Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 28th 2015 Contents YVONNE WEBB
A minute s silence was observed
for the three people who lost their
lives in a fatal crash involving a truck
and a car at Bristol Village, during Thurs-
day s statutory meeting of the Rio
Claro/Mayaro Regional Corporation.
Chairman Hazarie Ramdeen said approval was
also given by the council to assist the families of
the victims--- Anthony Marcano, 60, of LP 1028,
Pierreville; postal worker Saliesha Ali, 41, of Food
Crop Road, Bristol Village; and Sherwin Constan-
tine, 64, of Lot 4 Pierreville---all of Mayaro.
Prayers were also said for the speedy recovery
of Sheronie Rampersad, of Chrysostom Trace,
Mafeking Village, who remained warded in a critical
condition at the Sangre Grande Hospital.
Ramdeen said he has asked three councillors,
who represent the different districts where the
victims lived, to investigate their cases and bring
it to his attention so they could provide further
assistance as required.
He said they have a special interest in assisting
Ali, a single mother of five. There are concerns
about the future of the children, he noted, as Ali
was separated from her husband Farzan Ali, and
both her parents died within five months of each
other earlier this year.
Contacted by telephone, Farzan Ali said he was
too busy making funeral arrangements to con-
template the future of his children, some of whom
were still attending school.
"We are coping," he answered to an enquiry
about how he and the children were dealing with
the tragic death and what the future held for them.
"We are not sure of anything yet, I can t give
nobody nothing definite. I guess after (the funeral)
we will sit down and talk about it."
Calls to telephone numbers of Constantine s
relatives were not answered. However, on the
Crime Watch programme on Wednesday evening,
callers described him as a nice person. They said
he was a member of the Jehovah s Witness faith
and was returning home after spreading the gospel
and distributing Watchtower magazines.
Friends and relatives of Marcano, who also called
into the programme, said he only recently started
working as a PH taxi driver because he lost his
job due to the downturn in the economy. They
also disputed claims that speeding caused him to
lose control of the vehicle. They said Marcano,
the driver of the Red Corolla in the accident,
swerved to the extreme left of the road to avoid
hitting a red-band maxi taxi coming from the
opposite direction and whose driver was recklessly
overtaking a line of three trucks, including the
one which Marcano eventually collided
with. The eyewitness said his car
picked up a skid when it went onto
the wet grass at the side of the road
and ran into the 10-tonne truck driven
by Mano Churkoo.
Ramdeen said he did not hear this
explanation, but cautioned drivers to
be very aware of their actions on the
"If you are a reckless driver then
you are a danger to other road users,
drivers, pedestrians, people crossing
the roads. You need to take stock of
your lives and be very careful."
The chairman also warned drivers
to avoid speed by leaving a little earlier
to get to their destination.
"Today it s you, tomorrow it might
be me. We have to be careful on the
road," he stressed.
A Trincity businessman was yes-
terday ordered to pay a $3,500 penalty
and over $12,000 in compensation for
writing a dishonoured cheque back in
Pooran Sookdeo, 53, of Sunrise Park, Trincity,
pleaded guilty to the charge of writing dishonoured
cheques when he appeared before Magistrate Lucina
Cardenas-Ragoonanan in the San Fernando Magis-
trates Court yesterday.
Sookdeo, who owns Doorland T&T, a woodworking
company, was represented by attorney Ainsley Lucky.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan told the court
that on October 29, 2014, Sookdeo wrote a cheque
for $12,417 as payment for teak wood from Chan-
dranath Parasam of Barrackpore.
When he was arrested on October 8, 2015, and
first appeared in court on the charge, he fainted while
in the prisoner s dock when Deputy Chief Magistrate
Mark Wellington denied him bail.
Yesterday, he agreed to repay Parasam the full
amount of the cheque.
Cardenas-Ragoonanan gave him one week s time
to pay both sums.
Sookdeo also has four convictions for writing dis-
honoured cheques in October 2014 for which he was
also arrested on October 8.
He pleaded guilty to three charges in the Couva
Magistrates Court earlier this month to three charges
of writing dishonoured cheques in the sum of
$34,040. He was ordered to pay the total sum in
compensation in addition to a penalty of $15,000.
He also pleaded guilty to writing a dishonoured
cheque in the sum of $21,957 in the Siparia Magistrates
Court earlier this month. In that matter he was made
to pay a penalty of $5,000 and repay the full amount
of the cheque to the victim.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 28, 2015
ordered to pay
Flashback... Pooran Sookdeo, is taken
away by emergency workers after he
collapsed during his first appearance
on fraud related charges at the San
Fernando Magistrates' Court in
October. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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