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Mining Land For Sale
JENSEN LA VENDE
Pathologist Dr Hughvon Des
Vignes pleaded not guilty yesterday
to assaulting fellow pathologist Dr
Valery Alexandrov appeared before
Port-of-Spain Magistrate Carl
Des Vignes, who was charged by
way of summons,appeared before
Port-of-Spain Magistrate Carl Quam-
He was represented by attorney
Giselle Russell who asked court pros-
ecutor Sgt Sookram for all disclosure
needed for the case.
In response Sookram said the file
was still in transit to the Court and
Process Branch and he was not sure
whether or not a state prosecutor
would be appointed.
Quamina then adjourned the mat-
ter to September 11. The magistrate
said if a state-appointed attorney was
to be assigned, then the issue of dis-
closure would take some time to settle.
It is alleged that on December 2 at
the Forensic Science Centre, St James,
Des Vignes assaulted Alexandrov by
Alexandrov, who was also sum-
moned to appear in court yesterday,
was absent, but his attorney Richard
Mason was present.
Police are seeking the public s
assistance in identifying a decom-
posing body found over a precipice
along Blanchisseuse Road, Arima,
near Paria Junction.
Blanchisseuse police received an
anonymous call around 9 am yester-
day alerting them to the body. Police
led by Sgt Maharaj and Cpl Babwah
responded and saw the body lying
several feet down the precipice.
The body was was found with
hands tied behind its back.
It was clad in a red long-sleeved
jersey, blue three-quarter pants and
red Clark's boots.
Police said the advanced stage of
decomposition made it difficult to
determine the race and to determine
any clear marks of violence.
They believe the body had been
there for the past two weeks.
Arima Fire Station officers retrieved
the body around 4 pm.
As La Brea residents joined
the trade union movement s
protest at Parliament yesterday,
corbeaux were having a banquet
on the beaches, feasting on hun-
dreds of dead fish which con-
stantly washed ashore.
It has been more than three
weeks that the fishing and asphalt
community has been seeing rot-
ting carcasses on the seafront,
but yesterday's fish kill was one
of the largest seen by some res-
As a T&T Guardian news team
visited the community yesterday,
it was like a ghost town, with
residents choosing to seek refuge
in their homes and peeking out
from time to time. Not even chil-
dren could be seen playing in their
The scenic view along the
Point Sable, Coffee and Station
beaches was overshadowed by
the stench of the fish kill, which
could be smelled for miles as the
strong sea breeze blew inland.
Flocks of corbeaux savagely
gobbled the rotting carcasses
while the egrets wandered along
searching for fresh fish to eat.
Champion Bobblers, Paradise2
and 11 other pirogues docked on
the shore were signs of a dormant
A few residents who ventured
out of their homes said the car-
casses washed up since Thursday
night and when they awoke yes-
terday, the beach was almost
Despite a crew from Fishermen
and Friends of the Sea (FFOS)
taking away some of the fish for
testing and residents' efforts to
clean the beach, mid-afternoon
high tide brought more carcasses
According to fisherman Ricardo
St Greaves, residents are becom-
ing more frustrated because pub-
lic officials are not letting them
know what is wrong with the fish.
Asked why the community was
so quiet, he said many of his
neighbours went to protest out-
side the Parliament to highlight
the effects of the oil spill and the
possible privatisation of Lake
Asphalt's plant operations.
Months after the December 17 oil spill disaster hundreds of dead fish continue to wash up on Point Sable
Beach, La Brea, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
More fish kill
DeVignes pleads not guilty
to assaulting colleague
Pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes leaves the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court
yesterday after facing assault charges. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Body found in Blanchisseuse
In a release yesterday,
Petrotrin said laboratory tests
of the sea water in La Brea was
negative for contaminants.
Tensions heightened during
the oil spill clean-up last year
after the company's
controversial use of Corexit
The dispersant was banned in
several countries after studies
showed that it increases the
toxicity of the water, making it
harmful to marine life.
Petrotrin said, "The study
area included beaches in La
Brea from Station Beach south
along the coastline to Point
Sable, moving northward up to
seawards from the shoreline of
"Results of the water and
sediment quality study showed
that all parameters tested to
date were within acceptable
limits for heavy metals,
temperature, pH levels, salinity,
dissolved oxygen and Total
Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH).
"Based on the environmental
monitoring reports, there are no
(including hydrocarbons) in the
marine and near shore
environments of La Brea."
As for the bioassay on the
fish carcasses, Petrotrin said it
has set up a team to investigate
the cause and had sent fish
samples to the University of the
West Indies Veterinary School
for testing and analysis as well
as an international laboratory in
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