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guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Stephen Singh who is
accused of shooting his
neighbour in the head
with an air rifle al-
most nine years ago is
expected to know his
fate next Wednesday.
Justice Malcolm Holdip
told the jury, as he ad-
journed the trial in the
San Fernando First As-
sizes yesterday, that next
Wednesday would be the "cut
off" date for them.
It is therefore expected that on that
date the judge would sum up the case
and the jury will retire to deliberate on
Giving them a timeline on how the
matter is expected to proceed so they
could begin putting their house in or-
der for the Easter holidays, the judge
said the matter will continue today
(Wednesday), Thursday, Monday and
Wednesday would be the cut off date.
The judge then explained to them that
the attorneys were engaged in legal is-
sues and they should return to court
Singh, 63, aka Police and Tuffee, is
charged with wounding Wayne Vesprey
with intent to do him grievous bodi-
ly harm on November 24, 2008 at Bois
Bourg Village, Cedros.
The State case, led by attorney Stacy
Laloo-Chong, is that Singh shot Vesprey
outside his (Singh) mini-mart after they
had a heated argument.
However, Singh, through his attorney
Kevin Ratiram, claimed he was protect-
ing his wife after Vesprey threatened to
rape her and tried to grab her.
Meanwhile, the trial against Anand
Baboolal, 40, charged with the murders
of Ria Ramlochan, 26, and her
18-month old baby, Ish-
mael Timothy Ragbir, was
also adjourned on Monday
because the attorneys were
dealing with legal issues.
Justice Althea Alex-
is-Windsor presiding in the
Third Assizes told the jury to
return to court today.
Baboolal is accused of stabbing
the mother and son to death at their
Mayaro home on Wednesday, August
The baby's decomposing body was
fished out of the Mafeking River while
the mother's decomposing body was
found in a latrine pit near their Solo-
mon Street home on Saturday, August
Prosecutor Shabaana Shah closed the
State's case over a week ago. Baboolal
is being represented by attorney Rekha
Chaos erupted over the
weekend with ferry passengers
travelling to and from Tobago,
as one of the Port Authority's
vessels has been out of com-
mission, while another is not
functioning to its maximum
As a result, members of the pub-
lic who opted to use Caribbean Air-
lines (CAL) as an alternative form
of transport were faced with long
lines at the ANR Robinson Airport.
On Sunday, some of the frus-
trated passengers who were forced
to wait in long lines for flights out
of Tobago took to social media to
express their disgust at CAL's poor
One passenger posted on CAL's
website that she had a 9.45 pm
flight and did not leave their air-
port until the wee hours of the
following morning because one
plane was working.
Another passenger complained
that his experience with CAL's
service from Tobago was horri-
ble, stating that he would never
recommend their airline to anyone.
A third passenger pointed out
that their Tobago flight was de-
layed by two hours and the airline
double booked seats, which result-
ed in passengers being bumped off
CAL in response to one passen-
ger's complaint apologised, stating
that they will definitely pass on
his post to the rest of the team, as
they continuously strive to better
its services to all our customers.
On Monday, Vilma Lewis-Cock-
burn, manager, marketing and
public relations at the T&T In-
ter-island Transportation Com-
pany admitted that the port has
been faced with challenges with its
fast ferry services the T&T Spirit
and T&T Express.
She said the T&T Express has
been out of commission for the
past few weeks due to mechan-
ical work and a change of its life
rafts, while the T&T Spirit has
been experiencing technical prob-
lems, which has led to a change of
its sailing schedules.
It is expected by April 10, the
T&T Express will be back in op-
eration. When it full operation
the ferries make one round trip
However, during peak sea-
sons such as Easter and the
August vacation the Port Au-
thority would double its sail-
ings schedules to accommodate
the influx of passengers.
Lewis-Cockburn said the
T&T Spirit, which accommo-
dates 840 passengers plus its
crew has not been working to
its maximum level.
She said over the weekend
this vessel undertook some re-
pairs and should be in working
order in the coming days.
"The Super Fast Galacia...
the cargo vessel has also been
accommodating 100 passen-
gers to Tobago. But this is a
small figure compared to what
the two fast ferries can hold. We
have tried to utilise the Water
Taxi service but they only ac-
commodate us on weekends
and holidays. This service
transports another 300 pas-
sengers," Lewis-Cockburn said.
Admitting that the port has
been bombarded with com-
plaints by angry passengers,
Lewis-Cockburn said they were
trying their best.
"We have sold tickets but
keep changing the times of our
sailing because of the troubles
we have been encountering
with the ferries. Some of the
double sailings we have had
to merge into one... while we
fix some of the problems. It
has been a bit challenging for
us. The port has been trying to
accommodate passengers on
other sailings she said.
For the Easter weekend, Lew-
is-Cockburn assured that the
Water Taxi service will be avail-
able from Trinidad to Tobago
and vice versa.
The last day of sailing for the
Super Fast Galicia, this coun-
try's only designated inter-is-
land cargo ferry service will be
April 18. The T&T Spirit has
been sailing for the past 14
years, while the T&T Express
was built in 1997.
for Easter weekend
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