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He admitted, however, that their relationship even-
tually went sour. He accepted some of the blame for
this break-up, pointing out he was sometimes phys-
ically abusive towards the child s mother.
Asked about what triggered him to grab another
man s child to use as a bargaining chip, the suspect
said he tried contacting Allen to ask to see his daughter,
but a female relative kept hanging up the phone and
even threatened to change his daughter s last name.
"All I was thinking about was my child," he said,
crying over the phone.
"I went to the house in Chaguanas and break the
glass, but nobody was home. Is then I called Jasson
(Keyianna s father) and then I went by him and take
the child. I didn t want it to reach so far."
Asked why he didn t seek the intervention of the
courts, the suspect said, "I don t believe in them
He added that he was always a good father to his
child and stepchildren and was now being painted
as the "ungrateful one." He said he knew of too many
delinquent fathers and had vowed never to be like
that, so when he was being denied access to his only
child, whom he "loves to death," he lost control.
The man apologised to all those affected, but was
adamant that had he not been denied access to the
daughter he called the "apple of my eye," he would
not have resorted to such a "harsh thing." He said
he wanted to prove that not every man out there was
a delinquent father, by caring for his child, but was
being denied that right.
The suspect said he had planned to hand over Noel
the day she was taken, but when he arrived at the
drop-off location he saw too many police officers
and changed his mind. The next day, he said, he
called his sister and gave her Noel, adding she was
well taken care of while in his custody. He reiterated
that he never planned to hurt Keyianna.
The suspect also denied police claims about his
cellphone being monitored, adding that throughout
the ordeal he was keeping in touch with them.
He said would give himself up as soon as he sees
his daughter and assured everyone that the threats
he made about hurting the child and himself were
merely out of frustration.
He apologised to those affected and to Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who yesterday called
on the nation to protect children.
Police were up to yesterday searching for the man,
who has managed to evade capture for the past three
days. Police at the Port-of-Spain and Central Divisions,
however, believe he had left their jurisdiction.
Contacted by telephone yesterday, Noel s father
Jasson said his daughter was spending time with her
siblings at a relative s home to help her forget the
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Petrotrin official inspects the impact of the oil spill at Queen's Beach, La Brea, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
An oil spill which began in Pointe-a-
Pierre on Tuesday worsened yesterday, as
it spread along the south-western penin-
sula coastline, reaching as far as Chatham.
And its impending impact now has state-
run oil giant Petrotrin facing possible legal
action from the Environmental Management
Authority (EMA), since the devastation
caused by the spill has already affected sev-
eral communities and hundreds of citizens
and was yet to be contained up to last night.
The EMA, in a release yesterday, said:
"Once the source of the spillage is deter-
mined, the EMA will be assessing the sit-
uation from a legal and compliance per-
spective to ascertain whether there is any
breach in environmental legislation."
EMA acting managing director Gayatri
Badri Maharaj said "a comprehensive inves-
tigation and continuous monitoring will be
conducted by the EMA to ensure that any
threat to the ecology within the affected
area is contained, and that the clean-up
activities are efficiently managed." She added
that "human and environmental impacts
will be treated with priority."
In a release yesterday, Petrotrin confirmed
that oil was observed at Point Cocoa Beach
in Chatham. This came on the heels of oil
washing ashore at Queen s Beach and Sta-
tion Beach in La Brea on Wednesday. The
spill started when a ten-inch main ruptured
in Pointe-a-Pierre on Tuesday.
The horrific damage from the oil spill
became evident in La Brea as dawn broke
and tides receded yesterday.
Boats caked with oil and damaged fishing
nets lined the shore as Petrotrin/Trinmar
health, safety and environment employees
battled high winds and rolling waves to
contain the spill. The pungent smell of crude
oil had enveloped the community overnight
and was still noticeable yesterday.
Health woes for residents
La Brea residents, including young chil-
dren, were taken to the Lake Asphalt facility
in Brighton for medical treatment after com-
plaining of respiratory problems and nausea.
Teenager Josiah Francis, an asthma patient,
had to be taken there by ambulance after
he collapsed at his Queen s Beach home.
The EMA, in its release, said it had strong-
ly advised Petrotrin "to secure and tem-
porarily evacuate the impacted area, espe-
cially young children, babies and pregnant
mothers, and ensure all sensitive assets in
the area are accounted for and secured."
Backhoes were seen scraping the top layer
of sand, which was soaked with oil, from
the shore yesterday.
Petrotrin, in its release, said it had engaged
the services of three contractors, and a
fourth contractor with a crew of 25 com-
munity personnel trained in oil spill response,
from the La Brea area, was being mobilised.
It assured that "environmentally friendly
shoreline and mangrove cleaning solvents,
as well as oil absorbent materials are cur-
rently being used in the clean-up efforts."
However, Petrotrin s assurance meant
little to the fishermen who lost their boats
and were unable to fish because of the con-
dition of the water.
La Brea residents also yesterday vowed
to block roads to prevent Petrotrin from
continuing clean-up operations today unless
they are given work.
Yesterday, resident Wendell Thomas,
backed by other residents, said Petrotrin
should give the residents an opportunity to
join in the clean-up effort and make money
"We cannot fish. If they could give us a
day work or two we could spend a little
time for the Christmas too and something
for the youths," Thomas said.
Kennedy Lewis, a fisherman for the past
27 years, said this was not the first oil spill
in the area. He said there was one ten years
ago, but the current one was much worse.
"Is losses, plenty losses for everybody.
Everybody lost their boat right now. Every-
body feel it," he lamented.
Charamaine Montano, 50, meanwhile,
said she was worried about the health of
her grandchildren, the youngest being four
Petrotrin faces legal
action from EMA
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