Richard Sitahal, the son of retired Rev Harold Sitahal

Richard Sitahal, the son of retired Rev Harold Sitahal

A morning church service in Chase Village on Sunday was disrupted when one of the parishioners collapsed and died.

Richard Sitahal, the son of retired Rev Harold Sitahal, fell unconscious during the communion service at Nistar Presbyterian Church.

Clerk of Session of the Chase Village Pastoral Region Gary Samai confirmed the news on Monday.

Samai said two doctors in the congregation provided support but the younger Sitahal subsequently died.

A beloved parishioner, Sitahal was known to have a heart condition, the Express was told.

Sitahal, 50, worked at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC).

He was married and had two children.

His mother, Ruth Sitahal, is the church’s organist.

Samai said Sitahal’s parents, wife and children were present at the service and were left traumatised along with parishioners.

The exact cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Samai extended condolences to the Sitahal family.

He told the Express counselling will be provided for them and members of the church.


Acting Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob has been given notice by leader of The First Wave Movement, Umar Abdullah, that there will be two more “peaceful” marches this month.

It comes on the heels of Abdullah being charged on Monday for leading a march around the Queen’s Park Savannah without permission from the acting police commissioner.

Tourism stakeholders in Tobago are calling for beaches to be opened longer than up to 2 p.m.

Visitors from the UK are also calling for the beaches to be opened longer.

UK citizen Simon Laidler, who told the Express he was surprised by the beach restrictions, arrived on the recent British Airways flight that landed at the ANR Robinson International Airport.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called for a probe into the use of tear gas by the police on protesters as well as the Prime Minister’s confession that he breached the law when he drank alcohol in public.

Persad-Bissessar raised these issues at the United National Congress (UNC) virtual meeting on Monday night.

UP to January 17, 2022, a total of 121 Covid-19-positive people had breached their home quarantine orders, and were reported to the Ministry of Health.

Disclosing the figure in the Senate yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh did not say how many quarantine-breakers were charged, but added that “the requisite action was taken by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service”.

As new positive cases and Covid-19 deaths continue to rise, Tobago House of Assembly Secretary of Health, Wellness and Social Protection Dr Faith B.Yisrael has met with the island’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Division said in a statement on Monday that B.Yisrael met with stakeholders via a closed virtual meeting to discuss Tobago’s way forward in managing the spread of the virus.

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