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A man feeds the pigeons in Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
Owing to lack of manpower and
equipment, the 33-year-old suspect in
the kidnapping of six-year-old Keyian-
na Noel is yet to have a CT scan.
He was arrested on January 2 but
complained of abdominal, chest and
head pain after being detained.
The suspect, who had been on the
run since he released the child on
December 18, complained of being in
pain while in custody at the Besson
Street Police Station. He also had slurred
speech and was speaking incoherently.
Doctors at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital ordered the test to determine
the full extent of the man s injuries after
he began urinating and spitting blood.
In a telephone interview yesterday
afternoon, his attorney, Fareed Ali, said
his client s doctors told him the scan
could not be done because the machine
at that hospital and another at the Eric
Williams Medical Science Complex both
"It is unacceptable for my client to
be warded for so long and not have
access to a CT scan to determine the
nature of his illness and the course of
treatment needed," Ali said.
He said his client remained warded
in a serious but stable condition and
with hospital staff unable to say when
the machine would be available.
"I am very dismayed and disillusioned
with the hospital s inability to accom-
modate him. Something needs to be
done because his condition may wors-
en," Ali said.
On December 17, Keyianna was taken
from her family s Duncan Street, Port-
A report was made to the Besson
Street Police and after negotiating with
a male relative who had taken her, police
picked her up on the Priority Bus Route,
Aranguez, San Juan.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident,
27-year-old Allan Thomas, who is
charged with the murder of his one-
year-old son Jacob Munroe, has been
remanded at the Golden Grove Prison,
Arouca, after Tunapuna magistrate
Cheryl-Ann Blake received a psychiatric
report from St Ann s.
Thomas had been sent there for eval-
uation after his attorney, Ali, told Blake
his client had allegedly attempted suicide
and in the circumstances it was required.
Thomas is accused of killing Munroe
sometime between November 18 and
21 and attempting suicide on November
19.Jacob s body was found in a cesspit
at the back of his home on November
20. The police went to the house after
they received a report that armed men
had kidnapped the baby on November
19.An autopsy revealed the child died
from blunt force trauma and several of
his internal organs had been crushed
during a severe beating.
No CT scan yet for
Keyianna kidnap suspect
Government officials who
ignore the law in awarding multi-
million-dollar contracts should
be penalised, High Court judge
Frank Seepersad has said.
He suggested that the Central
Tenders Board Act and regulations
should be amended to this effect.
Seepersad made the call in the
Port-of-Spain High Court yes-
terday, while delivering a judgment
in a lawsuit over a $5 million gov-
ernment contract for works on
the San Fernando Harbour Project.
"There is no penalty for default
by permanent secretaries or min-
isters who do not follow the pro-
cedures laid down in the act, nor
is there any provision for the
imposition of penalties and defi-
ciencies ought to be addressed,"
Seepersad noted that the pro-
curement legislation was passed
by Parliament to promote "trans-
parency and fairness" and to pre-
vent state officials from awarding
contracts on "an arbritrary or self-
"If the spirit and tenor is rig-
orously followed, many of the
unfortunate allegations of kick-
backs and financial impropriety
that have been levied against suc-
cessive governments would be
curtailed," he said.
In his 28-page judgment, Seep-
ersad ruled that the permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Works
did not have the authority to enter
into the contract with the com-
pany, Trinsalvage Enterprises Ltd.
"Once the total value of the
works or services exceeds $1 mil-
lion then the Central Tenders
Board, in accordance with the pro-
visions of the act, has the sole and
exclusive authority to act for and
in the name of and on behalf of
the Government," Seepersad said.
Despite ruling the contract ille-
gal, Seepersad said the company
was still entitled to be paid for
the work it completed on the proj-
"It was clear that the claimant
did not agree to undertake same
free of charge and the value that
can be attached to same is sig-
nificant," Seepersad said.
He said the company should be
compensated, as the State had
been unjustly enriched and had
directly benefited from the work
done during a four-year period,
which ended last year.
As part of his judgment, Seep-
ersad ordered that both parties
should appoint an independent
expert within 28 days to ascertain
the value of the work the company
had done . Once the valuation is
completed, the State will have 30
days to compensate the company.
The company was represented
by Anand Singh and Mandavi
Tiwarie, and Tamara Toolsie and
Michelle Benjamin appeared for
who ignore rules
Judge on awarding of million dollar contracts
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