Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 3rd 2015 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 3, 2015
Two days spent in jail away
from his children was enough to
keep him out of trouble, Cocoyea
technician Dike Alexander said,
as he was ordered to do commu-
nity service for being caught with
marijuana in his mouth.
Alexander, a father of two,
admitted to having the drug in
his possession but said it was left
in his car by workers he had just
dropped off. He said that when
he saw the police and realised the
marijuana was still in his car, he
Appearing before Senior Mag-
istrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoo-
nanan on Monday, Alexander
pleaded guilty to the offence.
Prosecutor Cleyon Sedan said
that around midnight Saturday,
police were on patrol in Marabella
when they observed a black
Honda Civic parked on the road-
side with Alexander sitting in the
As they went closer, he began
fidgeting and aroused the officers
suspicion. He was searched and
a clear plastic packet containing
3.9 grammes of marijuana was
found in his mouth. He was taken
to the Marabella Police Station
where he was charged.
In a mitigation plea, defence
attorney Sean Tikasingh said
Alexander, 36, of Cocoyea had no
previous convictions and was the
sole provider for his two children.
He said Alexander worked two
jobs as a sign technician and com-
puter technician to care for his
He explained that Alexander had
workers at his home and, while
taking them home, noticed they
had marijuana in the car. He told
them to take it out but forgot to
remove it when the workers left.
Alexander admitted to Carde-
nas-Ragoonanan that his arrest
was his own doing. She said
whether the marijuana was his or
not, his vehicle was used to har-
bour an illegal substance. Because
it was his first offence, she ordered
him to perform 120 hours of com-
munity service from December 31.
Piarco International Airport will
no longer be having a white Christ-
mas as the managers in the Airports
Authority have decided to change
their display in the atrium.
Yesterday, pictures circulating on
social media site Facebook showed
a display of a white Christmas scene
reminiscent of the North Pole. The
display, which was double sided, had
polar bears, penguins and a blanket
of snow covering miniature wooden
On the back of the North Pole
scene was a creche displaying the
nativity scene. However, that image
did not draw the public s attention.
The white Christmas display caused
uproar among people on social media
who were demanding that the décor
piece represent a T&T Christmas.
Zola Joseph, corporate commu-
nications manager of the authority,
told T&T Guardian yesterday that
they intended to remove the white
Christmas scene and put something
that has "more of a local flavour."
"It was never our intent to offend
anyone. We have seen the public
outcry and we are respectful of public
opinion. We are going to remove the
décor this evening (yesterday
evening). We will replace it with
something more representative of
our local culture," Joseph said.
Explaining the thought process
behind the display, she said the idea
was to have a Christmas décor that
depicted something reflective of the
Christmas season, but she acknowl-
edged that they did not execute it
"I believe that we did not do it
correctly, so we would like to correct
our error. We normally do seasonal
décor in the atrium and we under-
stand our social responsibility," she
Joseph said the authority s con-
tracted decorator would make
adjustments to the controversial side
of the display. The snow and winter
characters would be removed and
would be replaced---at no further
cost---by other ornaments which
would highlight the nature of a T&T
"We understand that Piarco is the
gateway to T&T, and we must rep-
resent our culture. We are planning
a bit of parang for the season. We
have different things lined up for
this evening," Joseph said.
After uproar on social media
Airport opts for T&T Christmas
Community service for
first-time drug offender
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Grade three pupils of Cedar Grove Private school perform a short story titled "A Christmas Conversation" during
their school's Christmas concert, at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando, on Tuesday.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
CEDAR GROVE'S CHRISTMAS
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