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Stanley Beard, adviser to Tobago Development
Minister Delmon Baker, has accused a radio pro-
gramme of making public mischief with alle-
gations which created a discussion aimed at
embarrassing the minister.
He said the matter could go to court.
Beard confirmed that following claims Baker
was "considering his future" in politics after a
"nasty rumour" on Tuesday that he had met with
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to offer
a resignation and subsequently resigned.
Rumours were so strong on Tuesday that two
PNM senators noted allegations concerning a
minister and a "little boy" during Senate pro-
An official of the Office of the Prime Minister
yesterday said Baker did not seek a meeting with
the PM but she had asked to see him. Baker did
not answer calls yesterday.
Beard said as far as he knew, Baker offered no
resignation. However, Beard said, he was concerned
that as Baker was meeting the PM, a radio pro-
gramme aired allegations about Baker and a res-
He said the situation was a plot to defame Baker
by some people, who were trying to tarnish him
because he had leadership potential.
Beard, who claimed extortion of Baker had aris-
en, said TOP was supposed to have a party election
by May 26 and many things were happening as
a result, particularly since there was no executive
to steer the situation.
He claimed several people were trying to take
over TOP and the die was cast long ago for Baker
to be a target, since he was a young unmarried
Denying rumours about any child being involved
in the issue, Beard said one of the culprits behind
the alleged situation was a person who had worked
in TOP s office during elections, noting, as some-
times happens at election time, "people always
to get rid of
Almost two years after he
was rescued from his abusive
relatives, who had locked him
in a dog kennel as punishment,
a 14-year-old boy died on Tues-
day from head injuries he sus-
tained while "play- fighting"
with a fellow resident at the St
Michael Home for Boys.
Police said Brandon Hart-
Greaves was playing with a
teenage resident in a hallway at
the children s home around 8.45
pm when he attempted a "drop-
kick" on his sparring partner.
Hart-Greaves s amateur
attempt at the professional
wrestling manoeuvre shown on
TV backfired and he fell over
and hit his head on the concrete
floor, rendering him uncon-
The other boy immediately
informed Clair Thomas, a super-
visor at the institution, who con-
Police and emergency health
services personnel arrived on the
scene and took Hart-Greaves to
the St James Medical Facility for
treatment. The teenager was
transfered to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital where he suc-
cumbed around 10.25 pm from
his head injury.
Investigators questioned Hart-
Greaves friend but said they did
not believe he was culpable in
Hart-Greaves and his family
shot into the public spotlight in
July 2012 after police found him
locked inside a dog kennel at
their Upper Valley Road, Cas-
cade. He told police that the
night before he was accused of
misbehaving, was refused dinner,
beaten and locked inside the
kennel with the family s pet dog.
Eventually, his father, Nigel
Hargreaves, 42, his stepmother,
Nasha Baboolal, 34, and his
uncle Kendal Baptiste were
arrested by police.
Hargreaves and Baptiste were
charged with cruelty to a child
under Section 3(1) of the Chil-
dren s Act while Baboolal was
charged with assault occasioning
actual bodily harm.
They were each released on
$50,000 bail. As part of that
case, still ongoing in the Port-
of-Spain Magistrates Court,
Hart-Greaves was made a ward
of the State and sent to live in
In a press release yesterday,
the Ministry of Gender, Youth
and Child Development
described his death as unfortu-
"The ministry is particularly
saddened because the child was
showing great progress since
being placed in the institution
in 2013," the release added.
It also said the ministry would
provide counselling for staff and
residents who were left trauma-
tised by the teen s death. The
ministry also ensured the inves-
tigation into the matter would
be completed in a timely man-
In an interview yesterday at
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, one of Hart-Greaves rel-
atives, who identified himself as
the boy s uncle, said he believed
conditions at the home had
played a part in the teen s death.
"That place not nice. It needs
to be seriously addressed and
revamped," the man said.
Insp Thomas of the Western
Division is leading the investi-
gation into the death.
Boy, 14, dies after
TV 'kick' goes bad
Tragedy at St Michael's Home...
Ratiram, left, and
of SWRHA, give
out toys to children
at the San
during an Easter
promotion by the
the San Fernando
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