Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 16th 2016 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
It just might have been prayers that spared the
life of an Anglican archdeacon when his car crashed
into the CCN building, San Fernando, yesterday
According to reports, around 11.30 am archdeacon
Edwin Primus was driving a Kia Caren along Circular
Road, San Fernando, when he crashed into the build-
ing, which houses the Trinidad Express newspaper.
The vehicle tore through a gate and came to rest in an
area where the building s electrical panel box and air con-
dition units are housed. No one was injured.
An Express employee, who asked not to be identified,
said staff were alerted to the commotion when they heard
a loud bang.
"We heard a vehicle skidding and then we heard a loud
bang and when we came down we saw the driver standing
outside of the car already.
"The airbags had deployed but he told
us he had no injuries," she said.
The police and fire service were con-
tacted and the building s electricity supply
turned off as a precaution.
In an interview, Primus said he did
not remember what happened or how
his vehicle ended up there. He declined
to comment further.
There was speculation from several
onlookers, however, that he may have
blacked out before crashing as there were
no tyre tracks on the roadway to indicate
he tried to stop.
A prison officer was apprehended by his colleagues
on Thursday night after he allegedly attempted to
smuggle a quantity of marijuana into the Golden Grove
Prison in Arouca.
The prison officer with more than 10 years service
was assigned to the Remand Yard.
A report said the officer was attempting to take up
duty when he was searched by his colleagues.
Prison officers said he had marijuana on his body and
when they searched the vehicle there was more.
Up until late yesterday evening, the officer was in
custody at the Arouca Police Station.
He is expected to be charged with possession of mar-
ijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
When contacted, the Prisons Officers Association
said they were aware of the situation and looking into
Container still missing
Police viewed CCTV video footage to find a con-
tainer that was reported stolen on Tuesday along
the North Coast Road at the Pillars in Maraval.
Two men were up until late yesterday
evening, being questioned in connection with
The 20-foot container is valued at $80,000 and sup-
plied with air-condition, carpet and had tables and
The container was reported stolen by
thieves after an employee parked it in
the vicinity of the pillars around 9 am.
Hours later, he returned and discov-
ered that the container was missing.
Up until late yesterday, the container
was still reported missing and no sus-
pects were apprehended by the police.
Sgt Forde Jack of the Maraval CID is
Former Congress of the People (COP)
political leader Prakash Ramadhar is appeal-
ing the decision of a High Court judge who
ordered him to pay $255,000 in compensation to
his estranged brother and two other COP members
Chief Justice Ivor Archie and appellate judges Gregory
Smith and Prakash Moosai yesterday reserved their
decision in the appeal after hearing submissions from
Ramadhar s attorneys and those for his brother Kishore,
Rudolph Hanamji and Satu-Ann Ramcharan.
A date for their decision will be announced
by the court over the next few weeks.
In his appeal, Ramadhar is claiming
that Justice Vasheist Kokaram misin-
terpreted his statements when he ruled
that he (Ramadhar) had defamed the
trio in December last year.
Ramadhar is also contending that
Kokaram did not properly consider the
defences to defamation, ie, rely to an attack
and fair comment, which were raised by
his attorneys during the trial of the case last
The lawsuit arose out of a controversy in
October 2013 in which the trio were accused
of sending a letter with information about the
COP s membership to the then Opposition
People s National Movement (PNM).
The letter stated that three members who contested
the last Local Government elections were not members
of the COP, as legally required.
The PNM subsequently wrote to the Elections
and Boundaries Commission (EBC) challenging
the membership of the candidates.
Kishore, Hanamji and Ramcharan, who were
suspended from the party s national executive
and national council, denied any wrongdoing
as they claimed their signatures had been forged
on the leaked document.
Ramadhar, former COP chairman, Carolyn
Seepersad-Bachan, and founding member, Iqbal Hydal,
were all accused of making defamatory statements on
the issue at a COP National Council meeting on
November 10, 2013.
All three were sued by the trio and were each ordered
by Kokaram to pay compensation. However, only
Ramadhar has appealed the decision.
Ramadhar was ordered to pay his brother $90,000;
the same amount to Hanamji and $75,000 to Ram-
Seepersad-Bachan was ordered to
pay Kishore Ramadhar $75,000; the
same amount to Hanamji and $50,000
to Ramcharan while Hydal was ordered
to pay $25,000 to Kishore Ramdhar;
the same sum to Hanamji and $20,000
Ramadhar was represented by
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC, Larry
Lalla and Michael Rooplal. The trio
was represented by Frederick Gilkes,
Mervyn Campbell and Yuri Saunders.
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