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Ramishchand defends family over private beach party

At least two doc­tors, in­clud­ing one work­ing at the Health Min­istry, two lawyers and one ac­coun­tant were at the “pri­vate beach par­ty” that is cur­rent­ly en­gag­ing the at­ten­tion of po­lice, ac­cord­ing to a post on the Face­book ac­count of the fa­ther of the woman who post­ed a video of the event on so­cial me­dia over the week­end.

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Late Tues­day, sev­er­al posts sur­round­ing the con­tentious is­sue were post­ed on the Face­book page of Guyana-born at­tor­ney Odai Ramishc­hand.

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Ramishc­hand, in an ap­par­ent re­sponse to the se­vere crit­i­cism of his daugh­ter’s act and post on so­cial me­dia, said his fam­i­ly and friends had gath­ered to cel­e­brate his last son’s 15th birth­day

“So it was not a frol­ic of their own kind of thing or any type of bizarre or un­civilised be­hav­iour,” a post on Ramis­c­hand’s FB ac­count stat­ed

Ramis­c­hand said the event was on 600 acres of pri­vate­ly owned land but they were ad­her­ing to the so­cial gath­er­ing reg­u­la­tions

“There were many of them there but stay­ing in dif­fer­ent hous­es so as not to vi­o­late the not more than five gath­er­ing rule,” he post­ed

Among those in at­ten­dance were his daugh­ter Saman­tha, who post­ed the video, her sis­ter Ra­mona, her hus­band Ashan, as well as her Ramis­c­hand’s sons Sid­dhar­ta and Ki­rana

“If my daugh­ter Dr Ra­mona Ramis­c­hand pro­vides health care ser­vices to the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go, don’t you think she would have cau­tioned her sis­ter about her con­duct on the pri­vate fam­i­ly beach and beach hous­es?” he post­ed

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh took Saman­tha to task for the video she post­ed on the par­ty dur­ing Mon­day’s COVID-19 press con­fer­ence since the use of all beach­es, rivers and streams dur­ing the cur­rent pan­dem­ic is against the health reg­u­la­tions

The is­sue of pri­vate beach­es has al­so come to the fore

Ramis­c­hand stat­ed that “all the talk of the law of the sea­wa­ter lines and ter­ri­to­r­i­al bound­aries are sub­sumed, sub­merged and ex­tin­guished when the Re­al Prop­er­ty Lim­i­ta­tion Act kicks in and is in­voked if you are in oc­cu­pa­tion of pri­vate prop­er­ty for 16 years and more.”

He said since the mur­der of his daugh­ter Niki­ta he en­sures the need for fam­i­ly time

“I have a du­ty and a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty as a good fa­ther to en­gage my chil­dren in ac­tiv­i­ties to al­le­vi­ate their grief and pain and suf­fer­ing be­cause of the de­nial of jus­tice to my fam­i­ly,” Ramis­c­hand stat­ed

Niki­ta, 18, was be­lieved to have been am­bushed and mur­dered as she was walk­ing to her moth­er’s sa­lon, which is lo­cat­ed on the prop­er­ty of the fam­i­ly’s Mara­cas, St Joseph home, in 2012. Her body was found at the back of the com­pound by fam­i­ly mem­bers who went search­ing for her af­ter she did not an­swer her moth­er’s calls to her cell­phone. There was a main sus­pect in that case but no charges were ever laid against him

The T&T Po­lice Ser­vice ex­e­cut­ed a search war­rant at St Au­gus­tine house on Tues­day, where elec­tron­ic de­vices were seized as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the mat­ter