Tuesday, February 20, 2018

...Grieving mother turned away from ceremony

QUELLY ANN COTTLE, the mother of baby Simeon, yesterday met with attorney Farid Scoon to determine the next step the family will take as it seeks redress.

Scoon has signalled his intention to write to Ramlogan seeking a meeting.

Scoon yesterday said he hopes the matter relating to compensation can be settled out of court.

A team chaired by retired Justice of Appeal Mustapha Ibrahim and including United Kingdom specialist Dr Melanie Clare Davies and retired neonatologist Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne were appointed by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to probe baby Simeon’s death.

The Ibrahim-chaired committee yesterday produced a 60-page report to Ramlogan. The ceremony took place on the sixth floor of Cabildo Chambers located at St Vincent Street in Port of Spain.

While the hand over was taking place, Cottle arrived at Cabildo Chambers hoping to see Ramlogan. She was denied entry.

“They (Cottle’s family) are deliberately not here for the simple reason that I have no doubt that from what I have read in the newspapers they would have in their contemplation legal proceedings against the State in this matter and in those circumstances the State will not be in a position as a matter of law to put itself in a position where it creates a conflict of interest that could work to the detriment of both the parents and the State,” Ramlogan said yesterday.

Cottle was too distraught to speak with the Express when contacted yesterday.

She instead let Scoon speak on behalf of the family.

“We are pleased that the report has been produced in good time, it has apparently been a report that was produced with all diligence,” Scoon said.

Scoon said while the family was not interested in the “photo op” that took place yesterday it is concerned about the contents of the report.