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"Our family visited every day
and would regularly inquire about
her condition from the nurses.
They were never able to provide
an update and would refer us to
her doctor," Lawrence-Owen said.
"We also asked about whether
she had gotten any bed sores and
were told that this was expected
because she is not moving on her
own. I notified the doctor her eyes
were red again and asked if the
"I also noticed she was receiving
antibiotics and asked whether it
was due to her eye being infected.
That was when I was told she had
a sacral ulcer."
She said when she asked
whether it was bad she was told
it was the size of a fist and despite
asking to see it she was refused.
On many occasions, Lawrence-
Owen claimed her mother s bed
and side table were overrun by
ants. Another time, she added, she
told a nurse a silver container used
to give her mother water was dirty
and needed washing.
"I volunteered to wash it because
the nurse said she was too busy.
I took some liquid soap and a wipe
and washed it. The inside of the
metal container had mildew grow-
ing on the inside of the cover,"
Lawrence-Owen claimed. The
family then decided to remove Col-
ina from the hospital.
Just before Colina was taken to
a geriatric home, Lawrence-Owen
said she asked that the nasal gastric
tube, catheter and dressings be
"The catheter was changed but
we noticed the tube was not and
there were also sediments inside.
We were told by the nurse the doc-
tor examined it and advised it was
fine," she said.
"Although we were upset, we
just acknowledged the doctor s
recommendation. When we were
cleaning her face we turned her
face and noticed the bandage on
her right ear was soaked and that
her ear was oozing liquid onto the
Lawrence-Owen said when she
asked that the bandage be changed
the nurse insisted it was already
done. It was only after she protest-
ed this was done.
When Colina was taken to the
home, Lawrence-Owen claimed
that it took some four hours for
her to be properly cleaned.
On seeing the ulcer for the first
time, Lawrence-Owen said, "The
owner of the home insisted I see
it for myself because it was difficult
for her to explain the condition of
it. When she removed the bed pad
I almost fell to the ground when
I saw the ulcer," Lawrence-Owen
"It was down to her bone, which
was already rotting by the obvious
She said when she called the
doctor at the hospital the family
was told it was a month old.
"We have spoken to two doctors
and four nurses, who said an ulcer
of this magnitude and condition
had to be older than that. We had
a doctor go by the home to change
the tube and when it was removed,
the end was dark brown to black,
which indicated it was inside for
a long time," Lawrence-Owen said.
Apart from paying for the home,
she said the family has had to pay
$150 per visit for a nurse to apply
special dressing, including a med-
ical gauze, to the ulcer.
Lack of proper care and attention
Agatha Colina recovers after the surgery to remove a tumour from her head.
Sacral ulcers, also known as
decubitis ulcers, are changes in
the body's blood supply as it
flows to the dermal tissue. This in
turn will cause that area of the
skin to break down, forming red
welts, blisters and open sores.
The sacrum is located at the base
of the spine, in the tailbone.
When this area has too much
pressure sacral ulcers will appear,
resembling blisters and/or crater-
Along with too much pressure
applied to the skin, sacral ulcers
can be caused by malnutrition or
dehydration, by staying in bed for
too long without movement,
urinary incontinence and certain
diseases such as diabetes or a
After an almost week-long inter-
mission, the trial against a dozen men
charged with the kidnapping of former
Naipaul s Xtra Foods chief executive
Vindra Naipaul-Coolman will resume
this morning with the continued cross
examination of the victim s husband
Today s hearing is Coolman s fifth
day in the witness stance since he first
testified before Justice Malcolm Holdip,
in the Port-of-Spain Second Criminal
Court, Hall of Justice on April 3.
During his previous appearances
Coolman had been forced to defend
himself against a avalanche of piercing
questions from defence attorneys who
accused of him profiting from his wife s
disappearance and death as well as fail-
ing to come to her assistance when she
was abducted from their Lange Park,
Chaguanas, home, on December 19,
Coolman, who was hiding behind
the safety of the burglar proofing of
the house along with his stepdaughter,
Naipaul-Coolman s children and the
family s live-in housekeeper, claimed
that he was immobilized by fear as he
felt any attempt to save his wife would
be a "suicide mission."
Although he admitted that he
did not look outside when he start-
ed hearing gunshots in their drive-
way, Coolman claimed he felt sure
she was being kidnapped and, as
such, he bypassed the traditional
emergency hotline and contacted
the Anti-Kidnapping Squad direct-
ly after speaking with Naipaul-
Coolman s daughter.
The campus manager at the
University of T&T (UTT) also
repeatedly denied profiting from
an inheritance after his wife was
declared dead months after she
was kidnapped and her body was
Coolman said his wife did not
have a will but revealed that their
shared a $400,000 joint account
and were co-owners of a property
in Toronto, Canada---in which
Coolman s son, from a previous
He said although the house was
sold after his wife s death he did
not profit as it was purchased on
When pressed on why he did
not participate to negotiations for
his wife s release and did not use
his personal finances to contribute
to the $122,000 ransom that was
eventually paid, he said he was
following the instructions of her
family and the police who elected
Naipaul-Coolman s brother, Ryan,
Defence attorneys have spent a
significant portion of time of Cool-
man s cross-examination, quizzing
him on a $75,000 bribe he payed
to a woman who promised to bribe
the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) and the State s special lead
prosecutor Israel Khan, SC, to avoid
him being prosecuted.
Coolman said he agreed he paid
the sum after he was advised by
relatives and friends that he may
be innocently charged in connec-
tion with his wife s kidnapping.
Despite discussing his concerns
with investigators from the Special
Anti-crime Unit of T&T (Sautt),
Coolman said he still felt compelled
to take up the con-woman s offer
when she first contacted him
almost four months after the kid-
"I did it to protect myself and
my family. It was an emotional
response," Coolman said.
Coolman said he ended the
arrangement when he began to feel
that he was being extorted when
the woman called him again
demanding a follow-up payment.
In the face of the defence ques-
tions, Coolman has maintained his
version of the events.
Media personnel have been
asked to withhold the name of the
alleged con woman as her trial for
attempting pervert the course of
justice is still pending.
Coolman is the sixth witness to
be called by prosecutors in the case
since it began in late March.
Naipaul-Coolman s daughter Risha
Ali, their housekeeper Rasheedan
Yacoob and three police officers,
who were the first responders to
the businesswoman s house had
already given evidence.
In total 74 witnesses, a large
majority being police officers are
expected to testify.
Trial resumes after Easter break The dozen men before the jury
and Justice Malcolm Holdip are:
Allan "Scanny" Martin, twin
brothers Shervon and Devon
Peters, siblings Keida and Jamille
Garcia and their older brother
Anthony Dwayne Gloster, brothers
Marlon and Earl Trimmingham,
Ronald Armstrong, Antonio
Charles, Joel Fraser and Lyndon
A 13th man, Raphael Williams,
was charged with the crime but
died in prison in 2011 of
complications from sickle-cell
WHO'S IN COURT
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