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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 25, 2013
A 28-year-old police officer was discharged from dan-
gerous driving charge on Monday, after a Port-of-Spain
magistrate ruled that the woman he hit was at fault by
failing to use the pedestrian walkway.
PC Fidel Kazim Lewis was represented by defence attor-
ney Fareed Ali and appeared before Magistrate Wendy
According to the charge laid against Lewis, who at the
time was a recruit in the Police Service, he knocked down
Julia Brown in 2010, breaking her pelvic bone and right
leg. Brown spent three months at hospital.
On March 9, 2010, Brown and a friend had just finished
jogging up Lady Chancellor Hill around 6.30 pm when
the accident occurred.
After buying a coconut around the Queen s Park Savan-
nah near Queen s Royal College, Brown reportedly stepped
out from between two cars and was hit by Lewis, who
was driving a white Nissan AD wagon.
During cross-examination, Brown admitted that she
was wrong to step out into the path of cars and in not
using the pedestrian light several feet away.
After hearing the arguments from both Ali and the State
which, in acknowledging Brown had admitted to being
wrong, said drivers were also aware that people cross
around the Savannah and ought to be careful when driving,
Doughdeen-Bally dismissed the matter.
After hearing that he was set free, Lewis, of Third
Avenue, Barataria, wept in the courtroom.
Cop on dangerous
driving charge cries
as case dismissed
Movement for Social
Justice (MSJ) political
leader David Abdulah says
citizens must reaffirm
their commitment to cre-
ating a more just and
In his Christmas mes-
sage, Abdulah said there
were instances of injustice
and violence taking place
in the country every day.
He said the culture of
violence was not only
manifested in the horrific
murders but in the way cit-
izens treat or abuse our
children and disrespect
elders and women.
Abdulah also said the neglect of the environment was
the cause of catastrophic damage on land and sea.
The former government senator said injustices were seen
in the absence of decent jobs for all in the country and there
was "open discrimination and victimisation in the state
sector on the basis of race and religion."
He also spoke of "an odious contract system to deny
workers their just due" by businessmen: unscrupulous busi-
ness people and the political directorate were either attempting
to frustrate workers from joining trade unions or get unions
out of workplaces.
It was of some significance, he said, that former South
African president Nelson Mandela died weeks before Christ-
Abdulah said as the nation celebrated Christmas, citizens
must recognise that Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin
Luther King and Mandela championed the cause of justice
and actively fought and struggled against injustice.
Abdulah said the MSJ cannot engage in make believe at
this Christmas time, as the message of Christmas is not
The country was "characterised by injustice and violence,"
he said, and citizens must do more to live the Christmas
message of hope, peace, social justice and equity.
Commuters who travel by public transport will have to
find other means of transport today, as staff of the Public
Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) have been given
the day off to celebrate Christmas.
A full-page advertisement in the newspapers said in the
spirit of the season, PTSC employees and their families may
be celebrating Christmas Day, so there will be no service
The corporation apologised to the travelling public for any
inconvenience caused and noted that service will return to
regular public holiday service tomorrow.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Brian Juanette, PTSC
general manager of operations, said the Minister of Transport
might not be aware of it, but for Christmas it has been a
tradition to facilitate the workers.
"They enjoy spending quality time with their family and
it is the only day available that they have. We come back
on Boxing Day and that is not unreasonable at all. We are
out until 10 pm tonight and always around to transport our
passengers," he said.
He said the demand for the service is usually slow on
Christmas Day and some employees do not report for duty.
Also contacted yesterday, Transport Minister Stephen
Cadiz said he had seen the advertisement but was not aware
that this was normal procedure at PTSC.
"I am not too sure how that decision was made and if
that is a normal thing for PTSC. This is my first Christmas
with the Transport Ministry," he said.
Cadiz said there were no labour issues at PTSC and this
was confirmed with several recent meetings. However, he
said he did not see the reason for the day off.
"I am not sure with the rationale. I could understand a
reduced service. There is no rush service on Christmas Day,
with the same volume of people to move on a regular day,"
"PTSC moves thousands of people on a daily basis but
that is reduced with business closed, so there will be a great
reduction on Christmas Day.
"I will find out about it. People will move around to go
to work, to worship and to see family."
Ann Thomas, a commuter, said she would be using a taxi
service to go to work today.
"I am working tomorrow and I will take a car. Last year
I realised that the buses didn t work on Christmas or Boxing
Day. It is a public holiday and they shouldn t stop, but if
they want time with their family you can t blame them,"
Another commuter, Ferdinand Thomas (not related), said
he would not be out today so it did not affect him.
"I don t go anywhere on Christmas," he said.
Another commuter agree, however, that Christmas should
be spent with family.
"It should be a state of emergency and people should stay
in their house and spend time with their family. Let them
enjoy the day off," he said.
A spokesman for the maxi taxi association said the drivers
would be out as normal.
"The bus service is government and we are private. We
have to look for that money on that day. We are always out,"
Abdulah: We must all
strive for peaceful T&T
Commuters must access other options...
for PTSC workers
Anand Kissoon, left, along with "Little Man," paints the wall at their Mc Seveney Street, Tunapuna, home on Sunday, as the
family continued their preparations for Christmas Day today. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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