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The Law Association is calling
on acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams and Chief Justice
Ivor Archie to put their differences
aside to solve the ongoing issue
over police officers entering T&T s
courts with their guns.
In a press release yesterday the
association s president, Reginald
Armour, SC, said: "In the interest
of good administration and sus-
tained public confidence, the asso-
ciation calls upon the Commissioner
of Police and Chief Justice to avoid
public confrontation on the issue
and to speedily resolve same, com-
mensurate with their mutual
responsibility to the public for its
safety and protection in a matter
that maintains the institutional
independence of the Judiciary and
the role of the Police Service."
While Armour did not pick sides
in the dispute, he did note Archie
held responsibility for all security
arrangements at the nation s courts.
The issue arose on Monday after
police officers, who had cases in
the Arima Magistrate Court, refused
to enter the building after security
personnel said they needed to be
searched, like members of the pub-
lic, and were not allowed to enter
with their service firearms.
In response to Monday s stand-
off, Williams said that security pol-
icy could not be applied to his offi-
cers. Since the incident, several other
police officers reportedly have
refused to attend hearings at the
court, causing adjournments in
Hours after disfiguring his neigh-
bour s face with a cutlass, 33-year-
old Stephon Sinnette was found
dead at his Chatham home on
Sinnette, of Chatham South Trace,
was covered in blood when he was
discovered by police investigating a
chopping incident which left Ricardo
Rodriguez, 55, injured.
His killing has been classified as
According to reports, both men
were quarrelling in a neighbour s
yard when Sinnette took up a cutlass
and chopped Rodriguez on the face.
As Rodriguez fell to the ground,
Sinnette chopped him on his shoul-
After running home, Rodriguez
was taken to the Point Fortin Area
Hospital by his sister, where he was
treated and transferred to the San
Fernando General Hospital.
His common-law-wife, Cindy
Hewitt, reported the incident to the
Point Fortin police and when South
Western Division Task Force, led by
Insp Anderson Pariman, entered Sin-
nette s house, they found his body
on the floor of the living room.
It appeared he was in his bedroom
when he was shot in his chest and
then hobbled into the living room.
Although Rodriguez is warded at
hospital under police guard, inves-
tigators said he was an unlikely sus-
pect due to the severity of his
His brother, Alfonso Rodriguez,
said his bother s forehead, sinus and
upper lip was sliced open during the
attack. Speaking at their home yes-
terday he said Sinnette had mental
He said his brother was heading
to his garden around 1 pm when he
confronted Sinnette who had broken
several glass bottles in the road.
"Between 1 pm and 2 pm I heard
the calamity outside and when I
went to the door I saw somebody
saying my brother got chopped.
"I came outside and I saw him
(Rodriguez) running home with his
hands covering his nose and blood
gushing from his face.
"He came in the yard and we
washed him off and I called my sis-
ter, Phillipa, to take him to the hos-
pital because she has a car," Alfonso
None of the neighbours recalled
seeing Sinnette after the incident or
Although they could not say who
wanted him dead they said he had
threatened several other villagers.
In a separate incident, a 36-year-
old La Brea man was warded in a
serious condition at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital after being
ambushed and shot outside his home
Police said around 2 am, Keston
Franklin, 36, of Southern Main Road,
Vessigny, was exiting his car when
a gunman ran up to him and fired
several shots before running off.
Neighbours called La Brea police
but when they arrived Franklin was
already taken to hospital. No motive
has been established for the shooting.
Man shot dead after chopping neighbour
Avoid face-off on guns in court row
Law body calls on CJ, acting CoP:
Speaking by telephone
yesterday, Sinnette's mother,
Evelyn Zephryne, denied her
son had mental problems,
saying she had him examined
by a psychiatrist recently.
She admitted he caused
disturbances in the village
whenever he drank alcohol but
added he was harmless. She
said it had to be that someone
"They are lying. My
daughter and I called the
police some months ago and
we got them to bring an
ambulance because he was
getting on bad.
"They took him to the
hospital and let the doctors
check him and I asked the
doctor for a letter for him to
see a psychiatrist.
"We got a date and we saw
the psychiatrist who talked to
him and she said nothing was
wrong with him," Zephryne
She said an autopsy done
yesterday showed he died
from a gunshot to the chest.
Alfonso Rodriguez whose brother,
Ricardo, was chopped across the
face at South Trace, Chatham, on
PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
'MY SON NOT MAD'
The home of Stephon Sinnette at
Chatham where police discovered
his body on Wednesday.
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