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Relatives of Ancil Alexis,
who was shot dead in Mara-
bella yesterday morning, say
they will get justice from
Alexis, 45, a labourer, was
found slumped in the driver s
seat of his car at Bay View
around 12.20 am.
Police reports state that res-
idents heard a loud crash and
when they came outside they
found Alexis car against the
front gate of one of the resi-
dents premises. He had injuries
to his head.
Police suspect that he was
driving when he was shot.
At his Gasparillo home,
where he lived with his wife
and 20-year-old stepdaughter,
his sister, who did not want to
be identified, said they were all
in a state of shock.
Another relative said he left
home in his white and black
Lancer shortly before 8 pm on
Friday, telling his wife that he
would be "back just now."
When he did not return his
wife called him on his cell-
phone, but he did not answer.
"She stayed up all night wait-
ing for him to come home. She
get the news this morning," said
The couple got married on
December 17 and he has a son
from a previous relationship.
"Everything is in the hands
of Allah. I am not the judge or
the prosecutor or anything like
that. Everything is in the hands
of the Creator..."
Describing him as a friendly
and helpful family man, his sis-
ter said he had changed his life
and was "for his wife and step-
An autopsy is expected to be
performed tomorrow at the
Forensic Science Centre, St
Homicide detectives and the
Marabella police are investigat-
ing but no arrests had been
made up to last night.
Labourer, 45, shot dead in Marabella
Three contracts totalling $87.7
million have been awarded for a
security perimeter fence and infra-
structural work at the Maximum
Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca,
as Government moves to shut
down the island prison on Carrera
and transfer those prisoners to the
The work being undertaken will
facilitate the move in a few weeks
time of 230 high-risk prisoners from
the Carrera Convict Prison (CCP),
situated on the tiny island in the
Gulf of Paria between the Bocas
and Five Islands, to an upgraded
Following the move, some pris-
oners may no longer be housed in
concrete cells with wrought iron
railings, but be placed in freight con-
tainers instead, Minister of Justice
Prakash Ramadhar says.
Speaking for the first time since
being given the new portfolio in
February, Ramadhar said the deci-
sion to shut down the CCP was long
overdue and construction of the
high-security fence, installation of
surveillance cameras, guard booths
and infrastructural works enclosing
an area of approximately 85 acres
of land at the MSP were needed to
facilitate the move.
The project, Ramadhar said,
involved three packages which would
be completed by mid-year. The three
packages cost $87,742,244.43 overall,
inclusive of construction and con-
sultancy costs, Udecott project man-
agement fees and contingency fees.
This phase of works involves the
• Junior Sammy Contractors Ltd -
Scope: Construction of the fence,
gates, roadway and sidewalks.
• Adams Project Management &
Construction Ltd - $27,421,658.
Scope: Construction of all
attendant infrastructure (lighting,
CCTV cameras, security centre
building and guard booths.)
• Consulting Engineers Associates
2005 Ltd - $833,750.
Udecott has been identified as
the approved project manager and
the contracts were awarded in 2013.
Another phase will follow this
"What has happened, we have
already, and it is about complete,
to put a high-security perimeter
fence so you would have a more
open sort of prison. As soon as
the fence is finished the move will
be made. We expect the wall
(fence) to be completed within
the month," Ramadhar said.
"We are going to close Carrera
and move all the prisoners soon."
The MSP, built to house 2,463
prisoners, currently holds over
Half of the convicted inmate
population of the CCP, which was
built to keep serious criminals as
far as possible from human set-
tlement, are serving sentences
ranging from ten years or more
T&T has nine prison facilities
which house over 4,000 prison-
But Ramadhar said shifting the
CCP population to the MSP would
not cause overcrowding within
the prison walls.
"The wall (fence) that we are
putting around...we are creating
space within the prison. We have
looked at the issues of containers.
That sounds terrible, but con-
tainers are not bad, in the sense,
if you know how to design it. So
this would house many more peo-
Ramadhar said the idea of the
containers was considered during
discussions, but had not yet been
"It s an idea we came up with."
He said if containers were used
to house prisoners, they must be
up to humanitarian standards and
With more land space avail-
able, Ramadhar said, authorities
would introduce prisoners to veg-
etable, root crop, fish and live-
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$88m upgrade for Maximum Security Prison
Govt to shut down Carrera
The new security perimeter being
constructed at the Maximum
Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca:
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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