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Six hundred dollars in fines was the
penalty a San Fernando magistrate
imposed on a Gasparillo man who
pleaded guilty to hitting his two-year-
old son with a bottle and beating and
shaving off the hair of the child s
Imamsha Ali, 31, a market vendor,
was arrested last Saturday after the
incident, which took place at his Gas-
parillo home. He faced three charges
of assault by beating, two against the
When he appeared before San Fer-
nando magistrate Margaret Alert in the
Fourth Court on Wednesday, he pleaded
Police prosecutor Sgt Marlon Bruce
read the facts of the case.
He said around 8 am, the 26-year-
old woman, from Tableland, and her
two-year-old son were at Ali s house.
Ali is the child s father.
The couple began arguing over a
phone call and Ali pelted a teacup at
the woman. She was cut on her chin.
Ali then refused to allow her to leave
The next day, around 9 am, she was
sitting in the living room, holding her
baby, when he began quarrelling with
Ali slapped her several times across
her face, bursting her lip, and hit her
on the head, causing the area to swell.
Ali then shaved off her hair.
When she tried to get away, Ali
grabbed a bottle and threw it at her.
The bottle struck the baby on the right
side of the face, causing bruising and
A report was made to the Gasparillo
Police Station. When arrested by PC
Ferreira, Ali said: "Is a little scuffle we
Ali was not represented by an attor-
ney. He told the magistrate the woman
met him at the market, where he was
selling yams, and asked to spend the
weekend by him.
However, he said they began arguing
because the woman was constantly
talking to a man on her cellphone and
that was disrespectful.
Asked why he got physical, he said
the woman was physical too. He said
he did not mean to hit his son.
"That was an accident," he said.
The police did not have a trace to
determine if he had a criminal record.
The magistrate said it was overkill
to charge Ali with two assault charges
against the woman because they arose
out of one incident.
She reprimanded and discharged him
on the charge of beating the woman
with a teacup. On the other two assault
charges against the woman and his son
he was fined $300 each, or will serve
a month in jail.
He had to pay the fine in relation to
his son forthwith and the other fine in
a day. Neither the woman nor the child
was in court.
A month after Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar opened the
$750 million San Fer-
nando Teaching Hospi-
tal, the facility was
opened to the public on
But overcrowding at
the San Fernando General
Hospital (SFGH) is
expected to continue
until the medical wards
at the teaching hospital
are ready in another two
On Thursday, the
South West Regional
(SWRHA) began moving
the clinics attached to the
outpatient department of
the SFGH to the new
SWRHA CEO Anil
Gosine and chairman Dr
Lackram Bodoe were on
hand to welcome the
In an interview with
the T&T Guardian,
Gosine said 16 clinics
were to be transferred to
the new facility by yes-
He said the only two
clinics which will remain
at the old hospital are
ophthalmology and ear,
nose and throat clinics.
"We will have enough
room to give more days,
so those two clinics will
operate more efficiently,"
In addition, Bodoe said
the Accident and Emer-
gency Department will
be expanded and that will
reduce the waiting time
Gosine said maternity
Market vendor fined $600
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and paediatric clinics will
be on level four of the
new hospital and the
medical clinics on level
"We have a shuttle
service coming from the
other side (old hospital),
so patients who are going
there will be shuttled
across here," Gosine said.
"We have everything
in place. We have a few
hiccups, which both Mr
Bodoe and I are looking
at ironing out. Generally,
everything was running
The Urban Develop-
ment Corporation of
T&T (Udecott), which is
overseeing the teaching
hospital project, was
expected to hand over the
area for paediatrics wards
"So in three weeks we
should have the paedi-
atric ward functional,"
"The adult wards
should be functional in
a month and a half and
that will start reducing
the overcrowding prob-
The new hospital will
have 216 beds.
a surprise visit to the
teaching hospital on
Monday and said she was
very impressed with its
progress since it was
opened on January 9.
Scores of patients wait in the pharmacy department at the new San Fernando Teaching Hospital which
opened to the public on Thursday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
16 clinics to new
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