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President of the Police Service and
Social Welfare Association Insp Anand
Ramesar says there has been headway
regarding salary negotiations with the
Chief Personnel Officer (CPO).
Members of the association met CPO
Stephanie Lewis for close to six hours at
her Port-of-Spain office on Tuesday and
Ramesar described the talks as "very
promising." He also commended Lewis
for what he described as opening the door
for improved wage talks.
"There has been some progress. The
relationship between the association and
the Chief Personnel Officer has improved.
We are at the current juncture where the
CPO has opened the door to negotiate for
a higher wage increase," Ramesar said.
He added that the membership was
anxiously waiting on a definite commit-
ment from the CPO.
Saying the hard work and dedication
of police officers must not go unnoticed,
Ramesar said: "The rally and the support
of the membership need to continue
around the association as we move for-
On when negotiations are expected to
end, Ramesar said there was no time-
"We will not put a timeline on it because
we will not be pressured in accepting
within a limited timeframe. We will con-
tinue to struggle hard as long as we are
not satisfied that what we are not getting
is a fair share of the pie. The movement
coming from the CPO is closer to where
we want to go," he said.
In an update posted on the association's
website yesterday, it said the CPO had
revised her position from 60 per cent of
the market score of 16.4 to 70 per cent
of the said market score of 16.4.
"Following the mandate of the mem-
bership, the executive rejected that position
and pressed throughout the evening by
way of arguments for an increased offer.
The current position is that the CPO has
agreed to consider increasing the offer of
70 per cent of the market score of 16.4.
"To summarise the progress, it means
that we have moved from an offer of about
nine per cent to an offer of about 12 per
cent. The coming discussions will see the
offer of 12 per cent increased," the state-
It added, however, that the struggle was
far from over and urged officers to continue
to demonstrate support.
"Though there are several persons who
are not minded to rally with us, the fact
remains that all will benefit from a suc-
cessful outcome," the statement said.
The CPO had offered a ten per cent
increase and had removed the Airports
Authority from the comparative institu-
tions, effectively reducing the combined
average increase to 16.4 per cent.
Ramesar said if the association accepted
the 16 per cent market score, it would be
much lower than what police would be
JENSEN LA VENDE
A hostile relationship, a jeal-
ous lover and alleged poor
policing are being blamed for
the murder of Nikita Griffin,
who was stabbed to death early
yesterday at her Clifton Hill
apartment, St Paul Street, East
Dry River, Port-of-Spain.
Police said around 5.30 am,
Griffin, a 28-year-old mother of
three, was at her apartment, hav-
ing just returned home from par-
tying with friends when she and
the suspect began arguing.
The man then pulled out a
knife and stabbed her repeatedly
in front of her 13-year-old child.
After stabbing the woman the
man placed her in a car and took
her to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital, where she was pro-
nounced dead on arrival. The
man, police said, is now in hid-
ing.Speaking to the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, Griffin's friends
said she and the man were
together for the past five months
and were continuously arguing.
The man, they said, was
always jealous of any attention
Griffin received from the opposite
sex and that was the cause of
most of the almost daily argu-
ments. The women lamented
that Griffin's killer was arrested
by police after the two got into
a heated argument recently but
was later released.
Griffin's killing was one of
three which occurred between
Tuesday night and yesterday
In the other killings, police are
clueless over the motive for the
murder of Alyrio Sergio Howard.
Police reports are that around
8.50 pm on Tuesday, Howard,
35, of Queen Elizabeth Avenue,
Petit Valley, was driving east
along Carlton Avenue, St James,
when a Nissan B-13 stopped in
front of his Hyundai Elantra. Two
men came out and shot him sev-
eral times before driving off. The
car was later found abandoned.
Speaking at the FSC yesterday,
his mother, Lorraine Howard,
said her son was a loving young
man who had recently returned
from abroad after completing his
studies. He had two children aged
two and six and was an account-
ant with Sagicor.
An unidentified aunt called on
the media to highlight the ills of
society so that they could be
addressed. She added her
nephew's murder was "a sign of
the times in T&T," adding: "T&T
is not becoming a nice place. It
In the other killing, homicide
detectives say they are reviewing
closed circuit television footage
in the hope of apprehending the
killer/s of Shane Harper.
Police said around 11.30 pm
on Tuesday, residents of Belmont
Circular Road heard several gun-
shots and called the police. When
police arrived they found Harper,
of La Canoa, Santa Cruz, dead
at Carr Lane, off Carr Street,
Belmont Circular Road. Police
are unsure of a motive behind
With the three murders the
toll is now 94. The figure for the
same period last year was 113.
Abusive lover stabs girlfriend to death
Depressed and pained over
numerous ailments, housewife
Gloria Lalchan-Roach decided to
end her sorrows when she drank
gramoxone at the San Fernando
Church of Christ on Tuesday.
Lalchan, 48, who lived with her
husband Kelvin Roach, 58, at Vista-
bella Road, Springvale, survived
for two hours at the San Fernando
General Hospital but doctors said
she drank too much of the herbi-
cide and her organs eventually shut
There had been no sign before
that Lalchan-Roach had suicidal
thoughts as they planned to spend
their eighth wedding anniversary
on April 14 with a lunch for two.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian
at his home yesterday, Roach said
he had no idea why she took her
life.Roach, a janitor at the church
on Panco Lane, said his wife want-
ed painkillers for her knees on
Tuesday but he told her he would
get it for her. Eventually he gave
her money to go to the pharmacy
and when she returned to the
church, she showed him the tablets
and went into the washroom.
Minutes later, two men called
out to him, telling him his wife
was vomiting green. He immedi-
ately called for help and an ambu-
lance arrived and took her to the
"I was disturbed and I was
shocked because I was not expect-
ing that. I don't know the minds
of people, I couldn't see her heart.
"I could not see through her
because when she bought the
tablets she came back and showed
it to me, not knowing that she had
that (gramoxone) in her bag," Roach
told the T&T Guardian.
"She went into the washroom
and drank it. All this time I was
not aware of this. I don't know
what store she bought the tablets
from, I don't know what hardware
she got the gramoxone from. I just
don't know," he added.
Asked why he felt his wife chose
to end her life, he said: "Lately she
had been suffering with depression.
She was down because things in
life affect people.
"When she went for the tablets
I did not know she had other ideas.
I did not know what she would
have done," he said.
Lalchan-Roach's sister, Ena
Lalchan-Sookdeo, said she suffered
with heart and thyroid problems
and when she began to experience
menopause she could not cope.
Lalchan-Sookdeo said her sister
also recently began to seeing things
and people who were not there.
"She was disturbed and that is
what she was saying. She was see-
ing things that were not happening
and she was seeing people that
were not there.
"We had an appointment this
month to take her to a psychiatrist
but she drank this. Depression is
what led her to this," Lalchan-
She said Roach spent long hours
at her sister's bedside during fre-
quent stays at the hospital and
supported her all the way.
Another relative said they did
not want to commit her to a mental
hospital as she complained that
they wanted to put her in a "mad
suicide at church
Family: Depression took toll
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