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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 14, 2015
Close friends of a
14-year-old boy who claimed
in a video over social media he
was sexually assaulted said he
recently ran away from St Michael s
School for Boys in Diego Martin
because he was being sexually
abused also at that institution.
In the video the boy said he was
sexually abused by two men at a
house in the east/west corridor.
Scores of users on social media
expressed disgust and horror over
In a brief interview yesterday, a
woman who (refused to give her
name) said she knew who the boy
was. She said he was found and is
now at the Youth Training Centre.
"He was first at YTC and then
he escaped and they found him on
"He ran away and was placed in
St Michael s School for Boys and
then he ran away," she said.
The woman said it was during
this time that the video was taken
of the boy.
"He ran away because he being
molested there by an older boy, he
couldn t stay there.
"He tried to look for his mother
who is mentally ill and on the
streets," she said.
The woman said she usually tried
to visit him at any of the homes
and take him clothing and other
"He was abused in the home and
he needs a lot of support and psy-
chological aid," she said.
The woman said she learned the
boy was sexually assaulted and made
a report at the police station.
"The boy who was assaulting him
"He is a loving child and my heart
goes out to him and he has nobody,
not even guardianship. He is just
boy," she said.
After viewing the video, the Chil-
dren s Authority of T&T appealed
for members of the public to report
videos of child abuse to the police.
The authority said
they found the con-
tents on social media,
which involve chil-
dren, very disturbing.
caregivers at the St
Michael s School for
Boys said the boy had
months and was
aware of who he was.
They also claimed he
Up to late yester-
day the incident was
being investigated by
officers of the Arouca
T&T s latest
fleet addition to
the T&T Coast
the TTS Nelson II
(CG60), on Wednes-
day made its debut drug
recovery of $.3 million off
the Gulf of Paria.
According to a release issued
by the TTCG s public relations
officer Lt Commander Kirk Jean-
Baptiste, while on its maiden
patrol at about 12.30 pm in the
northern part of the Gulf of Paria,
a pirogue was spotted.
However, upon sighting the
CG60 the pirogue suddenly
changed its direction and sped
off.The CG60 quickly launched its
onboard Interceptor and gave
chase eventually intercepting the
pirogue, however, checks onboard
the boat turned up empty.
However, due to the crew s dili-
gence, an immediate check of a
nearby beach, a crocus bag con-
taining 27 smaller packets of mar-
ijuana was recovered.
The crocus bag, which weighed
13.68 kilogrammes, was brought
to Staubles Bay and handed over
to Organised Crime Narcotics and
Firearms Bureau for further pro-
The Coast Guard said it remains
vigilant in the fight against crime
in the maritime sphere and con-
tinues to do its service to T&T.
The TTS Nelson II left China
for T&T on September 10 and
arrived at Staubles Bay, Chaguara-
mas on October 27, 2015.
From China, under Jason
Kelshall s captaincy and Executive
Officer, Lt Commander Akenton
Isaac, the new vessel crossed three
oceans, three seas, visited three
continents and five countries in
a 12,476 nautical mile journey that
took 35 days and nine hours.
There will be some "awkward-
ness" over the leadership of the
UNC if Vasant Bharath wins the
party s internal elections, says
political analyst Mukesh Basdeo.
At the same time, another
political analyst, Dr Selwyn Ryan,
is insisting this will be no occasion
The issue over Bharath possibly
winning the elections has been
under speculation in UNC circles
for some time.
The concern surrounds the fact
that Bharath lost the St Joseph
seat in the recent general election
and, therefore, is not a Member
of the Lower House.
He recently resigned as a UNC
senator to contest the UNC elec-
If he wins the
UNC elections, he
will become UNC
but, without a
seat, will not be
able to be elected
The matter was
raised by leader-
ship candidate, Dr
at a meeting at
Couva on Thurs-
day night who
took it one step
further and called
on Bharath to
the UNC leader-
ship race. Moonilal said having
two different leaders will result
in a detrimental split in the UNC.
Basdeo said if Bharath wins the
internal elections, it will be
A decision will have to be made
as to who will be appointed oppo-
Basdeo recalled a similar sce-
nario played out in Parliament in
2001 when Winston Dookeran
won the post of UNC leader but
Basdeo Panday remained as oppo-
That resulted in Dookeran
breaking away from the UNC and
forming his own party, the Con-
gress of the People, Basdeo said.
Ryan said he is not alarmed by
this or any other shake ups in the
Opposition since governance is
dynamic and changes all the time.
"I don t see it as any occasion for
He said he was sure a way will
be found to work out any awk-
wardness, even if only temporar-
ily.He said while there is no ready-
made system to deal with a sit-
uation where a party s political
leader and opposition are two dif-
ferent people, given our Trinida-
dian innovativeness, "we will find
some way to allow it to work."
However, while changes are not
something for alarm, they should
come in moderation and gradually
or else the governance system will
experience shock, he said.
Dr Winford James has been
insisting that Bharath is the best
man to lead the UNC.
if Bharath wins
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