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Man jailed for theft from ex-girlfriend
A man who said he stole his ex-girl-
friend's purse and gold chain after they
had a quarrel was yesterday jailed for
Levi Skerritt, 25, offered to pay for the
stolen items after he pleaded guilty in the
San Fernando Magistrates Court. He was
arrested andcharged by Cpl Griffith of the
San FernandoMunicipal Police shortly after
the incident on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan told the court
the woman was sitting in the backseat of a
taxi at Pointe-a-Pierre Road, San Fernan-
do, whenSkerritt opened the car door and
grabbed the gold chain off her neck.
He then snatched her purse, which con-
tained $150 and a debit card and walked
away. The woman followed him, stopped
a passing police vehicle and reported the
incident. She pointed out Skerritt, who was
near La Pique Plaza.
When confronted by the officer, Sker-
ritt said: "Boss, that is my girl. I does give
Skerritt told Senior Magistrate Cher-
ril-Anne Antoine the woman used to live
with him at his parents' home but moved
outlast November. He said for the past six
months they had been communicating and
he gave her money.
"This is a domestic situation that got out
of hand. She only claim I rob she because
of the level of embarrassment in San Fer-
nando," he said.
The magistrate told him if the woman
owed him money that was not the way to
handle the situation.
Skerritt, who had no previous convic-
tions, told the magistrate he takes care
of his 67-year-old father, who suffered a
stroke, and his 66-year-old mother and is
the sole breadwinner in the family.
"Without me I don't know what will
happen to my parents," he said.
Seedan said Skerritt had one pending
After jailing him, the magistrate ordered
that the recovered items be returned to the
Expos in Debe,
Fab India Expo, located in a white tent opposite
Medford Gas Station on Chaguanas, and the two
Festival of India expos at the Divali Nagar site and
at Laltoo Trace in Penal, are operating legally.
This was confirmed by Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul
Boodan and chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Cor-
poration, Dr Allen Sammy, who were asked about the
legality of expos following a court order for Engima
Events, an expo located opposite the Centre of Excel-
lence in Macoya, to cease and desist from conducting
any trade by June 6.
Operators of the expo agreed to begin dismantling
their tent on June 7 and have been ordered to pay the
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC')
$2,500 in costs. They also agreed to approach the TPRC
to get necessary approvals for all future structures.
The TPRC filed a High Court application against
Enigma Events last week claiming the business did
not have the necessary building approvals from the
Boodan said for expo operators to enter T&T in the
first place they need permission from the Immigration
Division and Ministry of Trade and Industry. He said
an expo cannot be set up in a public space and the two
in Chaguanas have arrangements with the owners of
private lands where they are located.
"My understanding is that the expo opposite the
Medford gas station has an arrangement with Seereram
Brothers. The Borough's role is to ensure they follow
standard building approvals in setting up their white
tents and adhere to the guidelines on public health and
safety. There is a list of guidelines. The Fire Service
has to get involved, as well," he said.
Sammy said expos in the Penal/Debe area have to
go through the "same drill" to set up their tents. He
said the Festival of India expo has been operating in
Laltoo Trace for several months on private land and
have the necessary approvals to operate.
Boodan said, however, there are other businesses
operating illegally and unhindered in public spaces
in Chaguanas. He was referring to a proliferation of
vendors on the pavements of the borough.
He sent out a warning to street vendors who are tak-
ing up more and more space on the pavement around
Busy Corner, barely leaving room for pedestrians.
On one side of Busy Corner, there is a large DVD
and CD rack set up on the sidewalk. Close by, there
is a roast corn vendor, a pie man and something re-
sembling a mobile parlour.
Boodan said municipal and regular police officers
will be cracking down on illegal vending soon and they
will have to relocate to the vendors' mall inside the
old health centre compound on Main Street.
Sammy, noting the mushrooming of vendors' stalls
on the road leading to Mosquito Creek opposite Gulf
City, said legislation should be introduced to allow
vendors to operate legally.
"That's why laybys were created on secondary
roads," he said.
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