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Manning returns following treatment in the US
Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning returned to the country last night after completing six months of medical treatment in the United States following a stroke.
However, hours before Mr. Manning's expected return to the country, the Court of Appeal reinstated a private criminal complaint filed against him by a woman who alleged he used language meant to provoke her to violence in 2009.
Appeal Court judges, Justices Paula Mae Weekes and Alice Yorke-Soo Hon yesterday ruled that former Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls acted with unjudicial haste in dismissing Natasha Cumberbatch’s complaint against Mr. Manning.
In allowing the appeal, the judges reinstated the private complaint and sent it back to the magistrate’s court for a new hearing.
The Appeal Court Judges in their written ruling said while the case could be considered trivial, there was a larger principle at stake, that a person must have access to the court system and be treated fairly.