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Ralph Andre Lewis, 22, an
alleged victim of police abuse,
claims he is being offered as
much as $125,000 to drop the
case against eight police officers
assigned to the Sangre Grande
Lewis sustained burns to the
genital area and his buttocks after
he was doused with hot water,
allegedly by a woman police offi-
cer while at the police station.
He was also badly beaten.
Lewis s incident was initially
highlighted on the Crime Watch
programme with host Ian Alleyne,
on March 2, one week after the
alleged incident took place.
Speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Lewis, of
Coronation Road, Sangre Grande,
questioned why the investigations
into his incident were taking so
long and said he has been living
in fear since it happened.
"I have been fearful for my life
because now I don t have free-
dom of movement like before and
I always have to be watching over
don t know why the police and
them have not been charged yet,"
On February 24, Lewis said he
went into the Sangre Grande
Police Station after he learnt that
he was wanted by police. It was
not until the next day, having
been forced to stay at the station,
that he was badly beaten and
"The officers started to ques-
tion me about a series of house
breakings and larceny and I told
them that I did not know what
they were talking about and that
was when they beat me real bad.
Then a woman police officer put
some water to hot in a microwave
and then throw it on me, on my
private part and buttocks,"
He added that he was allowed
to leave without being charged
and went to seek medical treat-
ment at the Sangre Grande Dis-
trict Hospital but because of the
severity of the injuries he was
referred to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex in
"I went there and got further
attention and treatment by a
plastic surgeon. I was in extreme
pain and still enduring pains. It
was hard for me to even urinate
when the incident had just
occurred but now I am healing,"
Lewis said since he lodged a
report at the station against the
officers he had been frequently
approached by several "strange"
persons allegedly offering bribes.
"People who have never spoken
to me in life coming and offering
me money to drop the charges
against the officers but I am not
going to fall for that. The last fig-
ure I got was $150,000. A police
officer came to my uncle and
offered to give me that but my
uncle said no and he went the
next day to lodge a report of
bribe. I am going to pursue this
because I was abused for no rea-
son by the hands of these offi-
cers," Lewis said.
A source at the Sangre Grande
Police Station said he was aware
of the incident and that investi-
gations were ongoing. He said
that when those were completed
a file would be sent to the Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions for fur-
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A Spiritual Baptist leader believes there
is no need for panic over the discovery of
a human skull and candle in front the home
of a San Fernando family.
As far as Bishop Allison Jordon is aware,
there is no spiritual significance attached to
the skull and red candle.
"I don t have the faintest idea (what that
means). My faith is so strong these things I
don t believe in," she said, adding that she
believed it was just meant to scare the fam-
ily.However, she said, the mind was very
"Everything works with the power of mind.
If you have a strong spirit and you believe in
God those things cannot harm you. If you
have a fickle mind it will interfere with you
because you are weak."
She said a red candle represents power,
blood and victory.
The skull with a lit candle sent fears
throughout the community after it was dis-
covered by Samuel Oudit on the stairway of
his Hubert Rance Street home around 5 am
The police were contacted and the skull
was removed to the Forensic Sciences Centre
for testing while the police try to ascertain
where it came from.
Strangers offering alleged
police abuse victim bribes
Ralph Andre Lewis
"The officers started
to question me about
a series of house
larceny and I told
them that I did not
know what they
were talking about
and that was when
they beat me real
bad. Then a woman
police officer put
some water to hot in
a microwave and
then throw it on me,
on my private part
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