Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 11th 2018 Contents JOEL JULIEN
A woman was fatally shot in her
head for her chain and handbag
while travelling in a (private hire)
PH taxi on Friday night.
Her killer pretended to be a
passenger travelling in the same
vehicle as her.
Apart from taking her life, he
also took her identi ication cards
when he snatched her handbag
making it dif icult for police to
The incident took place on
Wrightson Road around 7.30 pm.
According to police reports,
the victim boarded a black Nissan
Tiida PH taxi at MovieTowne, In-
vaders Bay, to go to into Port-of-
Spain..At Carlos Street, the driver
picked up a man sporting a dread-
He sat in the back seat of the ve-
hicle with the victim.
When the vehicle reached in
the vicinity of Gatacre Street, the
man pulled out a gun.
He attempted to grab the wom-
an's chain and handbag.
The woman resisted and the
gunman shot her in her head at
point-blank range. He grabbed the
chain and handbag and fled.
The police and emergency
health services were noti ied and
the woman was rushed to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
However, she eventually suc-
cumbed to her injuries.
Anyone with information on
this crime is urged to contact
the police on 555, 999 or 800-
Sunday, March 11, 2018
No special treatment for
Law Association vs CJ matter
The Appeal Court is treating the
hearing of the matter between
the Law Association and the Chief
Justice Ivor Archie no different to
any other application before the
An urgent application iled by
the Law Association seeking to
overturn a ruling by a High Court
judge to convene a Special Gen-
eral Meeting of the organisation
this week to discuss a report relat-
ing to serious allegations against
the CJ has been shut down.
Justice of Appeal Prakash Moo-
sai sitting in camera at the Hall of
Justice on Friday, postponed the
application to April 10, where the
matter is expected to be heard by
three of the most senior judges of
the Appeal Court.
If the Court of Appeal had to ac-
commodate the sitting of the Spe-
cial General Meeting on March
15, it would have meant that all of
the matters already ixed before
the judges would have had to be
re-arranged to give the Law Asso-
ciation's application priority.
Given that the purpose of the
Special General Meeting is to
consider and approve a report
of an investigative committee---
comprising Queen's Counsel Dr
Francis Alexis and Eamon Cour-
tenay---which examined the alle-
gations against the Chief Justice,
the earlier hearing was not enter-
tained, sources said.
Archie has been at the centre
of allegations made by Dillian
Johnson, his one-time friend,
that he tried to obtain a contract
to provide security for judges and
state housing through recom-
mendations from the CJ. Archie
has admitted to assisting people,
excluding Johnson, by making
recommendations to the Housing
Development Corporation but
has denied approaching judges
to change their State-arranged
Johnson, who has since fled to
the United Kingdom, seeking asy-
lum, has also claimed that the po-
lice was ignoring a report he iled
of an attempt to kill him.
Johnson has since issued a pub-
lic challenge to the CJ to produce
the US forensic reports which
allegedly prove Johnson's photos
and WhatsApp messages are fake.
He is also denying the CJ did "im-
proper favours for him," alleging
there is a "homophobic element"
to the issues.
In a statement dated March
8 and issued through British
Human Rights campaigner Peter
Tatchell, Johnson also weighed in
briefly on the six-month sabbat-
ical leave the CJ is scheduled to
proceed on from Sunday, saying
"it looks like an attempt to evade
public scrutiny and accountabil-
ity." It was the only reference to
On the issue of the US forensic
reports which allege the pho-
tos and WhatsApp messages he
produced are "fake," Johnson
appealed to President-elect Paula-
Mae Weekes to "require" Archie
to make the report public. He
said "it is in the public interest
that the truth be established."
Tatchell, who is driving Johnson's
asylum bid, said he supported
this call to the President-elect. Ar-
chie deferred leaving the country
on Sunday after Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley wrote to Presi-
dent Anthony Carmona seeking
clari ication on the issue of the
grant of the sabbatical leave.
Archie, the T&T Guardian un-
derstands, has recused himself
from determining the composi-
tion of the panel of judges given
that he is a party to the lawsuit.
Justice of Appeal Allan Mendonca
has taken charge of this.
The Law Association has also
made a request for a ive-member
panel to hear its case given that
the matter in its view had great
consequence. The ive-member
panel is usually reserved for mat-
ters which involve signi icant con-
In its appeal, the association is
claiming High Court Judge Nadia
Kangaloo made several errors in
her 19-page judgment delivered
in Archie's favour on Tuesday.
It is claiming Kangaloo mis-
interpreted the Constitution
when she ruled it did not have
the power to investigate the al-
legations against Archie before
referring them to the Prime Min-
ister to trigger an impeachment
tribunal under Section 137 of the
President of the Law Associ-
ation Douglas Mendes SC and
attorney Keith Scotland, who rep-
resented Archie, both declined to
comment on the matter.
by Rhondor Dowlat
Prison of icers recognised for service
Prison Of icer Aldrin Andrews
became the lucky 'door prize'
winner of two bar stools from
Diamond Interiors while re-
ceiving his Executive Medical
screening from the NCRHA
yesterday at the St Joseph
Diamond Interiors came
forward to show appreciation
and support for our service
men who have been doing
their part to protect citizens
and our communities, said
Jacqueline Riley, executive di-
rector at Diamond Interiors.
"I want our service men to
know that we understand,
appreciate and support the
work they are doing, and they
must know that they are not
alone as they have chosen a
career path that many others
would shy away from," added
Davlin Thomas, CEO of the
NCRHA, said, "We want our
prison of icers and other ser-
vice men to know that just as
they are keeping us safe, we
at the NCRHA will be doing
our part to be our 'Broth-
ers Keeper' by taking care
of your health." He also ac-
knowledged the work of the
NCRHA staff, many of whom
sacri iced their weekends to
take care of our service men.
today to deal with
After a six-day
trip to Miami,
returns to the
having to deal
with the current
whether or not
Chief Justice Ivor
Archie can in fact
go on a six-month
news of Archie's
to the fore after correspondence between Car-
mona and himself were leaked to the public.
In a letter dated February 26, Archie wrote
Carmona thanking him for approving his sab-
batical which was expected to begin today.
Archie was supposed to have flown out of the
jurisdiction today, until August 31.
Archie wrote Carmona seeking the time off
on November 8, last year.
He referenced the Salaries Review Commis-
sion's 98th Report dated November 13, 2013, as
the authority on which he could apply for the
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley wrote the Of ice of the President seeking
clari ication on what grounds Archie was pro-
vided leave stating that SRC makes recommen-
dations which are laid in Parliament and can
be rejected, modi ied or amended by Cabinet.
Acting President Christine Kangaloo on Fri-
day asked Archie to defer his leave until Car-
mona returned today.
Since then, email correspondence among
judges in the period July 21, 2014, indicated that
there was never any agreement and an email
dated July 18 to the Chief justice indicated the
committee established to consider the issue
"never actually met" since attempts to meet
were thwarted by the unavailability of one of
the other judges"'
The committee established to consider the
sabbatical arrangements comprised current
president-elect then justice Paula-Mae Weekes,
Maureen Pemberton, Hayden St Clair-Douglas,
and Ricky Rahim.
Davlin Thomas; winner of the door prize, prison officer Aldrin Andrews; Diamond Interiors executive
manager Jaqueline Riley; Rededge Properties Ltd's Keeran Monro, and Dr Shaun Ramroop.
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Woman killed in taxi still unidenti ied
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