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Minister: Do more to
stop child abuse
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ayanna Web-
ster-Roy, is calling on all citizens to do more to eliminate
child abuse in T&T.
Webster-Roy said so in a release as Child Abuse and Prevention
month is being observed across the country.
Webster-Roy’s statement was made in the wake of a number of
recent reports of incidents affecting children across T&T.
She said: “We all have the responsibility to protect children and
they in turn have a right to expect protection from us.”
Webster-Roy added: “Any form of abuse against
children whether emotionally, physically or oth-
erwise is extremely worrisome.”
The minister said it was “bad enough when
adults were abused but worst when children are
taken advantage of.”
Webster-Roy has responsibility for Gender and
Child Affairs. The theme of this month;s observa-
tion is Unite Against Child Abuse and it is intended
to make citizens more aware of “the importance
of families and communities working together to
prevent child abuse and ultimately compel people
to act to end the phenomenon.”
She said it was important for citizens to become familiar
with the four types of child abuse - Physical, Emotional,
Neglect and Sexual (PENS) - and to better identify and
Over the next few weeks, the Division of Gender and
Child Affairs and stakeholders, including the Toba-
go House of Assembly, will host initiatives to raise
awareness and educate citizens on how to identify
victims of child abuse, child abusers and how to
treat with both categories.
with ganja fined
for cuffing cop
A Siparia gardener who cuffed a policeman in
the face severaltimes on Monday after being caught
with marijuana has been ordered to pay the officer
$2,500 in compensation.
Gregory Zamor, 32, was also ordered to pay $5,500 in
fines by San Fernando magistrate Margaret Alert on Tuesday.
Zamor pleaded guilty to possession of 10 grammes of
marijuana, resisting arrest and assaulting PC Acevero.
Court prosecutor Sgt Denzil Alexander said around 4 pm
PC Acevero stopped a car in Tarouba after receiving infor-
mation and asked
Zamor who was in the front passenger seat to exit the vehicle.
Upon searching him, the officer found a plastic packet
with marijuana in his right hand. When Aceverotried to arrest
him, Zamor began struggling and cuffed Acevero several few
times on the left side of the face, causing injuries.
With the assistance of other officers, Acevero subdued Zamor
and took him to the Marabella Police Station. Acevero was treated
and discharged from the San Fernando General
Hospital. Zamor apologised to the officer in
court, saying,:“Deeply in my heart I did not
mean it, despite what happen.”
Acevero, who had a plaster under his left eye
which was also swollen, accepted his apology.
Zamor’s lawyer, Shaun Teekasingh, said his
client, a father of three, was frustrated over
hiseconomic situation and had tried to explain
to Aceverothe reason for him having the drugs,
but there seemed to be “no caring.”
Teekasingh said during the struggle the
officer fell down and Acevero was alsoinjured.
The magistrate told him if something should
happen to him and his family thepolice, par-
ticularly Acevero, may not want to respond for
fear that he (Zamor) may harm them.
Alert told him he should not complain about
the economic situation because he was depriv-
ing his family by buying drugs. Noting that he
had had eight convictions over the last ten years,
the magistrate told Zamore he seemed to have a love
affair with marijuana.
The family of
a missing man
believe his win-
nings of a Play
Whe bet could
have led to the
This was the the-
ory of Madho Ram-
younger sister came up on Tues-
day, 11 days after Ramkissoon, of
Hardbargain, Williamsville went
The sister, who requested ano-
nymity, said Ramkissoon, 60, who
suffers from a mental illness, was
last seen around 6 pm on April 1,
waiting on a taxi on the Williams-
ville Main Road to get home.
This is the first time Ramkissoon
A missing person report was
filed at the Princes Town Police
Station by relatives on April 2.
Yesterday, Ramkissoon’s worried
sister said that he would religiously go
out the road to bet on the Play Whe, Lotto and Cash
Pot games, which he had become addicted to.
“He became hooked on this Play Whe thing. We
are assuming that he won the day he went missing
because he had a knack for winning the game. Probably
someone saw him with money in the line and followed
him somewhere. That is the only theory we have come
up with. What else could it be?”
Since the introduction of the game in T&T, the sister
said Ramkissoon had been betting at NLCB’s booths
in Marabella, Williamsville and San Fernando. Ram-
kissoon’s sister is now fearing the worst.
A recipient of a monthly disability grant, Ram-
kissoon lived on his own, a few houses asway from
one of his brothers.
“My other brother would collect the disability grant
for him because when he gets it he would spend it
To control his spending, Ramkissoon was
given an allowance of $30 a day, which
he placed on bets.
The sister said Play Whe was her
brother’s only form of recreation.
“We tried setting him up with a little
parlour to keep him at home. But he did
not want that.
“It has been eleven days we have not
seen or heard from our brother and we
are getting no help from the police. We
tried enquiring at other police stations
and they have no all points bulletin of him being
The sister felt the police were not doing
enough to locate Ramkissoon who had no
“Despite being mentally challenged he
acted normal. With each passing day we
are losing hope.”
On April 4, the police visited a relative’s
home to find out if they had any new
information on the missing man.
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