Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 25th 2014 Contents For Ann Edwards, 41, from St
Thomas Village, Chaguanas, 2013
ended on a sour note after her LG
cellphone was stolen on December
12 at the Chaguanas business where
she worked as a cashier.
But within two days of airing
footage of the theft, Ian Alleyne,
along with Chaguanas police, had
tracked down Naresh Gill. The Kelly
Village man was fined $1,000 at the
Chaguanas Magistrates Court on
Monday, and ordered to pay Edwards
for her phone by month-end.
When contacted last week,
Edwards insisted that she wanted
her phone and memory card back,
but noted that the culprit said he
had destroyed it.
A female relative told Crime
Watch that Edwards is also suffering
from migraines and is unable to rest.
She is awaiting a CT scan to deter-
mine whether there is internal dam-
age to her organs.
The family member was disap-
pointed that Edwards would not get
her phone back, but thanked Alleyne
and the Chaguanas police for solving
Alleyne commented that this case
was a walk in the park for him,
adding, "My sources spread so far
and wide that it is usually a matter
of minutes before I solve a case such
as this one. To me it is important
that petty criminals are brought to
justice, before they move on to big-
ger crimes and make the crime sit-
uation in this country worse."
Sadly, the situation was worse for
Ann Edwards, as she was hospi-
talised after being involved in a traffic
accident at the O Meara Road,
Arima, on January 12. A drunk driver
ran the traffic light and ploughed
into the vehicle in which Edwards
was a passenger.
As of earlier this week, her legs
were paralysed, and it is unknown
whether her condition will be per-
Help for Antonio
Antonio Nathan Persad dreams
of being Prime Minister when he
This seven-year-old student of
Charlieville Presbyterian Primary
School was diagnosed at birth with
a rare genetic skin disorder, epider-
Persad s skin is very fragile and
any type of mild trauma, such as
contact with clothing or bedding,
can cause blood-filled blisters to
People with this genetic disorder
are prone to deformities, infections
and premature death, and are at a
higher risk for developing some
types of cancer---a few of the con-
ditions that can significantly lower
their life expectancy.
Despite his condition, Persad is
as active as other children his age.
While waiting to appear on Crime
Watch, he could be seen climbing
on the waiting room furniture.
Sandra Basheer, a single mother
of two, had to learn how to manage
her son s condition.
When asked whether raising
Antonio alone has been difficult,
Basheer said, "It was a bit hard,
because it was due to Antonio s con-
dition that his father left, but I said
After the programme Alleyne dis-
closed that he was particularly
touched by this case, and added,
"As the child said, he could be the
next Prime Minister of T&T, and to
help him along I will do everything
in my power to ensure that he gets
the best medical attention possible."
On viewers recommendations,
an appointment was set up with a
doctor at a prominent health facility
in west Trinidad for Persad, to be
paid for by Alleyne.
Rajiv Dipnarinesingh, of Dipnar-
inesingh s Tours & Travel, also
offered to provide Persad and his
mother with airline tickets in an
effort to facilitate treatment abroad.
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Antonio Nathan Persad, seven, who has a rare
skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa.
Nail loss and deformed nails, characteristics of
the rare skin disorder.
bullosa (EB) is an
blisters in the skin
an incidence of
1/50,000. It is a
result of a defect
in friction and
skin fragility. Its
from mild to
was brought to
public attention in
the UK through
the Channel 4
Boy Whose Skin
chronicling the life
and death of
In the United
States, the same
could be said of
Flesh and Blood
Children" is a
term often used
(because the skin
fragile as a
Babies," or (in
as "Crystal Skin
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