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The case that sparked a police
probe into allegations of exag-
gerated civil assault lawsuits
from prisoners seeking com-
pensation from the State came
up for hearing yesterday.
While media personnel were
allowed into the courtroom at
the Port-of-Spain High Court
to listen to the case, which began
yesterday morning and conclud-
ed hours later, Master Patricia
Sobian-Awai was careful to note
that the case before her was a
chamber court matter, which
only attorneys and the parties
involved could attend and hence
could not be reported on.
In total three witnesses tes-
Jamal Sambury, the prisoner
at the remand yard at the Golden
Grove State Prison who filed the
lawsuit, testified in support of
Two prison officers---Raffie
Mohammed and Shawn Sal-
vary---were called to give evi-
dence to buttress the State s
defence against Sambury s
In his lawsuit, filed in 2011,
Sambury claimed to have suf-
fered injuries after being beaten
by police in the holding cell of
the Princes Town Magistrates
Court in October 2010.
While the State accepted lia-
bility, it is disputing the gravity
of the injuries Sambury suffered.
Sambury s case shot into the
limelight recently after a news-
paper report on a judgment
Sobian-Awai delivered on Feb-
ruary 5, when she raised issues
about the veracity of Sambury s
Her strongly worded senti-
ments have been referred to the
Disciplinary Committee of the
Last month, Prime Minister
instructed Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan to investigate
concerns about prisoner litiga-
tion raised by former Solicitor
General Eleanor Donaldson-
Honeywell in a letter to the PM
in August last year.
Donaldson-Honeywell s letter
did not directly mention Sam-
bury s case.
The issue culminated on May
8, when Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard
suggested a criminal probe by
the police, who, he said, were
"the organisation with the
resources and investigative expe-
rience for such a serious task."
After the witnesses gave their
evidence and had been cross-
examined, Sobian-Awai told the
attorneys to file written submis-
sions on the damages that
should be awarded to Sambury.
She told them to return before
her on July 25 when they will be
allowed to make further oral
Sambury is being represented
by Gerald Ramdeen and Varun
Debideen and attorney Lee
Merry represented the State.
As long as the Joint Trade Union
Movement (JTUM) refrains from
using music trucks, rhythm sections,
bull horns or public address systems,
it will be allowed to march tomorrow
Approval for the march was granted
yesterday by acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams.
The march, which has been billed
as the largest protest against the gov-
ernment, is scheduled to begin at 1
pm at Woodford Square.
It will take place on the eve of the
United National Congress-led People s
Partnership Government s fourth-
anniversary celebration of its 2010
general election victory.
The marchers will then gather on
the Brian Lara Promenade for a public
rally. Police have assured that they
will be out in full force to preserve
order during the march and public
JENSEN LA VENDE
Four-year-old Sarah Headley is
resting in a stable but serious con-
dition at the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) at the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex after being shot
in the forehead on Tuesday night
while on her way home.
Police said the incident happened
around 8.15 pm and the child was hit
by a bullet aimed at the driver of a
car close to the car she was in.
Speaking at her home at Upper
L Anse Mitan Road, Carenage, yes-
terday, the child s mother Alisha
Headley recalled what happened.
Headley said she was in a taxi head-
ing north up L Anse Mitan when she
saw a red Toyota Corolla heading in
the opposite direction. The car she
was in stopped to allow the other car
At that moment the gunmen
"Next thing I know, I hearing this
loud noise, and when I look up I saw
the front glass by the driver s side
had been blown out.
"So I push my daughter to the
ground and me and the driver tried
to lower ourselves as low as possible
in the car because we knew it was
"Whole time I was hearing Sarah
crying so I start to tell her hush your
"When she was crying I could see
the gunman standing outside the car
and I didn t want to give anyone a
reason to shoot but she just kept cry-
ing so I put my hand over her mouth
so she would be quiet.
"Then I feel something wet but I
didn t take it on at the time. It was
only when the gunman moved away
and I pulled my hand up, I realised
it was blood and when I looked down
I see her bleeding."
The driver of the car managed to
escape unharmed while Sarah was hit
by a stray bullet. The shooting, police
said, was the result of old gang rivalry
in the area that had been re-ignited.
The child was taken to the St James
Medical Complex and then transferred
to the EWMSC, Mt Hope, where she
had emergency surgery.
JTUM gets okay for march
Girl, 4, shot by
In case that sparked police probe...
Three testify in
• West along Knox Street,
• South down St Vincent Street,
• East on Independence Square
• North up Abercromby Street,
• West on Oxford Street,
• South down St Vincent Street,
• East on Park Street, and
• South down Frederick Street to
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