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for MAY 24TH, 2017
Injured man not
told of wife's death
Murder victim Kimberly Lewis, who was
hacked to death at her home on Monday
night, will be cremated at the Long Circular
Crematorium today following a ceremony at
her mother's San Juan home.
Her husband, Jonathan Garcia, who was injured
in the attack and remains hospitalised, is unaware
that his wife is dead and has been asking about her.
Relatives say they are uncertain on how to break
the news to him.
Garcia, 29 and Lewis, 24, were attacked at their
home, the Beach Viewers Mart, opposite the en-
trance 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.
Both were taken to the hospital where Lewis died.
The murder and attempted murder stemmed from
a disagreement over beach chair rentals.
Minutes after the killing, four suspects were ar-
rested by police attempting to flee the scene. Police
said the men were driving without headlights and
they fled the vehicle when they saw the officers
near the Maracas Beach.
Lawsuit filed against
JLSC's selection process
Opposition Senator Wayne Sturge has ini-
tiated a lawsuit against the Judicial and Legal
Service Commission (JLSC) over its failure
to respond to his request for information on
the recent appointment of three High Court
Speaking at a press conference at his office yes-
terday, Sturge and his colleague Gerald Ramdeen
said they decided to file the judicial review claim
after the JLSC failed to acknowledge and respond
to his request made under the Freedom of Infor-
mation Act, last month.
"It is a very serious matter that the JLSC has
chosen not to comply with the law. Not even an
acknowledgement. What example is the JLSC
sending to other public authorities that are faced
with applications such as these," Ramdeen said.
Ramdeen and Sturge are alleging that the JLSC
breached Section 15 of the legislation which re-
quires that a public body respond to a request
within a month of receiving it.
"What does the JLSC have to hide on the ap-
pointment of these judicial officers?" Ramdeen
asked as he suggested that JLSC should be con-
cerned with transparency and openness.
A date for hearing of the lawsuit has not been set
as the case is yet to be assigned to a judge.
Sturge sent the request on April 19, after the JLSC
announced the appointment of former chief mag-
istrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, magistrate Avason
Quinlan-Williams and Kevin Ramcharan as High
Court judges. Ayers-Caesar has since resigned after
it was revealed that she had left almost 50 cases
unfinished when she assumed the new post.
Sturge requested details of the written examina-
tion that candidates had to sit for consideration for
the posts as well as details of psychometric testing
done on candidates who got past the examination
"If we are to have confidence in the administra-
tion of justice, this confidence must not be mis-
placed or based on false premises. We can only
have confidence after we are certain that the pro-
cess was as robust as the Chief Justice suggested,"
Sturge also said that the information requested
may help determine if reform is necessary for the
selection of judges as he suggested that a system
of confirmation hearings as done for United States
Supreme Court Judges should be considered.
The Law Association has also appointed a com-
mittee to consider and suggest reforms for the se-
lection process for judges.
Visitor dies after turned
away from Mt Hope
A 19-year-old Venezuelan national
died hours after he was denied medi-
cal care at the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt
Hope earlier this month.
His body was only flown back to Ven-
ezuela on Tuesday for burial. He leaves
behind a six-month-old daughter.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian under
the condition of strict anonymity, a close
friend of Christian Alejandro Naval said
Naval came to T&T to vacation and while
here he injured his foot. He was taken to
the Mt Hope earlier this month after com-
plaining of feeling unwell and weak. Naval
lived at Los Teques.
The friend said that Naval was warded
and a series of tests were conducted where
it was revealed that he had leukaemia and
low blood count.
"That was when he was told that because
he is not a citizen of T&T that he would
not be able to get the proper medical care
as the chemo needed was very expensive
and that was only available to citizens of
this country and not foreigners. They then
give him a paper to sign to discharge him-
self from the hospital," Naval's friend said.
The friend said that Naval was subse-
quently given strict instructions to go
straight to Piarco International Airport
to return home for the necessary medi-
"When he got there (May 11) he had pur-
chased his ticket and was waiting for the
plane when he collapsed and he was taken
back to the EWMSC where he was again
treated but he died the next morning (May
12)," the friend said.
The medical certificate listed Naval's
cause of death as acute intraparenchymal,
acute myeloid, leukaemia and haemor-
The friend said that upon hearing the
news, relatives in Venezuela were too dis-
traught and could not afford to fly his body
back home. She added that the Venezuelan
Embassy was notified and officials there
paid for the body to be flown to Venezuela.
"One of his family members was con-
tacted by the Embassy and flown here to
identify the body before the final arrange-
ments could have been made to send his
body to Caracas," the friend said.
"It is a sad situation and we are thankful
for the help (from the Venezuelan Embassy
and Belgrove's Funeral Home) for expe-
diting all the documents. We, the friends
tried to raise the money but it was hard so
we got the Embassy involved and they paid
all the expenses in full for us, for which we
Well-known Venezuelan national and
T&T resident, psychic Yesenia Gonzalez
said she was saddened on hearing the news
of Naval's death and begged the Health
Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to have
mercy on cases like Naval's.
"I did contact the Health Minister and
was told that they have a policy not to give
medical care to foreigners because it is too
expensive but this was a one-off situation.
It is not like he came here for medical treat-
ment. He fell sick while here. All I want is
for compassion for people from the Health
Minister," Gonzalez said.
In 2015, it was announced that non-na-
tionals of T&T will have to foot their own
bills for healthcare as the Health Ministry
had at the time began its registration pro-
cess for the National Health Card.
That card is available only to citizens
and legal residents of T&T.
Christian Alejandro Naval
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