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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 8, 2014
Newly-appointed director of
the Police Complaints Authority
(PCA) attorney David West said
one of his first objectives was to
ensure the organisation has the
legislative teeth to deal with per-
tinent matters, including extra-
He made the comments while
fielding questions from the media
after he was sworn in at President s
House, St Ann s, yesterday.
The PCA s deputy director Mas-
ter Ralph Doyle was reappointed
for another term.
"Just before I came in here I
had a chance to meet briefly with
Master Doyle and we agreed that
legislation would be the number
one priority to get to Cabinet so
we can get those teeth like what
Barbados and Jamaica has," West
On complaints by his predeces-
sor, Gillian Lucky, about the lack
of co-operation from the police
in the timely submissions of files
and other important documents,
West said he first would have to
meet with acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams. "My
approach would be to meet with
the acting Police Commissioner
and develop some protocols on
how we move forward in unison.
"I don t want any aggravation
between the two bodies... we are
all one, we are all one T&T," he
West, the former head of the
Central Authority, said he was
honoured to be selected and
thanked Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley for jointly
On what skills he would bring
to the organisation, he listed those
as his "communication skills and
"Also my law-enforcement
background. I think I have the
right mix in these departments. I
have dealt with police officers
before and I dealt with the public,
so I think I have the right mix for
the job," West added.
Asked if he was surprised to be
selected, he said he was not as
Lucky had told him she had rec-
ommended him. "I agreed to the
recommendation so I was not sur-
prised," West added.
He said he intended to maintain
a cordial relationship with the
media and to hear the grievances
"I want the media to know I
am approachable and I am also
very independent and the office
is independent and I will be vocal
where I see it fit," West said.
Lucky resigned last month to
become a High Court judge.
Her resignation came on the
heels of the resignation of Prof
Ramesh Deosaran as head of the
Police Service Commission.
Lucky had complained that
because of the shortcomings in
the legislative purview of the PCA,
it was ineffective at handling some
of the complaints it received.
She had said there was a need
to look at the criteria for evidence,
including allowing the use of wit-
ness statements in their absence
as a result of death or threats.
Other measures she recom-
mended included a 24-hour foren-
sic science centre.
Newly-appointed director of the Police Complaints Authority David
West, left, and deputy director Ralph Doyle chat at the Office of the
President after their appointment yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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The ongoing gang war between
the Rasta City and Muslim gangs
ended another life on Thursday
evening after three gunmen
ambushed a 41-year-old Diego Mar-
tin man, police say.
Dan Harry Baboolal was with
Derek Billingy around 6.45 pm near
his home at Upper Covigne Road,
Diego Martin, when the gunmen shot
Baboolal was shot several times
and died on the scene.
Billingy was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital by Cpl Linton
and PCs Kirton and Mosely, who
were on patrol in the area, where he
is still warded.
The Homicide Bureau is contin-
A masked man barged into the
Claxton Bay home of scrap iron
dealer Timothy Francois, 55, on
Thursday night and pumped two
bullets into his head, killing him
Francois s girlfriend, Rehana
Brown, 24, who was lying in bed
with him around 10.30 pm when he
was shot escaped because the gun
failed to discharge when the killer
pointed it at her and pulled the trig-
At this point the assailant fled into
some bushes. A handyman, who was
at Francois s home when the incident
occurred, was also shot at by the
man. The handyman has not been
seen since. Police said there was no
trail of blood to indicate he was
injured and believe shock may have
caused him to go into hiding.
Police are investigating a cause for
the killing as Francois children said
he was a good man who had no ene-
His girlfriend was removed from
the home by police.
Francois, whose left leg was ampu-
tated from below the knee a year ago
as a result of diabetes, was the father
of four sons, one of whom died as
One of them, Shawndell, who lived
with him, was at home when the
incident occurred but in a different
room of the house and was not
Diego man killed in gang war
Scrap iron dealer murdered in bed
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