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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, December 4, 2015
A Tarouba man was sent to jail yes-
terday for 16 months yesterday for
maliciously wounding his common-
law wife with a cutlass during an
Kadir Drickpaul, 30, of Bocus Drive,
Thompson Road, Tarouba, pleaded
guilty to the charge when he appeared
before Magistrate Margaret Alert in
the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
According to the facts, read by court
prosecutor Krishna Bedassie, on
August 29, 2015 the victim, Melissa
Sooknanan, was at her home at Picton
Street Extension, Picton Settlement,
Drickpaul was also at Sooknanan s
home when around 12.30 am the pair
During the argument, Drickpaul took
up a cutlass from inside the house
and struck Sooknanan several times
about her body, resulting in cuts.
Drickpaul then ran away. Sooknanan
made a report to the San Fernando
Police Station and PC Kevin Crawford
visited her home and spoke to her
about the matter.
Crawford also took possession of
the cutlass used in the beating.
Sooknanan went to the San Fernan-
do General Hospital (SFGH) where she
received treatment for her injuries and
Crawford collected a medical report
on her behalf.
Sometime later, Bedassie said,
Crawford went to Lalbeharry Trace,
Barrackpore, where he met with Drick-
When Drickpaul was told of the
allegation, he replied: "Boss, that night
me and Melissa had a fight and she
end up getting some cuts."
He was then arrested and taken to
the San Fernando Police Station.
Yesterday, defence attorney Analee
Girwar told the court Drickpaul was
a coconut vendor and a father of four.
She said Drickpaul told her the argu-
ment started over Drickpaul s cell-
phone. Girwar said Sooknanan accused
her client of being unfaithful.
Girwar said the argument escalated
into a scuffle during which both Drick-
paul and Sooknanan received cuts
about the body.
She said her client was sorry for his
actions and had spent his time in cus-
tody thinking about what he did.
She asked Alert to show leniency,
stating Drickpaul had learnt his les-
However, Alert disagreed as she cited
a pending matter on Drickpaul s court
record for breaching a protection order
taken out against him by Sooknanan
Alert said that allegation and the
conviction showed an escalating pat-
tern of violent behaviour towards
She sentenced Drickpaul to 16
months hard labor and ordered the
cutlass returned to Sooknanan.
International Labour Organ-
isation specialist Kelvin
Sargeant says T&T s productiv-
ity rate remains lower than
Jamaica in 2015.
He was speaking at the Joint
Trade Union Movement s (JTUM)
productivity forum at the San
Fernando headquarters of the
Oilfields Workers Trade Union.
Sargeant, who is the ILO s spe-
cialist in sustainable enterprise
development and job creation,
said the Caribbean had been lag-
ging behind Latin America, Asia
and the Pacific in terms of pro-
Saying labour is an important
element of productivity, Sargeant
said total production growth had
declined in the Caribbean since
the 1960s. He added that some
employers believed cutting cost
would lead to more productivity
but that was not necessarily the
"Productivity is about efficien-
cy and effectiveness. It is impor-
tant to economic growth and
development at all levels,"
Sargeant said. He noted that new
investments in machinery,
human resource development,
research, proper social infrastruc-
ture and utilities could all impact
on productivity levels.
"For example, traffic jams
affect productivity. If you can get
people to work without stress
then productivity will be on the
increase," Sargeant said.
Making recommendations to
increase productivity, he said rea-
sonable goals should be estab-
lished for productivity. He said
incentives and rewards, as well
as publicising productivity
improvement, were good ways
to improve productivity.
Sargeant added management
must build trust by forging har-
monious relationships with staff.
Guaranteeing workers rights, safe
working conditions, establishing
job security through employee
benefit and welfare provisions,
engaging in job reclassification,
training and education as well as
building strong independent
employee organisations, would
Meanwhile, OWTU s president
general Ancel Roget said it was
important to have a safe working
conditions if employees were
expected to be productive.
He said the Occupational Safe-
ty and Health agents must con-
tinue to ensure safe working
conditions. Roget also said the
Joint Trade Union Movement was
radically opposed to freezing of
wages as that was not the answer
to productivity issues.
months in jail
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