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Lawyer on DUI charge
pleads not guilty
An attorney who allegedly failed a breathalyser
test with a high reading of 150 microgrammes
has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Dave Maharaj, 50, of San Fernando, was arrested
on Monday and appeared beforeSan Fernando Traffic
Court Magistrate Natalie Diop charged with driving
under the influence yesterday.
He was arrested in Marabella after he was stopped
by the policeand subsequently tested. The legal limit
is 35 microgrammes, which meant he was allegedly
above the limit by 115 microgrammes.
Maharajwas taken to the Marabella Police Station
where he was charged and granted his own bail.
Maharaj was represented by attorney Ainsley Lucky.
The magistrate allowed his bail to continue and ad-
journed the matter to August 11. ---SW
Car dealer again held
in domestic case
For the second time in a little over a year, a
Chaguanas car dealer was arrested in relation to
an allegation of domestic abuse against his wife.
According to reports, shortly after midday yes-
terday the dealer was arrested by large contingent
of police officers at his popular used car dealership
Police sources said his arrest stemmed from a do-
mestic disturbance report made by his neighbours
on Monday morning.
The T&T Guardian understands that police re-
ceived the report around 12.05 am on Monday but
could not act on it, as when they visited his Chagua-
nas home, they noticed no signs of an ongoing crime
and would have needed to obtain a warrant to enter
the property to investigate further.
Investigators reportedly returned to the location
later that day to obtain a statement from the deal-
She allegedly provided the statement but said she
did not wish to press charges against her husband
for a second time. They reportedly then spoke to the
dealer and then left before returning to arrest him
The businessman remained detained at the
Chaguanas Police Station up to late yesterday but
had not been charged.
The T&T Guardian was told that investigators were
considering whether he was in breach of a protection
order granted by a magistrate before his wife with-
drew assault charges against him in October last year.
Interim protection orders are usually granted dur-
ing domestic violence cases and would have expired
when the case against him, for allegedly assaulting
his wife on two occasions in February last year, was
However, in this case, a three-year order barring
him from coming into contact with her and physically
or verbally abusing her was granted by Magistrate
Joanne Connor in March last year.
Investigators were said to be exploring the possibil-
ity that the fixed-term order may not have automat-
ically expired after she refused to testify against him.
Legal sources said police may prosecute him for
breach of the order even without his wife's full co-
operation, as prosecutors would merely have to prove
he breached the terms of the order.
Police said they would consider whether to charge
him after they interview several other witnesses over
the next few days.
Investigations are continuing.
Old dispute sparks
attack at Tyrico Bay
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police believe aspiring cruise-ship
worker Kimberly Lewis was chopped to
death on Monday night by a neighbour
who had threatened the woman and her
husband Jonathan Garcia.
Garcia, 29 and Lewis, 24, were attacked
at their business/home, the Beach Viewers
Mart, opposite the entrance to Tyrico Bay.
Police reports are that around 11 pm they
found Garcia at the side of the road bleeding
and he told them his wife was inside suf-
fering from stab and chop wounds. Both
were taken by police to the hospital where
Speaking with the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Lewis'
mother, Shaffina Lewis, grieved over how
her daughter's death was a bitter end to an
unhappy life she stayed in due to love.
"She wasn't happy and you could see the
stress on her face. But she used to say that
is her husband and she made a promise and
she sticking it through," Lewis said.
Lewis said her daughter married Garcia
under Muslim rites without the family's
knowledge and had left their San Juan home
to be with him.
"Last time I see her face to face was three
weeks aback. But I talk to her on phone all
the time, every day. I not going to judge him
to say he's a bad boy eh, because when we
go up he was always kind to us and giving
us things," Lewis said.
Relatives of Garcia said they could not
bring themselves to tell him his wife had
died as he had to be rushed back to emer-
gency surgery late yesterday.
Relatives, who told Guardian Media they
spotted Garcia at the side of the road on
their way home, recalled him begging them
to leave himself and save his wife. She was
found barely breathing on the couple's bed.
side of the road but I thought was police
who shoot him ... When I look I realise is
Jonathan and I reverse and see him with stab
wound all in he eye, he holding he chest with
blood pouring out and I see like he get stab
in he lungs ... After all that he telling me save
he woman. I went inside and see she dying
on the bed. I pick she up and push she in
the police jeep. As I pick her up my whole
left side get wet with blood," a relative said.
Police said the attack stemmed from a
dispute with another couple about two
months ago which Garcia got involved in.
Police said a 25-year-old neighbour of
Garcia and his girlfriend rents beach chairs
and one day they had a falling out, ending
with the woman's chairs disappearing.
Garcia found them in the nearby man-
grove and told the woman and was con-
fronted by the man, who had explained to
his girlfriend the chairs were lost in a fire.
Both men fought and Garcia was beaten
and since then there had been bad blood
between the men with threats flying.
The suspect was last night in police cus-
tody, along with three other men held with
him in relation to Lewis' murder and Gar-
cia's attempted murder.
The suspects were all caught by Sgt Ster-
lin Taylor, Cpl Ali and Cpl Rajkumar, of the
Maracas Police Station, allegedly attempt-
ing to flee the scene.
The men were held when the Nissan Alm-
era they were in veered off the road on seeing
a police roadblock.
Police said the men were driving without
headlights and they fled the vehicle when
they saw the officers near the Maracas
Beach. Two of the men were held along the
beach while the other two were held around
3 am yesterday hiding near the beach.
Harripaul, right, grand
winner of Guardian
Media Limited's 'Busy
her prize of an all-
inclusive weekend for
two at the Mount
Irvine Bay Resort in
Tobago from Pat
Dillon, centre, Amral's
general manager, at
yesterday. Also in
photo is Amral's
manager of sales and
tours Michelle Pillai.
Woman hacked to death in bed
Jonathan Garcia, left and Kimberly Lewis
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