Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 4th 2015 Contents KALIFA CLYNE
With only a few months left to make
an impact as Minister of National
Security, retired Brig General Carl
Alfonso says his top priority is to
ensure the appointment of a substan-
tive Commissioner of Police.
Deputy Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams has been acting as
CoP for more than two years.
Williams was appointed Acting Com-
missioner of Police in 2012, after Cana-
dian Dwayne Gibbs resigned, and his
acting position has been extended six
times by the Police Service Commis-
Former commission chairman Prof
Ramesh Deosaran resigned last year in
apparent frustration over the cumber-
some legislative process to appoint a
"The commissioner of police is a top
priority. I am concerned as to why he
has been acting for so long.
"There must be some reason. I don t
know what that reason is but I intend
to find out," Alfonso said.
He was speaking to reporters after
being sworn in as a minister at the
Office of the President, St Ann s, yes-
Alfonso said his main concern was
to get the crime rate down.
"Having said that, I am not the one
to do it. I am the one to co-ordinate
activities of the Defence Force and the
other law enforcement agencies, police,
customs, the whole bunch.
"I don t need too much time to make
an impact. You re thinking about two
months or three months and that I may
not be able to make an impact. I will
make an impact. How terrific that
impact is is another story."
He said one issue he would be looking
at would be the proposal to legislate
for soldiers to have "police powers."
Former Arima MP Penelope
Beckles-Robinson, Arima deputy
mayor Anthony Garcia and PNM
activists Ian Forde will be
screened by the People s National
Movement for the Arima seat
PNM officials said Beckles-
Robinson received 30 nominations
out of Arima s 35 party groups.
They said Garcia got three
nominations and Forde, two nom-
PNM s Arima constituency
executive met last night to decide
on which candidate to recommend
to the PNM s screening committee
and to do preliminary interviews
of the three nominees.
Nominees for Toco/Sangre
Grande, Tabaquite and Caroni East
will also be screened today at Bal-
isier House,Port-of-Spain, starting
This will be the second screen-
ing for Toco/Sangre Grande after
recently submitted nominees,
including two councillors, were
rejected. (Gail Alexander)
Penny to be screened
today for Arima seat
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Two found guilty of
taxi driver's murder
Eight years after taxi driver
Adika Nicholas was hijacked and
stabbed 54 times, two men were
found guilty yesterday of the
crime, finally bringing closure to
the victim s family.
"I leave this in God s hands and
he work it out," said Nicholas
mother Marilyn Wilkinson
moments after the verdicts came
in.Avinash Pooran, who was 17
when held, and Winston Alleyne,
38, of Duncan Village, La Romaine,
were found guilty of murder after
a jury deliberated for two-and-
half hours in the San Fernando
First Criminal Court.
Pooran s attorney Sophia Chote,
SC, requested a probation officer s
report, particularly because of
Pooran s age at the time of his
Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor
ordered probation officers reports
for both prisoners as well as a bio-
social report, which she said would
be useful to the court in deter-
mining an appropriate sentence.
Pooran and Alleyne went on trial
last September 18 charged with
the Nicholas murder.
His body was discovered in a
drain at Grants Trace, Rousillac,
by a passerby on December 10,
The State s case was that the
two accused hijacked, stabbed and
stole Nicholas car, which they
scrapped and abandoned.
In opening the State s case, State
attorney Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal
said the accused had planned to
rob Nicholas of his car. The car
was found burnt and abandoned
in Borde Narve, scrapped of parts.
Nicholas mother had testified
that she last saw her son on
December 9, 2006 plying taxi in
his B-13 at Library Corner. She
said she saw when two passengers
got into the car but she could not
identify either of them.
As part of the State s case, the
evidence of acting sergeant Wazir
Ali, now dead, who had testified
at the Siparia Magistrates Court
was read to the jury.
Ali testified that Pooran took
him and other police officers to a
gravel road at the back of the old
sugar factory at Bronte Road.
He said Pooran told him: "This
is where we bring the car to try to
burn it. I remember them tall bush
Ali said Pooran also showed him
the area where he kicked Nicholas
and the victim fell in a drain.
Neither of the prisoners gave
evidence but they each called one
Through his attorney Rekha
Ramjit, Alleyne denied giving a
statement and interview to the
police implicating himself in the
murder. He claimed the police fab-
ricated the entire thing.
The matter will next be heard
on March 3 in the Port-of-Spain
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