March 25, 2011

Eustace: Somebody has to pay for Cummings injuries

Representative for West Kingstown Daniel Cummings will be undergoing physiotherapy for the next two months for the injuries he allegedly sustained when opposition Parliamentarians were removed from Parliament by members of the police force.{{more}}

This was disclosed at a New Democratic Party (NDP) public meeting last Saturday at Chateaubelair by the party’s leader and Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace.

According to Eustace, of the opposition members, Cummings received the most damage, and that was because of the way he was treated.

And although members of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) have refuted the opposition’s claims, Eustace maintained that the Cummings’ foot was stuck in the door to the Parliament chamber, and that he was thrown down the first flight of stairs.

Cummings was subsequently taken to Trinidad for further treatment, but Eustace said that he is now out of the hospital and will have to undergo physical therapy for an additional two months.

“This is because he has some severe damage around his spine,” Eustace said, adding that the doctors had already made a decision to operate on Cummings, but he had refused, opting instead for therapy.

Eustace, however, noted that surgery was still an option and that the doctors would make an assessment after the period of physiotherapy.

“Somebody gotta pay for that – somebody will pay for that,” Eustace told the residents of Chateaubelair.

“What has been done, there is serious damage to a human being; a human being elected to the Parliament to represent the people of West Kingstown,” he added.

He did not disclose any details, but promised that action was going to be taken.

“We know what he is going through, and we are sticking with him through thick and thin, and I know that the people of Chateaubelair and North Leeward will support actions we take to defend the interest of Mr Cummings,” Eustace said. (DD)