Save my husband from jail
By Nalinee Seelal Wednesday, August 28 2013
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Dear Sir: The letter which Alicia Thompson wrote to President Anthony Carmona appealing for his help to save her husband from jail in a paternity matt...
A mother of two travelled from La Brea yesterday to the entrance of President’s House, St Ann’s with one mission in mind — to seek an audience with President Anthony Carmona.
Her purpose was to ask him to intervene and assist her in helping her husband sort out a legal battle with a woman who claims to be the mother of his child. She needs Carmona’s help to save her husband from going to jail.
Alicia Mike Thompson accompanied by her one year, nine month old daughter Nadine Thompson and 13-year-old son Leonardo Mike stood in front of the visitors’ entrance of President’s House at about 11.30 am yesterday and handed a letter to a security guard in which she asked for justice in this matter.
According to Alicia, in October last year she and Marlono Thompson decided to get married. Before the wedding took place, a woman who had previously claimed that Thompson was the father of her son took a five-year-old warrant in court which claimed Thompson was owing $35,000 in payments for maintenance of 11-year-old Melik Thompson.
She said when the warrant was taken out, Thompson went to the La Brea Police Station and made himself available to the police and when he was taken to court the case was adjourned several times. She said on January 15 this year, he again appeared in court where he presented a paternity test he had done with the boy at the Victoria Lab in Vistabella on March 18 which showed that he was not the father.
Alicia added that when this was presented to the court, the magistrate ordered that another paternity test should be done and asked Thompson and the woman to go to the probation officer’s office to sign documents so that permission could be granted for the child to be made available for the blood test.
The court also asked that the two parties share the cost of the blood test which amounted to $1,800. However the woman refused.
According to Alicia, “That put a stop to everything and we were unable to do the second paternity test and we were given until the end of July to have this done, and now that the time has passed I understand that a committal warrant has been taken out for my husband and I consider this to be gross injustice and I don’t know who to turn to for help.”
She said her husband is unable to function properly and she too has been having sleepless nights, because she feels that at any moment her husband can be taken away and jailed for about three months, and this is something she cannot deal with because she has a young child to take care of including a teenage son.
The clearly distressed woman said she travelled from La Brea yesterday hoping Carmona would at least read her letter pleading for assistance. She believes with his legal background and experience he will be able to direct her on how to proceed with the matter.
“I am crying out for justice and I am hoping that the President who is familiar with the judicial system can assist me so that some form of normalcy can return to my family.”
She added that women in this country should stand up and assist their husbands in situations like these or even form an organisation to deal with irresponsible women who identify fathers for their children although they know that these men are not the fathers.
She is hoping that her plight attracts others with a legal background who may be able to assist her as she attempts to get justice for her husband. Attached to her letter to Carmona was a copy of the paternity test showing that Thompson is not the father of the woman’s child.