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Four policemen, including an acting sergeant,
are expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain
magistrate today charged with robbing a Chinese
couple of $655,000 last Wednesday.
The Director of Public Prosecutions gave instruc-
tions to members of the Professional Standards
Bureau to charge the four, who have a combined
total of 59 years of service, yesterday.
It is alleged that last Wednesday, the policemen,
dressed in plainclothes, went to Danny and Yvonne
Owu s Bon Air Gardens, Arouca, apartment and
carried out a search.
Three of them reportedly ransacked the apart-
ment while the fourth waited in an SUV outside.
The couple, who were not at home at the time,
were contacted by a fellow resident at the building
after the men were seen leaving with loaded duffle
bags. A report was then made to police, who traced
the SUV s licence plate number to the Arouca sta-
One of the policemen s colleagues subsequently
agreed to turn state witness in the case, while the
couple was reportedly placed under protective
custody following threats on their lives. However,
the missing money is yet to be recovered.
Yesterday, Cpl Rollocks, of the Professional Stan-
dards Bureau, charged the men with three counts
of misbehaviour in public office, namely the larceny
of $50,000, $430,000 and $175,000 from the
Owus, casino and restaurant owners.
Up to last night, the acting sergeant, of La Hor-
quetta, corporal, of Malabar, and two constables,
both of La Horquetta, remained in police custody.
Contacted yesterday, vice-president of the Police
Social Welfare Association, acting inspector Michael
Seales, also commended the policeman who turned
state witness in the matter.
"We applaud that because the work is about
honesty, integrity and about having high moral
fibre and ethics.
"If that is so (the officer turning state witness),
based on the information coming to hand, then
we ask that officer to stand resolute and commit
himself to telling the truth," Seales said."
He said there were some "challenges" faced dur-
ing the investigation, including the death threats
issued to the victims, but added: "We hope that
this matter can be speedily resolved so that we
can restore some measure of trust and confidence
to the public that is looking on and witnessing
this matter as it unfolds."
T&T is at risk if claims by
Desperlie Crescent, Laventille,
residents that law enforcement
officers executed three people
last Thursday, People s Nation-
al Movement leader Dr Keith
Rowley said yesterday.
He made the comment after
residents gave him more infor-
mation, including over 18 spent
shells from the crime scene, as
he toured the community yes-
terday. He was accompanied by
MP for the area (Port-of-Spain
South), Marlene Mc Donald,
other PNM MPs and officials
and a group of soldiers and
The community has been
tense since the killing of reputed
gang leader Dillon "Bandy"
Skeete, 30, Joel Tash, 22 and
Tremaine Thomas---a Jamaican
national---were shot dead in an
attack on Thursday.
Residents claim the men were
killed by members of the army
working in tandem with the
They said the attack was a
retaliation on Skeete for the
killing of the soldiers colleague
Lance Corporal Kayode
Thomas, 32, on June 29 at Bev-
erly Hills, Laventille. But acting
Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams and the reg-
iment s public liaison officer,
Capt Stefan Affonso, denied
After getting first-hand infor-
mation from residents yester-
day, Rowley said he was of the
view that the police were not
handling the matter properly.
"This matter warrants a very
thorough investigation, not only
of the killings but of what hap-
pened after," he said.
He said Prime Minister
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith and Williams must be
made aware that "something
very terrible has happened in
Laventille and it requires a very
thorough, conclusive investi-
"If we never determine what
happened here, we are far worst
off than we were last Thursday
morning," Rowley said.
He said regardless of who
was killed the crime scene
should have been secured to
allow for a proper investigation,
adding it was "unsatisfactory"
that officers of state had not
"taken control of the scene"
immediately after the killings
"We can t make a judgment
that some lives have value and
some lives don t and if there is
a killing we are not concerned
about finding out who did the
killing," Rowley said, adding
Williams must explain how
three people could be killed and
the crime scene is not secured.
Admitting he had no idea
who may have killed the people,
Rowley said: "We cannot be
comfortable if there are people
out there who have this kind
of firepower and they are pre-
pared to use it in this way. The
whole country is at risk."
During the tour, resident
Wendell Scott told Rowley that
he recovered 18 5.6 spent shells
and one 12-gauge casing shortly
after the killings. He said the
crime scene was not secured
by police, noting investigators
claimed they had no tape to
secure the area.
Scott handed over the evi-
dence to PC Smith of the Inter
Agency task Force (IATF) on
Rowley s instructions.
Skeete s mother, Teleta
Skeete, appealed to Rowley to
do all he could to ensure that
a proper investigation was
done. She said the victims were
put against a wall and shot dead
by their attackers.
triple killings fully
CoP has questions to answer
4 cops charged in
One of the two men who
escaped death after he was
shot by masked gunmen on
Thursday night at Desperlie
Crescent, Laventille, said he
felt his legs go numb as he ran
from the shooters.
Speaking from his bed at
the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital on Sunday, Christian
"Ants" Huggins, 24, said he
was with the group of men
when a black Nissan X-Trail
stopped and five fully armed
masked men stepped out,
identified themselves as
police and made them kneel
down. Huggins said as the
gunmen began to "bathe
down" (shoot) the eight
kneeling men he ran off.
He said: "I make about 15
steps and then I just feel my
legs and them go numb and I
Determined not to die,
Huggins said he dragged
himself through some bushes
and eventually made his way
to the steps near a resident's
home, where he was helped
and taken to the hospital.
Huggins was shot in the
scrotums and complained of
severe pain when he spoke
exclusively with the T&T
He said he was told by
doctors that his health would
return "to normal."
Two floors down from
Huggins, the other survivor,
Atiba Lewis, was nursing
gunshots injuries to the
forearm, stomach and
The T&T Guardian could not
speak to Lewis but his
mother, Patrice Lewis, said
she wanted justice for her
Lewis said her son, like
others who were shot, was
innocent and had just stepped
outside to collect a CD from
one of the three murdered
men. Lewis said she was sure
the killers were members of
the protective service.
(Jensen La Vende)
Desperlie Crescent, Laventille resident Anisha Harry collects a
donation from a T&T Defence Force member to purchase items for
the wake of murder victims Dillon "Bandy" Skeete, Joel Tash and
Tremaine Thomas, who were shot and killed by masked gunmen
last Thursday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A technical error led to the wrong version of
the lead story on the Laventille triple murders
being used on Page A3 of yesterday's edition.
We apologise to our readers for the error.
GETTING IT RIGHT:
Surviving victim crawled to safety
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