Humming Bird medallist and former businessman Robert “Bobby” Montano was beaten and left unconscious during a robbery attempt in a hotel room in Bequia island in St Vincent and the Grenadines where he was visiting with his son last week.
The 92-year-old national awardee is now a patient at the St Clair Medical Centre, Port of Spain, in stable condition.
This was confirmed to the Sunday Express yesterday by nephew and former Senate president Danny Montano, who is contesting the seat of chairman of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the party’s May 18 internal elections.
He is on the slate of Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, who is challenging the party’s political leader and Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley for the leadership of the party.
Montano described the attack as “tragic” but said his uncle, though badly beaten and rendered unconscious, was not in a critical condition.
Montano explained that a 17-year-old boy broke into his uncle’s hotel room and struck him in the face with a piece of wood.
“Uncle Bobby tried to defend himself but he was also struck on the head and suffered internal bleeding. It’s serious but not critical I was told,” Montano said yesterday. “Fortunately for him, he was with his son Ronald, a former BWIA pilot who owns his own plane and who flew him back home for treatment.”
Robert Montano was among 60 nationals to be honoured in May last year by the People’s Partnership government during its National Icons ceremony for dedication to service in Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1975 he was bestowed the Humming Bird medal (gold) for his contribution to the economic and cultural development of the nation. His achievements include the launch of the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation (PLIPDECO) which paved the way for the Point Lisas Industrial Estate.
He turns 93 in September.
Bequia is a small island measuring seven square miles off St Vincent and the Grenadines, and has a population of just about 7,000 people. It is considered a haven for tourists.
The 17-year-old attacker is now in police custody, Montano said.