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At least three boys at a
denominational school in San
Fernando had to be screened for
HIV last month after they were
buggered by a martial arts
Cpl Cedeno-Figaro of the Mon
Repos Station arrested a 50-year-
old Cocoyea man at his home on
Sunday, shortly after a 14-year-
old victim took police to a lonely
area on San Fernando Hill where
he was raped under the pretence
of being trained.
The alleged incidents also hap-
pened at the instructor s home,
where he would take them to read
and chant from spiritual books.
A source told the T&T
Guardian yesterday: "Apparently
he had them reading bad books
and would take them to a room
at his home where he would blow
smoke in their faces while chant-
ing stuff. He told them that it
was part of their spiritual growth."
Police have already received
statements from the boys and
school officials and were awaiting
legal advice yesterday before lay-
They said the rapes started in
May but were only reported last
month when one of the boys con-
fided in a friend who then report-
ed the incident to the school prin-
Another victim said his 19-
year-old friend said the man had
done the same thing to him.
The T&T Guardian was told
school officials wanted the matter
to be dealt with quietly because
it "was a good school."
Speaking by telephone yester-
day, a school official denied any
teacher at his school was involved
in a police investigation but con-
firmed police were investigating
a matter which involved students
at the school.
Another official told police a
teacher had recommended the
suspect to train students because
he was a martial arts experts who
taught at other schools.
Several years ago, the instructor
was arrested while teaching karate
at a gym in Freeport for the same
Back then, he trained students
from another secondary school
in San Fernando, where it was
alleged he would massage them
until their muscles were weak
and then rape them.
The matter was dismissed
when it reached the magistrates
court because the victims did not
attend the hearings.
JENSEN LA VENDE
Residents of Cocorite are bracing
for further murders that they fear
may take place in their community
after the shooting death of former
turned contractor, Junior Matthew
He was killed yesterday morning
while on his way to his mini-mart.
The 41-year-old father of four had
just left his home at Ethlyn Trace
around 9.45 am yesterday when a car
pulled up and a man opened fire on
Neptune, who went by the Muslim
name Abdul Jabbar, was shot several
times and died outside his business
place which was being renovated. He
was a contractor and had been hired
to do renovations on two Housing
Development Corporation (HDC)
buildings in the area.
Residents told the media Neptune
was "a good boy" who used to keep
the peace in the area.
Two elderly women, seated on an
old air-conditioning unit, spoke of
the horrors they were sure would fol-
low Neptune s death.
"It would be real war now. Allyuh
photographers would have plenty work
in Cocorite because of that man lying
down there," one woman said.
Another said yesterday was "Black
Monday" and said the appropriate
Play Whe mark would be four for
Another resident said despite Nep-
tune being like a fairy godfather to
many youths in the area, he lived by
the sword and died by it.
One woman said she was planning
on staying indoors during the night.
At the murder scene Neptune s sis-
ter Sue-Ann Neptune said she got a
phone call yesterday to say her brother
had been killed.
"He was a good man, always hus-
tling to provide but was also quiet
and used to keep to himself. He had
"Really and truly, I don t know why
they did this. I don t live down here
so I can t say I hearing this or hearing
that. I really don t know," Neptune
When undertakers removed Nep-
tune s body around 2 pm his widow
screamed out for him and had to be
consoled by a female police officer
and her mother.
According to residents this was the
second time Neptune was shot within
the space of four weeks.
Earl St Bernard, a 32-year-old PH
driver who worked for Neptune, was
killed on September 23 after gunmen
saw him bring Neptune home from
the hospital after he had been shot.
Neptune, they said, told his shooters
if they wanted war they could get it
and believed yesterday s killing was
one battle in the upcoming war.
Police said a high-powered weapon
was used in the killing as over 25 spent
shells were found at the scene.
Neptune is believed to have been
hit by at least half that number of
His murder took the toll to 317 for
the year, six more than the correspon-
ding period last year.
Erica Joseph was seen tight-
ly hugging a tiny red teddybear
crying yesterday as she sat on
a mattress under a tent at the
Queen s Park Savannah, Port-
Yesterday marked 18 days
since she and her husband, for-
mer national heavyweight boxer
Wendell Joseph, 68, moved to
The couple is again making
a plea for the relevant author-
ities to assist them in getting
a home as soon as possible or
some good samaritan to come
to their rescue.
The T&T Guardian asked
Joseph why she was crying and
how she and her husband were
getting by. She replied:
"Girl it hard. I going down.
My health deteriorating and
nobody hearing us. Nobody
from the Government listening
to us and showing that they
Joseph s husband, Wendell,
who left Erica alone to go and
fill up some bottles of water,
upon his return said: "I not giv-
ing up this fight you know. We
are citizens and we need help."
Calls to the cellphone of
Minister of Housing Dr Roodal
Moonilal yesterday went unan-
Forty members of the Highway
Re-route Movement (HRM),
mostly young people, have begun
a 40-day "relay fast" outside the
Office of the Prime Minister in
support of the HRM s leader Dr
Wayne Kublalsingh. They will
each fast for a day in turn.
The initiative, called the "Project
40 movement," was kicked off by
HRM member Staroi Hassanali
from Santa Cruz.
Hassanali, who said he recently
joined the HRM, said he felt com-
pelled to do so as he wanted more
accountability and transparency
from the Government.
A psychotherapy graduate who
recently returned to T&T, Has-
sanali said he would be fasting for
24 hours until 9 am today.
"It was important to be involved
because I recognise that Dr
Kublalsingh s cause impact us all
in so many ways. It s about taking
a more active stance," Hassanali
Another supporter, Gerry
Williams, said the primary aims
of the Project 40 movement was
to show solidarity with the broader
issues the HRM was highlighting.
"We are also concerned for the
health of Dr Kublalsingh and want
to show we are willing to take up
the baton. Ultimately we want to
do what we can to achieve the
objective of mediation on the high-
way re-route issue," Williams
The group said it was important
to continue the initiative, as
although Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar visited him on
the weekend while he was hospi-
talised, she gave no commitment
to agree to mediation on the mat-
ter.In fact, in an interview with the
media outside the St Clair Medical
on Sunday night, the PM said she
remained firm in her position on
the matter. Fr Clyde Harvey, who
visited the group yesterday, said it
was important to think about the
things which may be sustaining
"The things which he believes
to be prayers, faith and a connec-
tion to the source, which is how
Wayne frequently refers to God
and to remember that sustenance
could die tomorrow and that
Wayne could die," Harvey said.
He said the HRM must think
about how it would continue if
Kublalsingh died and urged those
wanting to support him by fasting
should also inherit Kublalsingh s
Ricardo Bharath Hernandez, chief
of the First Peoples Community
in Arima, makes an offerings of
food in the Arima River yesterday
during the community's annual
water ceremony. PHOTO:
Karate tutor held
for buggery of
Ex-Jamaat coup member killed so...
Cocorite braces for 'war'
18 days but still no help for Savannah couple
40 HRM members in 'relay fast'
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