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A probation officer s report has
been ordered in the appeal filed
by mother of 11 Kezi Doughty, who
was convicted of child abandon-
ment and jailed for five months
Yesterday Justices of Appeal
Paula Mae Weekes and Alice Yorke-
Soo Hon, presiding in the San Fer-
nando High Court, expressed sur-
prise that San Fernando magistrate
Alicia Chankar did not refer to a
report before she passed sentence
on Doughty in June 2012.
Doughty, 34, who was repre-
sented by attorney Peter Taylor,
appeared before the Court of
Appeal challenging the jail term.
Deputy Director of Public Prose-
cutions Joan Honore-Paul appeared
for the State.
Taylor argued that the fact that
a probation report was not used
was a concern to him as well.
Weekes ordered that the report
should be returned to the court by
July 11, which she said would help
give a "clearer picture." She said
the court would try to get the report
through the system with urgency.
Weekes adjourned the appeal to
July 22 and transferred it to Port-
of-Spain when the Court of Appeal
next sits, saying it did not make
sense to proceed yesterday without
Chankar jailed Doughty in 2012
after finding her guilty of aban-
doning her five children at San Fer-
nando Wharf on June 10, 2011.
Doughty, who was then pregnant
with twins, had left her baby lying
alone on a chair and her other chil-
dren semi-nude and sleeping on a
piece of foam rubber in a house
with spoilt food. The children were
between six months and eight years
old at the time.
She was charged by WPC St
Louis with the offence that she wil-
fully abandoned five children.
Police had testified that her two-
year-old and three-year-old chil-
dren were seen unsupervised at the
side of a busy road on June 10 and
the police were then led to the other
children sleeping alone inside a
Doughty, in her defence, said she
had gone to the sea, half-a-mile
away, to bathe with one of her sons.
Chankar convicted her at the
end of her summary trial and
removed the children from her care.
Doughty, in her appeal, claims
the sentence was too severe.
She is also seeking to have her
children, four of whom are wards
of the State, moved to a children s
home closer to the safe house where
Yesterday when the case was
called Taylor told Justices Weekes
and Yorke-Soo Hon that a fifth
child, whom Chankar had also
made a ward of the State, was
released into the care of Doughty s
husband. Weekes asked why the
child was released into his father s
care when the boy was a ward of
the State. Taylor said the proprietor
of the children s home where the
boy was staying took the child back
to the court, complaining that the
boy was "uncontrollable". So the
boy was sent to St Ann s and later
released into his father s care.
Taylor said he asked the father s
employer to allow him time off to
appear in court yesterday but he
did not turn up.
He said the four remaining chil-
dren--- three boys and a girl---are
at a home in south Trinidad and
asked for Doughty s daughter to be
released into the care of Debra de
Rosia, proprietor of the Amika
Home for Girls, St Augustine.
"That would place the girl child
in closer proximity to her mother,"
Woman jailed for child neglect appeals:
Sentence too harsh
Kezi Doughty leaves the San
Fernando Supreme Court
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The Retired Judges Association yesterday
urged members of the public to stop politicising
the issue of proposed legislation seeking to
enhance their pensions.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar referred the proposed legislation to a
Senate Select Committee amid mounting public
outcry. A separate bill seeks to raise the pension
benefits for parliamentarians.
Members of the association met at the Hall
of Justice yesterday afternoon to discuss the
In a telephone interview after the meeting,
president of the association, retired Appeal Court
judge Zainool Hosein, said his organisation had
noted the Prime Minister s statement and was
awaiting the continuation of the debate and its
"Judges should be able to face their retirement
date with assurances that the challenges of age
(after a lifetime as custodians of the constitutional
rights, guarantees and freedoms of the people)
do not include the burdens of hardship and
penury," Hosein said.
While stating improvements to judges pensions
were long overdue, he said the organisation was
forced to write to the President in 2004 after
the Salaries Review Commission (SRC) said it
had no jurisdiction to intervene.
The Judges Salaries and Pensions (Ammend-
ment) Bill seeks to increase the portion of basic
salary that is used to calculate the pension of
In its current form it introduces a new scheme
of calculation that would take into account the
allowances afforded to judges including those
for housing and transport.
It is retroactive, as retired judges would be
entitled to pensions calculated using pay and
allowances of sitting judges and would receive
increases whenever they are recommended by
the SRC. Their pension would also be tax free.
The Retiring Allowances (Legislative) Amend-
ment Bill 2014 which make similar provisions
for MPs was also passed by House of Represen-
tatives on June 13.
Retired judges plea:
None of 67 items of evidence homi-
cide detectives found during two
searches of a single-storey incomplete
house in La Puerta, Diego Martin,
months after businesswoman Vindra
Naipaul-Coolman was kidnapped, are
capable to prove that she was being
That was the main contention of
defence attorney Joseph Pantor as he continued his
cross-examination of the State s 13th witness Supt
Anthony James, in the trial of 12 men accused of mur-
dering the former Xtra Foods chief executive. James
suggested that the officer who charged the accused
would be the best person to answer that question.
During yesterday s hearing, Pantor questioned James
about a pool table found in the house, on which pros-
ecutors claimed Naipaul-Coolman was killed and dis-
membered before her body parts were disposed of.
In his opening address, lead prosecutor Israel Khan,
SC, said it was the State s case that the businesswoman
was killed almost a week after she was abducted from
her home at Lange Park, Chaguanas, on December
19, 2006. Earlier in his testimony, James said although
he and other investigators were investigating her dis-
appearance and not her eventual murder when they
first raided the property, he did not notice anything
suspicious about the pool table.
Yesterday, Pantor asked whether crime scene inves-
tigators would have informed him if they found any-
thing of evidential value during their inspection of
the table. He said yes but admitted that they did not
According to the evidence in the case thus far, the
pool table was left at the house after the January 6,
2007 raid and was discovered missing when police
returned in May that year.
When Pantor asked if the pool table was eventually
found by detectives investigating the case, James said
he could not say.
James testimony continues on Monday morning,
as presiding Judge Malcolm Holdip cancelled today s
hearing to allow an attorney in the case to attend to
a medical appointment.
(SEA) results will be
released next week but
the final date has not as
yet been given to school
The T&T Guardian
yesterday reported that
the results would have
been out today but the
Ministry of Education said
yesterday that was incor-
Over 18,000 pupils sat
the examination last
month and are awaiting
the results which propel
their transition from pri-
mary to secondary school.
One principal told the
T&T Guardian yesterday
that her school had been
told that the results would
be released either next
Wednesday or Thursday.
"The ministry told us
that they had not decided
between July 2 and July 3.
As far as I am aware they
said they may not be
ready until next Wednes-
day," she said.
ager at the ministry, Alicia
Busby, yesterday con-
firmed the results would
be released either next
Wednesday or Thursday.
More questions about pool table
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