The statistics revealed before the Joint Select Committee on mental health services and facilities provided for children in Parliament on Wednesday, were deeply troubling, but not surprising.
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Businessman foils robbery
A San Fernando businessman has been described as a hero after he disarmed two robbers who robbed him at his business place at the corner of Hobson and Carib Streets, San Fernando, shortly before 9 am yesterday. The two men were held. However, a third suspect escaped. The bandits, said to be in their early 20s, of La Horquetta, Arima, and Tarrodale Gardens, San Fernando, entered an import/export business place and pushed aside a customer.
They pointed a gun at the owner, Winston Wei Lung Chung, and his staff and demanded they hand over money. Wei Lung Chung handed over an undisclosed sum of cash after which the robbers fired warning shots before escaping on foot. The owner, a licenced firearm holder, drew his weapon and fired, hitting one of the suspects in the hip. The other was shot in the leg. The men ran away. The businessman, police said, jumped into his van and pursued the injured thieves, knocking down one.
One of his neighbours, who heard the commotion and went to see what was happening, kept guard over the injured bandit as police officers were called. Police officers, headed by Senior Supt Cecil Santana, ASP Zamsheed Mohammed and other police units, responded and held the second man a few streets away. Police also recovered approximately $15,000. The shotgun believed to have been used in the robbery, is yet to be found.
The two men were taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where they were under police guard late yesterday.