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Boy fractures skull
...after fall over school railing
RADHICA DE SILVA
Parents are renewing their
call for Government to fix the
railings of the Fifth Company
Baptist Primary school, af-
ter a Standard Two pupil fell
over it last week, fracturing
School officials said Tisean
Alexis, eight, was sliding down
the railings around midday last
Wednesday when he fell. Howev-
er, his mother Curlanne Charleau
claims her son was pushed.
Alexis, who lives in St Mary's
Village, Moruga, remains ward-
ed at the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex at Mt Hope.
He suffered cuts on his face and
a fracture to the left side of his
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian, Charleau said she
wanted a full report into how
the incident occurred.
"Last Wednesday he was slid-
ing down the railing at the Fifth
Company Baptist school when
he was pushed over," Charleau
"He does not know who
pushed him. He fell about 15
feet and fractured his skull. The
bones on his forehead crack. He
had bruises and cuts about his
face. He was unconscious be-
tween 2-6 hours."
She explained that Alexis was
initially taken to the San Fernan-
do General Hospital.
"His left eye was swollen and
his jaw bone was swollen, on the
left side," Charleau added.
Although her son was initial-
ly discharged, Charleau said she
had to take him back to the SFGH
after he began experiencing diz-
ziness and excruciating pain. He
was then given a letter to go to
the EWMSC where a CT scan
Since the incident, members
of the school's PTA have renewed
their call for the Government to
fix the deplorable conditions at
the school. A parent who re-
quested anonymity said since
their last round of protests, only
the broken gates have been fixed.
"We predicting that a child
will fall over those railings long
time. The railings are only three
feet high so it is easy for them to
fall over. The school also has an
electrical problem and it seems
our cries for better safety at the
school are falling on deaf ears,"
the parent added.
Contacted yesterday, MP for
Tableland/Moruga and Minister
in the Ministry of Education, Dr
Lovell Francis, said Alexis' inci-
dent was not an issue of safety
but was one of poor supervision.
"That child should have been
better supervised. I am aware
that he fell close to the cafeteria.
He was skating on the railing. It
was not a case where he fell over
a broken railing," Francis said.
Told that the railings were only
three feet high, Francis said the
Government will look into the is-
sue. He said most of the planned
infrastructural work will be done
over the August vacation.
"Over the Easter vacation we
fixed the gates but we will speak
to the principal and get some
more information about what
further work could be done be-
fore the full maintenance begins,"
Businessman detained after shooting man
Former assistant commis-
sioner of police Cecil Santa-
na had to detain a business-
man yesterday, after another
man bleeding from several
bullet wounds pulled up in
front his home begging for
The drama began around 11.25
am when the businessman, 29,
of Mayo was driving his Toyo-
ta Hilux along Houssa Trace,
Gasparillo, in the company of
According to police, another
man, identified as Kerwin Wil-
liams, 26, pulled in front of the
businessman with a silver sedan
and blocked his car.
Police said Williams came out
his vehicle and was approach-
ing the businessman, who then
pulled out an unlicensed firearm
and shot him three times.
Williams, who police said
lives at Tahal Avenue, Gaspa-
rillo, got back into his vehicle
and drove to Santana's home in
Parforce Road, Gasparillo.
An eyewitness who asked not
to be identified said he saw the
car driven by the injured man
come to a stop opposite Santa-
"The car door opened and this
man just fall out on the roadway.
When we went across he was
bleeding from three different
places," the eyewitness said.
An alarm was raised and San-
tana came out his home where
he met the businessman arriving
on the scene.
PCs Khan and Costello, of
the Gasparillo Police Station,
responded and together with
Santana, they detained the
Upon searching him, the of-
ficers found a pistol with six
rounds of ammunition. Police
later went to his home, where
an empty firearm magazine was
The businessman was tak-
en into custody and was being
questioned for shooting offenc-
es and possession of a firearm
Williams was taken to the
San Fernando General Hospi-
tal where he was listed in stable
condition up to last night.
Police said the businessman
was recently the victim of a
robbery at his business place
Gasparillo police are contin-
Senior police officers are dismissing
claims that the Driving Under the In-
fluence (DUI) Task Force has been dis-
banded following a controversial arrest
they made late last year.
Rather, they claim the unit, responsible for
over 5,000 tests resulting in 773 arrests for
the year, has been scattered across the the
country to better use the resources.
However, DUI Task Force members, under
the condition of anonymity, claim this was
done to punish the unit. Officers said follow-
ing the arrest of an individual last year the
unit was broken up and the members placed
in various divisions to continue their duties
along with other officers during road block
Officers from the unit, who said on av-
erage they arrested over 10 people during
a nightly exercise, now detain one or two
errant drivers a night.
This is because they are now tasked with
"regular police work," resulting in them going
out on patrols and other duties outside of
conducting field sobriety tests on drivers.
In an telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, ASP Kissoon Badloo, of
the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, under
which the unit operated, said the decision
to integrate the officers from the Task Force
into the various police stations came before
the arrest of the individual.
He added that while some may believe the
two are related it is not.
Speaking in defence of the operational
move, Badloo said while some might argue
that there is a decline in the number of DUI
arrests, that could easily be debated without
providing any statistics.
Badloo added that the officers are also fo-
cused on doing volunteer tests so that drivers
know their limit even before they drive and
this preventative measure is being applauded.
He added that with the introduction of the
speed guns, the emphasis has shifted from
intoxicated drivers to speedsters.
The decision to re-arrange the structure
of the unit is under the purview of Deputy
Police Commissioner Deodath Dulalchan.
But attempts to contact him yesterday were
unsuccessful, as calls to his mobile went
unanswered and messages sent were not
President of the Police Social and Welfare
Association, Insp Michael Seales, also could
not be reached for comment.
A shot of the railing where Tisean Alexiis fell over at the Fifth Company Baptiste Primary School.
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