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Guests baffled over Macqueripe barricades

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Predicament

  • Wedding guests fear robbery after meeting road barricades
  • Senate President among guests at wedding.

WHY did they do it? That’s what guests at a posh wedding in Chaguaramas are wondering after attempts were made to blockade them on Saturday.

After enjoying a lavish reception at the nearby Chaguaramas Golf Club, several departing guests found their exit was blocked by bamboo barricades along Macqueripe Road.

The incident took place as guests were leaving the wedding of Daniella Agostini, daughter of Diego Martin Regional Corporation alderman Gerald Agostini, to Raymond Cummins, a Barbados car rental company owner.

Among the guests who had to be escorted by joint police and army patrol as a security measure was Senate President Dr Linda Baboolal.

Agostini, when contacted, confirmed having been informed of the unusual incident but said he could not speculate about the motive behind the mystery barricades.

Sources, who attend the wedding but insisted on anonymity, said the first set of guests leaving the wedding reception were impeded by the unusual barricades just after 7 pm that evening.

Speaking in a phone interview yesterday, one source said there were as many as five spots barricaded along the road. Some guests stopped to remove the trees, while others opted to drive over them, she said.

She questioned the motive of the perpetrators, but was certain that robbery was on their minds.

Repeated calls to the Police 999 hotline went unanswered, a relative said, but word eventually reached back at the reception to warn the other guests.

And while he said he was glad that no one was robbed or attacked, one guest remarked that the joint patrol unit only responded because of the presence of high-level officials like Baboolal.

He questioned what would have been the scenario if “ordinary” citizens were involved.

He said: “That roadway is very dark and desolate at evening and night time,” he said.

“I hope the Government is considering putting lights there as part of their big electrification drive across the country.”

Agostini said the wedding reception was not affected by the incident.

Officers at the Carenage Police Station said yesterday that no reports of any robberies at Macqueripe Road were lodged at the station.

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