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No water in parts
of North East
The Water and Sewerage
Authority ((WASA) is ad-
vising customers in parts
of North-East Trinidad
served by the North Oro-
pouche Water Treatment
Plant that there will be an
interruption in their water
supply tomorrow between
The authority said this has
become necessary in order to
carry out electrical mainte-
nance works at the Plant.
Areas affected include:
Sangre Grande Town
Vega De Oropouche
Toco Road, Sangre Grande
Guaico/ Guaico Tamana
Malabar Phases 1,
3 & 4Manzanilla
Tumpuna Road/ San Rafael
Carapo/ O'Meara Road
Signature Park/ Mausica Road
Millennium Park/ Sunrise Park
Golden Grove Road
The authority is also advising
hours for the service to normalise
to some affected areas following
resumption of production at the
facility. For further information
or assistance, customers can con-
tact WASA's Call Centre toll free
WASA shas apologises for the
inconvenience and thanks cus-
tomers for their understanding.
Kwasi Lewis did not live to see the man who
wounded him with a cutlass 14 years ago con-
victed and sent to prison. Lewis was stabbed
to death in 2014.
A jury in the San Fernando Third Criminal Court
found Lawrence "Shaka" Dyer guilty of wounding
Lewis with intent. He was sentenced to six years and
four months in jail with hard labour but was found
not guilty on a charge of attempting to murder Lewis.
However, Dyer, also of Fyzabad, felt his sentence
"I going to appeal. This is a miscarriage of
justice," Dyer shouted at Justice Althea Alex-
is-Windsor as he was led from the court by
Dyer chopped Lewis, then 18, with a cut-
lass near his elbow during an incident on No-
vember 6, 2005, near Market Street, Fyzabad.
Dyer was charged by Insp Sheldon Ablacksingh.
Lewis, was stabbed to death three years ago
on Carnival Monday in Fyzabad. The evidence he
gave in the Siparia Magistrates Court during the
preliminary inquiry was read to the jury during
the trial. Dyer did not give evidence. He claimed
he had acted in self defence because the victim
and two other people had thrown bottles at him.
Attorney Jason Jackson, who along with Perusha Lord
represented Dyer, admitted that the accused had been in
and out of prison for matters as far back as 1992. Jackson
said Dyer found God while in prison and had been follow-
ing the Rastafarian faith, spending most of his time praying,
meditating and reading the Bible in his cell.
Dyer, who was denied bail in other matters, has been in
custody since 2014.
In passing sentence, the judge described the incident,
which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, as senseless
and pointless. She said a bio social report stated that Dyer did
not take part in any of the rehabilitation programmes in prison.
Jackson said his client tried to enroll in the programmes but
A pensioner who used
his car to transport his
relatives and villagers
to the temple, but was
accused of working his
car for hire and denied
his old age pension, has
won his matter.
Dydyan Sahadeo, 67,
will now be receiving his
pension retroactive from
November 2015. Sahadeo
had sought judicial review
against Minister of Social
Development and Family
Services after his application
for old age pension was rejected.
When the matter came up be-
fore Justice Robin Mohammed in
the San Fernando High Court on
Monday, the minister's attorneys in-
formed the court that the Central Pub-
lic Assistance Board met in January and
reversed the decision of the local board
not to grant him his pension.
Sahadeo had filed the claim in Sep-
tember 2016 after the Board rejected his
application on the ground that he was
working a taxi and earning an income.
He first applied for his old age pension
in February 2014 but was rejected be-
cause a social welfare officer claimed
he working as a taxi driver because his
car was registered as a "hired vehicle"
as opposed to a "private one."
Sahadeo subsequently changed his
vehicle registration place from an "H"
. He reapplied in April 2015, but
was again rejected.He found out through
a Freedom of Information application
that the welfare officer claimed he was
earning an income in excess of $5,000.
Sahadeo said he used his car to take vil-
lagers and relatives to the temple free
Sahadeo, through his attorneys Anand
Ramlogan SC Kavita Sarran and Alvia
Mootoo, contended that he was treated
unfairly and the decision not to grant him
his pension was irrational.The Minister
was represented by attorneys Roshan
Ramcharitar and Bryan Basdeo.
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