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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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City blackout shuts down courts
A blackout in several parts of north Port-of-Spain yesterday morning has been blamed on a problem with power lines servicing the Barataria sub-station. Other areas affected included El Socorro, Aranguez, downtown Port-of-Spain, Woodbrook and Cascade. The outage disrupted radio station signals and telephone lines. An official at T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) official told the T&T Guardian the supply had been restored to approximately 70 to 80 per cent of customers hours after the blackout.
The electrical outage also caused several other problems in the capital city, among them tripping off fire alarms in buildings. Alarms were tripped off at the Police Administration Building, St Vincent and Edward Street, the Chief Personnel Officer’s office on St Vincent Street and the Unit Trust Corporation, Independence Square. The power outage also caused the complete shutdown of the Port-of-Spain Magistrates and High Courts.
Only a handful of cases had already begun when the blackout occurred, as both courts open at 9 am. Magistrates and judges waited for almost an hour for electricity to be restored before opting to adjourn the cases. Shortly after 10 am, remand prisoners at both courts were placed in prison transport trucks and returned to prisons. Among the cases that were delayed was the trial of a dozen men accused of kidnapping and murdering businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman. It was adjourned to next Monday.
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