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Southern Division Task Force
members were called to the Gas-
parillo Secondary School yes-
terday where they arrested a 24-
year-old former student who
sneaked through a hole in the
fence and threatened a student
with a gun.
The suspect, who lives at Torrib
Trace, New Grant, was accosted
and subdued by the school s prin-
cipal, Satnanan Maharaj, and a
safety officer after they heard
Some students were also
reported to have jumped the gun-
man at some stage before the
principal intervened as well.
Police, who came a short while
afterwards, seized an unloaded
.380 pistol and took the suspect
and other students to the Gas-
parillo Police Station where they
were all questioned until late
According to police reports,
there was a dispute among a
group of students during the 11
am lunch break and one of the
students called the suspect to
come to the school.
Soon after the suspect arrived
he had an argument with a group
of students but he then pulled
out a gun and pointed it at one
of the boys.
Police said no shots were fired
but the T&T Guardian under-
stands one student told a relative
they heard a gunshot and stu-
dents frantically dived under
desks and sought cover.
Relating the incident to the rel-
ative, the student said a group of
Form Five boys were going around
the school terrorising other stu-
dents as it was their last day of
She said students who were
around the science block saw the
gunman enter the school through
the bushes at the back.
One student became so afraid
during the incident she suffered
an asthma attack but could not
reach her inhaler which was in
Another student, who contact-
ed her father, was told to hide
until police arrived.
School was dismissed early and
a resident near the school said
parents were lined up outside the
gate, waiting to ensure their chil-
dren were safe and to hustle them
Despite yesterday s drama, stu-
dents were still seen hanging
around the school hours after it
An official from the Ministry of
Education confirmed the incident
yesterday, saying that it was now
a police matter.
The school has already submit-
ted a report and the official said
counselling services would be pro-
vided to students affected by the
He said school would continue
as usual today.
Intruder confronts Gasparillo Sec students...
Police arrested three drug runners
in Cocorite yesterday in what was
described by some as a scene straight
from an action movie.
The drama started after armed Coast
Guard officers were seen chasing a fish-
ing boat in the Gulf of Paria with five
suspects, illegal guns and drugs. Police
onshore were alerted and prepared
themselves to assist their colleagues.
According to police reports, around
1.45 pm members of the Coast Guard
received a tip that a pirogue was smug-
gling drugs and guns into the country.
The Coast Guard, after liaising with
their police counterparts, chased the
vessel, which had four men on board,
to shore near the dock of party boat,
Police said three men jumped off
and headed for land. The fourth suspect
attempted to escape on the open sea
but was stopped a short distance away
at the Cocorite fishing depot.
Coast Guard officials said as the boat
was coming ashore the men threw a
bag overboard which they believed was
filled with guns. When police searched
the boat they found a quantity of mar-
ijuana. The bag thrown overboard had
not been found up to last night.
With assistance from the National
Operations Centre (NOC) helicopter,
one of the three men arrested initially
pretended to be an employee of Reel
Tackle, which is located along the West-
ern Main Road. The other two suspects
were held after running through the
compound of Econo Car Rentals.
Eyewitnesses told the T&T Guardian
that after the trio came ashore police
were seen chasing them and firing in
the air in attempt to get them to sur-
The police eventually caught one of
the men and later arrested the other,
even as he attempted to "blend in"
with members of the public. Up to press
time the fourth man was still on the
run. ---JENSEN LA VENDE
Drug runners held after
sea and land chase
JENSEN LA VENDE
A Grenadian planning his
wedding was one of two men
murdered in separate incidents
According to police, Sammy
Cadet, 37, of Clifton Hill, East
Dry River, Port-of-Spain, was at
home with his common-law wife,
Jacqueline Job, and her four sons,
who are all autistic, around 6 pm
when five masked gunmen ran
into their yard.
Two of the gunmen forced their
way into the house while three
stood guard outside.
Cadet was shot several times
by the gunmen and died at the
Police said the shooting was
linked to an argument between
Cadet and a relative of a deceased
gangleader in Grenada earlier this
Speaking with the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday, Job said Cadet returned
to the island hours before he was
killed having been gone for just
over a month.
She said the two had already
discussed marriage and Cadet
had bought their wedding rings
and was planning to repair her
home, which was firebombed
"He liked to clean, always
cleaning and washing. All I had
to do was cook. We were together
since 2011 but like I am not to
have anyone in my life because
something always happening," a
distraught Job said.
The second killing took place
about eight hours earlier in Bel-
mont. The victim, Diamond
Smith, 22, died while undergoing
emergency surgery at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital.
Police said around 10.15 am
Smith was riding his bicycle along
Belmont Circular Road when he
was shot. He was taken to the
hospital and died an hour later.
His mother, Mindy Roach, said
Smith, of McKai Lands, Belmont,
was a painter who began to asso-
ciate with the wrong crowd after
she and his father broke up.
The murders of the two took
the toll to 378. The corresponding
toll for last year was 366.
Two murdered in PoS
Coast Guard officers walk along the Western Main Road, Cocorite, while
searching for suspects who eluded them on the seas in the Gulf of Paria and
made a dash for freedom on land yesterday. Three of the suspects were
eventually held. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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