“To err is human, to forgive is divine”.
These were the words used by Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh last night while defending himself on CNC3’s Crime Watch programme on the allegations made against him by flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow.
Ramadharsingh’s television appearance lasted eight minutes, during which he discussed the incident with host Ian Alleyne, the defeated United National Congress (UNC) candidate in last year’s St Joseph by-election.
Following this, Ramadharsingh returned to Parliament, where contributions to the Miscellaneous Provisions (Licensing Committee) Bill 2014 were taking place.
While on television, Ramadharsingh said: “I hold no animosity. It’s something that happened and as I said, to err is human, to forgive divine.”
The minister said he was shocked when Laidlow asked him to move his bag from the overhead compartment.
“Someone threw my suitcase off and it came off the bin. I was way in the back. A lady motion to me and ask whose bag was it. I said it’s mine and she said to move it.
“I was shocked because wherever I have gone and travelled and there is some little thing, they help you,” the minister said.
Laidlow, 25, of St Vincent, has alleged Ramadharsingh touched her breast when he reached for the identification badge pinned to her blouse.
Ramadharsingh has also denied this, as well as her claim that he threatened to have her fired over the incident.
The Express exclusively reported on Thursday that Laidlow made a report to the Piarco police sub-station and Airports Authority security against Ramadharsingh following an incident on board Caribbean Airline Flight BW 1519 from Tobago on Sunday.
The minister has since apologised, blaming “severe fatigue” for his behaviour. —Denyse Renne