Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 18th 2013 Contents "Do not judge others,
God is the only judge."
That was the message
Brother Stephen Daley
gave to mourners yesterday
as murdered prisoner
Aimard Placid Lima, who
was beaten to death while
in prison on June 9, was
Daley, ministering at
Lima s funeral at the La
Divina Pastora Roman
Catholic Church, Siparia,
said Lima was a victim of
"We in Trinidad have a
tendency to jump to con-
clusions and make judg-
ments without hearing the
two sides," he said.
That, he added, was
what happened to Lima.
"In that cell where
Placid was placed you had
judge, jury and execution-
ers. That is not what we
are called to do. Everyone
has a right to justice,"
Lima, 47, also known as
"Ralph," of Lily Trace,
Siparia, a father of two,
was found unconscious in
a cell at Remand Yard,
Golden Grove Prison,
Arouca, on June 9.
He was later pro-
nounced dead at the Arima
Health Facility. Prison
reports stated Lima, who
was remanded in custody
pending a criminal records
trace after appearing on a
warrant for a 25 year-old
rape case, was beaten to
It is alleged inmates
believed Lima was in
prison for raping a minor
and turned on him.
However, relatives of the
dead man are disputing
that story since a second
autopsy, conducted pri-
vately by Dr Hubert Dais-
ley, concluded that Lima
was beaten to death with
a blunt object and suffered
multiple broken bones. He
was also stabbed.
Yesterday Daley said
systems were not put in
place to ensure incidents,
such as Lima s death, did
Lima s sister, Gloria
Joseph, who delivered the
eulogy, said her brother
was a "happy go-lucky
person." He was buried at
the Siparia cemetery.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The quiet community of Sobo
Village, La Brea, was shaken yes-
terday morning by arson and mur-
der which claimed the life of female
security guard Marilyn George.
Police said George, 36, was report-
edly tied up in her home which was
also set on fire. There was also an
attempt to burn down her house last
Carnival Tuesday. Her charred
remains were found in the corner of
George was not married. She had
no children and lived alone.
Neighbour said they heard a loud
explosion around 4.45 am. They
thought the explosion was gunshots
but that was when the fire started.
The cause of her death and the
fire are yet to be determined. Police
are awaiting the result of an autopsy
to determine whether George, an
Amalgamated security guard, who
had been attached to the Point Fortin
Hospital, was killed and then set
ablaze or whether she died in the
At the scene yesterday, George s
father, Kenneth Thomas, looked on
in disbelief as undertakers removed
the charred remains of his eldest
George s mother, Catherine Paul,
was too distraught to speak and had
to be assisted by two female relatives.
With tears in his eyes, the grieving
father of nine said: "That is my
Father s Day boy? That is my Father s
Day I get."
He said his daughter did not call
him for Father s Day which was
Saying he knew something was
wrong, Thomas ran to his daughter s
home, one street away from his,
praying she was all right when two
men informed him her home was
"When I saw the fire, I say I hope
my daughter not in there. As they
break the galvanise, I see from she
knee. I say I hope that is not my
daughter. I know my daughter
wouldn t stay there and take that
heat. I say something was wrong,"
Police on the scene said a neigh-
bour last saw George alive around
8.25 am on Sunday.
Her cousin and neighbour, Lenora
Charles, told the T&T Guardian she
was asleep when she heard a loud
explosion and a scream around 2.45
"I come outside and went to the
back of my house and looked around.
The dog was barking. My son say
he hear a gunshot. I tell him shut
up and go inside. Then I hear him
shout mammy look aunty Marilyn
house on fire, " Charles said.
Charles called George s cellphone
but got no response. She followed
it up with a call to the Point Fortin
Hospital. "I start to bawl," she said.
She said her husband ran to
George s house but it was already
engulfed in flames.
Charles said it was not the first
time an attempt was made to burn
down George s home.
She said the first attempt was
made on Carnival Tuesday but
George was able to bring that fire
However, Charles said George
never told her if she was being
Supt Cecil Harry is heading inves-
Radio personality Derek "Mr
Slaughter" Pereira appeared in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court yesterday accused of
assaulting his wife.
Pereira, 37, of Salandy Street,
Diego Martin, was granted $5,000
bail when he appeared before
Magistrate Cheron Raphael in the
Third Court charged with assault-
ing his wife, Axia.
Pereira, also a soca artiste,
pleaded not guilty.
The incident is alleged to have
taken place at a nightclub on Dun-
donald Street, Port-of-Spain, on
Saturday night. Pereira was arrest-
ed and was granted $1,000 bail
by a Justice of the Peace at the
Central Police Station. The initial
bail amount was reviewed by
Raphael during yesterday s hear-
After the charge was read court
prosecutor Sgt Caren Arthur asked
for a condition be attached to his
bail to prevent him from contact-
ing his wife. She said special
arrangements would have to be
made in relation to the couple s
Raphael denied the request but
said if she received any valid com-
plaint from Axia, conditions would
be attached to the bail.
Pereira was represented by
defence attorney Ian Brooks.
He would reappear before
Raphael on September 2.
Meanwhile, A 23-year-old Royal
Bank of Canada (RBC) employee
appeared in court accused of
defrauding his employer of almost
Ravi Samaroo, of John Street,
Montrose, Chaguanas, was not
called upon to plea to the 83 fraud
charges when he appeared before
Magistrate Gloria Jasmath, also in
the Port-of-Spain court.
Jasmath took a little under two
hours to read the charges to Sama-
After reading them, Jasmath
remanded him into custody and
ordered him to reappear in the
Chaguanas Magistrates Court on
Thursday. Samaroo is expected to
apply for bail during the next
Samaroo was alleged to have
committed the offences at RBC s
Chaguanas branch between March
15 and June 12. Attorney Patrick
Godson-Phillip appeared for
Samaroo while Sgt Azard Ali was
the court prosecuted.
The charges were laid by Cpl
Vinelle Bassarath of the Fraud
Debate on the Insurance
2013 is expected at
today s sitting in the
Senate as Government
attempts to address
frailties in the insur-
Finance and the
Larry Howai intro-
duced the bill last
month which seeks to
improve laws relating
to insurance companies by repealing
and replacing the old Insurance Act.
Following heavy criticism of the
Central Bank over its handling of
the 2009 collapse of CL Financial
and Clico, the bill would give the
Central Bank regulatory authority
and a wider range of corrective and
Such powers include overseeing
insurance companies and privately
administered pension fund plans.
In a previous interview, Howai
said the objective of the bill was to
"strengthen the supervisory and
regulatory framework, balance the
risk and burdens of the sector,
reduce moral hazard and make the
insurance system more robust."
He said T&T s insurance gover-
nance trailed some of its Caribbean
counterparts and the
bill was necessary to
address the sector s
The bill follows cer-
tain guidelines from the
Fund (IMF) and the
tion of Insurance
It has received sup-
port from Central Bank governor
Jwala Rambaran who said there were
many pension funds facing chal-
lenges and it was important for the
authority to have the ability to
examine the funds and provide the
necessary regulatory advice.
If passed, the Central Bank would
be mandated to produce an annual
report on the performance of the
insurance industry and appoint an
inspector to investigate and delegate
At last sitting of the Upper House,
Government was able to pass the
Finance (Supplementary Appropri-
ation) (Financial Year 2013) Bill,
Soca artiste accused
of assaulting wife
...Banker on 83 fraud charges
Bill to beef up insurance
laws in Senate today
Arson, murder in Sobo
Tied-up security guard's home set on fire
Marilyn George in an undated photo
Preacher: Murdered prisoner
was a victim of judgment
Sharon Baksh, left, comforts her friend, Gloria Joseph,
sister of Placid Lima during his funeral service at the La
Divina Pastora RC Church, Siparia, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH.
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