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May 25, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Fast acting police officers of the
Chaguanas Police Station yesterday
rescued a young, hysterical child from
the back seat of a locked car, parked
in Price Plaza, Chaguanas. Some 40
minutes later, the same officers
arrested an older male relative who
eventually made his way back to the
car with a trolley full of goods from
the nearby PriceSmart.
The police officers were forced to
break the glass of the black Toyota
Corolla to get the child out and the
weeping young boy clung to a female
police officer who gave him a bottle
of water. The older man, of Chinese
descent, did not speak much English
but challenged the arresting police
officer, asking what he was being
The Sunday Guardian spoke with
eyewitnesses who said the shoppers
noticed the child crying and gasping
for air in the locked vehicle. They
flagged down a passing police vehicle
and officers reacted quickly to remove
the child from the hot, airless vehi-
No one could say how long the child
was in the vehicle, but shoppers said
the mall was very busy and shopping
was taking some time.
The male relative, dressed in a grey
T-shirt, blue jeans and white cap, paid
little attention to the child in the offi-
cer s arms; he gesticulated at the bro-
Officers handcuffed the man and
called a wrecker to remove his car.
In a subsequent interview with Cen-
tral Division head, senior superintend-
ent Johnnie Abraham, the Sunday
Guardian learned that the man would
be charged with child endangerment.
"The child is between one and two
years old," he said.
"He was noticed to be sweating pro-
fusely and gasping for breath and offi-
cers were forced to break the glass to
get him out," Abraham said.
Curious onlookers and witnesses
recalled a similar situation just last
week when 17-month-old Jaedon Cud-
joe died after being left unattended in
a locked car for several hours.
"People have to be held accountable.
Jump high, jump low, he going to be
charged," Abraham said.
The Media Association of T&T (Matt) has issued
a statement condemning Acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams s comments on death
threats against journalist Mark Bassant.
In a release yesterday, the association said, "The
suggestion by the Acting Commissioner of Police
that inaccurate reporting by CCN s senior investigative
journalist Mark Bassant may have caused a threat to
be made on his life is the most outrageous statement
to be made by the head of law enforcement in the
"Matt is shocked and disappointed that Mr Stephen
Williams would seek to legitimise the threat made
on the life of a journalist on account of alleged inac-
curate reporting. Surely Mr Williams must be aware
that there are avenues available to individuals to find
redress if they feel they are injured by false report-
"Let it be clear Matt does not condone inaccurate
reporting, and journalists and the managers of news-
rooms have a responsibility to ensure that the stories
that are placed in the public domain represent truth
and are balanced and fair.
"However, Mr Williams s statement cannot escape
condemnation for its irresponsibility. Matt hopes
that the Acting Commissioner of Police was perhaps
inarticulate in his characterisation of the threat because
if his words are a true reflection of his position on
this matter then we are all in deep trouble."
People s National Movement (PNM) public rela-
tions officer Faris Al-Rawi says the party s caucus
will determine tomorrow whether a motion of no
confidence will be taken against Sport Minister
Anil Roberts in the alleged ganja scandal.
"The caucus of the PNM, which is the Parliamen-
tary arm, will be considering all of its options which
we always do," he said yesterday.
He said there were a number of ways the "ganja-
gate and girls" issue can be dealt with---through a
Private Members Motion in the House of Represen-
tatives "including a no-confidence motion in relation
Al-Rawi said these matters will be left for the
PNM s chief whip and Opposition Leader to decide.
The Senator was speaking at the party s press
briefing at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain.
A video which aired on TV6 last Wednesday, and
went viral on Facebook, showed a man who resembles
and sounds like a government minister wrapping a
Al-Rawi said the PNM has taken issue with Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s stony silence on
the video and on
allegations of criminals controlling millions of tax-
payers dollars in the Life Sport Programme, which
falls under Roberts ministry.
"Where is the Prime Minister? Is silence an option?
I don t think so."
If the PM fails to address both issues, Al-Rawi
said, the PNM would continue to demand that the
2015 general election be called.
Al-Rawi said while the general council has called
on the PM "to dismiss" Roberts forthwith, he hopes
the acting Police Commissioner moves with alacrity
Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal has called
on Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley to apologise to
the nation for a racist placard
displayed during Friday s
march in Port-of-Spain.
He also sounded a warning
to union leaders playing "foot-
sie" with the PNM.
Moonilal was speaking at
the People s Partnership fourth
anniversary celebrations at Mid
Centre Mall, Chaguanas, yes-
terday. Rowley, however,
claimed those picketers were
planted by the PP.
Saying the Government s
enemies were running scared
and have become desperate,
Moonilal claimed that the
PNM could not beat the Gov-
ernment on performance,
delivery and programmes and
that the opposition party has
now resorted to espionage,
sabotage and extortion.
Urging supporters not to
return the PNM to power, he
said the PNM has gone back
to its basic instincts of race
and division and is now using
elements in the trade union
Moonilal also noted that in
the four years the PP has been
in power, not even the party s
enemies can find one example
of arrogance or an iota of cor-
ruption against PM Kamla
Moonilal warned that Row-
ley would dismantle the public
service with the abolishment
of the Local Government Min-
istry, and thousands of public
servants would be retrenched.
Congress of the People
leader Prakash Ramadhar, who
also addressed supporters, said
the Government s enemies
have grown stronger under the
Calling on the population
to forget the propaganda, he
said certain things must be
done to win next year s elec-
tions. "And I want to say we
may have been a little bit reck-
less and sometimes careless,
taking for granted that the love
of the nation will always be
with us, as rightly we deserve
it to be."
Ramadhar said, "We must
not allow the ego or the ambi-
tion of a few to jeopardise the
future of this Government or
this nation. We must restore
truth in everything we do or
Sport Minister Anil Roberts,
meanwhile, mounted the plat-
form and shouted: "Rowley
you cah smoke meh out. Keith
Rowley say today that he is
ready to be the Prime Minister
and that Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar must call elections
now...like Rowley smoking
weed or what!"
He then introduced artiste
Ziggy Ranking before he left
from locked car
Matt slams CoP
PNM to meet
motion against Anil
Moonilal to Rowley:
Apologise for racist placards
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar waves T&T and the UNC flag
together as she makes her way on stage yesterday to giver the feature
address during the People's Partnership 4th Anniversary celebrations
held at Mid Centre Mall. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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