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A La Brea father faces the pos-
sibility of going to jail for failing
to pay $35,000 in maintenance for
a child for who, he says, is not
"This is so unfair. I just don t
know how to deal with this. I want
the world to see what s happening
to me. To find out the youth who
I taking care of like my own son is
not mine and now I have to make
a jail," said father Marlon Thomp-
The child is now 11 years old and
Thompson also has a daughter, a
year and eight months old, with
another woman whom he married
Worried and frustrated over the
situation, Thompson was advised
to seek the assistance of the Single
Fathers Association (SFATT), which
is now trying to help him.
He was ordered to pay mainte-
nance, $150 a week, by a Point
Fortin magistrate in 2008. But he
struck an agreement with the child s
mother outside the court and he
believed the maintenance order was
discontinued, he said.
However, last September, five
years later and three months before
his wedding, he gave himself up to
the police after he heard a warrant
was out for his arrest.
"I did not know that (mainte-
nance order) was still in force."
The court ordered him to pay
the money in two tranches.
Thompson said he filed for custody
of the child.
However, he decided to take the
child to Victoria lab for a paternity
test in March.
"I don t even know how to
explain how I feel when the test
show he was not my son," he said
as he produced the test results.
Thompson took a copy of the
results to the court. He said the
court ordered another test done,
this time with the mother present.
He said the matter was called on
two other occasions. "She never
went," he said.
The last time the matter was
called was on July 17, two days after
the deadline had passed for him to
pay the money.
The magistrate, he said, again
ordered the mother to be present
for the test and adjourned the mat-
ter to October.
Thompson said the court issued
a warrant for him for not paying
the maintenance and when arrested
he will go straight to prison to begin
his three-month term.
"I have a family to take care of.
My wife cannot work and my
daughter was born with an unde-
veloped lung," he said.
His wife s three children from
previous relationships also live with
"Don t get me wrong I love him.
He is still my son. I always taking
care of him. I am not a deadbeat
SFATT president, Rhondall Fee-
les, yesterday said he would call
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams and National Security
Minister Emmanuel George seeking
their assistance. He also intends to
write to the judiciary and the Min-
ister of Justice.
"He (Thompson) should get a
stay on the warrant," said Feeles.
A car accident in Wallerfield on
Wednesday morning has left two
friends dead and a 64-year-old man
warded in hospital.
Jason Rawlins and Dale Ellis, both
32, were killed upon impact in a head-
on collision which occurred along
Demerara Road, Wallerfield.
Rawlins ran a barber shop in Arima,
while Ellis was employed with the
National Maintenance Training and
Security Company Limited (MTS).
According to reports, around 11.20
am, the two friends were driving south
along the road, in Rawlins Nissan
Almera when they collided with a Toy-
ota Hilux pickup truck which was trav-
elling in the opposite direction.
The driver of the Hilux, 64-year-
old businessman Gregory Alexander,
of Mt Pleasant Road, Arima, also sus-
tained serious injuries in the crash.
Officers of the Arima Fire Station
responded to the scene and assisted
police in removing the men from their
mangled vehicles. Police said the two
friends were pronounced dead on the
Alexander was taken to the Arima
Health Facility and was stabilised
before he was transfered to the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
in Mt Hope, where he is now ward-
Man faces jail for
...denies paternity of 11-year-old boy
Two friends die in Wallerfield crash
Children attending an August vacation camp at the Eastern Boys' Government
School on George Street, Port-of-Spain, follow Sensei Richard Kirton, right, as
he executes a karate stance yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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