Marlene McDonald

THERE has been no special treatment for former public administration minister Marlene McDonald. This is according to Assistant Superintendent of Police Wayne Mystar.

Mystar was responding to the Express yesterday about McDonald’s stay at St Clair Medical Centre, where she has been a patient since Monday.

McDonald was taken to the private healthcare facility after complaining of feeling unwell, following her arrest on corruption-related offences.

Mystar noted that McDonald being taken to a private hospital is not the usual procedure when a person falls ill while in police custody.

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“Usually when we have someone in custody and they fall ill, we carry them to a public hospital,” he said. “The police will not take them to a private hospital and incur any costs.”


BARRY PADARATH is a father. The Member of Parliament for Princes Town is the daddy of a three-month-old baby girl, Sejal Lara Padarath. The traditional Hindu barahee, or welcoming ceremony of the child, under the theme “Ballerina Girl”, was held at his grandmother’s house in Couva yesterday, attended by close family members and friends, followed by a reception.

Police are trying to determine what would have pushed an 18-year-old relative to attack a 36-year-old woman, who was four months pregnant, with a cutlass. The incident, which took place after midnight yesterday at the Las Lomas home of Alistra Mack-Kampo, also known as Roxanne Mack, resulted in the death of the mother of three.

Machel Montano was at his all-time best at the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta) Island Beats Super Concert, on Saturday evening, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

PRISON reform is crucial, says Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson. And while there have been advances made in this area, he notes that there is still much to be done. During an interview with the Express last week, Wilson noted that a task force had been appointed by Cabinet several years ago to look into prison reform and transformation.