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Fisherman still missing
after one month
Today makes it a month
since fisherman Arnold Be-
harry and his neighbour Ste-
phen Beharry disappeared in
the Serpent's Mouth off the
coast of Icacos.
Although the fate of Ar-
nold seemed gloomy when
Stephen's body was found
in Venezuelan waters last
month, his wife, Sharda,
still prays and hopes that he will return to their family.
At 45, Sharda said it is hard to let go to the only mate
she ever had. She got married to him when she was 17
and he, 22, in a union that would have turned 29 in the
"I am waiting to see if he would come back, if we will get
something or see something that my husband will come
back. It is hard for me, it is almost 30 years we are married.
I was 17 when we got married. He is only 50 going on 51 this
"I am still holding out hope that he is alive. It's almost
30 years we have been together since I met him right at
my home," Sharda said yesterday.
It was on Valentine's Day that Arnold and Stephen
went into the Serpent's Mouth to retrieve a fishing net
that was set earlier.
It was reported that a large wave caused their pirogue
to capsize, throwing both men into the deep waters.
It was also reported that the engine was too powerful
for the pirogue and that caused it to flip.
Coast guardsmen from T&T and Venezuela, and local
fishermen searched for days for the men.
Six days later, Stephen's body was found by Venezuelan
fishermen and was eventually returned to Trinidad where
he was buried. There were rumours that another body was
spotted near the Orinoco River mouth but there was never
any confirmation and Arnold was never found.
Since then, Sharda said it has been hard on her, their
four children and three grandchildren. With Arnold al-
ready suffering with stomach ailments, they survived off
of his welfare cheque after their food card was cancelled
last year. With Arnold gone now, she said relatives were
providing for her family, but fears that help may soon end.
"He was the breadwinner, but he used to be sick. He
was not working for a while and he used to get help from
"He used to be sick and it was only that day he went
out with the boy for a day's work just to come back home.
"He was sick with his stomach and he was always going
to doctors to get drips. We need help, but I am waiting to
see if he will come back."
Minister Jack Warner's
Attorney General Faris
Al-Rawi's decision to
sign-off on a request to
extradite him to the Unit-
ed States to face charges in
the ongoing Fifa bribery
scandal has been deferred.
Lawyers representing the
AG's office and Warner were
scheduled to present sub-
missions in the case yesterday,
however, when it was called by
Justice James Aboud in the Port-
of-Spain High Court he was in-
formed by the parties that the
trial had to be adjourned to
allow them to complete filing
their written submissions.
Douglas Mendes, SC, the
head of the State's legal team,
said that while his client was
scheduled to file its submis-
sions last month, Warner's
attorneys allowed his cli-
ent an extension of last
As a result of the exten-
sion, Warner's legal team
had to be given additional
time to reply to the State's
submissions. Aboud acced-
ed to the request but said
that he wished for the trial
to be held in May.
"When it comes to the lib-
erty of an individual I am will-
ing to sit on a public holiday,"
Aboud said as he noted that the
case, which was filed in December
2015, requires expediency.
While Warner's lawyer Fyard Hosein,
SC, asked for a later trial due to other commitments
in May, both Aboud and Mendes were not willing to
vacate the new schedule.
The trial will now take place on May 12.
Warner, in his claim, is questioning the proce-
dure adopted by the Office of the Attorney General
in signing off on the US's request for his extradition
made in May, last year, at the end of the US Depart-
ment of Justice's investigation into Fifa. He is facing
fraud and money-laundering charges related to his
two decades as a vice-president of world football's
Warner's attorneys are alleging that this country's
extradition treaty with the US contradicts the Extra-
dition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act.
They are claiming that, in passing the Act, Par-
liament afforded citizens certain protections which
are ignored by the international treaty.
He is also complaining that Al-Rawi failed to give
his attorneys a fair opportunity to make representa-
tions to him before he signed off on the Authority
to Proceed, which was required to initiate the pro-
Last year, Aboud granted Warner a stay of his on-
going extradition proceedings currently before Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, which will expire
after Aboud decides on the legality and constitu-
tionality of his extradition.
The United States (US) had attempted to inter-
vene in the case as an interested party but was denied
permission by both Aboud and the Court of Appeal.
Business owner fined $20,000 for illegal gun
A San Fernando
expressed her frustra-
tion about the number
of illegal guns in the
country after a Fyza-
bad man admitted to
being armed with a
loaded gun at South
complex in Tarouba.
Expressing her frustra-
tion, Second Court Mag-
istrate Margaret Alert said
South Park was one of the
newest places opened up
in south for entertainment
outside of Gulf City Mall.
"This place is now
tainted," said Alert, add-
ing: "I am really pissed be-
cause where to go again."
29, told Alert he armed
himself with the loaded
Beretta pistol for his own
protection because he was
robbed twice before.
Ramroop, who co-owns
a bar with his father, was
arrested on Sunday
around 3 am after PC
Lindon Abraham stopped
a van at South Park com-
pound in Tarouba.
Prosecutor Sgt Denzil
Alexander said the officer
searched the accused who
was in the back seat, but
found nothing illegal.
When he searched the
van, however, the officer
found under the driv-
er's seat, a 10-inch long
gun with 11 bullets in the
Ramroop told the of-
ficer, "Boss that is mine.
I push it under the seat be-
cause I get frighten, them
gyul don't know nothing
about that. I just taking a
Asked by the magistrate
to explain what Ramroop
was doing with a gun at
the establishment, at-
torney Subhas Panday
said Ramroop had been
robbed twice, once at the
bar and the other time he
was on his way home at
night. Panday said he had
the gun to protect himself.
Ramroop admitted that
he left home with the gun
and went to Steel---a res-
taurant and lounge at
"I did not have it for any
bad purpose," he said.
However, Alert said it
was not sufficient to say
he had no bad intentions
because it was against the
law. Advising him to ap-
ply for a gun licence, she
added, "It is very scary
to know that there could
be people in a nightclub
Ramroop was given 90
days to pay a $10,000 fine
on each offence or serve 18
months in prison.
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