Rawle Bharat of Lot 81 Breda and Leopold Streets, Georgetown was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge alleging that on January 18 last, he had in his possession 11.8 grams of cannabis.Unrepresented by legal counsel in court on Friday, the 39-year-old initially pleaded guilty to the charge with the explanation that he had recently separated from his partner with whom he had shared a business. He claimed that after they had separated, he left her with all his possessions and started a new business on his own; and he did have a “joint” in his possession only because of the stress he was facing.He also said that the “joint” he had could not amount to 11.8 grams, but was rather about five grams.Based on his explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered, and the defendant was placed on bail at $25,000. The case continues on February 2.
Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has revealed that the helicopter crash, which caused the death of Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was caused after the tail rotor blades got disconnected from the pilot’s pedals.An investigation into the crash has found that the aircraft came crashing down when a system linking the pilot’s pedals with the tail rotor failed, causing an ‘uncontrollable’ spin.Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four of his employees, died in the crash which took place outside the King Power stadium following the conclusion Leicester City’s Premier League game against West Ham United on October 27.According to witnesses, the helicopter had barely cleared the top of the stadium before it started to spin. It then plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.”The initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority.”The AAIB is working with relevant organisations to identify any other factors that may have contributed to the loss of tail rotor control. The tail rotor system was first inspected at the crash site. This identified that the input lever mechanism was not attached to the control shaft.”The pin, spacers and one of the locating bearings were missing from the lever. The locking nut and pin carrier were found loose in the tail rotor fairing and were bonded together (they should be separate components),” the report claimed. Vichai used his fortune to secure better players and to boost wages for his team, giving them a platform to become champions (Reuters Photo)Vichai had bought the unheralded central England side in 2010 which then went on to stun the soccer world by beating odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title in 2016.advertisementHe rose from obscurity as a printer and leather goods trader to become a polo-playing buddy of royalty and then the improbable hero of a city in England’s Midlands.The 60-year-old retail entrepreneur showed a knack for winning people over with charm and largesse. He navigated Thai political turmoil and secured the King Power duty free concession that gave him a fortune estimated at nearly $5 billion.More than other foreign Premier League owners, he forged a close personal connection to the club.Vichai was a devoted Buddhist and flew orange-robed monks to Leicester for blessings and to provide spiritual amulets to help the team.He used his fortune to secure better players and to boost wages for his team, giving them a platform to become champions. He also bought beer and pastries to reward the loyalty of fans at the King Power stadium that was named for his company.Also Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gestureAlso Read | Leicester make emotional return to home Stadium, Tottenham beat Crystal PalaceAlso Read | Leicester players to give special kit-tribute to owner Vichai in home game vs BurnleyAlso Read | Glad we got the win for him: Schmeichel dedicates Leicester win to deceased owner