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The son of head of the Central Division, Sen-
ior Supt Johnny Abraham, is expected to appear
before a Tunapuna magistrate this morning on
three charges arising out of a shooting incident
two weeks ago.
The 26-year-old man, who is attached to the
Northern Division Task Force, was positively
identified on during ID parades on Saturday
Sgt Byron Daniel, of the Professional Standards
Bureau, charged the officer with perverting the
course of public justice, common assault and
demanding money by menace. All charges are
The officer, who has not been granted bail,
spent the weekend at the Tunapuna Police Sta-
tion after the charges were laid Saturday night.
Police reports state that the off-duty officer,
who is also the nephew of a senior superintend-
ent and has four years service, allegedly got into
an altercation with a patron shortly before mid-
night last Saturday at Club Aquarios, Eastern
Main Road, Tunapuna.
This prompted the security personnel at the
club to intervene and they parted the men.
Both men subsequently left the premises in
It is alleged, however, that the officer followed
the man to his Arouca home and drove his car
into the man s front gate, mere moments after
the man had entered his home and closed his
The man rushed outside and demanded that
the officer pay him for the damage he had caused
to the man s property.
The officer refused and the man slapped the
officer, who was allegedly intoxicated at the
time. The men struggled, after which the officer
pulled out his personal firearm and fired several
rounds in the air.
The incident was reported to the Tunapuna
station where Sgt Eric Parks was assigned to
investigate. The Professional Standards Bureau
took control of the matter last week.
Abraham confirmed his son s arrest over the
weekend, but said he did not want to speak
much about it since it was now before the courts.
However, he apologised to the public for the
inconvenience this matter would have caused.
Investigations are continuing.
Five hundred of the thousands of people who
have been waiting for a Housing Development Cor-
poration (HDC) home for 15 years or more will
finally get their homes on July 8, Housing Minister
Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday.
He made the comment at a key distribution cer-
emony at the Exchange Housing Community, Couva,
where some 100 keys were given out to townhouses,
apartments and single-housing units.
"We have decided to do a random selection of 500
applicants who have been waiting on a house for 15
years or over," Moonilal said.
"This is being done exclusively for these applicants,
because it is unfair that there are people waiting for
so many years and people who just applied are getting
through before them." Moonilal said applicants who
want to be part of this draw will have to produce
documents proving they have been waiting over 15
"In the time of National Housing Authority (NHA)
almost all those documents were lost. We are counting
on people now to bring in their proof, their evidence
of when their request was acknowledged et cetera
and we will go from there."
Addressing the beaming new homeowners, Moonilal
encouraged them to think about business ventures
that they could invest in as the new communities
take root. "Every time we give out a set of keys we
are not only giving you a home, we are building a
community. Where there is a new community there
will be a need for mechanics, parlours, barber shops,
to name a few."
However, he sent out a warning to them, telling
them not to try to open these businesses out of their
homes. "While we need these things, you need to
work with us. You cannot be opening a garage on
your front lawn and having oil running
down the street in front of everyone s
home. You need to let us know what
you want do and we will set you up in
our village plazas."
He explained that the HDC was
building plazas that could be used by
residents who wanted to provide a cer-
tain skill or service.
Moonilal said in January 2016 he
would be doubling his delivery rate for
houses. "In January 2016, we will be
giving out 200 houses per week!"
No PP members quizzed by FBI
Speaking to members of the media
after the function, Moonilal was asked
whether any members of Government
had been questioned by the Federal
Bureau of Investigations in relation to
Jack Warner s indictment by the US
government. He replied, "Not to my
knowledge and I definitely have not
been approached by anyone. If they do
approach anyone in Government, we
are all law-abiding citizens and will give
whatever co-operation necessary."
Roodal's bonus to long-waiting HDC clients
500 to get homes
in random draw
President of the Fire Service Association Leo
Ramkissoon is calling for a speedy and thorough
investigation into the recent assault of a fire-fighter
and several patrons at an Arima bar.
His call comes after the fire-fighter involved, Jerome
Phyars, reported to the association that he believes
he is now being targeted by the police after yet another
Ramkissoon said the association would like the
acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams to
get involved and protect the life of Phyars, who was
allegedly beaten by several police officers. The alleged
assault was videotaped and aired on Crime Watch on
"We are of the view that this matter should be
treated with the utmost urgency by the commissioner.
The following is an urgent request for
the intervention of the Police Commis-
sioner into a situation where the life of
a fire officer may be under threat," he
"The Fire Service Association is
becoming increasingly concerned for
his safety as it relates to his involvement
with the investigation into the alleged
police brutality incident which took
place on Monday June 1, 2015," he said.
Ramkissoon said Phyars reported to
the association that he also received
threats to his life.
"He informed the association that he
found it passing strange that mere days
after an investigation was launched by
the Police Complaints Authority (PCA)
into the said incident, a roadblock exer-
cise was carried out metres from his
home. He reported to us that he was
once again treated harshly and unfairly
by the officers.
We are of the view that this matter
should be treated with the utmost
urgency by the Commissioner," he said.
Fire association wants CoP to intervene in assault case
Cop in shooting
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal pose with recipients of HDC homes
following yesterday's key distribution ceremony at Couva. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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