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Police constable Kashyap Ryan Lochan, who was
shot twice while responding to a robbery at a bar
in Barrackpore two weeks ago, says he remains com-
mitted to the T&T Police Service (TTPS) and will
not leave the job. But he believes police recruits need
more training before being sent out into the field.
Lochan, 21, who was released from hospital last
Saturday, made the comment yesterday as he spoke
to the T&T Guardian about the incident from his
Cumoto Road, Princes Town, home.
"Yes I will be staying in the service," he said, when
asked whether he would take his family s advice and
leave the service in the wake of the incident.
"Since I was a little boy I wanted to be an officer.
However, it s true we don t receive proper training.
The (training) time is just too short."
The incident at the Vietnam Bar, Barrackpore, earlier
this month sparked a major public debate after the
video of the entire response was first aired by Ian
Alleyne on the CNC s Crime Watch programme.
After seeing the video, both members of the public
and the police service admitted that it appeared the
officers who responded to the scene did not have
proper training. They noted, among other things, that
the three bandits appeared more composed when they
were firing at Lochan and his colleagues, whereas the
police appeared somewhat disoriented when they
were fired upon.
Yesterday, Lochan explained that the current time
period for training is six to seven months.
"I think it should be at least eight to ten months
Lochan also tried to describe his experience on the
night he was shot.
"I can t really explain the feeling I had, all I can
say is I thought it was a fight or something, because
we were responding to a disturbance. But we have to
Saying he is unsure when he will be returning to
active duty, Lochan praised the support services of
"I was offered counselling, at my convenience. All
I can say is that the support has been excellent."
He added that he hoped the men who shot him
would be brought to justice.
Lochan has seven months service and was working
at the Barrackpore Police Station at the time.
His father, Terry Lochan, also took the opportunity
yesterday to offer thanks to staff at the San Fernando
General Hospital (SFGH), where his son received emer-
gency surgery after being shot and spent eight days
"I really have to say my sincerest thanks to the
doctors, nurses and staff at the SFGH. And to the
doctors who did emergency surgery on him, a special
thanks to them."
The elder Lochan said he would support any decision
his son made, although the family initially felt he
should quit after going through this ordeal.
"I believe the whole experience would have made
him stronger. I support him in anything he decides
to do," he said.
Shot cop on mend back home
way too short
Around 10.30 pm on January 2, Constable
Kashyap Lochan was shot in the lower
abdomen and left leg while responding to a
robbery at the Vietnam Bar in Barrackpore.
Lochan was accompanied by his colleagues,
WPC Cholai and PC Sookhoo, at the time.
When Lochan approached the bar, one of the
three armed bandits opened fire on him, hitting
him twice. Shots were also fired at the vehicle
Lochan and his colleagues arrived in and at
The bandits were able to escape with
approximately $35,000 in cash plus cell phones
and jewelry that were taken from patrons.
Police are still searching for the men.
Larceny charges against a deaf man
were not read to him in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court for the past two days
because no one could communicate with
Atiba Spann was arrested Wednesday
and taken to court on Thursday and then
again yesterday, but the matter could not
proceed. In the circumstances, Senior Mag-
istrate Nanette Forde-John granted Spann
The offences allegedly took place at
Republic Bank s Gulf View branch. It is
alleged that Spann stole a jacket, a bottle
of mixed nuts, a bottle of Lysol and a Bay-
gon spray from an employee. The other
charge alleged that he stole five bank card
holders, valued at $15, and three cheque
book wallets belonging to the bank.
Yesterday, prosecutor Sgt Veano Ragoo
told Forde-John that Spann initially
appeared in the Sixth Court on Wednesday
where an interpreter was present. However,
the charges were not read to him because
the interpreter had difficulty understanding
Spann because he had no formal schooling
and did not know formal sign language.
The matter was then transferred to the
Fourth Court and he was remanded into
When he appeared in the Fourth Court
yesterday, there was no interpreter so the
matter was stood down until after lunch.
The matter was then called in the First
Court, but the interpreter still did not
Spann was represented by attorney Sub-
has Panday, but despite fervent attempts
Panday could take no instructions from
him. Panday said Spann s family was in
court earlier, but apparently left.
Saying it would also be senseless to get
an official interpreter because Spann never
learnt formal sign language, he suggested
that a family member who could under-
stand him assist the court. Spann, who
has other criminal matters pending, was
later granted bail and the matter transferred
to the Fourth Court for next Thursday.
FURNESS TRINIDAD LIMITED
In the issue of "The Trinidad Guardian" for January
3rd 2015, it was stated in an article entitled "CSO
moves to Capital Plaza" that the building known as
Furness Building on Independence Square, Port-of-
Spain, was declared unfit for human occupation by
the Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA)
in May 2013 due to electrical problems and leaks in
"The Trinidad Guardian" is now satisfied that the
above statements were wholly unfounded and retracts
them unconditionally. "The Trinidad Guardian" also
wishes to express its regret to Furness Trinidad Lim-
ited and to apologise to the company for any embar-
rassment and inconvenience which may have been
caused to it.
No interpreter, so deaf man gets bail
One of the creative designs displayed by Avalon Sharpe during Hyatt Regency
Crazy Hatz 6 Carnival party at the hotel's ballroom in Port -of-Spain
yesterday. Shapre's design took first place in the Best Hat competition..
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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