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In the presence of her attorneys,
the key witness in the alleged assault
of businesswoman Sacha Singh by
former tourism minister Chandresh
Sharma gave chief investigating officer
Insp Naim Gyan a detailed report of
the March 12 incident. She said she
told the officer the truth about what
occurred during the incident.
After giving her side of the story to
Gyan on Thursday, the witness, a sec-
ondary school teacher, disclosed to the
Guardian that she signed a detailed
statement in the presence of her attor-
I told investigators the truth
Witness in Sharma assault probe
neys, Prof Rajendra Ramlogan and Johnathon Jages-
sar.For an hour, the 53-year-old witness said, she was
grilled by Gyan at the office of one of the attorneys
in St Augustine.
Asked if, having signed a statement, she would be
willing to testify in court, she told the T&T Guardian,
"Well, I do not know if I may have to. I don t know."
The witness was present during the spat between
Sharma and Singh on March 12 in the cark park of
Grand Bazaar, Valsayn. The squabble and alleged
assault are now the subject of a police investigation.
Sharma resigned from his ministerial post after
calls from leader of the Congress of the People Prakash
Ramadhar and Fixin T&T for him to step down or
His resignation came a week after minister of the
people Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh was fired by Prime
Minister Persad-Bissessar after allegations of disorderly
behaviour on board a Caribbean Airlines flight from
Tobago. Ramadharsingh now has fresh allegations
The witness said she was satisfied with the way
Gyan conducted the interview.
"I just spoke the truth," was all she said about her
Asked if the police intended to do follow-up inter-
views, the witness replied, "I do not think so."
Asked if she saw Sharma slapping and pushing
Singh on March 12, the witness said: "Everything is
in the report out there. I do not wish to comment
any more because my lawyers advised me that I
should just handle the report as it will come and
that kind of thing."
She thanked the T&T Guardian for not identifying
her in a series of published articles.
"Thanks so much for not calling my name. The
fact that I am a schoolteacher and that I deal with
students and parents and that kind of thing ... even
now one teacher asked me this morning if I would
consider taking a transfer from the school.
"I don t see why I should, because I did not do
anything wrong in the story. I mean, I should have
thought more, you know, in a better manner about
putting my 12-year-old child in a situation like that,
and being a teacher myself."
The witness said she never intended for things to
unfold the way they did.
"I did not intend for anything bad. I never thought
it would have reached a national whatever."
Contacted on the matter, ASP Joanne Archie, police
public information officer, was unable to say when
Sharma would be interviewed.
Singh, the managing director of AMS Biotech
Security Concept and AmSure T&T Ltd, met with
St Joseph police on March 28, when she gave a
statement on Sharma's alleged physical abuse
outside the mall.
Sharma had agreed to meet Singh there. In the
back seat of Singh's car were a 12-year-old girl,
alleged to have been fathered by Sharma, and the
child's mother. It is alleged an argument began
between Sharma and the woman and Singh was
slapped across the face and pushed when she
tried to intervene.
Singh fell back, 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 went home and the
following day was diagnosed as having 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.
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