A photo journalist who was attacked yesterday afternoon by a prisoner being escorted by police is said to be nursing a facial injury.
Reports indicate that Trinidad Guardian photojournalist, Rishi Ragoonath Ragoonath was on duty on Court Street, in front of the San Fernando High Court, when the prisoner who is before the court on several murder charges, began to verbally threaten Ragoonath while being escorted into the prison van.
It is alleged Ragoonath expressed his concern to police officers about the threat.
A few minutes after the prisoner allegedly pulled away from the officers and kicked Ragoonath in his face, and allegedly threaten to kill him if his picture appeared in the newspaper.
Ragoonath later sought medical attention at the San Fernando General hospital.
A report was made to a nearby police station, which is adjacent to the high court.
Ragoonath suffered a cut above his eye.
Meanwhile President of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago Francesca Hawkins expressed concern over the incident.
She said that MATT had been in contact with Mr. Ragoonath and he’s understandably traumatized after the incident.
She revealed that the Media Association has been concerned with not only this attack but any attack on journalists in T&T.
She called on the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to investigate the matter.
She also called on various media houses to be aware of the dangers that accompanied their jobs and and to be careful.
President of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago Francesca Hawkins.