Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 27th 2014 Contents JENSEN LA VENDE
Residents of the Paria, Brasso Seco
and surrounding areas yesterday
were promised an increased police
presence, help to set up a youth club
and professional counselling by act-
ing Commissioner of Police Stephen
Speaking with the residents at the
Brasso Seco Paria Visitor Facility
Information Centre yesterday, resi-
dents said they needed police patrols
in the area following the abduction
of five villagers and the murders of
Williams said members of the
Police Service s Victim and Witness
Support Unit would counsel affected
residents. He also promised to join
with the youths in the area to establish
a youth group following a suggestion
by one of the youths, Chrystal Gar-
cia.Before Williams made his promises
several villagers spoke of the abduc-
tion of Irma Rampersad, her daughter
Felicia and Jennelle Gonzales and her
14-month-old daughter Shania
While villagers thanked police for
their assistance during their ordeal,
they criticised their neighbours for
allowing such a thing to happen in
their once peaceful and family-like
One resident, Petra Joseph, called
on her community to examine them-
selves. She said there were too many
delinquent parents in the community,
some of who were blaming outsiders
for their recent troubles.
"Incest taking place here, uncles
having sex with their nieces, men
having sex with their children and it
is hidden but it will be revealed," she
said, adding that men in the com-
munity need to play a more active
role in their families.
Baby Shania s grandfather, Steve
Amoroso, spoke of the hurt he was
experiencing following the discovery
of her decomposed body in a sleeping
bag on November 8.
"I came up this evening paralysed.
The apple of my eyes was brutally
murdered. The doctors told me I am
one visit away from a stroke and I
should take it easy.
"I in this community here about
two years and I come to ask the com-
munity to come together so people
from the outside would not come in
and hold us as fugitive in our own
homes," he said to applause.
One resident told the gathering the
entire villager should not be held
responsible for the actions of Azmon
Alexander, who police identified as a
person of interest in their investiga-
tions into the kidnappings and mur-
He further called on Insp Roger
Alexander to apologise for his com-
ments that the villagers were to blame
for harbouring the wanted man. The
suspect was arrested on Saturday in
Malabar and has not yet been charged
for any offence.
Resident Bernadette Salina-Roach
angered some of the youths in atten-
dance when she said the increased
police presence stopped them from
smoking marijuana and walking
around with guns.
"It is us who condone the wrong
things. We need to stop doing this.
Parents you all need to step up since
this tragedy happen, no young men
have been seen smoking weed. These
young men have firearms but we not
seeing them anymore," she said.
Immediately after she spoke, 24-
year-old Akeem Garcia said the
youths were jobless. He said that was
the reason they stay on the roadway
smoking and liming during the day.
"We don t need people to point
fingers, we need jobs, employment,
not people judging us, we don t want
Williams told Garcia he should
make himself employable and not
depend on handouts.
MP for the area Rodger Samuel
was also present at the meeting.
Samuel said he would meet with
Chrystal Garcia about developing a
youth group in the area and other
youth-oriented events. He also
assured that the roads would be fixed.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Acting CoP to Paria residents:
More police for
speaks to Gail
sisters of the
a meeting at
Acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams yester-
day said he was unable say if an
official request was made to the
German authorities for assis-
tance in the chopping deaths of
two of their nationals.
Speaking with the media at a
town meeting in Brasso Seco,
Williams said he could not speak
on that or whether the Germans
decided on their own to assist.
On Tuesday, Dr Michael
Freudenberg, Charge d Affaires of
the German Embassy, said Ger-
man officials were deliberating
whether to send officers.
When contacted yesterday
Freudenberg said no decision had
Asked about the claims that
the Kiels killing was a hate crime,
Williams said at this stage in the
investigation he could not say
On Saturday, the bodies of
German nationals, Hubertus and
Birgid Keil, were found on Min-
ister s Bay, Bacolet. They were
chopped to death.
The couple lived alone at Baco-
let Crescent and had been hol-
idaying on the island for the past
20 years during the winter
Williams has appointed a spe-
cial team of investigators to probe
The killing of retired German
couple Birgid and Hubertus Keil
will have a backlash on visitors
coming to Tobago, said Chief Sec-
retary of the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) Orville London
They were found chopped to
death, metres apart, along Minis-
ter s Bay, Bacolet Beach, Tobago,
London was speaking to mem-
bers of the media after delivering
an address at the final day of the
fifth annual mediation symposium
at the Hyatt Hotel, Port-of-Spain.
The killing of the Keils have
made international headlines with
many condemning the attack.
He added: "I would not say that
in no way this would not have any
impact. Obviously I would be naive.
We are hoping the history of Toba-
go and the way in which the police
deal with it and the level of sen-
sitivity which all of us treat with
the situation, will convince the
visitors that Tobago is a safe place.
"But I am realistic enough to
understand that there will be some
fallout. We are hoping that the fall-
out will be manageable and that
the tourism sector will not suffer
On the sentiments from visitors
following the murders, London
said he did not get the sense of
any undue panic among them.
"The statistics are still there. It
is a very unfortunate incident but
I think we have got to balance the
incident and the horror of the inci-
dent and the realities.
"The reality is there has been a
significant improvement in the
security situation in Tobago and
that is what makes all of this so
ironic and tragic," London added.
He also called on Tobagonians
to play their part to make the island
He added: "I have confidence
that the police will be doing all
that is possible.
"I believe in the circumstances
that there is an extremely good
chance that the culprit will be
"It will be a little premature of
me to make a determination as to
when but I know, based on what
I have seen and what I have heard
and what I know is happening, the
Commissioner (of Police) is putting
all the resources necessary into the
process and I have confidence in
On whether the number of
Tobago s police officers should be
increased, London said that, along
with suggestions of more patrols
and the installation of closed-cir-
cuit television (CCTV) cameras,
were recommended to acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams.
But, he added, much more
needed to be done.
people themselves. We have to be
more observant and be willing...
sometimes even when we have
information we don t oftentimes
pass on the information to the rel-
"This is a time for introspection
and I am not one of those who
believe when something like this
happens you only blame one
source," London said.
He added that security was not
just about the police doing their
work but required an effort by the
"It is also an opportunity for all
of us involved in the process... the
people, the organisations, it is up
the place safer," London said.
After murder of German couple...
Acting CoP mum on
help from Germans
Regarding complaints made by
Azmon Alexander's attorney
Fareed Ali that his client was not
receiving the best treatment in
custody, Williams said he was not
being kept at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel or the Radisson.
Alexander, who was arrested
last Saturday, has not yet been
charged for any offence. Asked
about the period of time the
suspect has been in custody
without charge, Williams said the
police have the discretion to
detain a suspect until a
"reasonable" period and if Ali was
concerned he could file a writ of
habeas corpus in the High Court.
Yesterday Ali said his client
was allowed to bathe using a
hose in his holding cell. He added
that his client was given his
medication on Tuesday night
after he complained.
Links Archive November 26th 2014 November 28th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page