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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 25, 2016
Nigel Ramlakhan is a vandal who should
be send to jail warned Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Mark Wellington.
However, instead of imposing a jail sentence
Wellington fined him $3,000 and ordered him
to pay $2,350 in compensation for chopping
a man s car with a cutlass while the man was
Ramlakhan, 44, pleaded guilty to maliciously damaging
the car when he appeared in the San Fernando First Court.
The incident took place at Surujbally Trace, Caratal Road,
Gasparillo on January 17.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the victim was
approached by Ramlakhan and they began arguing. Ram-
lakhan then fired several chops at the victim s red Toyota,
shattering the rear windscreen.
Constable Ramcharan of the Gasparillo Police Station
conducted inquires. When arrested, Ramlakhan said: "Boss
I tell the man I would handle him for the damages."
Seedan told the magistrate the victim was sitting
in his car during the incident. "You are a vandal,"
Wellington told Ramlakhan.
Explaining to him that vandalism came from
the word vandal, Wellington told him vandal
was one of the three barbarian tribes.
The magistrate asked him whether that was
the example he was setting for his two children
which are 14 and 16 years old.
Ramlakhan had no previous convictions or
pending matters. He was given two months to
pay the $3,000 fine or serve six months in prison
and ordered to pay the compensation to the victim
or serve six weeks in jail.
The findings of the public
consultations on state-owned
CNMG are being studied by the
Terrence Farrell team which is examining
state enterprises, Communications Min-
ister Maxie Cuffie said yesterday.
He said Cabinet, which had sent the
findings to the team, is awaiting an opinion
on it. The consultations had been held last
year to gauge views on CNMG in a bid to
plan for its future.
he had not yet
time on the
did her job
had a proposal
to go forward
with and it
was time to
move on. We
will always be
her and I wish
to thank her
for her work,"
that Drayton s
negative signals regarding service on
PNM state boards.
He said when Drayton was
appointed and neither GIS or CNMG
had had CEOs and she therefore had
an extended portfolio.
"And she had other commitments,
so one can understand her decision."
Drayton would only say briefly yesterday
that since she handed in the proposals for
the companies, she felt a thorough job had
been done and a lot had been done to bring
CNMG into a more steady state and she
was moving on.
She said it wasn t that she was frustrated
with the position or mandate. ---Gail
jail term for
A Housing Development Corporation (HDC) employ-
ee and her boyfriend, who are being investigated for
allegedly taking bribes from people to fast track the
housing allocation procedure for clients, remained
detained in the police custody up to late yesterday.
Sources said the couple, who were arrested by police
at their apartment in an HDC community in Curepe
on Tuesday morning, were being interrogated at the
Fraud Squad s offices at Richmond Street, Port-of-
Spain, up to late yesterday but had not been charged.
The police investigation reportedly stemmed from a
complaint forwarded to police by former HDC manag-
ing director Jearlean John in 2014. The employee report-
edly continued to work at the organisation while her
activities were being investigated internally and by
The HDC allegedly received a complaint from a victim
who had deposited money into the employee s
personal account in an attempt to obtain a house.
The process at the HDC usually sees an applicant
applying for a house and being placed on a waiting
However, homes are sometimes also awarded
to first time owners via a lottery system but the
average applicant can wait for years to get a call
from the HDC and there have been several reports
over the years of employees accepting inducements
from applicants to "speed up" the process.
The T&T Guardian understands that in this latest
case the employee s boyfriend served as a "middleman"
in the illegal operation, touting her services to gullible
Police sources said the investigation had reached an
advanced stage with the co-operation of the victim and
the HDC and the couple may be charged with several
fraud offences later this week.
No charges yet for HDC
worker in bribe inquiry
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