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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A young driver who crashed into two
parked police vehicles after drinking alcohol
with friends has been ordered to pay $3,800
in fines and banned from driving for eight
Matthius Guishcard, of Moruga, was arrest-
ed on Saturday morning in front of the Mon
Repos Police Station where the accident took
PC Ganga Sookai charged him with driving
without due care and attention and driving
under the influence of alcohol.
Guishcard pleaded guilty before San Fer-
nando magistrate Rhianna Hosein.
Around 4.35 am a grey Nissan Cifero, driven
by Guishcard, crashed into the police vehicles.
WPC Figaro and other officers came out of
the station after hearing the loud bang.
When Guishcard, who had a strong alcohol
odour on his breath, was asked if he had been
drinking, he said: "Boss, I had a Carib and a
half in Princes Town."
PC Sookai did three breathalyser tests on
him, which court prosecutor Sgt Parasan Ram-
sumair said recorded readings of 43, 46 and
Guishcard s attorney Subhas Panday said
Guishcard was supposed to be the designated
driver but because of peer pressure he had
drunk a beer, which he had never tasted before.
"When he was offered the next one it was
so bitter he could not complete it," Panday
Submitting that Guishcard was a first-time
offender, Panday asked for him to be given
community service in the form of lecturing
in schools about the dangers of drinking and
However, the prosecutor opined that the
law was already quite generous in putting the
legal limit at 35 microgrammes and anything
above that was quite high. He said Guishcard
acted highly irresponsibly, especially since he
was the designated driver and it was fortunate
that no one was in the police vehicles since
the damage was "quite extensive."
Agreeing with the prosecutor, the magistrate
denied Panday s request for community serv-
"The defendant must be taught a lesson,"
she said. She fined Guishcard $800 or three
months in jail and took away his driver s
permit for eight months on charge of driving
without due care and attention.
On the other charge of drunk driving,
Guishcard was fined $3,000 or in default nine
months in jail. He was ordered to pay $1,000
forthwith and given until March 10 to pay
A little over three days after Aranguez res-
ident Reginald Jackman was stabbed to death
during a brawl in a bar close to his home,
his 52-year-old neighbour appeared in court
charged with his murder yesterday.
Cleophas Maynard, of King Street,
Aranguez, was remanded into custody after
appearing before Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar in the Port-of-Spain Eighth
Although he was not called upon to plead,
he responded "not guilty," as soon as Ayers-
Caesar read the charge.
He then said he would be applying to the
Legal Aid and Advisory Authority for an attor-
ney to represent him.
Maynard, who was deported from the Unit-
ed States in 1992, is accused of murdering
Jackman, 34, of Evelyn Trace, Aranguez, last
Jackman was reportedly liming at Killey s
Bar at the corner of King Street and Aranguez
Main Road, Aranguez, when he was involved
in a heated argument which ended in his being
stabbed several times. He was taken to the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in
Mt Hope where he died while being treated.
The family home of Trinidad-born novelist
VS Naipaul, known as the setting of the much
celebrated 1963 novel A House for Mr Biswas,
is finally ready to be opened to the public as
a literary museum, after years of organisers
grappling with low funds and slow renova-
The Ministry of National Diversity and Social
Integration, together with the NGO, The Friends
of Mr Biswas, held a formal opening yesterday
at the Naipaul House, 26 Nepaul Street, St
A commemorative plaque was unveiled and
guests were treated to a short tour by Savi Akal,
sister of Naipaul, who also grew up in the house.
She lamented it was a long time coming but
was happy to see her family s home renovated
and open to the public.
"This was always a happy, pretty, very well-
kept home," she shared with the small group
gathered in front of the two-storey structure.
She credited her mother Droapatie Capildeo
for keeping the house together, given her
strength in "putting up with an artist husband
(Seepersad), and having one difficult artistic
son (Vidia), followed by a second artistic but
loving son (Shiva).
"I think my mother has to be given a great
deal of credit for the property that we have
today," Akal said.
Prof Kenneth Ramchand, chairman of the
Friends group, said it was a historic moment
in the development of T&T s culture.
The house, he said, would preserve the origins
of enduring literary achievements by Seepersad
Naipaul and his sons, Vidia and Shiva.
"In this age of dissolving and confused values,
the spirits in this house, the writers it nurtured,
and the standing appeal it makes to us to absorb
the values of the literary arts, are more than
ever necessary to teach us how to live as if life
matters," he said.
In an interview afterwards, Ramchand said
the house would be open from next week for
tours which must be pre-booked, with groups
no larger than ten people. While there will be
a small charge, the amount has not yet been
The house has been transformed into a muse-
um, with old black and white photos of the
family displayed on the walls, while conserving
the original furniture inherited by the Naipauls
when they moved there in 1946.
Its original shape and appearance were pre-
served during renovations in 2010.
There are also two apartments which could
be rented to visiting scholars who are researching
topics related to T&T s culture, as it is also
intended to be an international study centre
for education, international and local cultural
tourism and research on the Naipaul family s
Minister of National Diversity Rodger Samuel
delivered the feature address and promised to
ensure the Naipaul House would be listed as
a heritage site by the National Trust.
"(And) to ensure it is not just listed with
regard to posterity, but it would be listed so
that the world will know there is a Naipaul
"And together with the Ministry of Tourism,
it can be marketed as a tourism site, together
with all our wonderful heritage sites in T&T.
We intend to make Naipaul House a site that
tourists will want to visit," he said.
He said that would ensure the history and
legacy of the Naipauls continued to live for
generations to come.
Samuel said the preservation of T&T heritage
was visibly neglected but his ministry, which
was formed in June 2012, was taking its mandate
to protect and preserve the country s heritage
very seriously. "It is all that we have, that has
made us all that we are."
Also present was Minister of Planning and
Sustainable Development and patron of Friends
Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, who said the onus
should not be solely on the Government to
support the house.
"I think the private-sector funding is impor-
tant," he commented. "I don t think that some-
thing like this, and something that is focused
on a literary genius and the legacy of literary
genius in our country should be something
that is purely state-supported," he added.
Man charged with neighbour's murder
who crashed into
Naipaul House finally
opens for public viewing
Sister of Vidia and Shiva Naipaul, Savi Akal, second from right, shows Planning and
Sustainable Development Minister Bhoe Tewarie, National Diversity, Social Integration
Minister Rodger Samual and Averil Ramchand a chest of draws during a tour of the Naipaul
House at yesterday's formal opening on Nepaul Street, St James. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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