Monday, January 22, 2018

...Senior cop probing case

The police investigation into a report lodged by Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow against Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh is continuing.

Sources told the Express a senior police officer visited the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) security department on Saturday and asked to view records of the report lodged by Laidlow.

Following a CAL flight from Tobago last week Sunday, Laidlow reported the matter involving herself and Ramadharsingh to AATT security and officers of Piarco police sub-station.

Though the 25-year-old flight attendant indicated she did not wish to pursue the matter, the police still have to investigate the incident, at the end of which recommendations will be made.

Speaking with the Express yesterday afternoon, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said acting Inspector Mark Maraj is investigating the report.

Asked about the time frame the investigation will take to be completed, Williams said: “He has no time frame and doesn’t have to submit a report to me.”

Williams was also asked whether passengers on the flight will be interviewed.

“That’s the normal way an investigation is done. The witnesses are allocated and interviewed and a statement is sought from witnesses,” he said.

Asked whether Ramadharsingh has been interviewed by the police, Williams said he could not say.

The Express exclusively reported 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, where she alleged the minister threatened her job and touched her breast while attempting to grab her employee identification badge, which was pinned to her shirt.

The minister has since apologised, bla­ming “severe fatigue” for his behaviour, and also appeared on Crime Watch last Friday to explain his actions.

At the weekend, secretary-general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj called for Ramadharsingh to resign or be fired, stating the minister is an “embarrassment”, “a liability” and “a poor role model”.