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Investigators probing the death of
17-month-old Jaedon Cudjoe are
expected to submit a report to the
Director of Public Prosecutions today
to determine whether a 56-year-old
relative will be charged with
Meanwhile, Jaedon’s family is mak-
ing funeral arrangements for tomor-
row. However, plans are yet to be
Up to late yesterday, homicide
detectives were still questioning the
Penal man who was detained by CID
officers shortly after 4.30 pm.
According to police: “Since this
afternoon (yesterday), they were inter-
viewing him and they took a statement
from him. Most likely, tomorrow
(today) they will go to the DPP with
whatever they have so the DPP can
make a decision whether to lay charges
or release him.
“Right now he is in custody and
tomorrow they will take whatever doc-
uments they have to the DPP. If he
has to be charged, it may be for
manslaughter through negligence.”
A source told the T&T Guardian
yesterday it should have been a glo-
rious day for the man as he was
expected to get a job promotion that
day. Instead, he left his work dejected
at the loss of the precious baby boy
and in handcuffs as he was led away
Reports said the relative, an
employee at Petrotrin’s Clarke Road,
Penal, picked up Jaedon around 7 am
Tuesday after he was asked to drop
off the child at a babysitter.
Police suspect that during the trip,
the child fell asleep and the man forgot
to drop him off.
Instead, he went straight to work,
parked his car in the compound and
took up duty.
It was not until 4 pm when his shift
ended that he returned to the car and
found Jaedon unresponsive and
motionless. The man began to scream
upon discovering the child, causing
co-workers and security officers to
An autopsy by forensic pathologist
Dr Valery Alexandrov on Wednesday
determined that Jaedon died from
hyperthermia, caused by the intense
heat he withstood in the car.
According to statistics by the
Department of Climate and Earth Sci-
ence at the San Francisco State Uni-
versity, 610 children have died from
heat strokes in the US since 1998,
after being forgotten in vehicles. The
SFSU stated that 52 per cent were for-
gotten by their caretakers.
Currently there are no laws specif-
ically dealing with leaving children
unattended in vehicles in T&T.
However, several states in the US
have implemented laws restricting
drivers from leaving children unat-
The Opposition PNM is today
issuing a supplementary voting
list for Sunday’s party elections
to ensure that some names which
were on the preliminary list—and
have “fallen off ”—will be added
back to the list.
That was confirmed yesterday
by PNM elections commission
vice-chairman Murchison Browne.
It will be the third version of
the list. A preliminary list was
issued last month and a final list,
two weeks ago.
Team Penny is awaiting today’s
release of the supplemental list
before deciding if to proceed with
legal action to halt the polls. That
was indicated by MP Nileung
Expressing concern about the
situation, Hypolite said many peo-
ple were still not on the voting list
despite being members.
He said that included Noel
Robinson, husband of PNM lead-
ership challenger Pennelope Beck-
Hypolite said Mr Robinson’s
name was not on the voting list
despite the fact he is chairman of
PNM’s party group 19 in Arima.
Hypolite said Beckles-Robin-
son’s father’s name was not on the
list either. He said Beckles Sr’s
name had been on the list but
Hypolite said Team Penny hoped
the supplementary list today would
rectify the situation.
He said the team was doing all
it can—writing letters, checking—
to ensure the voting list issues were
resolved and the group did not
have to undertake legal action.
He said that would be the ulti-
mate last resort if all else failed.
Hypolite said there were several
other difficulties candidates were
encountering, including allegedly
being told they had to pay $1,800
for a copy of the list to do their
Yesterday Browne said PNM’s
general council last Saturday
agreed to allow the supplementary
voting list. He said some names
which were on the preliminary
voting list had “fallen off some-
how” and were being put back on
He said the council agreed to
the supplementary list following
many requests from people in
constituencies whose names had
“fallen off“ the list.
Browne could not say how the
situation had occurred or how
many people were affected.
“For some reason they (names)
fell off, due a glitch,” he said.
The preliminary list was 79,363
in April. At that time Team Penny
alleged thousands of supporters
were rejected from the list.
PNM’s commission extended
deadline to regularise the situation
and instituted a query form pro-
cedure to deal with the issue.
Team Penny lodged queries for
approximately 3,500 people.
After that concluded two weeks
ago, the list was increased to
Browne could not say how
much bigger the list would be after
additions from the supplementary
list. Nor was he perturbed by Team
Penny’s threats of legal action.
He said the group continued to
present the same complaints but
“we are going ahead with our
preparation for Sunday’s election
regardless.” (See Page A6)
Government has approached
the T&T Manufacturers Associ-
ation (TMA) and T&T Chamber
of Commerce to suggest one name
each for the FCB Board, Finance
Minister Larry Howai said yes-
After the Cabinet meeting yes-
terday, Howai commented on the
recent changes on FCB’s board,
arising from the IPO issue.
He said a special annual general
meeting would be held around June
12 and Government was still in the
process of identifying replacements
for directors who demitted office
or were not returned to office this
Howai said Cabinet had not yet
met on how it would deal with the
remaining FCB directors. No deci-
sion would be taken next week, he
He said 21 days’ notice had to
be given to those replacing those
who demitted office.
That would be communicated
early next week and after the issue
of the remainder of the board
would be dealt with, he noted.
Howai said Government took its
recent decisions on the FCB board
before the recent AGM and they
were communicated to the outgo-
ing chairman beforehand.
He added that the ministry acted
on the basis of its evaluation of
the situation and concluded it
should take “particular action as
a consequence of all information
at hand, including the Pricewater-
On possible flaws in the system,
he said the bank had used the same
model as that for the National
Enterprises Ltd, which did not have
limits on how many shares staff
He said the ministry needed to
determine how to deal with that.
He said they had been advised that
limiting purchase could trigger
action such as judicial review.
Howai said, however, they had
come up with a solution which he
thought could work. (GA)
T&T Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) students from left Jisselle Douglas, JeZen Levia and Josi-
Ann Awong, smile as they pose with their academic of excellence awards during the institute’s Day of
Excellence Award ceremony held at the campus in Chaguaramas yesterday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
DPP to decide
on any charge
Death of baby Jaedon in carpark...
Govt looks for FCB board
members from TMA, Chamber
Penny’s husband’s name not on list
The three imams recently
released from detention in
Venezuela will arrive home at
11.20 am tomorrow via CAL, says
Imtiaz Mohammed, their col-
Mohammed said the three, who
were released after being detained
on March 19, had been given their
passports to return home.
But he said the Venezuelan
authorities have kept the passports
belonging to other people whom
the three had taken to Venezuela
to obtain visas to travel to Saudi
Arabia for a pilgrimage.
Mohammed said the Foreign
Affairs Ministry and T&T’s Cara-
cas embassy had written to the
Foreign Affairs Ministry in
Venezuela to have the passports
The trio—Hamza Mohammed
and Sheik Hassan Hamid, of the
Las Lomas mosque, and Abdus
Salaam of Marabella Jamaat—were
held under Venezuela’s terrorism
T&T had appealed a ruling by
the Venezuelan authorities that
imams should be held without bail
and Venezuela on Tuesday released
them without charge. (GA)
Imams coming home tomorrow
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