Lawyer dies after collapsing in Court of Appeal

The Hall of Justice on Knox Street, in Port of La

Lawyer dies after collapsing in Court of Appeal

An attorney has died after falling ill while addressing the court in the Hall of Justice, in Port of Spain.

Former deputy Chief State Solicitor general Neil Byam collapsed while on his legs before Court of Appeal judges Allan Mendonca, Prakash Moosai and Gillian Lucky, shortly before 11a.m. today.

At the time, he was representing a client in an appeal.

In the courtroom was senior cousel Douglas Mendes who helped Byam and lowered him to the floor where attempts were made to resuscitate him.

Byam died shortly after he collapsed.

In a post on social media, attorney Larry Lalla offered condolences, writing: “In a fair country that rewards merit he would have been made Senior Counsel and our country’s Solicitor General years ago! Condolences to his family.

Attorney Nafeesa Mohammed wrote: “I am now being informed that one of our colleagues who worked for decades as a State Counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs just collapsed and returned to Allah . Neil Byam retired as a Deputy Solicitor General about two years ago.  He was representing the Ministry of Energy this morning before the Court of Appeal when he passed on. I worked with Neil in the early days of his career. I pray that he rests in peace.




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