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to be left alone
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said yesterday
a decision has been made not to interfere with the 12-foot
anaconda that was sighted at the Aripo Livestock Station
in Aripo. Rambharat said that no livestock at the Aripo
farms was under threat and added that “it is normal to
have snakes in ponds at the Ministry’s facilities.”
He however, admitted though that in this case the size
of the anaconda was “larger than what they usually see.”
The snake was sighted at the farm on Mon-
day trying to swallow a seven-foot caiman by a
staff member at the Ministry of Agriculture facility.
Herpetologists from the University of the West Indies
were called in to track the snake after one of the workers at the facility
prodded the snake until it released its intended meal and disappeared
under the water.
President of the T&T Zoological Society Gupte Lutchmedial said on
Tuesday that battles between two of the country’s largest amphibious
predators were common.
“Small caimans are a normal part of an anaconda’s diet, the ana-
conda will apply constriction to kill the caiman, however, it will take
a very large anaconda to swallow this size of caiman. Caimans will eat
snakes if the opportunity presents itself,” Lutchmedial said.
Kristopher Rattansingh, of Wildlife and Environmental Protection
of T&T, said that anacondas were often killed by people due to their
formidable size and unfortunate reputation. If seen, members of
the public should avoid contact and call in experts, to remove
the non-venomous reptile. Members of the public who wish to
contact Wildlife and Environmental Protection of T&T for the
removal of wildlife from populated areas can reach them at
341-9983, 748-7100, 497-3373 or 748-3936.
It was a bitter sweet outcome for Putitia Mo-
hammed yesterday after she was freed of a
murder charge, but she left behind her hus-
band who was convicted and taken back to
prison to await sentencing.
Putita, 39, blew a kiss to her husband
Nizam Mohammed, 45, as he was being led
in handcuffs from the San Fernando High
Court to the prison van last evening. Putitia,
her husband, both double vendors, and for-
mer worker Daniel Sammy, were all on trial
before Justice Maria Wilson charged with the
2008 murder of Stephen Joshua, also called
Jumbo, who was set on fire by her husband.
Yesterday, Putitia and Sammy, 42, were
freed after a jury in the Third Criminal Court
found them not guilty. Putitia’s husband
was found not guilty of murder, but guilty
on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
He was remanded into custody and the
matter was adjourned to April 18. Moham-
med admitted to pouring gas on Joshua and
setting him on fire, but he claimed he was
acting in self-defence. He told the police he
was in fear of Joshua who was always harass-
Putitia and Sammy were also charged be-
cause a witness claimed Putitia brought the
container of gas and Sammy gave him the
lighter. The incident took place on May 3,
2008, at a house at Cipero Road, Friendship
Village, where the couple lived in a down-
stairs apartment. Sammy, who was hired
to build their cupboards, was staying with
them. Speaking to reporters, Putitia said she
was happy but also sad.
“It very hurtful. I know that that day my
husband did not look for problems. He was
trying to calm the man. I believe he will be
back out very soon.”
Putitia, who was surrounded by her fam-
ily, also criticised the justice system.
“It was hurtful to me knowing that the jus-
tice system was so slow and then the police
officers don’t investigate matters properly
before they charge an individual.”
She was excited to be reunited
with her children, 14, 15 and 16
years old and intends to expand
her food business.
Also complaining about the slow
pace of the justice system, Sammy
said, “If the police did proper inves-
tigations we would not have spent
no 10 years in jail. Sammy said he and Puti-
tia played no part in the incident and he had
even tried to douse the flames of Joshua.
Sammy, who has a 19-year-old son in the
United States Navy, said he intends to take
up gardening. The couple was represented
by attorney Israel Khan SC, Sammy was rep-
resented by attorney Ramesh Deena while
state attorneys Trevor Jones and Anslem
Leander prosecuted the case.
28 parrots rescued
Police raided a house in Santa Flora and arrested a housewife
after 28 protected yellow-headed parrots were found at her
home. The 31-year-old woman was at her Savannah Road,
Santa Flora home when the police executed a raid on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip-off, a party of game wardens from the Forestry Di-
vision as well as officers from the South Western Division Task Force
found the birds. It is believed the birds, which are a protected species,
were brought in from the South American mainland. Many of them
were young birds.
The exercise, coordinated by Snr Supt Neville Adams and supervised
by Sgt Shaheed Ali took place between 12 noon and 3 pm. The woman
is expected to be charged under the Wildlife Act for being in possession
of protected birds. She will appear before a Siparia Magistrate today to
answer the charges.
Some of the yellow headed parrots found at a home in Santa
Flora during a raid on Tuesday.
PICTURE COURTESY TTPS
Putitia Mohammed who
was found not guilty for
the murder of Stephen
Joshua. PICTURE KRISTIAN
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