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BE MY VALENTINE
More than eight years after he was
charged with murdering Leroy
"Boogsie" Mills, a Claxton Bay resi-
dent has been freed.
The state s case against Arman Jahoor
collapsed on Thursday when High
Court judge Carla Browne-Antoine
ruled against admitting the only evi-
dence linking him to the crime.
As a result the State could go no fur-
ther with its prosecution against Jahoor.
The 12-member jury was directed
by Browne-Antoine, presiding in the
San Fernando First Criminal Court, to
return a verdict of not guilty. The jury
was empanelled in December.
The jury, however, heard no evidence
in the case since it was agreed by both
State prosecutor Shabana Shah and
defence attorneys Rajiv Persad, John
Heath and Susan Kalipersad to hold a
voir dire to determine the admissibility
of two crucial pieces of evidence before
the State outlined its case to the jury.
Jahoor, 51, of Sum Sum Hill, was
accused of shooting his next door
neighbour on November 12, 2003. Mills,
who was shot once in the chest, died
three days later in hospital. Jahoor was
charged in 2007.
One of the main pieces of evidence
against Jahoor was that Mills described
Jahoor to the police as the person who
shot him. However, the defence called
a witness in the voir dire who said not
long after Mills was shot he told him
he did not know who shot him.
The other piece of evidence was a
statement Jahoor s wife gave to the
police. But, several attempts by the
prosecution to find her to testify at the
trial were unsuccessful.
At the end of the voir dire, the judge
made a ruling that based on the law
and the particular circumstances of the
case she would not allow the pieces of
evidence to be presented before the
Doctors were battling to save the life of a
motorist yesterday whose leg was almost
severed in a smash-up involving a fire tender
in South Oropouche yesterday.
The man, who was unidentified up to press
time, was said to be in critical condition at
the San Fernando General Hospital. According
to a witness report, fire fighters from the South-
ern Division Headquarters were heading back
to their base in Mon Repos, San Fernando,
when the accident occurred.
The emergency appliance was driving along
the Southern Main Road around 3.05 pm, when
a silver Toyota Corolla, driving in the opposite
direction, veered in front of the truck leading
to the collision. The truck stopped but the car
began to spin out of control.
Fire fighters involved in the accident rushed
to help and had to use the Jaws of Life to free
the victim. He was taken to the hospital via
ambulance and underwent emergency treat-
ment. The fire truck sustained little damage
and the officers were unharmed. Police and
firefighters were on the scene up to late after-
noon trying to clear the scene and free the
traffic congestion along the busy Southern
Main Road. Oropouche police are continuing
A man who has had his third
offence for driving under the influ-
ence will know his fate on April 8
when he reappears before San Fer-
nando Magistrate Natalie Diop.
Yesterday, Stanley Andrews who
has two previous convictions for
drunk driving offences begged Diop
for a chance to attend Alcoholics
His attorney Ainsley Lucky also
pleaded with the court to give
Andrews a chance to attend Alco-
holics Anonymous to help him
"shake this monkey off his back."
Lucky said he was hoping that
through education and counselling
Andrews would be able to avoid the
Devil s brew. The court heard that
an intoxicated Andrews who almost
crashed into a police vehicle, twice,
in his frantic bid to escape was even-
tually arrested when he went home
to get peanut butter.
Andrews, 53, a driver/operator with
a transport company, pleaded guilty
to two offences including failing to
provide a specimen of breath for test-
ing and dangerous driving.
Court prosecutor Sgt Raymond
Dookie said around 11 pm on Sat-
urday the arresting officer PC Ram-
charan, accompanied by other offi-
cers, was driving along Lady Hailes
Avenue, San Fernando, when he saw
a white Nissan Sentra B14, driven by
Andrews, swerving from left to right
along the road.
Ramcharan tried to stop Andrews
by flashing the police vehicle s lights
and sounding the siren. Andrews,
however, turned around and sped
off.Ramcharan gave chase and tried
to intercept the car, but Andrews
pulled sharply to the right, almost
colliding with the police vehicle
before driving off.
Ramcharan again tried to intercept
the car, but Andrews made another
sharp right and again almost collided
with the police vehicle.
As a result Ramcharan was forced
to brake sharply, causing the police
vehicle to stop. He then continued
chasing after the car which entered
into an open yard in Embacadere and
stopped. As Ramcharan alighted and
approached the B14, Andrews locked
the driver s door, jumped over to the
front passenger seat and exited. He
then ran into a nearby house.
Ramcharan heard Andrews shout-
ing: "Ah want peanut butter. Bring
some peanut butter for me."
Ramcharan arrested Andrews.
During a conversation with him,
Ramcharan smelt alcohol on his
breath and asked him if he was drink-
ing. "Yes officer," replied Andrews.
After Ramcharan explained to him
about the breathalyser test, Andrews
said: "Officer, I aint doing that test."
When Ramcharan tried to perform
the breathalyser test, the machine
recorded insufficient flow.
Ramcharan told Andrews he
believed he was wilfully withholding
his breath and charged him.
Andrews initially appeared in the
San Fernando Magistrates Court on
Carnival Monday and pleaded guilty.
He was granted $20,000 bail by a
Clerk of the Peace. The matter was
then transferred to the Traffic Court
but Andrews was unable to secure
bail. Asking for leniency, defence
attorney Ainsley Lucky said Andrews
was the father of two children ages
12 and 24.
"Mr Andrews was propelled by
fear fuelled by alcohol which gave
him Dutch courage to do these wild
antics," said Lucky.
Asked by the magistrate if Andrews
was fearful and courageous at the
same time, Lucky said Andrews pan-
icked and acted out of character. In
addition to the $20,000 bail, Andrews
was granted alternative cash bail in
the sum of $10,000. He is expected
to return to court on April 8 for sen-
Although triplets Niah, Aaliyah and
Emma-Lee Charles are only three days
old, they have already been taken off
their ventilators in the Neonatal wing
of the San Fernando General Hospi-
tal.The triplets were born via C-section
at 11.34 am on Carnival Tuesday to
first-time parents Jason Charles and
Shinette Samuel-Charles at the hospital.
The girls were the first set of triplets
to be born at the hospital for 2016.
Speaking yesterday, Charles said the
girls were doing well and their mother
had already been discharged from hos-
"Mommy came home this morning,
she is doing a lot better and the girls
are just excellent," he said.
"Two of them were on ventilators
and the doctors were able to take them
off the machines and they are breathing
on their own now."
Charles said his girls were also being
weaned on baby formula, having been
fed intravenously since their birth.
Charles had previously said a C-sec-
tion was scheduled for February 16,
but his wife began having minor con-
tractions on February 3. Her water broke
last Sunday and the surgery was done
by Drs Rampersadsingh and Jagger-
"The doctors told us they are intro-
ducing them to milk today to see how
they respond, so they got their first
taste of milk today."
He said he is still unsure as to when
he will be allowed to take the babies
home, but said he is using the time to
put the finishing touches on their nurs-
"They were born earlier than expect-
ed, so right now we are putting the
final touches on the nursery, so every-
thing will be prepared for them when
they are sent home. We are watching
and waiting, hoping that nothing goes
wrong with them, but so far everyday
they are looking stronger and brighter."
Man freed of murder charge after 8 years
Motorist's leg almost severed
Bobby Hosein, co-owner of Garden of Eden Flower Shop on Queen and Abercromby streets, Port-of-
Spain, making a floral arrangement, yesterday, for Valentine's Day tomorrow. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Father of 2 before court again for drunk driving
Southern Division Headquarters' firefighters remove the
driver from his wrecked vehicle after an accident on the
Southern Main Road, Oropouche yesterday.
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