Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 13th 2015 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, July 13, 2015
The first of four coastal patrol ves-
sels, intended to help in protecting this
country s vulnerable borders, will arrive
on local shores today, National Security
Minister Brigadier General Carl Alfonso
(retired) has said.
In a T&T Guardian interview over the
weekend, he said the addition of this
single vessel to the assets of the nation s
security arsenal at this time was sure
to boast confidence among citizens, as
well as their all-round sense of safety
and security as Government concentrates
its fight against crime.
The vessel arriving today will be
manned by T&T Coast Guard officers
and so will be fully mounted with guns.
The two utility vessels which arrived
here earlier this year from Holland had
a civilian crew and thus could not be
mounted with guns en route to T&T.
However, Alfonso said those vessels
would soon be fitted with the guns as
Government had completed the con-
Speaking of the vessel arriving today,
Alfonso said, "It s a small battleship.
You have three more to come after that,
so you have four fighting mini battleships
and you have the utility vessels with
weapons and you will have the six inter-
ceptors, which are the fast boats.
"Those holes in the borders are going
to be plugged. We may not be able to
catch everybody, every time, but it is
certainly going to enhance our capability.
I am happy that is happening."
Asked about the installation of a com-
prehensive radar monitoring system, the
minister said this country already had
an operational radar system and what
would matter now would be opera-
tionalising the vessels.
"But the radar system is in place and
that too will be enhanced over time.
Everything is not going to happen at
the same time. These things cost a lot
of money," he said.
"You keep hearing about the armoured
personnel carriers, which is what some
military people call a battle field taxi,
which takes you from point A to B pro-
tected, so you can go into any hotspot.
"You can t go right now in a Land
Rover truck because they can shoot
through that. In these armoured per-
sonnel carriers, you re protected. You
take your men onto the spot and they
do whatever they have to do."
Alfonso said while Government was
putting things in place slowly, they were
committed to doing it.
"As we go on we will find that the
populace should feel a sense of protection
and comfort. I am beginning to feel it,
because I know the capabilities of those
vessels and those aircrafts (helicopters)
and of those armoured personnel car-
riers. So we are going to be smiling at
1st coastal patrol vessel due in today---Alfonso
It's a small battleship
A woman and two
men remain warded at
hospital following two
shootings in Sangre
Grande and Diego Martin
between Saturday night
and yesterday morning.
In the first incident
around 8 pm Saturday,
Kamla Dindial was sitting
in her front porch at her
Eastern Main Road, San-
gre Chiquito home when
a man walking on the road
stopped in front her gate.
Without warning the man
then drew a gun and
began shooting at Dindial.
She tried to run inside but
was shot in her waist. The
gunman then ran away.
Dindial s relatives, who
were inside, rushed to her
assistance and took her to
the Sangre Grande District
Hospital. She remained
warded in a stable con-
dition up to late yester-
Investigators said Din-
dial did not know her
attacker and a motive for
the shooting is yet to be
PC Hernandez of the
Sangre Grande Police Sta-
tion is continuing inves-
Almost six hours later,
officers from the Western
Division Task Force
(WDTF) responded to a
report of a shooting at
Pioneer Drive, Diego Mar-
tin.When they arrived on
the scene they found two
men with gunshot
wounds lying at the side
of the road. The men were
taken to the St James
Medical Facility where
they were stabilised and
transferred to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital,
where they underwent
emergency surgery yes-
The victims were later
identified as Keon Halge,
20, of Pioneer Drive, and
Nikola Charles, 29, of
Upper Union Road, Four
Roads, Diego Martin.
Halge, who was shot in
his chest, remained ward-
ed in a critical condition
in the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) up to late yesterday.
Charles was shot in his
buttocks and is expected
to be discharged today.
Both victims told police
they were liming at the
location when they were
approached by a gunman.
Their attacker reportedly
fled in a white Nissan B15
which was parked lower
down the road after
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