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He’s depressed over his arrest

By CECILY ASSON Sunday, April 22 2012

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Reverand Dave Alleyne in Chaguanas yesterday. ...
Reverand Dave Alleyne in Chaguanas yesterday. ...

REVEREND Dave Alleyne, head of Flaming Word Ministries, Praise International of Chaguanas, whose eldest son and Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne, faces four charges for committing breaches of Section 32 (2) the Sexual Offences Act, said yesterday he was in full support of his son. However, he admitted that Ian was depressed over his arrest last week.

“This country needs fixing and Ian is part and parcel of the architects and the builders who are determined to regain this country and put this country back on its right footing,” the senior Alleyne told Sunday Newsday.

Alleyne, who was arrested by police officers from the Port-of-Spain CID outside CCN’s compound on Thursday, is also expected to be charged with resisting arrest.

However, Alleyne’s father said while his son was not taking the arrest too well, he believed he would take something away from the experience.

“This is a learning experience and he will come out much stronger out of it. He will not buckle under pressure. We will not allow him to buckle and we will give him that support.”

The senior Alleyne spoke with Sunday Newsday after attending a function held to officially bless the new YTEPP headquarters at Mulchan Sieuchan Road, Chaguanas.

After his arrest on Thursday, Alleyne had to be rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital after complaining of chest pains. He was subsequently transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where, according to reports, tests were being conducted.

Yesterday, his father said he intended to visit his son, who was still under police guard at hospital, after he left the function. He said Alleyne’s blood pressure was high and he was being treated for it. He said his son remains “disappointed” and “hurt” over the treatment meted out to him, but said he was trusting on his strong “spiritual foundation” and “spiritual backings” to see him through trying times.

“He is a bit disappointed on how he’s being treated in his effort to help this country. I think he is a bit down, a bit depressed, but he is a fighter and he has a good spiritual background. He is hurt by it, but with spiritual, moral and family support, he will survive this,” the senior Alleyne said, adding he would not mount any public protest against his son’s arrest.

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