Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 23rd 2016 Contents RICHARD LORD
Colm Imbert says Cen-
tral Bank Governor Jwala
Rambarran was fired in
December because of
breaches to the Central
Bank Act which led to
his misconduct and fail-
ure to perform his duties.
He said so in yester-
day s Senate debate on a
private motion by Oppo-
sition Senator Wade Mark
which called on legislators
in the Upper House to
condemn the Govern-
ment for its dismissal of
Rambarran who was
appointed by the former
In his presentation of
the motion, Mark, a for-
mer House Speaker, said
Rambarran was forced out
for political reasons. He
also said the Central Bank
Governor was not
accountable to the Gov-
However, Imbert said
Mark was wrong in his
claim, adding the Presi-
dent can terminate the
appointment of the Gov-
ernor on the advice of the
He said it was during
the Cabinet meeting of
December 23 it was
decided to have the
appointment of Rambar-
ran revoked by acting
President Christine Kan-
Imbert said in such
matters the President had
He said Rambarran was
in breach of the Act when
he publicly disclosed some
of the largest users of for-
eign exchange in T&T.
Imbert said that dis-
closure by Rambarran
"was a breach of Section
56 of the Central Bank
Act and Section 8 of the
Financial Institutions Act."
The Finance Minister
told legislators Cabinet
also "took note of the fact
that there was a need to
restore confidence in the
confidentiality of the
banking system and the
governance of the Central
The minister said sev-
eral companies had
expressed a lack of con-
fidence in the system of
allocation of foreign
exchange under Rambar-
Imbert said it was
wrong for Mark to say the
Central Bank Governor
was not accountable to
the Government or the
Minister of Finance.
"If it is the Government
that causes the appoint-
ment to be made and it
is the Government that
causes the revocation to
be made, then certainly
the Governor is account-
able to the Government
in the performance of his
Imbert said under Sec-
tion 12 (e) of the Central
Bank Act, the President
"may terminate the
appointment of the Gov-
ernor if he is guilty of
misconduct in relation to
his duties or he fails to
carry out any of the duties
or functions conferred or
imposed on him under
He said he was in pos-
session of a pre-action
letter from attorneys for
their attention to pursue
the issue of his revocation
in the court.
Imbert said he had no
awareness of claims by
Mark that three compa-
nies were involved in for-
eign exchange violations
"That is a mystery to
me," he added.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
For defying protection order...
JENSEN LA VENDE
A protection order is not just a sim-
ple piece of paper.
This was the stern message sent yes-
terday by Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar after she sentenced two
men for breaching protection orders
brought against them by their respec-
In the first case, Keston Herbert col-
lapsed and had to be helped by police
officers to stand after being sentenced
to a total of 78 months in jail for
breaching the order on three separate
However, Herbert will only serve 36
months as the sentences will run con-
currently. After regaining composure
each time the sentences were read out,
Herbert wailed in the courtroom. At
one time a woman, identified as his
mother, was heard comforting him.
Herbert pleaded guilty for breaching
the order on December 8 and 14, 2015
and again on March 11, 2016 by using
obscene language and threatening the
mother of his child.
Herbert was charged by Constables
Ronaldo Dopwell and Kadeem
Williams, both of the Central Police
For the first two offences he was
sentenced to 18 months and 24 months
respectively while he was sentenced
to 36 months for the final offence.
The court heard that on March 11,
Herbert, of Hibiscus Drive, Petit Valley,
called the woman s workplace and
threatened to kill her, burn down the
business and get herfired after cursing
On December 14, Herbert went to
the Barataria Health Centre where he
became abusive towards the woman
and told a nurse who sought to inter-
vene that she was his "child mother"
and he loved her.
About a week prior, Herbert met the
woman at City Gate, Port-of-Spain,
where he tried to grab their child from
her saying he had not seen his child
for a year.
The protection order was issued in
May 2015 and had a three-year life
span. Six months after it was granted
Herbert breached the order.
It was this first offence that per-
suaded the Chief Magistrate to not fol-
low the plea of Herbert s attorney,
Natalie Sanchez-Andrews in asking for
a non-custodial sentence.
Ayers-Caesar said the law required
that on the second breach of the order
a person can be fined, jailed or both.
She added that a message needed
to be sent to others who believed pro-
tection orders were just pieces of paper
and were trivial.
"A protection order is not just a piece
of paper and people need to get rid of
that mindset. It is a means of protecting
people from abusive relationships.
"This court and society take a serious
view of breaching a protection order
whether it is a man or a woman,"
Ayers-Caesar said as she sentenced
Herbert s attorney said her client
was commendable for wanting to see
his child and that was the only reason
he had breached the order four times.
She added that in today s society, a
man wanting his child should be high-
lighted because it was so uncommon.
After sentencing Herbert, Ayers-
Caesar said she hoped some organi-
sation could get involved and seek to
rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic
violence because it was a serious
Chanda Marie La Touche, left, is consoled at the scene of the accident along the north-bound lane of the
Diego Martin Highway in which her father, Gerald, (inset) was killed yesterday. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
Jwala breached Bank Act---Colm
Man jailed for
Councillor's husband killed in Diego crash
The husband of Local Gov-
ernment councillor for Diamond
Vale, Gail La Touche, was killed
in an early morning accident in
Diego Martin yesterday.
According to reports, around
8 am, Gerald La Touche, 51, was
driving along the Diego Martin
Highway when he lost control of
his Mitsubishi Lancer and
crashed into a concrete median.
La Touche, who was returning
home after dropping his 17-year-
old twins at St Anthony s Col-
lege, Westmoorings, was crushed
in the mangled wreckage and had
to be removed by fire officers
using hydraulic power tools.
He was pronounced dead on
La Touche was employed as a
tugboat captain with the National
Energy Corporation in Point
The second offender was
sentenced to three months in jail
with hard labour.
Corwin Floyd, of Factory Road,
Diego Martin, pleaded guilty to
breaching the order on January 24.
Floyd, 32, pleaded guilty to the
offence, stating, like Herbert, he just
wanted his child.
He admitted that on the day he
tried to take his son from his mother
and was denied.
Floyd told the court that Sundays
were the only days he was allowed
time with his child and the day
before he was told he would never
see his child again.
He also confirmed that he left and
returned to the woman's home with
a cutlass which he used to smash a
cellphone he grabbed from an eight-
year-old girl who attempted to call
the police when he arrived.
Floyd cried that he was willing to
compensate the family for the
phone and for the past two-and-a-
half months he had been clearing
three acres to plant tomatoes which
would be ready by the end of this
month or early next month.
He added that the reason it took
police that long to find him was
because he was spending most of
his time in his garden.
"This restraining order come like a
burden on me, ma'am, because I
can't go by she (the child's mother)
to collect my child. I feeling real
spited," Floyd said.
Floyd, the court heard, had
another breach of protection order
pending before another magistrate.
He was then sentenced to three
months for breaching the order,
three months for maliciously
damaging the cellphone and ordered
to pay $800 in compensation within
one month of spending six weeks in
The sentences are to run
--- See Page A11
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