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Remanded store owner in hospital


Antoinette Connell

Remanded store owner in hospital
Hamenauth Sarendranauth being escorted from court. (FILE)

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A businessman remanded to prison for breaching COVID-19 protocols has been hospitalised for more than a week and his shocked family say they were never made aware that he was ill.

Hamenauth Sarendranauth’s son Surrendra said he heard about his father, who was remanded on February 17, being shifted from HMP Dodds to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 2 through attorney Michael Lashley.

The Queen’s Counsel had been called in to file an urgent bail application after Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes ordered Hamenauth kept in custody until March 16.

The urgent bail application hearing was set for March 2 and Surrendra was shocked when Lashley informed him why it did not come off. Until that time, he said, neither he nor his mother Hamenauth’s wife had been told about the moving of his father, who had uncontrollable diabetes.

“I am shocked and disturbed and in a constant state of worry because my father, who is a law-abiding citizen who runs a business for over six years and employs people, had to spend time in prison after pleading guilty. To date we have not received any information or update from the hospital authorities or the prison as to what condition he is in,” Surrendra said in a statement to the Daily Nation. (AC)

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