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Attorney Annalee Girwar has
reached out to help Percyval
James find his pet cow Girly.
Girwar made contact with James
after reading of his plight in the T&T
James, 59, of Parrylands Village,
Guapo pleaded for assistance in find-
ing his beloved Girly, as he accused
police of inaction.
He said Girly was taken from his
property on December 7, 2016 by two
men in a wagon.
James said on the day she was
taken, officers who responded to a
neighbour's report that the animal
was being bundled into a car, allowed
the men to take away the animal and
stated they would have to conduct
an investigation to determine who
is the true owner. The men claimed
they were the owner of the black and
Girwar said that she feels com-
pelled to assist James as it seems he
has been treated unfairly.
"It would appear that Mr James has
been treated unfairly or rather with
a lack of regard by those entrusted
with the responsibility to protect and
serve," she said.
"Far too often we look upon mat-
ters of this nature with a flippant
attitude. After all in Mr James' case
it's just livestock right? What we've
failed as a society to understand is
that these matters perceived as petty
contribute to the lawlessness we are
currently experiencing in society."
Girwar has scheduled an appoint-
ment to see James on Monday, where
he has been asked to bring his docu-
ments, including the receipt for Girly
and his receipt from the police report,
so she can pen a letter on his behalf.
The T&T Guardian visited James,
his wife Kristiann and his infant son
Kymani, at their home where he in-
troduced Morris, his six-year-old
Morris is a Sahiwal breed, which
is among the largest zebu cattle that
can grow to between 500 to 900 kilo-
Morris was not nearby when our
crew arrived but after James shout-
ed his name several times, he came
galloping out of the bushes.
The animal stood at James' side as
the interview was conducted and did
not even glance around when Kymani
approached him and petted him on
James' other two cows, Jean and
her calf Christine, also came ambling
up to him as he stood in his front yard.
James said he hopes that Girwar's
intervention will force police to act,
as he misses Girly dearly and is wor-
ried about her well-being.
"I don't mind my animals to kill,
they are a part of my family," he said.
"I don't know if these guys intend
to use her for breeding or to butcher
her and I need to get her back."
Case of 'stolen' pet cow
Young on abolishing preliminary enquires
Minister in the Office of the
Prime Minister Stuart Young yes-
terday defended Attorney Gener-
al Faris Al-Rawi on recent attacks
involving debate on legislation to
abolish preliminary enquiries in
Speaking in Parliament Young said
there has also been "not-so-veiled"
attacks on the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) and Chief Justice.
Young said the bill was designed to
expedite the criminal justice system,
will also increase cost effectiveness
on all sides since laywers will not be
earning two sets of fees from doing pre-
liminary enquiries as well as further
trials resulting from this.
He said the legislation puts the onus
on lawyers to get the job done quickly
"Get your job done...but we're
hearing criticisms from the Oppo-
sition and certain persons have been
trying to protect their turf and their
domain and not the citizens of T&T,"
"We were told 'don't do this' since
preliminary enquiries allow young at-
torneys a chance to to 'cut their teeth'
But they can also cut their teeth in
summary matters and and magistrates
courts," he added.
On Opposition arguments against
the bill, Young said the bill didn't vi-
olate any section of the Constitution
or take away anyone's rights.
"So stop trying to find boogie men
where they don't exist. Without a more
effective criminal justice system, the
only people who suffer are the citi-
zens," Young said.
Opposition MP Surujrattan Ram-
bachan says T&T is under siege
from the criminal elements.
Rambachan was speaking in yester-
day's debate on a bill to abolish prelim-
inary enquires and to allow the Director
of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to deter-
mine which matters be committed to
the High Court. Under the existing law
that is done by the Magistrate.
Rambachan said the Opposition was
in support of the legislation in princi-
ple but had serious concerns about the
provision to allow the DPP to determine
which matters are referred to the High
The Opposition was insisting that a
judicial officer be allowed to make that
Rambachan said he was not convinced
that this measure if approved would,
by itself make a significant dent of the
spiralling murder rate in the country.
He said he wanted to know if the legis-
lation would effectively make citizens
feel safer in this country.
Rambachan spoke about a Youtube
video in which "criminals" were speak-
ing about who they were going to kill
and how much guns they have was
causing fear among the people living
in Central Trinidad.
He said the video was posted over the
last five days.
Rambachan said in the wake of that
development "the police wouldn't even
call them in for questioning."
He said the Judiciary should do more
to effectively manage cases before the
Lawyer steps in to help
...Suruj: Let judicial officer
decide on High Court cases
New law more cost effective
Percyval James and his pet
bull, Morris, at his home in
Parrylands, Guapo, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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