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The parents of five-month old
baby who drowned in a bucket of
urine were released from police
custody on Thursday night after
an autopsy report showed no signs
of foul play.
The 29-year-old father, Kevon Pa-
checo, was released by Homicide of-
ficers while the 22-year-old mother,
Nikita Wilson, who was hospitalised
during her time in custody was later
The little boy, Kydari, died after he
was found head first in a bucket of of
his sick mother's urine and vomit.
According to police reports, the baby
boy was found dead around4.35 am on
Thursday at his family's home along
Picton Road, Laventille by the child's
He had been asleep on the same bed
with his parents.
A 42-year-old man, the main ag-
gressor in Wednesday's assault on
a gas attendant at a Unipet Service
Station in El Socorro, surrendered
to the police yesterday and said he
was sorry for his actions.
The man walked into the San Juan
Police Station at about 6.30 am.
He asked officers to reach out to
the 62-year-old man on his behalf
and offer his apology, according to
However, a police officer said that
the man will be placed on an identi-
fication parade and if positively iden-
tified will be charged. The officer also
called on the second assailant to come
The video showed an SUV pulling up
at Pump 6 at about 11.26 pm.
The driver got out and walked away.
Within seconds the gas attendant
walked up to the vehicle and told the
back seat passenger to put out his
lighted cigarette. Instead the passenger
confronted the attendant.
The man began to push the atten-
dant and cuff him to face and upper
body. The attacker was then joined by
the driver of the vehicle where pushed
the attendant down and began to kick
and punch him.
The incident lasted just over three
minutes. The video even showed one
of the attackers arming himself with
a windscreen cleaner and struck at-
Truckers fight for space on domestic vessels
Goods shortage looms in
Although there are now two
vessels taking cargo to Tobago,
the island has experienced a 20-
25 per cent decline in capacity
since the MV Superfast Galicia
This according to chairman of
the Inter-Island Transport Com-
mittee of the Tobago Chamber Di-
ane Hadad who has described the
unfolding scenario as "a criminal
act against the people of Tobago."
The Atlantic Provider has been
rented for US$14,000 a day and the
Trinity Transporter, a barge, which
will transport construction mate-
rial and heavy equipment is being
rented at a daily cost of US$8,000.
A total cost of US$22,000 a day. The
daily cost to lease the Galicia was
The Galicia last sailing was on
April 21. The vessel has since moved
to Gibraltar after its operators re-
fused to sign a month-to-month
contract with the T&T Govern-
Speaking to the media after tour-
ing the vessels last weekend Works
and Transport Minister Rohan Si-
nanan had said that the two vessels
operating in tandem will provide
greater capacity than the Galicia.
But the reality is completely dif-
ferent. Hadad said even together
they are not meeting the needs of
Hadad said everybody's quota
has had to be reduced "and it is
becoming a big nightmare." She
said the situation is so bad that
"truckers fighting each other for
whose truck will board boat. We
are creating enemies among people
who have been working together for
the past 18 years."
Hadad said the Galicia provided
600 truck spaces a week, now she
said even with the barge and the
Provider there is a shortfall of 170
truck spaces. The Atlantic Provider
could transport 280 trucks a week
and the barge 150 flatbeds a week
for a total of 430. Hadad said "it
will be war as to who secures space
for their vehicles."
She anticipates that the "bigger
problem of supplies to the island
will become obvious by the end of
Hadad recalled that when the
Minister of Works and Transport
announced the replacements for
the Galicia "he said small goods
vehicles would also be transport-
ed on the two passenger ferries
the T&T Express and the T&T
But she said both vessels are
"ailing." The T&T Express, she
said, did not sail yesterday morn-
ing "and the T&T Spirit is operat-
ing on two and a half engines and
the captains say they not putting
any small trucks or vans on it be-
cause of the weight issue."
"We are now butt head into a
crisis," she said.
The prospect of getting a prop-
er vessel to replace the Galicia
seems further off now after the
Port announced on Thursday that
having received only one tender
for a vessel to replace the Galicia,
it had taken a decision to "ter-
minate this tender process, and
approach the World Bank."
The Authority said it was of the
view that "the World Bank can
provide the requisite expertise to
determine the specifications for a
suitable cargo vessel for the needs
of the inter-island service. "
Additionally, it said "the assis-
tance of the World Bank will be
sought to determine an accept-
able methodology in compliance
with the tenets of good procure-
ment practices. "
The Port said it was satisfied
that this approach will realise
the "best option" in the long
term and that a resolution will be
arrived at within the next three
Hadad said as yet no one has
explained to them "what going to
the World Bank would do. Com-
mon sense will say that process
will be pretty much longer."
The hours of travel for the Pro-
vider has varied between seven
and a half to nine hours since it
picked up the service on Sunday
and the first trip by the barge
the Transporter to the island on
Thursday took 15 hours.
Hadad said having viewed the
barge "it is not a barge with a dif-
ference, it is simple and can hold
54 flatbed racks, which is what
we can put hardware items on."
She said at 15 hours per sailing,
"we will get three sailings a week."
The Trinity Transporter---barge,
docked at the Scarborough Port in
Tobago following its maiden voyage
from Trinidad, on Thursday.
Chairman of the Inter-Island Transport Committee of the Tobago Chamber Diane Hadad,centre, speaks to a port
worker following the arrival of the Trinity Transporter---barge, yesterday. At left, is Demi-John Cruickshank,
president of the Tobago Chamber. PHOTOS: CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
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