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a hot spot
San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello says the
southern city is becoming a hot spot and is now
seeking the assistance of National Security
Minister Edmund Dillon for a stronger police
presence, including army patrol.
Regrello said San Fernando used tobe a fairly calm
but he had observed an increase in criminal activity
in recent times and attributed this to certain criminal
elements migrating from troubled areas where police
had set up a stronger presence.
His comments follow last Thursday's incident in
which one of the councillors on the San Fernando City
Corporation, Robert Parris, was among customers
made to lie on the floor and robbed by gunmen who
held up the supermarket located in the Village Plaza,
Regrello said the spate of crime in the citywas on the
top of his agenda for a caucus meeting on Monday. He
said he would be requesting a stronger police presence,
more patrols in the area and also the intervention of
the Housing Development Minister and Member of
Parliament for San Fernando East Randall Mitchell.
Parris, councillor for Pleasantville, saidtenants and
customers at the Village Plaza were sitting ducks, but
no one was taking him seriously.
He said customers had already started boycotting
that mall which was the scene of two murders earli-
er this year. He said tenants, who were also running
scared, had turned to him for help, but his pleas have
fallen on deaf ears.
For years, Parris said, he had been drawing to the
attention of the HDC, which constructed the plaza
under the Patrick Manning administration, the fact
that the mall was not safe.
He said the perimeter cameras hd not been working
and security personnel were not armed.
Mitchell explained that the Village Plaza currently
had in place 24-hour security in the form of baton
officers. He said the security would be upgraded to
put in place armed officers, but at an increased cost.
"Presently the entire management and business
model of the Village Plazas across the island are be-
ing reviewed with a view to reworking the business
model to be more efficient and sustainable."
The MP explained, "When these plazas were first
conceptualised they were created as an incubator
facility for entrepreneurs and as a consequence the
rents charged were nominal when compared to com-
mercial rents charged in a mall setting.
"There are some who continue to believe that the
treasury is a bottomless source of funding and refuse
to face the economic realitywe now find ourselves in.
"It pains me everytime the scourge of crime rears
its head in San Fernando East, but the securing of
the interests of the HDCas landlord and the tenants
must be done taking into consideration what funding
Decision on sacked NP CEO set for May 24
The Appeal Court will deliver a rul-
ing in the wrongful dismissal lawsuit
brought by former National Petroleum
Marketing Company Limited (NP) chief
executive Richard Callender on May 24.
On Monday, Appellate judges Allan Men-
donca, Prakash Moosai and Andre Des Vignes
reserved their decision in Callender's appeal,
in which he is claiming a High Court Judge
made an error in dismissing his lawsuit.
Callender was appointed to the post in Feb-
ruary 2006 and was dismissed in April 2011 for
his role in allegedly granting a service station
in San Fernando an unauthorised $24 million
credit facility. NP's board claimed the facility
was given despite the company's strict cash
on delivery policy.
Callender denied any wrongdoing and al-
leged that the board's decision was politically
In legal submissions at the Hall of Justice on
Monday, Callender's lawyer Douglas Mendes,
SC, admitted his client's role in setting up the
facility but said it was done on instructions
from the board.
Callender claimed the board instructed him
to facilitate the Lady Hailes Avenue gas station
because the company did not want it to switch
suppliers to competitor United Independent
Petroleum Marketing Company Limited .
Operators of the station had complained
about cash flow problems caused by an ir-
regular supply from NP.
NP's legal team maintained that the com-
pany acted fairly in dismissing Callender as it
had conducted an independent investigation
before doing so.
"All the persons who knew the operations
said he was in breach," Seenath Jairam, SC,
attorney for the company said.
Jairam urged the court to uphold Justice
Carol Gobin's ruling in which she said it was
"not surprising and entirely justifiable" for
the board to lose confidence in Callender and
Callender is also being represented by El-
ton Prescott, SC, while Kelvin Ramkisson is
appearing alongside Jairam for NP.
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