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Anthony Ackee, the man who racked up eight
charges after he failed to stop while driving under
the influence of alcohol in February, will be sentenced
by a San Fernando magistrate on April 8.
According to a police report, around 11.44 pm on
February 22, PC Richard Ramcharan was on duty at
Cipero Street, San Fernando, when he tried to stop a
vehicle driven by Ackee.
Ramcharan flashed his torchlight and put up one
hand, but instead of stopping, Ackee sped off. Ramcharan
had to scamper off the roadway to avoid being run over.
Ramcharan pursued Ackee but the fleeing driver
breached a traffic sign, making a right turn at the corner
of Cipero and Rushworth Street, forcing vehicles with
the right of way to clear a path for him.
Eventually, Ackee was stopped after he nearly crashed
into the police vehicle.
But even after he was confronted, Ackee
sat in his car, a green BMW sedan and refused
to exit the vehicle.
And when Ramcharan tried to remove him
he resisted by pulling away forcibly.
During an interview with Ackee, the officer
detected a strong scent of alcohol and asked
Ackee to submit to a field sobriety test.
Ackee failed the test with a reading of 103
microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.
A second test showed a reading of 99 micro-
grammes per 100 millilitres of breath.
Ackee was then arrested and formally charged.
Last month, he pleaded guilty to all charges
and will reappear in court for sentencing on
A songwriter/music producer was sent to jail
on Thursday for a total of 30 months for possession
of marijuana and cocaine.
Jody Awong, 36, of Williamsville appeared before
Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay in the San Fernando
Magistrate s Court and pleaded guilty to both charges.
According to the facts read by court prosecutor
Sgt Gordon Maharaj, around 10.20 pm on January
1, police officers were on patrol along Kumar Village,
Guaracara Road, Tabaquite when they saw Awong
standing at the roadside.
The officers stopped and searched Awong and
found two black plastic bags near his feet. One bag
contained marijuana and the other contained 13 foil
packets with the cocaine.
Awong was arrested and taken to the Gasparillo
Police Station where the bags were weighed and
entered into evidence.
The marijuana weighed 12 grammes, while the
cocaine weighed seven grammes.
In court, Awong was represented by attorney
Gittens told the court his client had started using
drugs after trying to get his two siblings to stop
He said Awong, who has been married for 12 years
and has three children, ages 12, six and four, was
dealing with some trauma when he was arrested.
He said in addition to Awong s music career,
he also works part time as a security officer
and was willing to attend a rehabilitation
programme for his drug problem.
Gittens said his client has coached children
for the Junior Soca Monarch for a number of
years and argued that Awong has a valuable
contribution to make to society.
Awong, Gittens said, had started writing an
album for his church and was trying to turn his
However, Dubay was unmoved, telling Gittens
that his client s story did not seem to add up.
Dubay read from Awong s criminal record which
showed convictions for drug offences dating back
to 1998. He then sentenced Awong to 18
months hard labour for the cocaine
charge and 12 months for the marijuana
The sentences are to run concurrently,
which means Awong will serve only 18
months in jail. (SR)
Despite his plea for leniency, father of one
Andre Floyd was jailed for six months on Thurs-
day for possession of marijuana.
Floyd, 23, appeared before San Fernando Magistrate
Cheryl-Ann Antoine charged with possession of 13.3
grammes of marijuana.
According to police reports, PC Singh was driving
along Lady Hailes Avenue, Embacadere, recently when
he saw Floyd seated in the front passenger seat of a
vehicle headed in the opposite direction.
Singh saw Floyd and the vehicle s driver look in the
direction of the police vehicle and then sped off.
Singh became suspicious, turned the police vehicle
and intercepted the car. Both Floyd and the driver were
Singh found a plastic packet clutched in Floyd s left
hand, containing the drugs. Nothing illegal was found
on the driver. Floyd was taken to the San Fernando
Police Station where the drugs were weighed and ten-
dered into evidence. In court, Floyd admitted to having
the drugs but pleaded with Antoine not to send him
to jail, saying he has an infant son and was employed
as a tile tradesman.
His court record showed he has two previous con-
victions for possession of cocaine and possession of
cocaine with intent to traffic.
He also has a pending matter for possession of a
firearm with intent to wound, which was adjourned
until April 21.
But Antoine told him he needs to stop "speeding."
She told him he seems to be going nowhere fast and
"running down" his life before she sent him to jail for
Fifty five children from the Paediatric Unit of
the San Fernando Teaching Hospital got an Easter
surprise on Wednesday as members of the Rapid
Fire Kidz Foundation donated toys and books.
President of the foundation, Kevin Ratiram, said
it was common to give gifts for Christmas so for
the third consecutive year, the organisation has
partnered with the San Fernando City Corporation
to distribute the Easter treat.
Ratiram said next year, the foundation planned
to host a series of activities to address child health
care. The highlight of the event will be a health
"That is going to take a lot of planning and we
are hoping to partner with a number of child
organisations to raise awareness about child obesity,
healthy eating and healthy lifestyles."
He said a number of events will be held to
assist in proper parenting. Ratiram also thanked
Roland Ishmael Khan (RIK) bookstores for providing
books and stationery to the children.
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein, who visited
the wards, commended the foundation for its ini-
tiatives. He said the city corporation will continue
to provide support for the foundation s initiatives.
No leniency for
for drug offence
Easter treats for
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