Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2016 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
"Forgive Daddy, Sham, it was an
This was the plea of Seeta Siew-
narine to her dead brother, Sham Siew-
narine, as she bid farewell to him during
his funeral service yesterday.
Sham, 28, died on Sunday night at
his home at Gopie Trace, Penal, after
being stabbed by his father during an
Police confirmed they had been
called several times to the home to
deal with reports that Sham was abus-
ing his parents and on Mother s Day
there was another domestic fight, this
time resulting in a fatality.
His father, Krishna Ramlal, a 60-
year-old retiree, who has been in police
custody since the incident, was brought
to the house in handcuffs by police
officers to bid farewell to his only son.
Ramlal remained seated in a chair
on the front porch less than ten feet
away from his son s coffin surrounded
by four plainclothes police officers.
Relatives who swarmed around him,
were allowed to speak to him for several
minutes before being warned off by
The man wept openly throughout
the service and was allowed to view
his son s body for a few minutes before
it was taken away. He did not speak
but put his two hands on his head and
Before being taken away by the offi-
cers, he spoke briefly with his wife,
Flora Siewnarine, and his only surviving
The couple had three children
together. Their eldest daughter, Sandra,
died five years ago after contracting
Seeta, who spoke briefly, said she
hoped her brother meets Sandra in
"Sham I hope you meet Sandra and
you are happy now. Whenever my
time comes, I will meet you guys...
wait for me, ok," she said.
"I just want to say goodbye. The
last time I saw him was three months
ago. I can t believe he is gone, I can t
tell him I love him or mess up his hair,
which was my favorite thing to do,"
She described her brother as a "good
boy" and someone who was loved by
"Sham was a good boy, don t mind
he used to drink and get on stupid...
anybody ask Sham to do anything,
Sham would always do it for them."
She broke down in tears begging
for forgiveness for her father and
lamenting that she is the only surviving
"Look how my sister and brother
gone and I remain by myself and now
what will happen to my father?" she
"Sham, I hope you could forgive
my father for what he did to you. It
was an accident and he is so sorry...
I think he is sorry. Forgive Daddy,
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TDC boss axed
SEAN NERO and RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Shamfa Cudjoe yes-
has been fired as
chairman of the
(TDC) and that
Duncan, who already
serves as a director
on the board, was promoted.
This comes on the heels of one other director,
Dennis Sammy s appointment being revoked around
March, and another, Sherry Katwaroo-Ragbir, ten-
dering her resignation days after she was appointed
"She has been removed and replaced," Cudjoe
told the T&T Guardian yesterday. She was speaking
to reporters at the opening of the Tourism Health
and Safety Symposium at the University of the
West Indies, St Augustine,
Six months ago, the new board of directors for
TDC was installed with Demming at the helm. She
had previously served as the campaign manager
for Cudjoe in Tobago West in the run-up to the
September 7 general election.
The T&T Guardian learned Demming s relation-
ship with her directors was frosty and in frustration
they reportedly penned letters of complaints ques-
tioning her leadership of the organisation.
Cudjoe, when pressed on the matter, said: "I
don t think it affects the operations of the board.
We have a new chairman who is already a member
of the board, Mr Richard Duncan, so the board is
moving ahead with its business.
"We do admit there had been some interruptions
and some challenges but the board and the company
is moving full speed ahead with its business."
Demming yesterday admitted she was terminated,
effective May 4, and the reason was that the Gov-
ernment decided "to reconstitute the board." She
received an official letter yesterday.
However, Demming said the bigger picture was
getting State boards to function in the proper way.
"How do we ensure that they are selected in a
way that good citizens are able to operate? How
do we ensure the future of our country is protected
and those are things we ought to be focusing on?"
Her relationship with Cudjoe, she said, was good
as with everybody else because she never burned
Despite her termination, she said her issue was
about governance and not herself.
"I would like us to focus on governance, account-
ability and transparency," she said.
Meanwhile, Sammy, managing director of Nature
Seekers, said it was a Cabinet decision and he was
officially informed via a letter from the Ministry
"I am not sure what happened but I received
the letter and I abided. The decision was taken in
March and the letter came after."
Asked what the letter stated, Sammy said he
was thanked for his services and that his appoint-
ment was revoked.
"That s it," he added.
Sammy said he had a "fantastic" conversation
with the minister about the issue and that there
was nothing he could "pinpoint" now that would
have contributed to the revocation. His last meeting
was in March. He said, however, everything has
remained "very sketchy."
He added: "My appointment being revoked is
completely separate from what is happening now.
I don t know that anything is related at all."
Krishna Ramlal is escorted to the funeral service of his son, Sham Siewnarine, inset, by police officers at Gopie Trace, Penal, yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
attends son's funeral
Sham, he didn t mean it, it was an accident," she
Sham was cremated at the Shore of Peace, La
A police source yesterday said the elderly man
had requested to be taken to the funeral and the
officers of the Penal Police Station, where he has
been kept in custody, had obliged.
The source said it may take another day for police
to complete their investigations and for a file on the
matter to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions
who will determine whether charges should be laid.
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