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Minister of Public Administration and Communications, Maxie Cuffie, presents a cheque which represents
ten percent of his salary to Bishop Susan Trancoso of Holy Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Talparo. Cuffie made
good on his promise to assist following a visit to the church, which is in need of renovation.
HDC, Sammy in land dispute
The Housing Development Cor-
poration (HDC) is now engaged in
a legal battle with a prominent
contractor and a resident over a
multi-million dollar parcel of land
Yesterday, the attorneys repre-
senting the parties, the HDC, Shaun
Sammy, Junior Sammy Construction
Company and Robert Gormandy en-
tered into an agreement to cease works
when the matter came up before Jus-
tice Ricky Rahim in the San Fernando
High Court giving certain undertak-
ings until the completion of the trial.
The HDC, through its attorneys Ravi
Heffes-Doon and Andrew Rudder, has
agreed not to enter upon the parcel of
land while the Sammy and the con-
struction firm have agreed to halt con-
struction at the site. Two applications
were filed before the court yesterday.
The HDC filed an application asking
the court to find that Gormandy had
no right, title or interest to sell the
three-acre parcel of land to Sammy
as it belonged to the State. They are
also seeking an order that the sale
agreement was null and void.
The three defendants also filed an
application seeking an injunction re-
straining the HDC from coming onto
the land. Gormany is claiming that
his family has been living on the land
Attorneys Ramesh Lawrence Maha-
raj SC, Ronnie Bissessar and Darren
Gopaul-Gosine are representing the
interests of the three defendants.
Speaking with reporters afterwards
Bissessar said, "I cannot say very
much of the order which was entered
in chambers today but the purpose of
the order was to preserve the status
quo of the proceedings until the mat-
ter comes up for trial.
"Accordingly the HDC has given
an undertaking that it will not enter
upon or take any steps to enter the
subject land, equally Mr Gormandy
has agreed to remain off the subject
lands, save for a two-lot parcel that he
will continue to carry out agricultural
"Further, the construction company
has agreed that it will no longer carry
out any construction work on the pro-
ject. The whole purpose of the order
is to maintain a stay arrangement that
will allow the court to adjudicate on
the matter, hopefully within the next
four to five months, and parties will
abide by any order of the court."
A case management conference has
been scheduled for June 7.
Neighbour shot in head with air rifle
claims it was
A Cedros businessman recalled
yesterday how he shot his neigh-
bour in the head with an air rifle
after the man allegedly attacked
his wife and threatened to rape her.
Stephen Singh, 63, gave this evidence
before Justice Malcolm Holdip and the
jury in the San Fernando First Assizes
where he is on trial for woundingWayne
Vesprey with intent to do him grievous
bodily harm. The shooting took place
on November 24, 2008 at Singh's gro-
ceryat Bois Bourg Village. Vesprey lives
opposite the grocery.
Singh, who grew up and went to
school with Vesprey, said around 12.30
pm he was in his business place when
Vesprey, whom he calls Shine,came in.
He saidVesprey was singing and dancing
to music,his speech was slurredand he
appearedto be drunk. He said Vesprey
asked him for a nip of puncheon, but he
refused togive him because he was still
owing him money for two nips he had
He said Vesprey began cursing and
shouting and his (Vesprey) mother and
sister-in-law cameand took him away.
He saidVesprey returned shortly af-
ter and began cursing and threatening
to rape his wife who was also in the
He said Vesprey's sister-in-law came
back in and tried to get him to leave with
her but he refused. When she left, Sin-
gh said Vesprey continued cursing and
The accused said Vesprey held on the
gate separating the buying area from the
selling area and rocked the door open.
"He leaned over the counter andmade
a grab at my wife and he said 'I will rape
her.'" Singh said he became afraid that
he would harm him and his wife.
"I had a gun behind the fridge which
was close. I aimed the gun facing him
and Ifired. I did not aim at any specif-
ic place on him," said Singh.
He said he told that to Cpl Singh and
PC Banga athis home and at the Cedros
Police Station. However, the officers
had testified that he never told them
those things. Vesprey claimed he had
an argument with Singh after the shop-
keeper refused to sell him a phone card.
He claimed when he walked out of the
grocery Singh shot him.
In cross-examination by attorney
Stacy Laloo-Chong, Singh said he had
a good relationship with Vesprey and
his family prior to the incident. He also
said his wife never complained to him
The trial continues on Monday.
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