RISE AND SHINE

Martin George  Attorney at law (Martin A George & Co) & Member of  Police Service Commission on Rise & Shine , channel 5 Tobago.

Here are the Topics that Mr. Martin George speaks on:

1. Law enforcers(police) using their power to abuse.

2. ACP Reyes Misbehaving on CAL flight to Tobago.

3. SRP mistreating a disabled man.

 

 

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BETTER POLICE LEADERSHIP NEEDED

Last Updated on 24.03.2015
Published Date

Attorney at Law Martin George has called for effective leadership in the Police Service following Monday’s ‘day of policing’ which led to massive traffic gridlocks throughout both islands.

Mr. George said while the police action caused “tremendous inconvenience,” the officers have issues they have been negotiating for, for some time, but this should not have impacted citizens in the way it did.

He said while it may not have necessarily been the best way to approach their problem, the action showed deficiencies in leadership in the Police Service.

“We the ordinary citizen, we are not the ones who have stalled their negotiations. We are not the ones who have them in this position, so why are you punishing us? What do we have to do with that? It’s really unfair in that sense but at the end of the day, I still think that the top of the Police Service, I think we have the Acting, Acting Commissioner, which is Mrs. Daly, I think maybe this was an opportunity for her to step forth and show that type of leadership from in front and say: ‘Hey, listen, I am on top of this, I am going to do A, B and C and I will alleviate the concerns of the public. I will ensure that people’s lives, work, their jobs, are not disrupted unduly.'”

The Attorney said the roadblocks and stop and search exercises would have been authorised by someone in authority. He is calling for answers.

“Is it that all the respective Divisional Heads authorised this independently and it just so coincided that they all chose the same day and same time to have these exercises? Do these Divisional Heads report to anyone above? Of course, they do. So is it that they did so without notifying the very Head of the Police Service that ‘look, we are doing this coordinated activity and it is going to take place at the same time all around the country’ and therefore obviously you must know what is the likely effect.”

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FAMILY TO SEEK RELEASE OF SUSPECT

 

Tobago credit union murder
Published:
Monday, December 29, 2014
Kasey Bruce and his daughter Kyesha.

Relatives of a man held for questioning by Tobago Division police in connection with the robbery and murder of THAWE Credit Union courier Sylvert Edwards have expressed concern about the fact that he has been held without charge since December 18.

Joy Bruce-Petty told the T&T Guardian her son Kasey Bruce, the sole breadwinner for the family, has been in custody for ten days. She said officers her son was picked up at 5 am on December 18 during a police search of her home. Since then, she said, they have not been able to get any information from the police. “Today is ten days. They wouldn’t even give me no information. Every time I call the station is different investigating officers,” Bruce-Petty said.

She said her son, the father of two girls ages one and seven years old, has been employed with the Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities’ Development Section as a carpenter’s assistant for the past 11 years. Concerns have also been raised by Bruce’s attorney, Martin George, who said the officers acted unlawfully when they held his client for more than 72 hours.

“The law requires that if you do not have the evidence you must release the citizen after a reasonable time. The reasonable time is estimated to be within the vicinity of 48 hours to 72 hours. Beyond that you are clearly in breach of the law, so when the police act in such a manner so that they themselves are breaking the law, breaching the law with impunity, how can citizens ever build up any trust or faith in the police? This is just absolutely unbelievable” George said.

George said a writ will be filed on today and the family will be seeking damages. “I had discussions yesterday with very senior executives in the police service. I was given the assurance as the attorney for Mr. Bruce that he would either be charged or released today (Saturday). I understand that today they are still fishing about. They still have nothing concrete or tangible upon which to charge him and they are just really abusing their powers as police officers.

“I have spoken with his family and relatives and on Monday we are going to be filing a writ of habeas corpus for his release and we will be seeking damages and compensation for the illegal and unlawful detention of this citizen” A police source told the T&T Guardian the laying of charges was delayed by  the Christmas holidays. However, a file has been sent to Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard.

Extracted From : Trinidad Express Newspaper

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HUSBAND TAKES TRHA TO COURT

Wife, infant son die at hospital

By Elizabeth Williams

Brinsley Sheppard of Zion Hill, Belle Garden has taken High Court action against the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA), for damages and claims arising out of the deaths of his wife and infant son at the Scarborough Regional Hospital last October.
He has taken the action through his attorneys Martin George & Co. An investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
Sheppard was the husband of Leciana Mitchell-Sheppard and the father of a newborn baby boy Ajani Merrie Sheppard. Both mother and baby died at the Scarborough Regional Hospital October 31, 2014, where Leciana had been admitted to give birth to her baby.
Attorney Martin George told the Express, the TRHA failed to meet its deadline and submission of a report in the matter.
As part of the High Court action filed last Friday, Sheppard’s attorneys have asked the High Court to order and compel the TRHA to produce publicly the findings of the enquiry and they have repeated their call for a Commission of Enquiry to be set up to examine and look into the Tobago Health sector.
George told the Express, the late Leciana had a history of eight previous miscarriages which terminated her pregnancies early, and this was the first baby that herself and her husband Brinsley were actually having after trying for years and years on numerous occasions.
“So their joy, anticipation and excitement were indescribable and they went into the facilities of the TRHA for the delivery as the happiest couple in the world with a beaming, joyous Brinsley Sheppard holding the hand of his very pregnant wife. Two days later, both mother and child were dead and Brinsley’s entire world came crashing down around him,” George said.
George subsequently wrote to the Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar asking her to call upon President Anthony Carmona to institute a Commission of Enquiry into the Health sector in Tobago citing the failure and refusal of the TRHA officials to properly co-operate with the 2007 Gafoor Commission of Enquiry into the Health sector of both Trinidad and Tobago.
The autopsy revealed that Leciana died from hypovolemic shock and haemorrhage in the right anterior triangle of her neck.
Taken From:  http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Husband-takes-TRHA-to-High-Court-293539701.html
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MAN OF INTEREST Martin George-a preserver of high standards

by Aneela Maraj
Friday 31st December, 1993

FRANK, open and very much a to-the-point-person; that’s Martin George.

Born in Signal Hill, Tobago, he now lives in St. Augustine, Trinidad and says that while growing up his mother was in Tobago with his other siblings and he was in Trinidad learning how to be independent.

“I remember my days as a child in Tobago as being very special. Even though my father died from a blood clot during surgery when I was seven, I still had the strength of my mother to rely on. And she is still a very strong woman even in her late sixties.

But even though I was so “independent” from a young age it was still a bit difficult when I had to leave my family in Tobago and come to Trinidad to further my studies at St. Mary’s College, POS.”

Martin has six sisters, Bernadette, 39 a teacher at Bishop’s in Tobago, Theresa, 38, studying for a doctorate in education at Queens University, Canada, Anne-Marie, a language teacher at Scarborough Junior Secondary, Jean, 29, holder of a masters degree in International Relations from UWI, Joan 29, an agricultural officer at the THA and Elizabeth, 22, a student at teachers college and an older brother Bertrand, a marketing manager with Siemens, a German electronic firm.

When Martin came to Trinidad he stayed with some relatives. He says that he was a very troublesome student at CIC as he always got into some sort of mischief by playing pranks.

But pranks and jokes aside, Martin did take his studies very seriously. He studied Sciences all the way through to A Levels then decided that he was tired of sciences and wanted something different.

“I knew that I was going to University. But I didn’t know what I was going to study. So I got some brochures and discovered law. That’s exactly how it happened. What I didn’t realise then was that my training in the field of science was going to be a very valuable asset in my studies in this field,” he says.

“It has given me an excellent foundation for making detailed legal analyses and interpretations. I definitely wouldn’t trade this training for anything. The sciences teach you to see things in a logical light and make you think methodically. I would advise any student of law to do some studies in science for the conditioning in logical thinking,” he concludes.

Martin spent a year after leaving CIC at Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive school teaching sciences to a form four class and enjoyed the teaching aspect of science that he almost considered teaching as a career because it was “challenging but rewarding and satisfying at the same time.”

But he left Signal Hill returned, returned to Trinidad and entered UWI to study law.

When l left UWl in 1989, I landed a job at Price Waterhouse, an international accounting firm but left in February the next year to go to the Express for a position in the advertising department. I stayed there till September 1990 when I entered the Hugh Wooding Law School.”

Martin, single at the moment, says he enjoys A/C music (that’s adult contemporary) and soft rock because it is “relaxing.”

He loves football, lawn tennis, squash, chess and badminton.

He is also an avid poetry writer who writes whenever he gets some spare time (not very often these days). He says, “I am in love with the English Language. I find it totally fascinating. It is a remarkably versatile medium and it makes for an infinitely absorbing study.”

Martin says the most interesting case he’s been involved in so far in his young career is the ongoing Centrin \ lspatt case at the High Court.

“It was the most challenging and detailed case I’ve ever come across. I was a Junior Attorney with Desmond Allum but I still had to contend with the complex issues raised in the case and try to analyse them.”

“I feel that for young lawyers who have to deal with this brave new world of the 90’s, that they be multi-disciplinary. I have chosen the area of business administration in order to broaden my own personal knowledge,” he continues.

“But I wouldn’t think of ever changing professions. Law is the noblest of all professions and it is necessary for those in the field to be ever vigilant in preserving its high standards and traditions and the nobility of the call to be a lawyer,” says Martin.

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JUDGE CALLS FOR SYSTEM TO DEAL WITH INSANE

December 16, 1993

A HIGH COURT Judge yesterday called for certain systems to be in place so the courts would better be able to deal with the insane.

Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, referring to a case involving a mentally ill man who pleaded guilty to five indictments before him, said: “The necessary authority needs to look into what structure can be put into place to deal with situations such as the one before me, because the courts are not fully equipped to handle such situations.”

However, Justice Deyalsingh noting that he had to protect society from such people, placed the mentally ill man. Clement Charles, on a $10,000 bond with instructions that he take his medication every month and report to the probation officer in his district for the next ten years.

Justice Deyalsingh, in passing sentences on Charles yesterday, also warned him that if he should ever miss one month’s medical treatment, he (Deyalsingh) would have brought him before the court again and jail him for ten years.

Dr Harry Maharaj, a psychiatrist attached to the St. Ann’s Hospital, earlier this week certified that Charles was mentally ill. He said Charles was first diagnosed as being psychotic in 1983, but further tests showed he had symptoms of a schizophrenic.

Charles of Talparo pleaded guilty on three counts of shooting at PCs Nadir Khan, Clayton Andrews and John Ramdeen, on June 20, 1983. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, on the same date.

Charles was placed in his mother’s care, with instructions from the trial judge that she must ensure that Charles takes his medicine each month and report to the district probation officer in the first day of each month.

Charles’ attorney Martin George, told Justice Deyalsingh that the court had handled this case with much tact and wise judgment, because the court had to balance the competing interest of both the society which needed to be protected and the accuse who would suffer if sent to prison.

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Handyman Guilty

by Francis Joseph,
Wednesday 30th June, 1993

LEROY ANDREWS, a handyman of Lopinot, was yesterday found guilty of the murder of Marion Narinesingh and sentenced to be detained at the State’s pleasure because – he was under 18 years old at the time of the murder.

Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, presiding in the Port-of-Spain First Assize Court, informed the accused that, based on the fact that he was 16 years old when the murder was committed, the sentence of the court was that he would he detained at the State’s pleasure. Persons over 18 who are convicted of murder are usually sentenced to hang.

Andrews, of Lopinot Road, Arouca, was on trial for the murder of Mrs Narinesingh on July 3, 1991, at Lopinot.

State attorney Ingrid White-Wilson prosecuted, while attorneys Ken Wright and Martin George appeared for Andrews.

The jury, comprising nine men and three women, deliberated for exactly two hours before arriving at the guilty verdict. Andrews remained silent as the verdict was announced.

He remained silent as he was led away. He was taken to the Youth Training Centre. A decision will be taken by the Minister of National Security as to where he will be detained.

University lecturer Dr Dyer Narinesingh, husband of the murder victim, wept as he left the Hall of Justice, the venue of the trial.

As soon as the accused was led away, Justice Deyalsingh told the jurors that murder was one of the most serious crimes in the society, “but if society is to continue and prosper, it is a crime which must be dealt with speedily and decisively.”

Justice Deyalsingh said the killing of Marion Narinesingh was brutal, horrible and senseless. “It goes beyond criminality into the realm of evil,” the judge added.

He continued, “the reality of evil is hard to believe in. Because of the reluctance on the part of well-meaning people, we fail to take a severe stand against serious crime refusing to believe that man is capable of evil.”

Justice Deyalsingh added that evil forces were on an unremitting march against goodness and decency in the society and declared that “we remain complacent at our peril.”

The judge said when serious crimes escalate and intensify, it reflects a society devoid of moral order. “Perhaps our failure really lies in our refusal to see the moral law as the cause of a stable society. With serious crimes and evil increasing and intensifying…we must take a stand and urgently seek to restore the moral order,” Justice Deyalsingh added.

The prosecution alleged that soon after Dr Narinesingh and his three children left the Lopinot house, Andrews entered the premises.

He went into the house and was confronted by Marion    Narinesingh in the kitchen. There was a struggle and she was pushed to the ground.

Andrews took the cord from a vacuum cleaner and strangled the woman. He then went into the kitchen, took a knife, and stabbed the woman in her throat.

The accused took a pot of boiling water and threw it on Miss Marion.

Andrews then set a mattress on fire and ran out of the house.

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STATE HAS PROVEN ITS CASE

Tuesday 29th June, 1993

It reflects on us as a people, and on the society as a whole.” She told the jury that the State had proven its case.

“You can’t let the age of the accused hasten you to arrive at the verdict. We are all appalled with shame from any young man’s action in a society like this. You would be uncomfortable for any 16-year-old to be charged with such a crime,” the prosecutor added.

White-Wilson said that such crimes seem to be the order of the day. “Our seeds are not growing. What about the trees, the flowers, the garden? Do we just mow the lawn? We need to weed it out. If the gardeners are not doing their work, then paradise is lost.”

She warned the jury not to believe that because of the age of the accused, he was incapable of committing such a crime. White-Wilson described Andrews as “remorseless and without conscience.”

She reviewed the evidence of the State witnesses and said that the accused’s two friends, Kevin Rodriguez and Marlon Adams, gave crucial statements.

“Do you expect two boys of that age to just come here and lie? They were honest in their answers in this court,” White-Wilson said.

Defence attorney Ken Wright, in his address, said the evidence of the State was not conclusive in all its respects. It was patently lacking, he added.

Wright added that the police went to the home of the accused, after speaking to Rodriguez, and took Andrews down to the police station, leaving the boy’s mother behind.

He was critical of the statement allegedly made by the accused. He pointed out that Insp Stephen Quashie, who took the statement, never signed it.

Wright submitted that Andrews never gave the statement.

He said that Quashie gave papers to Andrews and told him to sign them, telling the boy that he would then be allowed to go home.

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Accused: I did not give that statement

by Court Reporter
Saturday 26th June, 1993

LEROY ANDREWS, the accused in the Lopinot Murder Trial, yesterday denied that he killed radiographer Marion Narinesingh.

Andrews, 18, also denied that he dictated a statement to the police. He said the police brought some papers for him and told him to sign them if he wanted to go home.

Andrews, of Lopinot Road, Arouca, is before Justice Lennox Deyalsingh in the Port-of-Spain First Assize Court charged with the murder of Marion Narinesingh on July 3, 1991, at Lopinot.

State attorney Ingrid White-Wilson is prosecuting, while Ken Wright and Martin George are representing lie accused. Hearing resumes on Monday.

The accused told the jury he went to pick mangoes at the Narinesingh home on July 3, 1991. While there, he saw smoke coming from the house. He said he took his mangoes and ran.

Andrews said he did not know what was going on and he did not want to be involved. He admitted that he was frightened. He went home and then proceeded to a friend’s house in Sangre Grande.

The accused said he then went into Port-of-Spain. He denied ever telling his friend, Kevin Rodriguez, that he killed the woman. He also denied speaking to another friend, Marlon Adams, about the incident.

Andrews said when the police visited his home on July 5, 1991, he told them he did not know anything about the killing. He said he was taken to the Arouca Police Station.

At the station he met Insp Stephen Quashie who took him into a room and asked him questions. The accused said Quashie showed him some papers and told him to sign them. Andrews asked about the papers and he said Quashie replied that if he signed them he would be released. Andrews said he signed the papers. He said he was just 16 years old and neither his mother nor his other relatives visited him at the police station.

He said that he signed the papers because he wanted to go home. He claimed that he and Quashie were alone in the room, but after he signed the papers, people were walking in and out.

Andrews denied reading the statement in front of a Justice of the Peace.

He also stated that the JP never asked him if he was threatened with violence or made promises to sign the statement.

The accused said the police never cautioned him. He said the statement which was read to the jury was not true. Andrews said when he into the Narinesingh yard, he did not see Marion.

He saw the smoke coming from the back door. “I thought there was a fire when I saw the smoke. I didn’t shout fire fire. ” I was frightened and just ran. What happened to the Narinesingh’s home didn’t concern me.  If I see smoke coming from my neighbour’s house, I would leave it. It does not concern me. I will not bother,” the accused added.

Both the prosecutor and the defence attorney will address the matter on Monday.

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RAMESH: CENTRIN LOST $3M MONTHLY

by Francis Joseph
Friday 5th March, 1993

ATTORNEY -AT- LAW Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj yesterday painted a gloomy picture at Central Trinidad Steel Limited (Centrin). He said certain actions by Caribbean Ispat Ltd have caused Centrin’s factories to close down, employees have been sent home, while international customers have cancelled their orders.

Maharaj submitted further that the international customers have threatened not to deal with Centrin in the future, while local orders have also been cancelled.

He added that Centrin and the Caribbean Steel Mills Ltd (CSM), known as the Downstream Re-Rollers, cannot fulfill the terms of conditions entered with their customers. Maharaj said the Downstream Re-Rollers have lost $3 million monthly.

Centrin and CSM filed a constitutional motion in which they are seeking mandatory orders compelling Ispat to supply them with 6,000 metric tons of steel billets in accordance with the price agreed to in 1990.

They also want an order to prohibit Ispat from sending any one of its profits out of the jurisdiction of the court until the hearing and determination of the motion.

Hearing began yesterday before Justice Shafeyei Shah in the Port-of-Spain High Court. Maharaj is representing Centrin, while attorneys Desmond Allum, Gregory Delzin and Martin George appear for CSM. Hearing resumes on Monday. Executives of Centrin, CSM, and Ispat, filled the courtroom yesterday to hear the applications.

Maharaj said the evidence was clear that there was an agreement between Centrin and CSM and Ispat to supply 72,000 metric tons of steel billets. The billets were supplied during the period October 1990 and November 1992.

He submitted that in November 1992, Ispat wanted to change the price of the billets. Maharaj said Ispat attempted to repudiate the contract. Centrin and CSM, he said, did not accept. Negotiations were held over the next four months in an effort to have Ispat continue with the same agreement.

Maharaj said the law permitted the court to grant a mandatory injunction if the court was in doubt that Ispat does not have assets within the jurisdiction of Trinidad and Tobago to satisfy any damages which might alternately be amended against it.

Maharaj said the court ought to consider the public interest, saying that the agreement was made in the presence of the then Minister of Industry Dr Bhoe Tewarie in 1990.

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