Sunday, January 21, 2018

Alyuh eh have nothing to (expletive) do?'

Baksh questions the media after court appearance

Businessman Haniff Nazim Baksh

BUSINESSMAN Haniff Nazim Baksh allegedly cursed members of the media yesterday after reappearing in court on the charge of assaulting a newspaper photographer.

Videographers and photographers recorded and took pictures of Baksh as he came out of the courthouse.

Baksh was allegedly heard cursing and saying if they had “nothing to (expletive) do?”

Baksh, the owner of A&V Oil and Gas Company, father of former Government senator Allyson Baksh and a friend of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, reappeared before the Siparia Magistrates' Court on the charge that he assaulted photographer Kristian De Silva occasioning actual bodily harm and maliciously damaging his glasses. De Silva works at Guardian Media Ltd.

Suspended police officer Billy Ramsundar, Baksh's son-in-law and Allyson Baksh's husband, also reappeared before Siparia Magistrate Margaret Alert charged separately with assaulting De Silva and damaging his US$1,600 camera.

The incident allegedly happened on September 15 at Nazim Avenue, San Francique.

Baksh and Ramsundar were charged by ASP Ruthven Hodge, of the Police Service Professional Standards Bureau.

Documents were handed over to attorneys Prakash Ramadhar and Michael Rooplal, who represented Baksh, and attorney Alvin Ramroop, who appeared for Ramsundar.

These documents included the summary of the charges, excerpts from the police station's diary, and copies of De Silva's medical reports.
Alert heard that a State attorney is yet to be appointed in the case.

The matter was adjourned to March 6, 2018. Baksh and Ramsundar are out on $80,000 bail.