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A 33-year-old able-bodied seaman with
the T&T Coast Guard has been charged with
the death of 23-month-old Kristha Knutt.
Emile Garraway, of Erica Street, Rock City,
Laventille, was charged on Friday night with
manslaughter by officers of the Homicide
Bureau of Investigations.
Garraway is expected to appear before a
Port-of-Spain magistrate tomorrow.
Baby Knutt was pronounced dead at the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital on December
7 after being brought in unconscious by a
Doctors observed marks on the baby s body
and an autopsy later revealed that Knutt died
of blunt craniocerebral trauma, aspiration
pneumonia and electrocution. It was revealed
that a male relative attempted to use live
wires from a fan on the child in a botched
attempt to revive her.
She was laid to rest at the Tunapuna ceme-
tery after a funeral service held at the Saint
Rose Funeral Home, Basilon Street, Tuna-
Knutt s mother was released from police
custody on Wednesday night and it was
reported that she viewed the child s body but
was not present at the funeral.
The investigation was spearheaded by Supt
Corbett and included Asst Supt Nurse, along
with other officers. WPC Lezama of the Bel-
mont Police Station laid the charge.
Coast guard charged with baby's shock death
Support from the Opposition and
an online petition may not be
enough to keep Central Bank Gov-
ernor Jwala Rambarran in office.
In a stinging statement yesterday,
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said
that Rambarran has engaged in a
series of "reckless and even illegal"
actions during his time as governor
which made "his own situation
Rowley, in a text exchange with
the Sunday Guardian yesterday, said
the media "missed the point" of his
statements in Parliament on Friday
and sought to further clarify the
context of his debate contribution
on the future of the Central Bank
Rowley said contrary to media
reports that his Government would
not take action against Rambarran,
the Government now has to act to
protect the citizenry,
"The Government would simply
be responding to protect the wider
public interest," Rowley said.
Rowley reiterated his denial that
his Government was seeking to
"hound" Rambarran out of office
but said that Rambarran was in an
Hours after the media reports of
Rowley s contribution in Parliament
Friday night, the Office of the Prime
Minister sought to clarify the mis-
information that Rambarran s posi-
tion was safe.
"The report in the media stating
that the Prime Minister has told the
Parliament that Government has no
intention of dismissing the Governor
of the Central Bank is entirely incor-
rect and is a patent misrepresentation
of what was said in the House," the
"In response to a question as to
whether the Government was taking
action which could result in the dis-
missal of the Governor of the Central
Bank the Hon Prime Minister replied
that if any action was being taken
which could result in the Governor
being dismissed such action was
not being taken by the Government ,"
the statement noted.
However, it added that "if it turns
out that the Governor is dismissed
it would be as a result of a series of
his own actions and not by any
action initiated by the Government.
The Government would wish to
make it quite clear that no public
officer, regardless of what office he
or she may hold, is beyond the req-
uisite disciplinary procedures which
are open to the employer acting law-
fully in the interest of the people of
Trinidad and Tobago".
"The statement was issued imme-
diately upon my observation that
the media missed my point," Rowley
told the Sunday Guardian.
"If the Governor ends up being
removed, it would not be because
of any action initiated by the Gov-
ernment but as a result of his own
series of reckless and illegal actions,"
Rowley said in a text to the Sunday
Speaking at the PNM s children s
Christmas treat yesterday, Rowley
said the issue was "diminishing the
public s confidence in the Central
Bank s ability to conduct public s
business in finance, and two, dimin-
ishing the public s confidence in the
Governor himself. If the Government
allows this to continue unimpeded
it will diminish the population s con-
fidence in the Government itself."
Rowley said there are laws which
govern the conduct of the Central
"If the Governor breaches those
laws then the Minister of Finance
would have to look at the
matter....and the Minister of Finance
is looking at the matter."
Rowley said he trusts that good
sense will prevail.
On Wednesday, the Opposition
Leader, former prime minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar, defended Ram-
barran, saying that he was being
"hounded" out of office by the Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM)
Government. Rambarran was
appointed by the People s Partner-
ship on Friday, July 13, 2012, after a
series of meetings at a governmental
retreat in Tobago. Two years later,
Rambarran implemented a revision
of the 20-year old foreign exchange
allocation system, increasing the
number of financial institutions
accessing forex from eight to 12.
Rambarran came under fire earlier
in the month for announcing that
the country was in a recession with-
out first informing Finance Minister
Colm Imbert. Rambarran also faced
criticism from the business sector
and Chamber of Commerce for
revealing the companies utilising the
largest chunk of foreign exchange.
Rambarran is also facing possible
legal action by the Massy conglom-
erate for breaching confidentiality
when he revealed the names of the
companies using forex.
The Sunday Guardian attempted
to contact both Rambarran and Cen-
tral Bank communications manager
Charlene Ramdhanie by mobile
phone and email but was unsuc-
Meanwhile, president of the
Penal/Debe Chamber of Commerce
Shiva Roopnarine is calling on Ram-
barran and Minister of Finance Colm
Imbert to settle the debate privately.
Roopnarine also said there needs
to be a clear and precise message
sent to the population on the current
state of the economy.
He said, "There is a need to stop
posturing and turf-protecting."
He was addressing members of
various chambers of commerce and
the banking sector on Friday night
at an awards function at the South-
ern Academy for the Performing
Rowley: Jwala creating
his own problems
Central Bank Governor
PM Keith Rowley
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