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JENSEN LA VENDE AND SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
Two men, one of whom police said had been recent-
ly arrested in relation to thefts in the Wallerfield,
Arima, area, were killed in separate incidents on Sat-
In the most recent killing, police said 21-year-old
Richard James was shot dead after being called out
from his Cumuto Main Road, Wallerfield, home around
Officers attached to the Northern Division Task
Force, under the supervision of Insp Mark Maharaj
and Sgt Rene Katwaroo, visited the scene. Police said
James had been arrested and released in connection
with the stealing of tractor and excavator parts. Inves-
tigators said they were not sure if the two incidents
are linked but intend to pursue all leads.
In the second incident, which took place around 2
am on Saturday, residents of Soogrim Trace, Laventille,
heard gunshots and hours later found the body of 24-
year-old Assad John on the roadway. Police said John
was not from the area.
The latest murders have taken the toll to 220.
In two separate, unrelated shootings, which took
place in the Eastern Division, police said they expect
to make arrests soon.
On Friday night, police said 23-year-old Meagan
Ramnath was shot twice by a man she knew. Police
said Ramnath was at her 23 1/2 mile mark, Rio Claro
home around 9 pm when the man came to her home
with a gun. Ramnath was shot in the right shoulder
and right upper back by the man who ran off. She was
taken to the Rio Claro Health Centre where she was
treated and discharged.
In the second shooting, which took place an hour
earlier, police said Wendell George, 42, of Windy Hill,
Arima Old Road, was standing at the corner of Graham
Trace and Foster Road, Sangre Grande, when he was
approached by a man whom he knew.
The man shot George in the right leg before running
off.Officers say they have already issued warrants for
the suspects in both shootings.
Police are also investigating the death of a Moruga
man who was found dead in a truck on Friday. Police
say Clyde Johnson, 30, of Recreation Ground Road,
Basse Terre, was found dead around 4 pm in a Kia
truck which he used to carry out his job as caretaker
of a chicken farm in Rock Road, Penal.
His body was found on the road leading to the farm.
There were no visible marks of violence, police said,
and his body was already decomposing. Johnson was
last seen alive on Wednesday night.
Johnson s mother, Judy Duntin, in an interview with
the T&T Guardian, said her son never liked to go to
the doctor, but was always complaining of chest pains.
of stealing tractor
parts shot dead
The Congress of the People (COP)
intend to wrap up their screening of can-
didates for the September 7 general elec-
tion by the end of this week.
Party chairman Jamison Bahadur said
yesterday that so far 45 people have been
evaluated among the 80-plus nominees.
Yesterday, 15 nominees were screened
at the party s Operations Centre in
Chaguanas for five seats. Bahadur said
only when they have completed the
screening process the party will decide on
who will be chosen as candidates and
negotiate with the United National Con-
gress (UNC) for other seats.
He said the COP has an agreement with
the UNC that the six seats the COP won
in the 2010 election will remain with the
party. These seats are Tunapuna, St Augus-
tine, Lopinot/Bon Air, D Abadie/O Meara,
Arima and San Fernando West.
Minister of Trade and Investment Vasant
Bharath, of the UNC, has hinted that he
may contest the Tunapuna seat, but that
announcement is yet to be made.
The party s founder, outgoing Tunapuna
MP Winston Dookeran and outgoing San
Fernando West MP Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan, have both bowed out of the elec-
tion race. They had been at odds with the
party s political leader Prakash Ramadhar,
who faced the screening committee last
Bahadur said they are screening a large
number of people to find candidates who
are suitable for the elections. He said aside
from the six COP "safe seats," the party
will attempt to contest the constituencies
currently held by People s National Move-
He said COP candidates have also
expressed interest in contesting seats occu-
pied by UNC candidates. Bahadur said
after potental candidates have been chosen,
the COP and the UNC will negotiate for
the seats and the best suitable candidates
would go up for the position.
At the screening yesterday, scores of
people from the Lopinot/Bon Air con-
stituency came out with horns and even
tassa drums to support outgoing MP Dr
Douglas said he was confident that he
would win his seat, promising if given five
more years he would create more pro-
grammes to help people in the area.
"We want to improve more of the insti-
tutions. We want to make sure that we
have more fire services up, the public
library up. For the Lopinot area, we want
to make sure that we have a tourism cen-
tre," Douglas said.
He said he was confident that the COP
will win four or five seats in the September
"I think we had a very difficult challenge
before us, the kind of party we have and
the views that we hold, I would say in
some sense some people are disappointed
because there were extremely high hopes
for the COP s role in the terms of advanc-
ing those agendas. I would not hold people
hard for saying they are disappointed
because I too share some level of disap-
pointment," he said.
He reaffirmed that the COP has con-
tributed a lot to the country s governance
over the past five years and it will continue
COP to complete
selection by week's end
Bon Air, Dr
of the People's
Shootings keep cops busy
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