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San Fernando official accused of assault

By Anna Ramdass

Police yesterday said they were aware of a situation involving a high ranking public official in South Trinidad who allegedly assaulted a woman but were unable to investigate the matter as no official report had been made.

The Express understands that the official, a member of the Congress of the People (COP), allegedly verbally and physically abused his attorney girlfriend (now ex), at the Gulf City Mall car park, South Trinidad.

Contacted by the Express for comment on the matter yesterday, the official said he was in a meeting and gave the Express the alleged victim's number and said to ask her about the incident.

When contacted, the woman expressed surprise that the official would give her number to the Express for comment.

She said she did not want to speak about the matter because it had already generated enough attention.

She also confirmed that she went to the police following the incident but did not say whether a report was made.

The incident allegedly occurred on December 21 last year.

The Express learned that the woman allegedly caught the official with another woman and a public spat followed which turned into a physical altercation.

A witness to the incident wrote a letter to the Express editor, dated December 28, expressing shock over the incident.

"Permit me to express my utter shock at an incident I witnessed on Friday, December 21 in the Gulf View area. I was leaving the car park of the Gulf City shopping complex when I noticed a man exiting the mall pulling a young lady behind him and cursing at the top of his voice. Upon closer observation, I was in total disbelief having recognised the individual as a prominent and popular figure in San Fernando. As I saw the situation escalate into an assault followed by a speedy drive-off, I proceeded to contact the San Fernando police," stated the letter.

"Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and unbecoming of men who occupy high positions in government and society. My prayers are with the young lady and I hope that the police dealt with the situation appropriately," stated the witness.

Both the woman and the public official have commented on the incident on Facebook.

The woman posted on her Facebook page as follows:

"A week later, I embrace that psychotic display of physical and verbal abuse as a blessing in disguise. A real lesson learnt from disregarding the advice of others in favour of the web of lies and deceit of a violent, two-timing maniac who managed to conceal the truth long enough to make my intelligence questionable. *That poor, equally clueless woman, that poor confused child....conscience? A wise-ish man called it naïveté...the truth is out, blinds off, weight shed, blessings counted, fear vanished and all I leave for that not-so-little blue eyed boy is the knowledge that karma is a bi&*#..."

The public official apologised to the woman via her post stating: "On a personal note: It is important to value the things in own's life which means a lot; I want to express my deepest regrets to (name stated) and her friends and family for my harsh words and actions which were done out of haste and anger. Hope my apologies are accepted. I am not ashamed to say that I do make mistakes, sometimes big ones, and hope that healing can take place. 'To err is human; to forgive, divine'."

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