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The 17-year-old suspect who was injured in
a car crash which claimed the life of his friend
following a high-speed chase with the police
on Saturday was yesterday denied bail on a
The teenager appeared before San Fernando
First Court Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-
John charged with robbery with aggravation
arising out of Saturday s incident.
It is alleged that the teenager and Kemroy
Alexander, 18, allegedly held up a 50-year-old
PH driver with an imitation gun and robbed
him of his car at Cipero Street, San Fernando.
Police spotted the car along the north-bound
lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway and gave
chase. It ended when the stolen car crashed
into a light pole and flipped several times near
Both Alexander and the teenager were taken
to the hospital where Alexander died while
undergoing treatment. Attorney Marisa Bubb
asked for the teenager to receive medical atten-
tion. She said he sustained a wound to the head
during the accident.
He received stitches and was given a pre-
scription. However, she said her client was yet
to receive any medication.
PC Ali, the charging officer, gave the under-
taking he would look into the matter. Under
the Bail Amendment Act, he is not entitled to
He was advised of his right to apply to a
judge in chambers for bail. The matter was
adjourned to May 11.---SW
A 62-year old man reacted
in shock and tears, yesterday
as a High Court judge sen-
tenced him to seven years in
jail with hard labour and dis-
qualified him from driving for
eight years for causing the
death of a motorcyclist 15 years
Lawrence Harewood, who
was found guilty by a San Fer-
nando jury last month of causing
the death of Nicholas Antoine,
19, by dangerous driving, turned
helplessly with teary eyes to his
crying relatives who waved him
goodbye from the public gallery
in the First Criminal Court.
In passing sentence, Justice
Carla Brown-Antoine said the
court must send a message to
drivers that if they broke the law
they would be punished.
She added: "We all observe
on a daily basis the horrendous
driving that takes place on our
roads. Breaking a traffic signal
has also become quite common.
One wonders now if red really
means to stop.
"In light of the statistics, the
court must drive home the mes-
sage that drivers must appreciate
the serious consequences of
their actions if they fall below
the required standard of driving.
"There is a need to deter other
drivers from driving in a dan-
gerous manner which may result
in death and the sentence must
also reflect this."
The collision took place at a
major intersection, known as
the Gulf City intersection, La
Romaine, on November 17, 2001.
Harewood who was then a
taxi driver claimed it was the
motorcyclist who broke the traf-
However, the State s case, led
by Shabaana Shah, was that
Harewood was heading to La
Romaine in his car when the
traffic light on his lane turned
red. Instead of stopping, he
drove around the cars in front
of him and proceeded through
the intersection at a fast pace,
colliding with Antoine.
Antoine who was crossing on
the green light towards Gulf City
was thrown from his motorbike
onto the roadway.
Harewood then slammed
head-on into a parked car, injur-
ing two people. Harewood s pas-
senger was also thrown out onto
the roadway and received
injuries. He was subsequently
charged by now retired Cpl Allan
Harewood s attorney Lisa
Singh-Phillip, in her mitigation
plea, said Harewood had a clean
driving record before and after
the accident, had five children
and was the sole breadwinner
in his family.
She also presented testimo-
nials from his relatives and
friends attesting to his good
'Obey the laws'
Antoine s mother, Diana,
made an appeal to drivers to
obey the laws.
"I hope drivers obey the laws
because innocent people are
being killed. It not easy to lose
Commenting on the 15-year
delay, she said she was happy
they finally got justice.
However, the mother of three
who attended court more than
20 times in past few years, said:
"Cases like these in two years
it should be done and finished
She agreed with the judge that
nothing the court did would
return Antoine to them.
In a victim impact statement
to the court, Diana s daughter,
Michelle, spoke about the trau-
ma and pain the family still
endured. Now that the matter
was completed, Diana said her
family could now start the heal-
A 23-year-old security officer was left pow-
erless to stop a robbery at a La Romaine super-
market after he was beaten by two cutlass-
wielding bandits on Tuesday.
Police said Akeem Davidson was on duty at
Song Hun Supermarket along the Southern Main
Road when around 5.40 pm, two men rushed
up to him. Without saying anything, the men
began beating him with the flat side of the cut-
lasses while other staff members looked on help-
The bandits then robbed the cashier of $2,000
cash before running off.
San Fernando police were contacted as well
as an ambulance. However, by the time the
police arrived the suspects were long gone.
Davidson received no serious injuries. PC
Harricharan is continuing inquiries.---(KF)
Seven years jail for reckless taxi driver
Judge warns lawbreakers
Guard beaten in grocery robbery
Injured teen charged
with driver's robbery
Lawrence Harewood, left, is escorted from the San Fernando High Court
yesterday to begin serving his seven-year sentence. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Diane Antoine leaves the San Fernando High Court
yesterday after the judgment. PHOTO: SACHA WILSON
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