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SKYON POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS
Stephen Cadiz and two
senior public servants
appeared alongside one
another in court yesterday
to answer charges related
to an alleged breach of
health and safety regula-
tions at the Licensing
Office in Port-of Spain.
Cadiz, his ministry s per-
manent secretary Verna
Johnson and Transport
Commissioner Reuben Cato
stood silently in the prison-
ers dock of the Port-of-
Spain Eighth Magistrates
Court as the charges under
the Occupational Safety and
Health Act were read to
them. Chief Magistrate
The three officials spoke
only when they were called
upon to plead to the private
complaints which were filed
by the Public Services Asso-
ciation (PSA) last month
after it led a week of protests
at the Wrightson Road,
Port-of-Spain office. They
all denied the allegations.
According to the charges,
laid under Section 26 (2) of
the act, the three officials
are accused of operating the
office without having a cer-
tificate from the Fire Serv-
ices related to the approval
of the building s fire escapes.
The PSA alleges that the
breach occurred between
October 25 last year and
October 14 this year.
The act makes it an
offence to run an establish-
ment without a certificate
and says if found guilty of
the offence, the occupier is
liable to a $10,000 fine and
up to six months impris-
onment. It also provides for
a $1,000 fine for each day
the offence continues.
After the charges were
read, attorney Jagdeo Singh,
who is representing the offi-
cials, said his clients were
seeking an adjournment and
would be pursuing a pre-
liminary issue during the
Singh s request was not
opposed by Ria Reyes, who
appeared on behalf of Keith
St Cyr, the licensing officer
whose name was listed on
the three complaints. PSA
president Watson Duke and
several licensing officers,
who were in uniform, were
in court for the brief hear-
adjourned the matter to
The officials are also being
represented by Michael
Rooplal, while Senior Coun-
sel Dana Seetahal is leading
A Gasparillo woman who was kidnapped some
time ago and her estranged husband were
remanded in custody yesterday on a series of
arms, ammunition and marijuana charges.
Josanne Sammy, 27, a housewife, and Ryad Baksh,
27, a scrap iron dealer, have been in custody since
they were arrested last Thursday.
When they appeared before magistrate Adia
Mohammed in the San Fernando Second Magis-
trates Court yesterday, prosecutor Sgt Russell
Ramoutar objected to bail to accommodate a fin-
gerprint trace to determine if they have other crim-
inal court matters.
Baksh and Sammy are jointly charged with having
in their possession at Pond Street, La Romaine last
Friday, three rounds of .38 ammunition, a revolver
and 180 grammes of marijuana.
Additionally, Baksh faces four other charges,
including having in his possession at Palmiste
Boulevard, Palmiste, last Thursday a prohibited
weapon, namely a mini-cannon, 12 rounds of 9
mm ammunition and 19 rounds of ten-gauge car-
tridges, 9mm Beretta and 1.8 grammes of marijuana.
They were not called upon to plead to the alleged
offences which were laid indictably.
Ramoutar, who gave a description of the exhibits,
described the cannon as being 18 inches in length,
with a ten-inch barrel.
The couple, who were charged by PC Douglas,
were represented by attorney Subhas Panday.
In seeking bail for Sammy, Panday said she had
a traumatic life, having been kidnapped.
Sammy had gone to Baksh s the night before the
police arrested them to attempt a reconciliation.
"She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,"
Panday said she had no previous convictions or
Ramoutar said the police could not do a finger-
print trace because the computer had broken down,
but they were able do a name check. Ramoutar
said Sammy and her family were charged with
possession and trafficking drugs.
However, Sammy said her brother was found
guilty on those matters and everyone else was dis-
charged. Ramoutar made a similar objection for
bail in relation to Baksh.
The magistrate upheld the objection and advised
the two of their right to apply to a judge in chambers
for bail and adjourned the matter to Wednesday.
in court on
denied bail Minister Cadiz before
court on OSHA charge
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz leaves the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court yesterday with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Verna Johnson,
on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: DEREK ACHONG
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