Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 21st 2013 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 21, 2013
A San Fernando magistrate yesterday
blamed the "uncaring" public health sys-
tem for a verbal outburst in a casualty
department which landed a man in court
charged with using obscene language and
Ravi Ramsahai said he got into a rage
after waiting over 24 hours for his pregnant
wife, who was in pain, to get assistance at
the Accident and Emergency Department
of the San Fernando General Hospital.
Reprimanding and discharging him on
both offences, Magistrate Margaret Alert
said she understood the situation at the
Ramsahai pleaded guilty to both offences
in the Fourth Court.
Reading the facts, Sgt Chanardath Jhilmit
said Estate Constable Anders Lezama was
on duty around 1.45 am yesterday when he
spoke to Ramsahai who was being verbally
abusive to the medical staff.
And in a loud tone of voice, Ramsahai
said: "I go (expletive) chop up allyuh mother
(expletive) security tonight."
Lezama held his right hand in an attempt
to arrest him but Ramsahai pulled away
violently, saying: "Let me go." He then fell
Explaining what happened, Ramsahai said
his common-law wife is pregnant and he
was there assisting her with her bags.
"I was there since 7 am at casualty until
1.30 am the other morning," he said.
He said his wife was in pain and he was
asking for assistance:
"It worked up the anger in me."
Asked about her condition, Ramsahai said
she was warded but he did not know her
Ramsahai agreed it was not the officer s
fault and apologised to the officer, the court
and the public for being disrespectful.
He asked for a fine but the magistrate
told him it was not her intention to fine
She said: "Unfortunately it is the health
system in this country I will blame for where
you reach... but you know, is the people
behind the system... is insufficient caring
in society that led to this."
As she reprimanded and discharged him,
she said: "I hope you have a healthy baby."
The magistrate then turned to Lezama,
saying: "Is real stress for people." Lezama
A man who was seated in court compli-
mented the magistrate for being fair.
Man 'goes free' for
cursing at hospital
Magistrate blames uncaring health system
Executive positions in the Independent Liberal
Party will soon be up for grabs as ILP interim
leader Jack Warner announced that the party s
internal election would be held next March.
Making the announcement at a news conference
yesterday at the ILP s headquarters, Chaguanas,
Warner said it was proof the party was not dead
despite claims by political rivals.
He said even his position at the helm of the
party was up for grabs.
He added: "We are having our constitution rec-
tified on December 1 and once that is finished,
within three months we will have elections for
the executive of the party. In the meantime, mem-
bers can form party groups, constituency executives
and so on throughout the country.
"We have it down for early March because we
felt that what we had to do was to first build the
party on the ground and after we have the con-
stitution then people will form their party groups
and their constituency councils.
"Then out of that you will have your elections.
We have two choices to make, either build the
party from the bottom up or from the top down
and we choose to build it from the bottom up."
Saying the ILP was building its base in the lead-
up to the 2015 general election, Warner said it
would be opening more offices around the country
and had appointed its former local government
election candidates to act as shadow councillors
in their electoral districts.
"That is the whole purpose and we do believe
that the elections will be held before 2015 because
the way things are going with this Government,
they might not last until 2015," Warner said.
He added: "The ILP is more alive today than
ever. We are opening 14 offices---four regional
offices and ten satellite offices---which we shall
now expand our base and we shall use this to
help to mobilise the membership some more.
"Additionally, we have appointed all of our
councillors as shadow councillors in various elec-
toral districts and they are to bond with people,
go in there to do community projects, walk the
streets and bond in a way that they have never
"Additionally, we are going to open our office
in Tobago on Saturday at 5.30 pm. That is our
regional office and that is to serve Tobago."
Despite the ILP suffering two election defeats
in three attempts this year, Warner said his only
regret was not winning the St Joseph by-election.
Jack's position up for
grabs in ILP polls next year
Carmona, wife of
Carmona, and her
brother, Dr Nandi
chat with chairman
of the T&T Cancer
Society Dr George
Laquis, right, after
she was presented
with a Vitas House
pieces and a book
on the History of
T&T Cancer Society
by Laquis at the
conference room of
Hospice, St James
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