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The key witness in the alleged
assault on businesswoman
Sacha Singh by former tourism
minister Chandresh Sharma is
expected to talk to the police
The T&T Guardian was reliably
informed that the woman, a
school teacher, was initially con-
sidering not giving a statement
on the incident.
But when asked yesterday if
she intended to back down from
giving the police a statement yes-
terday, after a long pause, said
she would speak to chief inves-
tigator Insp Naim Gyan "tomor-
row. Yes, he is meeting with me
The woman, whose identity is
being withheld to protect her in
light of the public firestorm which
the initial story caused, was pres-
ent during the spat between Shar-
ma and Singh on March 12 in the
car park at Grand Bazaar, Val-
The squabble and abuse is now
the subject of a police investiga-
On Monday, Sharma resigned
from his ministerial post.
His resignation was accepted
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar after calls from leader
of the Congress of the People
Prakash Ramadhar and Fixing
T&T for him to step down or be
In a brief telephone interview
yesterday, the 53-year-old witness
said she was yet to speak to the
police and intended to do so soon.
Asked where she would meet
Gyan, the woman said she first
had to await a call from him to
know those details.
ASP Joanne Archie, public
information officer of the T&T
Police Service, last night said Gyan
informed her on Monday that the
witness was expected to speak
with him before the end of the
"The police would first conduct
and interview and if the person
is willing to give a statement then
we do so. We can't force them to
give a statement."
Archie said the victim was first
to be interviewed, followed by the
witness and then the suspect.
She said Sharma would be the
last to be interviewed by or before
Sharma's resignation came one
week after former minister of the
people Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh
was fired by Persad-Bissessar fol-
lowing allegations of disorderly
behaviour on March 16 on board
a Caribbean Airlines flight from
Singh, the managing director
of AMS Biotech Security Concept
and AmSure T&T Ltd, who is in
her late 20s, met with officers
from the St Joseph Police Station
on March 28 at her Piarco busi-
ness, where she gave a statement
of Sharma's alleged physical abuse
outside the shopping mall.
Within hours of going public,
a smear campaign was launched
against Singh by United National
Congress (UNC) supporters who
used the party's Facebook page
and personal Facebook pages
posting nude and semi-nude
photographs of her.
Singh publicly called on Per-
sad-Bissessar to appeal to the
UNC supporters to stop the
attacks, adding that her action
was not intended to bring down
Sharma or the Government.
Police were told Singh met
Sharma in the Grand Bazaar car
park, near Toppers, around 7.45
pm on March 12.
Sharma had agreed to meet
Singh at the mall. In the back
seat of Singh's car was a 12-year-
old girl alleged to have been
fathered by Sharma and her
Sharma entered Singh's Mer-
cedes Benz car and sat in the front
passenger seat, where questions
about the child arose. Singh began
to ask Sharma about maintaining
the child. Sharma and the child's
mother then came out of the
Shortly after, there was a scuffle
between Sharma and the child's
mother. Singh came out of the
car and held on to Sharma's tie
but was allegedly slapped across
Sharma, the police were told,
pushed Singh, who fell back and
hit her head on her car and
blacked out for several minutes.
After regaining consciousness,
Singh said she was told Sharma
helped to revive her.
Singh said Sharma advised her
not to go to the hospital but
instead go home and take a show-
er. Singh called her doctor but he
told her he was not on duty at
the nearby St Augustine Private
Hospital. She went home and
Singh: I will
fight my case
The following day, Singh was
examined by Dr Pulchan at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mt Hope. Pulchan
diagnosed that she suffered a mild
concussion and haematoma
(swelling of the brain) during the
incident. She then reported the
matter to Sgt Ogiste at the St
Joseph Police Station.
Traumatised by the incident,
Singh left the country on March
14 and returned on March 25. The
police took a report three days
Contacted last night, Singh said
in the interest of "both parties,"
referring to herself and the
woman accusing Sharma of
fathering her child, it was best
that a statement be given to the
police. Singh said the last time
she spoke to the woman was on
"We have not spoken since
But she said with or without
the woman she was pressing
ahead with the matter.
"I am not going to back down.
I will fight my case with the infor-
mation and facts that I have. The
truth will always prevail."
Chandresh Sharma assault case...
ready to talk
The community of Mt Pleasant,
Tobago, was left in mourning yes-
terday after one of its favoured senior
citizens, landlord James Morris, was
found chopped to death in his home.
According to one of his tenants,
TV6 reporter Elizabeth Williams,
Morris, 67, was found lying in his bed
with several chop wounds about his
neck, hand and body shortly before
9 am yesterday.
In an interview with the media, a
distraught Williams said she realized
something was wrong when he failed
to turn off his lights after the sun-
"In terms of his lights, they
remained on and it was after seven,
so I called out to him. There was no
answer," Williams said between tears.
"I called his cell phone, I called his
home phone and he was not answer-
ing and I said something has to be
wrong, because if he goes to Trinidad
or if he does something I would know
because he would tell me ... I called
one of his friends from T&TEC and
when she came she found him on the
Williams said the scene of the mur-
der was gruesome and she was puz-
zled as to who would have committed
the act, since Morris was well loved
by everyone in the community. In
fact, she said because of this he was
affably known as "Mr Mt Pleasant".
"He had chop wounds on his neck.
Apparently he tried to block one of
the shots so there was a chop wound
on his hand and blood was on the
ceiling, on the bed and on the ground
... it is very hard because he was the
best landlord I ever knew, it is very
sad with what happened to him
today," she said.
Police said robbery may have been
the motive for the killing, as Morris's
room was ransacked, money was
missing and pieces of his trademark
jewelry, including rings and chains,
Morris was a People's National
Movement supporter, an ardent caller
to various television and radio talk
shows and a building contractor. He
was the father of three children.
Relatives said yesterday they do
not know what would have prompted
the act, as he was known to be a giv-
ing individual who contributed to
various schools, community events,
charitable and youth organizations.
Morris's brother told the media
that he tried to convince his sibling
to install CCTV cameras on his prop-
erty, but he did not heed his call.
Area Representative for
Carnbee/Mt Pleasant Ancil Dennis,
who was also at the scene of the crime
yesterday, said via a Facebook post
that he was saddened by the news of
"This sad news is unbearable. First
the sudden death of a member of
staff last Saturday. Now I'm hearing
about the murder of my good friend,
James "Mr Mt Pleasant" Morris, in
the heart of my electoral district. Lord
we need you. My condolences to the
family and friends of the deceased,"
District Medical Officer Dr. Stanley
Ojiko viewed the body and ordered
it removed to the Scarborough Mor-
Police are yet to detain a suspect.
Members of the Tobago Homicide
Bureau are continuing investigations.
Mt Pleasant grieves as
landlord chopped to death
Lyle Morris, left, is restrained by a police officer after arriving on the scene
where his father, James Morris (inset), was murdered in Mt Pleasant,
Tobago, yesterday. PHOTO: CASSANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
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