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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Dad hires lawyer to seek teen’s interest
The father of a teenage girl who was taken away from her mother, a police inspector, because of child neglect allegations, has hired an attorney to represent the child’s interest. When Insp Carol Alexander reappeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court yesterday on the two offences of neglecting her 14-year-old daughter, attorney Tempu Nefertari Moheni introduced herself to the court. Moheni told Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington she was representing the interest of the minor on behalf of her father.
The girl who was living with her mother has been placed in a children’s home in San Fernando. Alexander, last assigned to the San Fernando Municipal Police, first appeared in court on January 3 and was granted $40,000 bail to cover the charges. She came from the public gallery and was supported by several of her colleagues. The charges stem from an allegation that Alexander locked her 14-year-old daughter out of their Embacadere home on two occasions on December 30 and between December 21 and 22.
She was charged by Sgt Steve Persad, of the San Fernando Police Station, under Section (3) 1 of the Children Act. Alexander, who has 28 years’ service, was not called upon to plead, since the charges are indictable. Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the file has been sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a state attorney to be assigned to the matter. Seedan said no witnesses, apart from the police complainant, were in court.
Alexander is being represented by attorney Cedric Neptune. The matter was adjourned to May 15.