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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A Gasparillo firefighter was placed on
$125,000 bail when he appeared before a
San Fernando magistrate yesterday charged
with raping two 10-year old girls.
Macalister Douglas, 35, was also ordered
to stay away from the two victims and have
absolute no contact with them.
Douglas, attached to the Port-of-Spain
Fire Service headquarters, was arrested last
Thursday after a report was made to the
He was detained at the Gasparillo Police
Station and subsequently charged with three
counts of having sexual intercourse with a
minor under the age of 14 and one count
of grievous sexual assault. Constable Jason
Dailey laid the charges.
One of the girls alleged that Douglas had
sex with her once last August. The other
girl alleged he had sex with her last March,
August and in April he grievously sexually
He appeared before Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Mark Wellington.
Douglas' attorney Dane Hall, in a bail
application said the accused was prepared
to accept and abide by any conditions the
He said Douglas also had no previous of
pending matters. Court prosecutor Cleyon
Seedan confirmed that he had no criminal
record prior to these charges.
The matter was adjourned to August 6.
Meanwhile 62-year-old Leroy Renni, of
Embacadere, was denied bail for allegedly
molesting a five-year-old girl. Police claimed
the incident took place last week and a
report was made to the San Fernando police.
Rennie was denied bail by Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington in the San Fer-
nando First Court.
The matter was adjourned to August 2.
on sex charges
Patrons are still awaiting word on the exact
cause of their illness more than a month after
approximately 100 people fell ill after attending a
May 30 breakfast party at Maracas organised by
In a telephone interview yesterday, Priya Gomes,
one of the affected patrons, said she had since fully
recovered but added, "It has been over a month
now and no result has been posted as to what it
could have been."
Initial reports cited saltfish consumed at the
party as the cause for the illness.
Gomes was hospitalised for four days and put on
IV drips as a result of gastroenteritis. She was ill
for 11 days and suffered what she described as a
significant loss of wages. She is an occupational
She said she posted on the Ministry of Health's
Facebook page as well as the Health Minister Fuad
Khan's Facebook page asking for the follow-up
results on the matter but had had no
In a brief phone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday Khan said the portfolio
had been handed over to Chief Medical
Officer Akenath Misir, who is out of the
country. There was no reply to attempts
to contact Misir.
In a June 11 T&T Guardian report when
told that other people in the village, not
connected with the breakfast event, had
also been ill, Khan said he had a bad feel-
ing about the Maracas River. He was
quoted as asking where the caterers had
got their water supply.
Khan also said then that public health
officials were continuing investigations.
The T&T Guardian was told party promoter
Marsha Thompson was in a meeting when
attempts were made to contact her.
Gomes said yesterday, "The minister
indicated it could have been the river.
"If it is the river, why haven't the citizens
been notified? The last thing we need is
some type of epidemic. If it was the caterers,
are they still in operation? What are the
repercussions? If not, what is the cause?"
Asked if the incident had changed her
perception of such events, Gomes said it
has opened her eyes, not only to ensuring
that food at such parties is prepared on
spot but to the health system.
While she was hospitalised, Gomes said,
a nurse asked if she had bought her "own
water" with which to take the pills being
given to her.
The June 11 T&T Guardian reported that
Gomes was then considering legal action
but was yet to make a decision. Another
patron, Raquel Sampson, was also reported
as saying she was seriously contemplating
Still no feed-back on Maracas party food fallout
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