Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 8th 2015 Contents RADHICA SOOKRAJ
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
has admitted that she and Health Minister
Dr Fuad Khan were notified by letter that
thousands of US dollars had allegedly been
embezzled out of the Children s Life Fund
Speaking to reporters after touring the
$1.3 billion Couva Children s Hospital yes-
terday, Persad-Bissessar said the alleged
theft was now being investigated by the
The letter the PM was referring to was
written by then CEO of the Children s Life
Fund Authority Genevieve Madoo on May
In the letter, Madoo alleged that a former
employee had obtained close to US$7,700
(some TT$50,000) by duping parents into
signing receipts for money they were sup-
posed to receive for day-to-day expenses
when they travelled with their children for
operations in Colombia, Argentina and the
Asked yesterday whether she was con-
cerned about the allegations of impropriety,
Persad-Bissessar directed questions to Khan.
She said, however, that she was heartened
that the lives of 221 children were saved
under the fund, which received $25 million
But Khan said there was no concrete proof
to verify the allegations.
"What is being sent in the public domain
is from a disgruntled employee who was
released and has put misleading information
into the public domain based on what she
feels. However, these are only allegations
and there has not been any concrete proof
of any mismanagement or corruption.
"Whatever is available is in the hands of
the Fraud Squad," he said.
Pressed on whether there was any validity
to the claims made, Khan said: "The matter
is in the hands of the Fraud Squad. Until
that is determined, I cannot say. What I
can say is it was a disgruntled employee
who was terminated for other things that
the board of directors will indicate to the
general population in due course."
Persad-Bissessar said although she donat-
ed over $200,000 to the fund and her min-
isters each donated $100,000, the People s
National Movement MPs did not contribute
She said screening for the UNC candidates
would begin on Friday and despite the mis-
chief drummed up by the PNM, nominations
will be held on August 17 and the election
will take place on September 7.
One week after his life was threatened by Morne
Diablo residents who claimed he was a police
informer, Dave Cooper has gone missing.
His relatives, who last saw him on Saturday night,
believe he was abducted from his home at Grant Trace,
Morne Diablo, between Saturday night and Sunday
morning. His home was broken into and he has not
been seen since.
Calls to his cellphone also have gone unanswered.
Relatives said police from the Penal station failed to
act on their report and it was only when the matter
was reported to the Siparia CID that his home was
dusted for fingerprints.
In an interview at his home yesterday, Gerald Hodge,
Cooper s cousin, said on Sunday someone passed and
saw the glass pane of his front door broken and the
back door open. Hodge said usually, Cooper, 47, would
visit his sister, Denise, on mornings and on Sunday
he did not. Worried family members went to his nearby
home and their worse fears were realised.
"On checking we realised that the glass on the front
door was broken, wide enough for someone to pass
through. The back door was broken from the inside.
There were car tyre tracks at the back of the house.
We also found plastic ties and one of his pants and
cap on the grass behind the house."
Hodge said his cellphone and a DVD player were
also missing. He said his nephew, who was a straight-
ener, had no known enemies.
"I believe someone took him. I don t think he would
stage something like this by himself."
Cooper s niece, Stacy Cooper-Mitchell, said the
first time she called his cellphone a male voice answered
and hung up. Subsequent calls went straight to voice
Anyone with information can call Denise Cooper
at 363-3829, Gerald Hodge at 383-8886 or the Siparia
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DEREK ACHONG AND KEVON FELMINE
Jason Manswell ended his relationship
with a woman from Laventille several
months ago after he began receiving death
threats from another of her lovers.
However, he was so in love with the woman
that he decided to rekindle their love affair.
Three days after the couple decided to reunite,
however, Manswell was shot dead by two
gunmen who stormed the woman s home
at Quarry Street, Laventille.
According to police reports, shortly after
midnight on Monday, Manswell, a mason
from Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas, was sleeping
with the unidentified woman when two
armed intruders entered the house and shot
him several times as he lay in the bed.
His companion, who escaped unscathed,
watched helplessly as the gunmen shot Man-
swell then ran away. Manswell, 29, died short-
Speaking at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, before his autopsy yesterday, Man-
swell s mother, Jacintha Simmons, blamed
her son s love interest for his death.
"The girl set up my son. She wicked and
bad. You know you have all them man there,
why you encouraging my son there?" she
Simmons claimed her son broke off the
relationship after he received death threats
and he only informed her on Friday he and
the woman were getting back together.
"He say he and the girl sit down and talk
and they decide to make back up and get
married because she stopping the wild life,"
Simmons told the T&T Guardian.
"I didn t tell him anything because I done
cuss him about that girl cause I never wanted
him down there because she is a bad girl
with all kind of man," she added.
Lamenting she had failed to stop her son
from returning to the woman, Simmons
denied her son was involved in gang activity
as she described him as quiet, respectful and
"It happen in Quarry Street and they go
say is gang thing but he was never no gang-
ster. He like woman, like most young boys,
but this one set him up," Simmons said as
she shook her head in disbelief.
Contacted yesterday, detectives of the
Region One Homicide Bureau, who are inves-
tigating Manswell s murder, said they would
investigate Simmons claims. They said they
had already questioned his girlfriend and
were in the process of doing further inves-
In an unrelated incident, Tylon Dyer was
gunned down at his Princes Town home.
Police believe Dyer, 18, a welder of Moruga
Road, Petit Cafe, was killed by gunmen
searching for his elder brother, Victor Mar-
cano, who was not home at the time.
Police said Marcano and two other men
were released from prison last month after
a murder charge against them was dismissed
at the Princes Town Magistrates Court.
Reports say Dyer and a relative were work-
ing in a shed in front his home around 1.40
pm when a silver Nissan Tiida pulled up.
Two men with bandanas over their faces
came out and one of them shot Dyer three
times in the back. As he fell to the ground,
a gunman shot him several more times before
running back to the car. The suspects then
In an interview yesterday, the victim s
mother, Margaret, said: "He did not deserve
to die like this. He died on the spot where
he was doing his work. Hewas just 18 years
old and always worked hard with his father.
"He never used to interfere with anybody.
I believe he got shot because his brother who
was on a murder charge was freed."
Screaming as undertakers drove off with
his body, Margaret said she knew trouble
was brewing when Marcano asked her to
come and live near her.
"My son did not know anything about
that murder because he was a little boy when
it happened and now he came and paid a
price for it," she said.
Residents who gathered near the scene
said there was a rumour for the past month
that someone would have been killed but no
one thought it would be Dyer. They said he
was a friendly person who never got into
These latest killings took the toll for the
year to 206.
Man slain days after reuniting with ex-lover
She set my son up---mom
PM knew of alleged Life Fund fraud
Man missing after
threats by residents
Dave Cooper... missing
The PM said the new Couva Hospital
will provide 2,400 new jobs when it was
fully operational later this year. The
facility would begin to take on patients
from next month, after it was officially
handed over by Udecott to the Ministry
of Health, she said.
She said the modern facility offered
the first Three Tesla Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (3T MRI) in the Caribbean, one
of 300 operational in the world.
2,400 JOBS BEING CREATED
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