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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Police are expected to visit the office of
the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
today for advice on charges which could
be laid against a senior official of the
Forensic Science Centre accused of assault-
ing his co-worker Dr Valery Alexandrov.
Police sources said investigators were ini-
tially considering laying a charge of assault
by beating in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court with the suspect being served a sum-
mons telling him the date of his court
Investigators changed their mind yester-
day, instead opting first to seek advice from
the DPP, because of the suspect s role as
a witness in several high-profile criminal
On December 2, Alexandrov, a Russian-
born forensic pathologist, who has been
working in T&T for over six years, was
allegedly assaulted in the mortuary room
of the centre at Federation Park, St James.
Police said Alexandrov reported he
became engaged in a heated argument with
the suspect, which quickly turned violent.
He was reportedly grabbed by his tie, kicked
and thrown out of the room.
Later that day, Alexandrov underwent a
medical examination at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital and a report was submitted
The incident was captured by CCTV
cameras at the centre and was witnessed
by several members of staff, homicide detec-
tives and crime-scene investigators.
Copies of the video recordings and state-
ments from witnesses form part of the
police s file on the case which will be handed
over to DPP Roger Gaspard today.
PC Ravi Mohan and detectives from the
St Clair Police Station are continuing inves-
dent Titan Lee-Hai,
19, plummeted naked
from a 15-story New
yesterday, the New
York Times reported.
Lee-Hai, of the
Third North Residence
Hall, 75 Third Avenue,
near East 11th Street
in the East Village,
was "stark naked"
and "looked like he was on drugs" when he
jumped, the New York Times reported.
It was the first day of classes for the spring
Police, it was reported, initially said the death
was being treated as a suicide but later said
Lee-Hai may have been on drugs.
They added that it was uncertain if he fell
or jumped. Toxicology test results would not
be available for several weeks, the newspaper
However, in an interview yesterday Lee-Hai s
father, David Lee-Hai, said family members in
Trinidad did not believe his son committed sui-
The elder Lee-Hai, who spoke at the family s
business establishment in Port-of-Spain,
described his son as an "ambitious young man."
The family leaves today for New York.
The New York Times also said the police
were also looking for an unidentified friend
with whom Lee-Hai had been out.
One student said minutes before Lee-Hai
died he walked naked into an elevator.
"I was the last person to see him alive. I was
in the elevator and he just walked in and
punched me in the face and then he asked me
where he was. He was naked when he walked
"So, it was pretty obvious he was not in his
senses. He had no sense of where he was or
what time it was. He looked like he was on
drugs, a lot of drugs," said Shazim Khurshid,
a 19-year-old freshman, the New York Times
Khurshid said Lee-Hai who lived on the sec-
ond floor rode to the top floor and opened a
door to the roof, triggering an alarm that forced
students to evacuate before he either fell or
"I never saw him before. It is sad," Khurshid
said, adding that Lee-Hai urinated on the floor
before getting into the elevator.
An aspiring rapper, Lee-Hai plummeted
around 3.20 am after a night of partying with
a friend, the New York Times said.
He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in New
York where he was pronounced dead.
The New York Times said friends on Facebook
described Lee-Hai as a talented rapper and pro-
It was reported Lee-Hai did not leave a note
and was alone on the roof at the time.
University officials, it was reported, said the
circumstances surrounding his death were still
"It is with great sorrow that we report that
a freshman was found in an interior courtyard
in the residence hall where he lived. It appears
as though his death occurred as a result of a
fall from the roof of the building," said
spokesman John Beckman, the newspaper said.
"Police and the university are looking into
events preceding the discovery of the body in
order to determine the cause and nature of his
death," he added.
Trini student falls
to death in NY
DPP's advice sought on assault of doctor
The future of fashion in T&T is bright,
says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar.Speaking at Sunday s Masquerade gala,
produced by the new special-purpose state
enterprise, CreativeTT, she said fashion,
which is one of the Government s seven
development pillars to diversify the economy
away from energy was close to becoming a
Addressing a gathering that included staff
from Vogue Italia magazine, the Prime Min-
ister said the hosting of the event came
against a backdrop of a challenging past for
the local textile and design sector.
She said: "Today, the fashion industry
employs more than 11,000 persons, either
directly or indirectly and generates in excess
of $25 million annually (US$4 million).
"Our nation s capital, Port-of-Spain, is
being positioned as a fashion district and
the fashion capital of the Caribbean with a
thriving retail district and the only cloth
district in the region, which spans numerous
locations between Frederick and Charlotte
"Our fashion industry is becoming increas-
ingly diverse with linkages to sectors, such
as beauty, cosmetics and perfume manu-
facturing, model management, fashion and
image consulting, retail fashion photography,
beauty culture and event management.
"The cross-sector linkages are also growing
and strengthening between the local fashion
industry and the entertainment and tourism
She said the undertaking was evidence
that previous conversations with stakeholders
had shaped policies for a well-constituted
sector by the People s Partnership Govern-
The Prime Minister was optimistic that
the sector still had tremendous potential
and having local work featured in the 2014
spring/summer issue of Vogue Italia this
May would present an excellent platform.
Persad-Bissesar said she understood the
need for the fashion industry and the wider
creative sector to become engaged for both
growth and expansion.
Therefore, she added, Government s
approach was not only to engage stakeholders
but also carve a very clear path for the success
of the sector.
She said: "We have significant evidence
that points to you becoming an increasingly
strong partner in how our economy will be
sustained in the years to come.
"This means that you are more than fash-
ionably important. My Government believes
that you are in fact one of the key sectors
that will help to shift our economy onto a
more diversified and prosperous future eco-
Turning to the benefits of a focused system
of education, Persad-Bissessar said her
administration s decision to remodel studies
for those pursuing a first degree at the Uni-
versity of T&T (UTT) was deliberate.
Initially, she said, the fashion programme
at UTT focused only on training but Gov-
ernment felt it was important to transform
the programme to include entrepreneurship
and exposure for student designers.
Today, she added, fashion at UTT not
only capitalised on raw talent but also facil-
itated the continuous emergence of new tal-
ent by exposure to the global sector and
contact with the leading fashion authorities,
while acting as an incubator to bring students
into contact with resources and equipment
to build their dreams.
Sunday s gala was held Under the Trees
at the Normandie Hotel, St Ann s, Port-of-
Fashion brings in
$25m a year---PM
Wearing an outfit from the design house of CLD Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
walks the catwalk with leading stylist Peter Elias at Sunday's Masquerade Gala produced
by CreativeTT and held Under the Trees at the Normandie in St Ann's Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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