Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 31st 2015 Contents A8
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 31, 2015
JENSEN LA VENDE
The attorney representing the man
who is of interest to the police in the
murder of television host and jour-
nalist Marcia Henville, 51, says the
police six-day delay in alerting the
Legal Aid department is a breach of
the man s constitutional rights.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Sheldon Henville s attorney Fareed Ali
said the police were once again showing
contempt for the Legal Aid department.
"This is another instant of margin-
alising and undermining the confidence
of the public in the Legal Aid by exclud-
ing the Legal Aid from dialogue with
Henville, through his attorney. This
ought to stop," Ali said.
He said Legal Aid was contacted on
Thursday while Henville, Marcia s hus-
band, had been in the custody of the
police, albeit at the Eric Williams Med-
ical Complex, since last Saturday.
This, he said, was an embarrassment
to the police and they should account
for their actions.
Furthermore, Ali said, the taking of
a statement by the police from his client
while he was in pain at the hospital
was also unacceptable.
Ali said his client suffered 30 per
cent burns and had been speaking in
laboured terms as he has difficulty sit-
He said his client was not very coher-
ent and visitations had been stripped
to just his attorney as of yesterday.
Henville, 39, has been refusing to
eat food and has been abusing staff at
the hospital, sources said.
Henville suffered non-life threatening
burns in a fire which damaged the cou-
ple s home at Fidelis Heights, St Augus-
tine, last Saturday.
Errol Fabien, talk show
host and friend of Marcia
Henville, yesterday criti-
cised and blasted residents
of the community where
the slain journalist lived for
not helping her in her time
of need. He further called
on people in society to stop
being bystanders and stand
up for others when they
"Marcia Henville called
for help. Marcia Henville
screamed. In that fancy
Fidelis Heights place nobody
went when she called for
help. If anyone in Fidelis
Heights was bawling, Marcia
would have been banging on
that front door, but no,
nobody wanted to help Mar-
cia," Fabien said.
Henville was laid to rest
yesterday in the Tunapuna
Cemetery after a funeral
service at the Holiness
Revival Ministries in Wood-
She was found dead in her
Fidelis Heights home in St
Augustine last week Satur-
day. Initial reports stated she
died in a fire. However, an
autopsy said she was mur-
Fabien lamented on
Henville s final moments
and chided those who did
not help her while she was
Fabien, who got emotional
during his testimonial to
Henville s life, admonished
people for not helping others
who were in need.
"This is not the country
I know. When somebody
was calling for help, what is
going on? Who are we?
Nobody ever helped you?
Oh gorm, help somebody.
Stand up for somebody.
Believe in yourself and stand
up for somebody. Even if
someone is not behind you,
stand up for somebody.
"Like we got shy or stu-
pid? That has to stop. We
don t have to know who call
"They don t have to pay
us. They don t have to bawl
out. We can see when people
need help. I don t know
what happen. Anyone can
tell me how we got so stu-
pidly? We can t not go when
people need help," Fabien
He called on the mourners
to reflect on Henville s lega-
cy and help others as much
as they could.
"Marcia is not dead.
Everybody we have to help
Marcia. We have to help
people who are in
trouble...She must have a
voice in all of us else we
wouldn t just bury Marcia,
we would kill her and we
cannot kill Marcia Henville,"
The service was filled to
capacity. To honour
Henville s unique style of
dress, many chose to wear
bright pink outfits, feather
boas, and one woman wore
a rainbow wig.
Some of the mourners
included Community Devel-
opment Minister Winston
Peters, former sport minister
Anil Roberts, former gender
minister Verna St Rose-
Greaves, the musical group
3Canal and members of the
Henville s children,
Chioke and Nekiyah
Henville, gave the eulogy for
Chioke said despite all the
difficult times his family had
been put through, he forgave
his mother s killer.
"In life there will be peo-
ple who will hurt you and
cause you pain. You cannot
hold grudges," Chioke said.
He said among the best
advice his mother gave him
was "Don t care about what
other people say about you.
If you like it, wear it."
That motto, Chioke said,
was reflected in her life.
"She always used to say I
don t care about what other
people say. It is just their
opinion," Chioke said.
Chioke said his mother s
devotion to helping people
would alway resonate with
Nekiyah reflected on her
mother s bravery, saying
Marcia was never afraid of
"Marcia Henville, my
mother, was an amazing
journalist. Bold and fearless,
she never hesitated to help
Following the video footage of a police officer shooting
out the tyre of a vehicle transporting Soca artiste Rodney
"Benjai" Le Blanc, both the police and National Security
Minister Gary Griffith are calling for a public awarenesss
campaign on following police convoys.
Griffith divulged in Parliament the steps taken to protect
an individual assigned a security detail in the case of an
ambush. The minister was responding to questions posed
by Opposition MP Dr Amery Browne in Parliament yes-
terday relating to the shooting at Le Blanc s vehicle.
"If there is an ambush there is a specific drill to secure
the principal which includes a rear vehicle staying a way
back from the fire and then provide cover before extracting
the principal. Hence the reason, for example, for armoured
personnel carrier which is used for most heads of state
worldwide" Griffith said.
He recalled the 1989 shooting of a car transporting
Zalayhar Hassanali, wife of now deceased former president
Noor Hassanali. He said that attacks on high-ranking state
officials were not uncommon in this country.
"When there is a convoy with the President or the
Prime Minister, and so on, they do not overtake to avoid
traffic but to ensure they are not static targets and become
targets for an ambush" he said.
In a video posted on social media, a marked police sports
utility vehicle (SUV) is seen driving along the highway
near Aranguez when a policeman appears through the left
side of the SUV and fires at the car Le Blanc is in. The
video ends after the shooting. Le Blanc was reportedly
heading out of Port-of-Spain after performing his 2015
hit Phenomenal in the semifinals of the International
Groovy Soca Monarch competition at the Queen s Park
Savannah at the time of the incident. He sustained minor
injuries after his car s tyre was hit, forcing the car to stop
Griffith also explained to Parliament that there were
guideliness and protocols used in securing dignitaries with
the protocols depending on the threat assessment.
He said that those charged with ensuring the safety of
the dignitaries made "judgment calls" with the use of
force policy based on their threat assessment.
He said he would not be able to comment if the minimum
use of force was used in Le Blanc s incident, as the matter
was still being investigated by police.
He said that the public awareness campaign should
include information on the minimum distance from dig-
nitaries convoys that motorists should stay.
Joining such a convoy was putting the lives of both the
motorist and the state official in jeopardy.
In a telephone interview yesterday, president of the
Police Service Social and Welfare Association Insp Anand
Ramesar said Le Blanc and/or his driver should be charged
with obstructing police in the execution of their duty and
dangerous driving. (JLV)
Fabien scolds residents for not helping
Griffith: Risk assessed
in shooting Benjai's tyre
Marcia Henville's children Nekiyah and Chioke place a flower
on their mother's casket during her funeral service yesterday
at Holiness Revival Ministries, Woodbrook.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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