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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, June 7, 2014
The week started off with
CrimeWatch host Ian Alleyne
seeking answers in the death
of Suresh Lall, an employee
of Medford s Gas Station.
Alleyne showed video of Lall
inside the mini-mart of the gas
station s Chaguanas outlet. He
was then captured on video
footage leaving the building in
his car in the company of two
Lall, who went by the nick-
name "Seriousness," was later
found dead in the back seat of
his car in the vicinity of Char-
lieville, close to the Divali Nagar
Alleyne is seeking answers
to Lall s killing. He says he
intends to pass on the video
he has to senior superintendent
Johnny Abraham of the Central
Division Task Force.
Also this week, relatives of
five-year old Jemimah Agard
appealed to the authorities to
launch an investigation into
the death of the child.
Jemimah, who attended
Sharon s Nursery School in
Woodbrook, had gone to the
YMCA swimming pool with
her teacher and classmates, but
was found dead at the bottom
of the pool after the swimming
class was completed.
Her mother, Jamila Forde,
was distraught and unable to
speak much when Alleyne
when he visited her Rose Hill,
Laventille home. She, however,
mustered enough energy to tell
Alleyne she wants answers on
how her only child died.
An investigation has been
launched into Jemimah s death
but Alleyne is of the view that
school officials must be held
accountable, since he felt care-
lessness was a factor in the
child s death.
Meanwhile, Alleyne is also
calling for an investigation into
allegations that a teacher at a
school in central Trinidad beat
10-year-old Andy Beharry.
The child s parents told
Alleyne that Andy was accused
of cutting the schoolbag of a
fellow student. But his mother
said the allegation was untrue.
In tears on set, she told Alleyne
that Andy was a premature
baby and was very frail. She
said her son is now afraid to
return to school and wants the
Education Minister to launch
an investigation into what
exactly happened and why her
son was beaten.
And an epileptic mother of
three also came to the pro-
gramme seeking assistance
from the Ministry of the People
in finding a place to live.
Hema Maharaj-Frasier said
she was beaten by relatives and
put out of her home. The
woman is currently pregnant
with her fourth child. She is
appealing to the authorities to
help her find a home and to
get medical treatment.
Mystery surrounds worker's death
Leader of the Opposition Dr
Keith Rowley met with police at
his Charles Street, Port-of-Spain
office to discuss the racial plac-
ards displayed on May 23 during
the public march organised by
the Joint Trade Union Movement
against the Government.
Rowley said he was of the
impression that the investigators
were initially seeking information
from him, but he had to tell them
the placards were first brought to
his attention via social media on
the night of the march.
He dismissed claims that the
placards were displayed by PNM
members and said after viewing
the placards he felt the Sedition
Act should be referred to, as they
displayed racist comments, which
were not supported by either the
labour movement or the PNM.
Rowley was responding to ques-
tions in an interview with
reporters after the meeting.
He said he had to ask the police
whether, if he had not raised the
matter, they would have investi-
gated the incident, but said he
was confident of an "outcome"
in the police probe.
Rowley said not only the plac-
ard-bearers should be of interest
to the police but also those who
organised the incident.
Deputy political leader of the
UNC, Housing and Urban Devel-
opment Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal, said there was no need
for a police probe because those
who organised the JTUM march
should have ensured no such plac-
ards were displayed.
Rowley meets with cops on racist placards
Jamila Forde, mother five-year-old Jemimah Agard (inset), is comforted by Alisha Richardson, left, and Porsha Lewis at the
family home after learning of her child's death this week. Jemimah, a pupil of Sharon's Nursery School, Woodbrook, was found
at the bottom of the YMCA pool after a swimming class there. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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