By DARCEL CHOY Thursday, October 10 2013
THREE DAYS after newborn baby boy Nishan Lalís tiny body was found wrapped in a black plastic bag in a river off John Humphrey Drive in Sangre Chiquito, his 21-year-old mother yesterday appeared before a Sangre Grande magistrate charged with manslaughter.
Alicia Acevero appeared before Magistrate Rae Roopchand and was represented by defence attorney Fareed Ali who made an application for bail saying his client will make herself available at any time for an assessment and evaluation at St Annís Psychiatric Hospital.
Ali also asked the court to consider that Acevero was in police custody since Saturday last. He said the Legal Aid Department ought to have been contacted sooner rather than on Monday night, when a call was made to the department. He said Acevero did not have to spend so much time in custody.
Ali said his client was interviewed by officers without the benefit of an attorney and she was not offered one. Roopchand said based on the seriousness of the charge, Acevero would be remanded to St Annís and would reappear in court on October 23. Acevero was then led out of the court in handcuffs and escorted by two women police officers.
A few hours later, Nishanís father Rishan, grandmother Asha and other family members gathered at Allenís Funeral Home in Sangre Grande to say a
final, tearful farewell to the baby boy.
Although the court identified him as a four-day old baby, on the programme for his funeral service yesterday, baby Nishanís family chose to put his date of death as October 4, two days after he was born. Pastor Ronald Heerah, speaking at the funeral service empathised with Rishan saying he knew how the young father was feeling and the emotions he was now going through as he (Pastor Heerah) lost his first daughter when she was three, 15 years ago.
Heerah told the mourners that the days ahead are not going to be easy for Rishan but God is good and Rishan must remember this.
Heerah said when one loses a child, one often wonders what has happened to that child.
ďWhen these things happen, we feel as if we are cheated. How it happened is indeed ugly, death in itself is ugly but the circumstances surrounding this one make it even uglier. But do not ever forget that God did not lose control in all of this,Ē Heerah said.
Pastor Varma Geelalsingh who also spoke at the service said Nishanís death was God saying that the ugliness of this world was not for Nishan. He assured the family that Nishan is safe in the arms of Jesus.
At the end of the service, a weeping Rishan was embraced by many relatives and friends.
He later carried out the small white coffin bearing his sonís remains with assistance of his two nephews Tee Jay and Rennie.
Baby Nishan was later buried at the Foster Road Public Cemetery.