Yes, there are
a lot of things going on in the
city but it have a lot of
things going on all over the
country. They could always
do more but so far they
doing what they could do."
Senior reporter ANNA-LISA PAUL and senior
photographer SHIRLEY BAHADUR polled members
of the public on the streets of Port-of-Spain to hear
"I feel very safe. More could
be done in terms of the
traffic police to regulate
"I always safe. I move with God
right through. Generally, I feel
Christianne De Gannes,
"Yes. To a point, I feel safe because
I see there is an increase in the
police presence around, patrolling.
So yes, I do feel safe at times.
Probably they can increase patrols,
especially as Christmas is near
there might be a lot of pickpockets
"No, not all the time. I think they
can have more police presence on
the streets and that way, they
can respond more quickly as
Well, so far, I never had no
problems. I think they can put out
more police on the streets though
so people could feel safer."
"I always feel safe and
comfortable. Growing up
in Port-of-Spain all my
life, I always feel safe.
Nothing to fear, never
had a problem."
"Yes, I do. They could have more
police officers on the street,
more visible to the public."
The attorney representing a former OAS Con-
structora employee facing four charges of driving
without a valid permit and insurance told the court
yesterday her client has to leave the country by
November 9 or he will be homeless.
Francesca Smith who appeared on behalf of Brazil-
ian Joel Lima in the San Fernando Magistrates Court
yesterday told the court OAS will not provide living
accommodations for Lima after that time, as he
was recently retrenched.
When the matter came before Magistrate Natalie
Diop in court yesterday, Smith said Lima was laid
off by OAS early in October and his work permit
expired on October 21.
Diop read the charges to Lima, but did call on
him to enter a plea as she said she would wait for
a court-appointed translator before taking any plea.
According to the charges, on Friday, October 30,
Lima was pulled over by police while driving along
St Andrews Avenue, San Fernando. He was charged
with failing to produce his drivers permit when
asked, failing to produce the vehicle s insurance cer-
tificate when asked, driving while not being the
holder of a valid drivers permit and driving without
being the holder of a valid insurance certificate.
Diop adjourned the matter until November 4
Brazilian in court for
driving without permit
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