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A security officer who indecently
assaulted a 13-year-old girl in the
basement of his workplace has been
jailed for 12 months with hard labour.
Deopersad Algoo, 38, was jailed by
Princes Town senior magistrate Debra
Quintyne after he pleaded guilty to the
The incident took place around mid-
day on Monday at a business place in
The girl had gone to the clothing
store with her mother. While there, she
accompanied Algoo, who knows her
mother, to the basement of the store.
He kissed her and put a "hickey" on
When her mother found out what
happened, she took the child to the
Princes Town Police Station where a
report was made. The girl was also
taken for a medical examination.
WPC Flemming subsequently arrest-
ed and charged the guard.
Yesterday Algoo was represented by
attorney Petronella Basdeo in the First
Court who asked the court for lenien-
cy.She said Algoo pleaded guilty and
did not waste the court s time. In addi-
tion, she said he had no previous con-
victions or pending matters.
Police prosecutor Sgt Winston
Hajarie confirmed the accused was a
first-time offender. A medical certificate
was produced in court.
According to the Sexual Offences
Act, a person guilty of indecent assault
is liable on conviction to imprisonment
for five years for a first offence and to
imprisonment for ten years for a sub-
Two dates have been set aside next
month to hear the case of a 63-year-
old housewife who is suing the State
over the more than ten-year delay by
a former High Court judge to deliver
judgment in her lawsuit with her in-
laws over a parcel of land.
Shirley Sookar, of Fairley Street,
Tunapuna, is also challenging the con-
stitutionality of reappointing the judge,
David Myers, to deliver the outstanding
judgment in the case, almost four years
after he resigned from the Judiciary.
When the case came up for a pre-
trial hearing before Justice Ricky Rahim
in the Port-of-Spain High Court, attor-
neys informed the judge they already
had filed their submissions and were
eager to proceed with the case as it
was one of significant national interest.
Before setting the dates for the trial,
Rahim said he felt several other parties
who stood to be affected by the issues
in the case should be also be invited
to make submissions.
Rahim identified the Judicial and
Legal Service Commission (JLSC),
which appointed Myers, and the defen-
dants in Sookar s land-related lawsuit
as the parties that should be served in
the case to give them an opportunity
The JLSC, a five-member committee
appointed by the President and led by
the Chief Justice, is mandated under
the Constitution to appoint and dis-
cipline sitting judicial officers.
However, he said, he believed that
Myers should be excluded.
"His (Myers) reasons for the delay
quite frankly may not be relevant,"
In his brief submissions on including
third parties in the lawsuit, British
Queen s Counsel Timothy Straker, who
is representing the Attorney General,
submitted he did not believe the defen-
dants in Sookar s lawsuit should be
included as he felt it was Myers delay
and reappointment were the issues in
the case and not his actual judgment.
"The judgment itself is not and can-
not be the subject of the constitutional
motion," Straker said while suggesting
that Sookar appeal her unfavourable
judgment to the Appeal Court.
Guard jailed for
assaulting girl, 13
Hearings next month over judge's
tardiness in land judgment
Sookdeo Sookhoo, of
Siparia, staged a one-
man protest on the
steps of the Hall of
yesterday. Sookhoo, a
retiree, is seeking justice
over unpaid pension
owed by a former
The significance of Sookar's
case has been raised recently with
the reappointments of two other
former judges, Sebastian Ventour
and Andre Mon Desir.
Ventour's reappointment caused
some public uproar after he was
forced to temporarily resign from
his post as deputy chairman of the
Integrity Commission, throwing
the body into a tailspin, to deliver
three outstanding judgments.
In her constitutional motion,
Sookar is contending Myers, did
not have the legal authority or
jurisdiction to determine her case
between the time when he retired
in 2007 to when he was
temporarily reappointed to deliver
the judgment in July 2011.
She is also claiming that the
reappointment of Myers as an
acting judge for the sole purpose
of delivering his outstanding
judgments was unconstitutional.
She is also seeking an order
quashing her judgment in the
case, where he did not rule in her
The State is also being
represented by Kelvin Ramkisson
and Michelle Benjamin while
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj SC,
and Larry Lalla are appearing for
Before adjourning the case to
May 26 and 27, Rahim agreed to
serve the parties he identified and
set deadlines for their responses
and possible submissions.
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