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JENSEN LA VENDE
Four policemen attached to the
Northern Division hid from media
cameras after they appeared before
a Port-of-Spain magistrate
charged with misbehaviour in
After the matter ended, Sgt
Lester Garcia, Cpl Sheldon Peterson
and constables Dexter Edwards and
Ronan Newton avoided the media
and eventually used the court s pri-
vate entrances to escape being pho-
Earlier, they appeared before
Magistrate Christine Charles on
three charges, each in connection
with the theft of $525,000 from
businessowners Danny and Yvonne
Owu s Bon Air Gardens, Arouca,
apartment on September 17.
Garcia, Edwards and Newton are
attached to the La Horquetta Police
Station while Peterson is attached
to the Malabar station.
The court heard that three of
them allegedly ransacked the apart-
ment while the fourth waited in an
SUV outside. The couple, who were
not at home at the time, were con-
tacted 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
to the Arouca station.
The missing money, which the
media was told initially tallied at
$625,000, is yet to be recovered.
The men, who were each granted
$800,000 station bail, were rep-
resented by attorneys Sophia Chote
SC and Trevor Clarke.
When they appeared before the
magistrate, court prosecutor Sgt
Callister Charles told her he was
not objecting to them continuing
on station bail as they were mem-
bers of the Police Service and had
no previous or pending matters.
He added that the case file was
sent to the office of the Director
of Public Prosecutions for the
appointment of a State attorney.
The matter was adjourned to
October 8 and transfered to the
Arima Magistrates Court.
Lawyers for global search
engine Google Inc have request-
ed another month to compile
information for the Integrity
Commission to help in the
ongoing E-mailgate probe.
Lawyers for the body will now
have to wait until the end of the
month for the critical information
from the US-based firm.
This is the second extension
granted by the lawyers for the
commission, as Google s first
extension request lapsed on Sep-
The commission s deputy
chairman, Justice Sebastien Ven-
tour, yesterday confirmed they
had granted the second exten-
"We allowed them to have it,"
he said in a telephone interview.
When pressed for details, Ven-
tour said he could not comment
further at this time.
"I am prepared to disclose any-
thing of substance to the people
but I am not going to speculate,"
Ventour said he was also pre-
pared to let the law take its course
on the extension time.
"If it is overdone or absurd
then I will be pressed to find out
why but it is wise to let them
have the additional time," he said.
Ventour is heading the probe
as chairman Ken Gordon has
recused himself from the matter.
The matter was first brought
to the public s attention by Oppo-
sition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
during a motion in Parliament
in May last year.
He had read out a thread of e-
mails in the Section 34 fiasco,
which he claimed alleged serious
misconduct on the part of those
The e-mails were purported
to have come from addresses
belonging to Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan and
three other senior ministers.
Persad-Bissessar and her col-
leagues denied any knowledge of
the e-mails and claimed they
were fabrications but the PM
subsequently ordered a probe into
This continued investigation
by the commission comes after
Ramlogan received confirmation
from Google that the e-mails in
question did not originate from
his address. It was later revealed
that the commission s probe is
seeking to investigate different
parameters to Ramlogan s search.
Google gets more time
Integrity's body E-mailgate probe stalled again
Police Inspector Sahadeo
Singh was honoured with
a gun salute and a fly-by of
two National Operations
Centre helicopters at the
Waterloo cremation site,
During his funeral service,
Singh was described by
pastor Clive Dottin as a true
ambassador with a quality
"He was noble and com-
passionate at the same time.
We need to have more
Sahadeos out here," he said.
Dottin, who said Singh
worked closely with the peo-
ple of Laventille, said he was
saddened by the views of
some residents in the
hotspot communities who
had publicly rejoiced over
his passing. He said he
believed those people were
afraid to come out and talk
the truth about Singh.
"The people there do not
speak for the majority of the
people of Laventille, for he
was loved and respected by
all. What they said was not
the whole story," Dottin told
"Maybe they did not want
to say the truth and say a
word of commendation for
they fear they will be killed
for saying good things about
Singh," he added.
Acting Minister of
National Security, Clifton De
Coteau, during his remarks,
told the hundreds gathered
that Government would
consider calls for Singh to
be given a national award
Delivering the eulogy,
DCP Glen Hackett said
Singh was the recipient of
27 commendation awards
for his dedication, painstak-
ing work and astounding
performance in the T&T
Police Service (TTPS).
"He served T&T with dis-
tinction and he will be for-
ever remembered in the
TTPS," Hackett said.
Singh s niece, Tamara
Rattansingh, who was
inconsolable during the
service, described her uncle
as a humble man who loved
his family unconditionally.
She said Singh, who was
fondly called uncle Booj, was
a devoted Hindu and was
planning to take two weeks
leave to prepare for Divali,
which will be celebrated later
Tears flowed from almost
everyone, including senior
police, friends, family, neigh-
bours and the media, when
his daughter, Reva, was per-
formed artie (a Hindu ritu-
al).She began screaming for
"Come back daddy. Why
you leave me and gone
daddy? I shaking you to
wake you up and you not
getting up. Wake up daddy!
Don t leave me daddy!"
Hundreds say farewell to Singh
for 4 cops
After being told Google had sought more
time yesterday, Ramlogan said he was
"happy" Google Inc was "taking its time" to
respond to the commission's query.
"The allegations are quite grave and carry
serious consequences for both Dr Rowley
and myself. The future of both our political
careers depend on the outcome of this
investigation," he said.
Ramlogan said If the alleged e-mails are
authentic he should be "charged, prosecuted
"If they are proved to be fabricated and
fake, then Dr Rowley's credibility will be
destroyed and he should resign and be
prosecuted for criminal libel," he said.
He predicted that it is "only a matter of
time before Rowley started to downplay his
role in this matter," adding he is "confident"
he will be vindicated in the matter.
"So I hope Dr Rowley is prepared to face
the consequences of his recklessness," he
Cpl Sheldon Peterson
Members of a Guard of Honour carry
out the gun salute during the funeral
for Inspector Sahadeo Singh at the
Waterloo cremation site yesterday.
Relatives of Inspector Sahadeo Singh console each other
during his funeral at Caparo yesterday.
PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Singh was enlisted to
the TTPS on April 18
1977 and passed out on
November 24 that same
year. He was then
assigned to the Port-of-
Spain Division, where he
worked in every police
station, except at
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