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for 30TH APRIL, 2015
JENSEN LA VENDE
The man who police said opened fire on
them in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago, result-
ing in two men being killed by police and
another being hospitalised in serious con-
dition, surrendered to police on Tuesday.
According to police reports, the man tele-
phoned a friend, who is now a police officer,
and gave himself up at the Arouca Police
Station. He has since been transferred to a
police station in the Central Division where
he will be questioned in relation to his
involvement in a robbery and shooting at
According to reports, around 3.30 pm on
April 16 four men went to the home of a
prominent businessman at Rampersad
Trace, Monroe Road, Cunupia, and tied up
the family before robbing them of cash,
jewelry and other valuables. They then
escaped in a white Nissan Tiida.
The police were contacted and officers
from the Central Division Task Force and
CID tracked the suspects to a house at First
Street, off Sun Valley Drive, Santa Cruz.
The man who surrendered Tuesday
allegedly opened fire on the police on seeing
them and the officers fired back. One of his
accomplices, Avalon Sanchez, died at the
scene while another accomplice, Kevin
Thomas, died at hospital. The third man,
a fire fighter attached to the Arima Fire Sta-
tion, is still hospitalised.
In an unrelated incident, a 43-year-old
police officer with 20 years service was
allowed to remain on $150,000 bail after he
appeared in court yesterday charged with
Rajin Singh, who was last attached to the
San Juan Sub-Station, appeared before Sen-
ior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno.
Singh is alleged to have squeezed a
woman s breast on November 7 last year.
The woman made a report and Sgt Rene
Katwaroo was assigned to the investigation.
Singh was subsequently charged with the
Singh will re-appear in court on May 27.
Guardian Media Ltd and pollster Louis
Bertrand have both rubbished a report in
yesterday s Trinidad Express that ques-
tioned whether the firm under which
Bertrand traded, HHB & Associates, was
still in existence and functional.
The Express reported that "concerns have
been raised over the legitimacy of HHB
(HHB) & Associates, which GML has hired
to conduct election polls, as it has been
listed as dissolved and void on the Com-
pany s (Companies) Registry."
The Express claimed a check of the Reg-
istry "found that the status of HHB & Asso-
ciates was listed as "struck off and dis-
However, a quick online search by GML
turned up Bertrand s company registration,
and a representative of the company was
able to, within minutes of going to the Reg-
istry, retrieve copies of HHB s Certificate
of Incorporation, its annual returns and
other listed documents.
GML Managing Director Lisa Agard yes-
terday said she was disturbed that the
Express did not do its homework on the
"It is rather regrettable in this age, where
so much information is available online,
that journalists don t do their jobs properly,
and get in hand documents that literally
took me five minutes to do on the internet
-- 90 pages of documents on this company,"
"As part of our due diligence, and in fact
part of our process for payment, we do
require our suppliers to give us certificates
of incorporation, as well as VAT certificates
Bertrand yesterday also dismissed the
report as a "red herring," telling the T&T
Guardian that HHB & Associates, which
was first incorporated as a partnership in
1991, was dissolved four years later on April
20, 1995, and on May 18, HHB & Associates
Ltd was formed as a limited liability com-
pany with the same directors. The new
company has been in operation "ever since,"
He said people were not finding the com-
pany on the registry because they were not
inserting the correct company name, which
is HHB & Associates Ltd, not HHB.
"We are a company, we are registered,
we have done work for every major corpo-
ration, including the Express," he told the
T&T Guardian yesterday.
Red herring, says pollster
Questions about the legitimacy of
the company first emerged on social
Bertrand said he had seen the posts,
which claimed that the Guardian had
hired a defunct company to say that
the Opposition and Rowley were
ahead of the PP and Prime Minister
"On investigation, the misleading
information seems to have come from
a blogger who seems to be upset by a
poll finding for Tunapuna that
suggests that Dr Rowley has drawn
level with Mrs Kamla Persad Bissessar
in approval ratings."
He said it seemed the real issue was
that PP activists were upset with the
result of the poll.
"So obviously that was the issue
(and) I fail completely to see how
whether we are registered or not has
anything to do with the poll. Is the
accuracy of the poll dependent on if I
am registered?" he said.
"We have VAT certificate, we have
BIR number and we have the whole
Previously, he said, the firm had
done "political polls" for the PNM,
United National Congress, Independent
Liberal Party and Congress of the
Other executive directors of the
company are former chairman of the
disbanded BWIA, Ian Bertrand, and
The T&T Guardian a day earlier
published a front page story based on
Bertrand's sample poll in the marginal
Tunapuna constituency. The findings
were also presented on CNC3's On The
Margin on Tuesday evening.
The poll showed that electors were
returning to the People's National
Movement and that its leader Dr Keith
Rowley was slightly ahead of Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as
the better leader. (See election poll
Tunapuna is among eight marginal
constituencies sampled by the firm for
the 2015 general election,
constitutionally due by September.
Some 300 people were interviewed by
the pollster over two weeks ago.
WORK FOR ALL PARTIES
Pollster Louis Bertrand analyses some of
the results of his recent poll on the
Tunapuna constituency on the set of CNC3's
On the Margin programme on Tuesday.
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