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Hours after the new
traffic plan for the Diego
Martin area went into
effect, the authorities
Changes made to new Diego traffic plan
AIMING FOR SKY
A High Court judge had to defer
sentencing yesterday of three brothers
convicted of raping a 12-year-old
schoolgirl after two of their lawyers
tried to withdraw from the case.
Ravi, Anand and Mohan Singh, of
Todd s Road, Chaguanas, were due to
be sentenced by Justice Althea Alexis
Windsor in the Port-of-Spain Sixth
Criminal Court yesterday afternoon.
However, the case was adjourned
shortly after it began because of issues
with their lawyers.
The brothers were convicted last week
of having sex with a minor under the
age of 14. Two of them also were found
guilty of committing grievous sexual
assault on the child.
Ravi, a former truck driver and a tassa
instructor, is wheelchair-bound. He was
paralysed after falling from a tree several
years after the 2005 assaults. His brothers
are construction workers.
When the case was called yesterday,
Joseph Honore, who represented Anand
in the trial before Alexis-Windsor, said
his client did not wish him to continue
in the case and already had hired a
Alexis-Windsor did not accept his
statement. She said Honore was required
to apply to her for permission to with-
draw before he could hand over the case
to his replacement.
"It is too late now. This will cause
prejudice to your client and will cause
an inordinate delay in the sentencing
in this case," Alexis-Windsor said.
She told him the impromptu formal
application he made after her initial
comments was denied so he had to con-
tinue to represent Anand.
Honore then said Mohan also wished
to change his attorney, Don Waithe,
who was not in court yesterday.
Alexis-Windsor did not appear to be
satisfied with his non-attendance and
also said she would not be willing to
approve Waithe s move to withdraw.
Unlike his colleagues, attorney Llewe-
lyn Thompson, who was retained by
the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority
to represent Ravi, said he would continue
to do so but needed additional time to
prepare his mitigation plea.
Before adjourning the case to next
week Friday, Alexis-Windsor warned
the two lawyers she expected them to
be present and be prepared to complete
the sentencing at the next hearing or
they would face "certain consequences."
The sexual assaults took place between
August and December 2005 while the
victim was in Form One.
The brothers were charged with
assaulting the girl on different days dur-
ing that period. They did not take part
in the assaults together but all occurred
at the child s home when her parents
and four younger siblings were out.
The brothers were arrested on January
1, 2006 after the girl reported the inci-
dent to her father.
Maria Lyons prosecuted.
on rape charge
still await fate
had to reverse some of
the new changes after
about traffic congestion
and delays in arriving at
caused by the new
Director of the High-
ways Division in the
Ministry of Works and
Ganesh confirmed there
had been some negative
fallout as a result of the
new plan which went
into effect yesterday
In a telephone inter-
view, Ganesh said he had
to revert to part of the
previous system, which
allowed two lanes of
heading into Diego Mar-
tin from Morne Coco
Road to the Big Tree.
As part of the tempo-
rary plan, a change has
been made to allow two-
way traffic from 5.30 am
to 11 am along that
stretch of the road.
Ganesh said after a site
visit early yesterday: "The
anticipated traffic from
into Diego Martin was
much heavier than
He said on seeing the
lines of stalled cars, it was
decided to remove that
change from the plan.
Ganesh said the other
changes would remain.
However, he is not ruling
out that small changes
may become necessary
as time goes on.
He said drivers and
with instructions yester-
day and he urged them
to observe the new signs
as well as following the
instructions of the police
and traffic wardens on
The roadworks in the
area are expected to be
completed within the
next three weeks in time
for the commissioning
ceremony next month.
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