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"A careful perusal of the document of invi-
tation reveals a very loose and low-level require-
ment to qualify to be an approved bidder and
there are other stipulations which appear to
fit only a particular known company. Very
minimal water plant experience is required.
Very minimal pipeline experience is required.
"Most interestingly, WASA, this billion-
dollar enterprise which spawned the estab-
lishment of its own Ministry of Water Resources
under the infamous Desalcott personnel, cannot
do its own tendering and evaluations. It had
to get NGC to do it on behalf of WASA."
"I wonder if the Cabinet knows of and
"And all of this billion-dollar rape is to take
place even as the Government sits stoically on
the promised procurement legislation," Rowley
"This is the same modus operandi which
was utilised when they proceeded to divvy up
the lands at Invaders Bay...It was the same
thing with the award of the billion-dollar UWI
campus in Penal.
"Contractors can protest the secrecy and
the cronyism until the cows come home. It
has no effect on their behaviour."
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These were the only words that relatives
and friends of murdered agricultural con-
sultant John Cropper said yesterday after
29-year-old Daniel Agard was sentenced
It took a 12-member jury in the Port-
of-Spain First Criminal Court a little over
three hours to return with the guilty ver-
dicts against Agard, of Upper Bushe Street,
Maitagual, San Juan.
Agard s conviction came almost 12 years
after Cropper and his mother-in-law and
sister-in-law were murdered during a rob-
bery at his Cascade home.
Following the verdicts, Justice Prakash
Moosai read the three death sentences to
a cold-faced Agard, who stood silently
with his head lowered.
Cropper s friends and relatives, who
attended hearings of the trial, were present
yesterday and were brought to tears when
the foreman of the jury began announcing
This trial was Agard s second. In July
2004, Agard and another man, Lester
Pittman, were both convicted of the triple
The Court of Appeal eventually quashed
Agard s conviction and ordered a retrial.
Pittman s conviction was upheld by the
Appeal Court. Pittman then appealed to
the Privy Council, with the British law
lords remitting the case to the Appeal
Court for them to consider whether his
conviction was safe considering new evi-
dence of his mental state. The appeal court
is yet to rule on the Privy Council s direc-
Cropper, his mother-in-law Maggie Lee,
68, and sister-in-law Lynette Lithgow-
Pearson, 57, were killed at Cropper s Mt
Anne Drive, Second Avenue, Cascade,
home between December 11 and 12, 2001.
Their bodies were found by police on
December 13, 2001. They were bound and
gagged with electrical wire and their throats
had been slit.
Lithgow-Pearson was a former televi-
sion broadcaster with the British Broad-
casting Corporation (BBC).
Cropper s wife Angela, a former Inde-
pendent senator and deputy director of
the United Nations Environmental Pro-
gramme was not at home at the time of
the murders. She died in London, England,
in November last year after a protracted
During the six-month retrial, the court
was shown a graphic video recording of
the crime scene which seemed to have an
emotional effect on both jurors and court
staff. A confession statement, which Agard
gave police after his arrest, was also admit-
ted into evidence in the case.
Agard was represented by Wayne Sturge
while State attorney Marissa Joseph pros-
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
said yesterday the Government will do all
it can to relieve flood victims in Diego
Martin, St Joseph and other districts of
Residents of Diego Martin were severely
affected by flooding yesterday morning,
while those in St Joseph and nearby areas
were affected on Wednesday.
Dealing with yesterday s flooding, Per-
sad-Bissessar said she was the one who
asked for the Office of Disaster Preparedness
and Management (ODPM) to be mobilised
to assist victims yesterday morning.
She said she was told of the situation
by text message at 2 am and contacted
National Security Minister Gary Griffith,
the ODPM and others to help.
"There was instant response from us as
early as 3 o clock this morning," she added.
Persad-Bissessar said the Government
was "on top of the situation."
She said she also told Environment and
Water Resources Minister Ganga Singh
and Minister of the People and Social
Development Glenn Ramadharsingh to
return to St Joseph yesterday to monitor
the situation and help in any way possi-
ble.She commended the ODPM and other
agencies for their quick response to the
calls and said the extent of damage was
being assessed and further assistance
would be given to those affected.
No different to
UWI campus in
is long over'
"We ll bury them in the next general elec-
That was the promise from Opposition
Leader Keith Rowley yesterday as he delivered
his reply to the PP Government s 2013-2014
He said the Local Government Minister
had been "all over the country shouting about
how many box drains he built and declared
2013, this year, the golden year of box drains.
"They certainly got boxed into the drain
in Tobago and Chaguanas West and we will
close the lid on them on October 21 and we ll
bury them in the next general election," he
"The PP honeymoon is long over...and
we re now in the throes of a bitter and acri-
"We re fed up of how the experiment with
their political instability is a drag on the econ-
omy and a major distraction to our people.
We now have the predicted instability of our
collapsing coalition Government to add to all
the economic downside risks."
Comparing the PP of 2010 with now, he
added: "On all fronts it is tea party versus
World War III, on every count. All the hope
and promise of an improvement have turned
out to be an illusion, a mirage.
"We jumped from a warm frying pan into
an expensive hellfire where political sniping,
open guerrilla warfare, Cabinet instability,
incompetence and corruption are the hall-
marks of our new politics. "
He also claimed there are "ministerial dog-
fights" for executive office spaces and reserved
parking at the Waterfront Complex.
(See Pages A9, A11 and A12)
Agard to hang for
PM: Govt will do all to help flood victims
Sheilah Solomon, left, and Elizabeth Solomon, relatives of the victims, stand outside the
Hall of Justice yesterday after Daniel Agard, 29, (inset) was sentenced to death for the
murders of agricultural consultant John Cropper, his mother-in-law Maggie Lee, and sister-
in-law Lynette Lithgow-Pearson. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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