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Garbage truck stalls on hilly terrain
JENSEN LA VENDE
A Paramin mother is thanking the driv-
er of an Amalgamated Sanitation Com-
pany garbage truck, who yesterday did
all he could to steer the out-of-control,
stalled vehicle from ploughing into her
and her two daughters in Paramin.
The woman, who did not want to be
identified, thanked driver Harold Timothy
for his efforts and wished him a speedy
recovery. She said she was walking with
her children around 8.30 am when residents
shouted for them to move out of the way
as the truck came barrelling towards them.
"I thankful that the driver did what he
did to save us. I was seeing he trying to
maintain the truck so it wouldn t hit us,
it was happening so fast," she said.
To the driver, she said, "Thank you!
Whatever you do I am thankful for that,
the family from Paramin is thankful."
According to eyewitnesses, the driver
tried to start the truck after it stalled while
the crew was collecting garbage along the
winding hillside. Timothy then attempted
to apply brakes on two occasions but when
this failed and the engine cut off after a
second attempt, he attempted to bank the
truck, now at full speed down the Saut
D eau Road, on the mountainside and near-
by drain. When that failed the truck
slammed into the back of a Nissan B12
before a bamboo patch stopped it from
going over a cliff.
Residents hailed Timothy as a hero for
his attempts to prevent a possible catas-
trophe. Aaron Celestine, who was in his
garden at the side of the mountain when
the accident took place, said it was the
prayers of the people of Paramin and Tim-
othy s quick thinking that saved the mother
and her children from sure death.
Gerald Gould, the garbage truck s loader,
said he saw his life flash before his eyes
on seeing the truck racing down the hill.
After last week s accident that claimed the
life of a sanitation worker at the Beetham
Landfill, Gould, the father of four, said he
was grateful for life.
"I feel very good to know nobody get
damaged and nobody died. The driver do
well. The last man who died in the dump
cross my mind, because they done tell me
watch myself already, so they tell me to be
very sceptical on the truck. I feeling very
good that I survive this so I can see my
children again," Gould said.
The man Gould referred to was Junior
Warner, 40, who was crushed by a garbage
truck while offloading garbage at the
Beetham Landfill last Tuesday.
Gould and some of the residents man-
aged to take Timothy out of the truck.
Timothy complained of pains to the chest,
neck and back and was taken to hospital
and later released.
The Amalgamated Sanitation Company,
which has been hired by the Diego Martin
Regional Corporation to collect garbage in
the area, is not a stranger to media atten-
tion. In 2005, after one of their trucks
stalled in Diego Martin, an irate resident
killed loader Reynold James, who dared
argue with him after being asked to move
the vehicle. In another incident, a worker
was hit with a glass bottle after he asked
a cyclist to move his bike from the middle
of the road. In 2012, the home of the com-
pany s owner, Jawaharlal Deosaran, was
gutted by fire.
No bail for man accused of texting girl, 11
The 29-year-old "PH" taxi driver charged
with sexual grooming of an 11-year-old girl
was greeted by jeers from curious onlookers
as he entered the Chaguanas Magistrates
When Neil Bissessar, of Sankar Drive, Long-
denville, was taken out of a marked police
van just outside the court s premises, the
people who were gathered in the hot sun on
the roadway noticed his right hand in a hard
One man shouted: "You lucky. More of
you should have been broken."
A woman chimed in: "You need more licks."
It is alleged that Bissessar, on two occasions,
sent several messages via telephone and social
media to an 11-year-old girl, allegedly telling
her to send pictures of herself and even asking
to come over to her house. On Thursday
night, he allegedly made his way to the girl s
house and was confronted by a group of vil-
lagers. He was subsequently beaten and
strapped by villagers as they waited on the
Bissessar was eventually taken to the Long-
denville Police Post and the Chaguanas Health
Facility where he was treated for injuries he
sustained. He was charged with the offence
by PC Corey Williams of the Longdenville
Police Post on Saturday and appeared in court
at 1.42 pm yesterday.
When he was escorted into the First Court
courtroom, Bissessar was seen looking at the
people seated in the public gallery. His eyes
then fixed on the girl s mother, who was also
seated in the courtroom waiting for the matter
to be called.
Shortly before 2 pm, Bissessar was called
before Magistrate Joanne O Connor. His attor-
ney, Taradath Singh, told the magistrate his
client complained that he was beaten by peo-
ple on Thursday night. Singh said as a result
of the beating his client suffered a broken
middle finger on the right hand, spinal injuries
and bruises about the body.
Singh asked the magistrate to consider
granting Bissessar bail, as his client had no
previous convictions and was a member of
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah s Witnesses for
But O Connor said Bissessar was charged
under the Children Act 2012 and did not call
upon him to plead. She remanded him into
custody pending tracing as confirmed by
Court Prosecutor Sgt Ken Ali, who said they
were awaiting results.
Speaking with reporters after his client s
appearance, Singh said on summary convic-
tion, his client can face a fine of $50,000 and
imprisonment for ten years or on conviction
on indictment, a fine of $100,000 and impris-
onment for 20 years.
Bissessar is to reappear before O Connor
Children Act 2012
Meeting a child following sexual grooming
25. (1) Where a person has on at least two
earlier occasions, met or communicated with a
child in Trinidad and Tobago or elsewhere, by
any means, including the Internet, for the
purpose of sexual grooming, and he meets,
attempts to meet or travels for the purpose of
meeting the child in Trinidad and Tobago or
elsewhere with the intention of doing anything
to or in respect of the child, during or after the
meeting, which if done in Trinidad and Tobago
would constitute the commission of an
offence under Part V and this Part, the person
commits an offence.
(2) A person who commits an offence under
subsection (1) is liable--
(a) on summary conviction, to a fine of fifty
thousand dollars and to imprisonment for ten
(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine of
one hundred thousand dollars and to
imprisonment for twenty years.
(3) For the purposes of this section, "sexual
grooming" means gaining the trust of a child,
or of a person who takes care of the child, for
the purpose of sexual activity with the child.
What should have been a one-hour presentation
by the Sandals Beaches and Resorts team to Tobago
stakeholders, turned into a three-hour long con-
versation at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa yesterday.
The Sandals group, led by Sandals CEO Adam
Stewart, met with a team of Tobago stakeholders
led by the minister with direct responsibility for the
Sandals project in the Cabinet, Stuart Young, and
THA Chief Secretary Orville London.
Speaking to the media following the closed door
meeting, Stewart said the discussions were still in
the early stages but described them as fruitful.
"We were invited, we flew on the helicopter, we
looked at a piece of land that blew us away. Tobago
went down the list from being a Sandals priority to
top of the list and we are exploring what could
become a major economic catalyst in the island of
Tobago, known as Sandals Beaches and Resorts," he
Stewart, who is the son of Sandals chairman Gor-
don "Butch" Stewart, said the arrangement had come
after a promise made by Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley long before he became PM and he was happy
Rowley had kept his word.
"We were in the middle of a major marketing
thrust in the North American markets, he was insis-
tent that we found the time, we did it quickly in
between...been all over then we came here, we loved
what we saw, the reception, the professionalism of
the Government and we physically loved the property
that we looked at, so it didn t take long for us to
come back," he said
Also addressing the media, Young said the project
was well received and would be beneficial to Trinidad
and Tobago, especially with the diversification of
"We want to stress and emphasise at this point
that it is a conversation that is taking place. We have
not gotten down in the details and the negotiations
and nothing is written in stone. ... This is the begin-
ning of the conversations that we intend to take to
the people of Tobago and to the other stakeholders.
At this stage, we are in the early stages but we are
very, very positive about what can come out and we
are very energised about all the good that can come
to Tobago and by extension, Trinidad."
But one of the stakeholders, Patricia Turpin, pres-
ident of Environment Tobago, described the meeting
as a fantastic sales pitch by Sandals, since the
relevant questions remained unanswered. She said
a plan presented in the last ten minutes of the meeting
resembled a previous application for a Certificate of
Environmental Clearance (CEC) dating back to 2005.
She said since the announcement earlier this year
by Rowley that Sandals was coming to Tobago, no
one has ever met or consulted with Tobago envi-
ronmentalists or any of the environmental groups
on the island
"The transparency towards the project has been
nil, so we have never had questions answered and
we would like some answered and I believe it is not
going to happen until we get that plan in hand," she
Hero driver avoids family
Firefighters sprinkle sand in the area where a garbage truck lost control and ran off the
Saut D'eau Road yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
No real answers
for Tobago after
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