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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Eugene Blackett s achievements and
contribution to Tobago are immeasur-
able says chief secretary of the Tobago
House of Assembly (THA) Orville Lon-
On Monday, London paid tribute to the
former educator who passed away on
Saturday night at the Scarborough Gen-
eral Hospital at the age of 97.
Blackett is best known as a former
teacher and principal of Bishop s
High School, and has been credited
for his stewardship of some of the
Tobago s current leaders, including
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
London is also a Bishop s alum.
The chief secretary said of Blackett: "As
teacher and principal of the Bishop s High
School when, for most of the period, it was
the only secondary institution on the island,
Mr Blackett has influenced and moulded the
minds of hundreds of young Tobagonians, many
of whom have made significant contributions
at the national, regional and international levels,"
"Mr Blackett did not confine his influence only
to academic development. He encouraged and
facilitated the nurturing of talent and interest in
sport, culture and entrepreneurial activities.
"He was also the main catalyst for the intro-
duction of the Cadet Force to Tobago and remained
in that organisation for many decades after retire-
ment from his teaching career.
"He was involved in a number of service organ-
isations and participated in meaningful community
activities, well into his nineties."
London said Blackett was a major influence in
his early development and even in later years, he
was never reluctant to offer advice, recommen-
dations and even criticism on a wide range of
"Eugene Blackett lived a long and highly-pro-
ductive life," London added. "His achievements
and contribution are immeasurable and his
legacy is securely entrenched in the
lives of all those whom he has influ-
enced to be better and to contribute
The Tobago House of Assembly
joins the rest of the island and the
country in paying tribute to the iconic
educator, Eugene Blackett.
The state has opened it s case against a Penal
man for the attempted murder of his friend in 2001.
The case was heard before Justice Maria Wilson
in the San Fernando Third Criminal Court on Monday
with a nine-member jury and two alternates pres-
State attorney Stacy Laloo-Chong told the jury
that on the day of the incident, October 26, 2001,
the accused, Ryan Boodoo, was at the home of the
victim, who was his friend, Shahleem Mohammed,
in Lowkie Trace, Penal.
Boodoo is charged with attempted murder
but if he is found not guilty, the jury can alter-
nately find him guilty to the lesser charge of
grievous bodily harm.
Laloo-Chong said the two were liming in
the gallery of Mohammed s home when
Boodoo picked up a container of gas and
threw gas on Mohammed.
She said Mohammed, who was 17 at
the time, was barebacked and was wearing
a pair of long jeans.
She said Mohammed asked Boodoo: "Why
you throw gas on me?"
The jury heard that Boodoo followed
Mohammed around the house until the pair
ended up in a bedroom. Boodoo continued to
throw gas on Mohammed and used a lighter to
light Mohammed on fire.
Mohammed fell through a window, rolled onto
some galvanise and rolled onto the ground.
Laloo-Chong said Mohammed was calling for
Boodoo and there were flames in his mouth.
She said Mohammed jumped into a drain and rolled
to put out the flames and when he looked up, he saw
Boodoo standing 20 feet away from him.
She said Mohammed s sister opened a water hose
and doused him. An ambulance later took him to the
San Fernando General Hospital, where he spent one
month receiving treatment.
The jury also heard evidence given by formal witness,
Dr Hazaree Baksh, which stated that on October 26,
2001, he treated Mohammed at the San Fernando General
Hospital with 25-30 per cent of first degree burns to his
upper body, chest, abdomen and upper arms.
The evidence read stated Mohammed was admitted to
the surgical ward.
Inspector Lyndon Douglas, who was a police constable
attached to the Penal Police Station in 2002, also gave
He said on January 9, 2002, Mohammed came to
the station and he observed Mohammed had injuries
to his arms, chest and torso area appeared to be burn
He said he went with Mohammed to his home,
where Mohammed gave him the lighter allegedly
used. He said on January 22, he went to Charlo Vil-
lage, Penal where he met Boodoo, who told him
"Officer, Shahleem and I was playing."
After his investigation, Douglas said he obtained
a warrant for Boodoo s arrest on September 26,
2002 and executed it on the same day.
Defense attorney Jason Jackson began his
cross examination of Douglas. He asked Douglas
if it was true that when he (Douglas) went to
Mohammed s home, that Boodoo was there.
Douglas said no.
He asked Douglas if Boodoo was there
when he was handed the lighter by
Douglas again told him Boodoo was not
at Mohammed s home that day.
goes on trial
"Mr Blackett did not
confine his influence only to
academic development. He
encouraged and facilitated
the nurturing of talent and
interest in sport, culture
activities," London said.
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