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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 25, 2016
WHAT IS DIALYSIS?
If certain minors have monstrous tendencies
then this country must face reality.
This was the message from former national
security minister Gary Griffith who waded in on
former education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh yes-
Gopeesingh had called on Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley to apologise for referring to delinquent children
"There are some who need to face reality, as likewise,
yet again we are seeing some are ready to be the virtual
defenders of criminal elements and not try to expose
these unruly elements of our society for what they
"If someone acts like a cold blooded and heartless
criminal, they should indeed be recognised as having
monstrous tendencies, and whether they are above
or below 18 years of age is irrelevant," Griffith said.
He also sent a challenge to those who had issues
with referring to these criminals as having monstrous
tendencies saying: "To refrain from calling such a
person a monster, if they violently attack your very
own child or God forbid, permanently scar, disable
or kill him."
As former minister Griffith said he had encoun-
tered similar complaints as that which came to light
at the Chaguanas North Secondary School where
a gun attack was planned.
"I encountered similar complaints when specific
gang members would be killing young men in cold
blood with no remorse and when I referred to them
as cockroaches some objected as if they were defend-
ers of these ruthless criminals.
"On too many occasions some would try to triv-
ialitise and at times even try to glorify the wrong-
doings of these individuals," Griffith added.
He said it was also indeed unfortunate that some
have stated that the solution to prevent children from
causing grievous bodily harm to others was by rein-
troducing a policy to cause bodily harm to them.
The value of corporal punishment, the former min-
ister said, could indeed be debated but could not in
any way be an avenue to prevent young people from
having a criminal intent.
Griffith said in fact some of those young men with
violent behavior have become aggressive, resorted to
bullying and used violence as their avenue to get their
"By having such violence meted to them as a child,
by being physically abused by adults they have now
blossomed into seeing this as being acceptable.
"So to state that by beating a child would be an
avenue to stop a child from beating others is indeed
hypocritical as we are saying we should beat them
so they would stop beating others," Griffith said.
A 33-year-old man from Morvant was on Tuesday found not
guilty of possession of a large cache of ammunition, which was
recovered by police at an abandoned house near his home in 2003.
It took a nine-member jury before Justice David Harris almost
two hours to arrive at the unanimous verdict against Codi Alves, of
Cipriani Avenue, Second Caledonia, Morvant.
During his brief trial in the Port-of-Spain Fourth Criminal Court,
State prosecutor Maria Lyons led evidence from several police
officers who had the house under surveillance and they claimed
to have seen Alves there on several occasions with other people.
The property was raided on January 19, 2003, with police finding
72 rounds of 5.56 calibre ammunition in a derelict oven. The
ammunition is used in automatic assault rifles.
While cross-examining the police officers, Alves' lawyer
Delicia Helwig-Robertson claimed that her client visited the
property to have sex with his girlfriend and was unaware of
the concealed illegal items.
Helwig-Robertsons also challenged the claim by police
officers that her client was seen unlocking a padlock
which secured the property as neither the lock or a
key was tendered into evidence.
In October 2009, Alves survived an incident in
which three of his neighbours --- Kerwin "Lal"
Joseph, 24, Akee Caballero, 32, and Joel
Romaine, 19 --- where shot dead by police in
a shootout on the Lady Young Road in Mor-
Alves, who was in the vehicle with
them, managed to escape unhurt.
He was not charged after the
Morvant man freed
on ammo charge
The dialysis unit at the San Fernando General Hospital
was shut down on Monday after pieces of ceiling began
CEO of the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA),
Anil Gosine, confirmed the closure on Tuesday, in an interview
with the T&T Guardian.
"There was spalling of the concrete, which means it had some
cracks and one or two pieces fell out so we needed to move out of
the facility," Gosine said.
"It didn't collapse, one or two of the tiles fell out and then we saw
the cracking of the slab above. We took a decision to move out dialysis
at that time and nobody was in the room."
"In the interim, we are looking into setting up another area to carry
out dialysis at the hospital."
The current dialysis unit is located on the southern side of the
main hospital building.
Gosine said another area was being prepared to accommodate
the dialysis patients but it might take a month to get ready.
"It is on the southern side of the main hospital building on
the ground floor. We are moving it to the northern side of the
main hospital building."
In the meantime, he said patients will be referred to private
He said the hospital's administration had already decided to
move the unit before this incident.
"In fact we were going to place it there in the long run and this
sped up the move. We were going to eventually have it on the
northern side of the hospital building."
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