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Former ministers Chandresh Sharma and Glenn
Ramadharsingh will be allocated the last two
seats at the end of the government backbench,
behind PNM MPs, say government sources.
House leader Roodal Moonilal, asked about the
seating arrangements yesterday, confirmed Sharma
will be next to Ramadharsingh.
Ramadharsingh, who sat behind the government
front row when he was a minister, was shifted as
of last Friday to the backbench behind the Oppo-
sition after being dismissed.
That followed allegations by a CAL flight atten-
dant that on a flight from Tobago on March 16 he
touched her breast in seeking to hold her name ta,
and threatened her job.
Ramadharsingh did not attend Parliament last
Friday when his name plate was shifted to the last
on the furthermost backbench behind the PNM.
He replaced another dismissed minister, Collin
Sharma resigned on Monday after allegations by
a former companion, now being probed by police.
He is being shifted from his seat on the front row.
Ramadharsingh is expected to attend Parliament
today, sources said. Sharma did not answer calls
Dinesh Sankersingh, chairman of UNC s Fyzabad
constituency executive, said 140-plus stakeholders
of the area met Tuesday on Sharma s situation.
He said: "The majority are in full support of MP
Sharma. An MP isn t re-elected seven times over
21 years if they are not working.
"Facts speak for themselves. He has transformed
the area. We see 150 people every Tuesday and
operate the office six days weekly. There are never
protests from Fyzabad, though you will always have
one or two dissenting voices."
"PNM is mistaken to expect this to shake UNC
support. The person they are promoting for Fyzabad
is not from here, does not live here and is married
into a family that supports UNC, so they have no
political currency here," he added.
UNC Caroni Central chairman Roopchand
Naranjit said constituents were firmly behind
Ramadharsingh and their recent call to the Prime
Minister to reinstate him. (Gail Alexander)
New seating in House
for Sharma, Glenn
When death came knocking on the door
of 54-year-old Johnathon Homer on
Wednesday night, he unknowingly
The Point Fortin father of four was
stabbed numerous times and his throat slit.
After a hard day at work, his wife, Denise
Henry, suffered the shock of her life when
she came home to his lifeless body lying
in a pool of blood in their living room at
Heliconia Avenue, Southern Gardens.
Police said Homer, a mason at the Point
Fortin Borough Corporation, might have
heard someone knocking on the door and
as he opened it, he was fatally attacked.
At their home yesterday, Henry, an
employee of Trinwell Contactors at
Petrotrin s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery, spent
yesterday trying to rationalise the killing.
Their 25-year-old son, Nathan Homer,
said the kitchen was flooded because Homer
had left the tap running while preparing to
wash the dishes.
He added: "When I reached home people
were already here. The policemen said that
my dad got stabbed and his throat was slit.
"I left home at 4.50 pm and nobody was
home when I left. The borough corporation s
work finishes around 11.30 am and from
there, he (Homer) goes to his PJs (private
jobs). He would finish around 5.30 pm and
come home before 6 pm.
"My mom found him by the door when
she came from work around 9 pm last night.
The door was open.
"I don t know what was the scene was
like inside but she freaked out and she start-
ed to scream. The neighbours around heard
the commotion and they came across to
see what was going on."
Investigators were trying to establish a
motive for the killing as the house was not
ransacked nor was anything stolen. Nathan
believes his father s killing was a "hit" that
was being planned weeks ago when their
dogs were poisoned.
He added: "I can t say what someone
would have come for inside this house
because it had nothing to steal. How this
thing happened, stab wounds and slit throat,
it was like a plan, like someone went directly
for my dad. He was a humble guy. He never
did anything to anyone.
"I don t know if the person who did this
murder, if they were stalking him in the
area, watching my dad s movements. Less
than two weeks ago, someone poisoned
our two dogs in the yard.
"I don t know if they thought it was
easier access to the yard by killing the dogs.
A day they (dogs) went down the hill, then
a guy passed and told my dad that they
found two dogs at the bottom of the hill
"I just found that was really strange.
Somebody had an agenda. Somebody was
planning to come in this yard to do some-
thing. I don t know if it s something they
saw my dad had and they were envious of
it."As Nathan and other relatives sat in the
yard, he remembered his father encouraging
him to excel at football and his advice to
learn a trade. Homer, a former player with
the Point Fortin Tornados Steel Orchestra,
was also planning to build a house to rent
out this year.
"He was caring, he was really passionate
about me playing football. He always wanted
me to learn a trade, get into the same work
he had been doing, not to just have football
as the only skill in life," Nathan said.
Lamenting the high murder rate, he said:
"I find it is ridiculous. It is overbearing
now. Innocent people are dying and I don t
know what are the heads solutions to bring-
ing down the crime in this country. I don t
know what is going on."
The murder list has increased by one, pushing
it to 115, with the shooting death of a Petit Valley
man yesterday afternoon.
Sheldon Barrow was shot dead at Sparrow Drive,
Barrow, who police said was known to be involved
in criminal activity, was with some men at Hum-
mingbird Circular around 4.30 pm when two men
Before they could open fire the group dispersed
but the men chased Barrow and cornered him a
short distance away where they shot him dead.
The murder toll for the same period last year
stood at 105.
Petit Valley killing
pushes toll to 115
Death comes knocking
as father, 54, killed
Nathan Homer, son of murder victim
Jonathon Homer, speaking to the media
yesterday at his father's Point Fortin
home. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Jonathon Homer... killed at his home in
Point Fortin on Wednesday night.
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