Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2015 Contents Minimum wage still to be reviewed --- McLeod News --- Page A6
Monday, September 21, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2015
Another double murder and
another young couple killed by
This time in crime hotspot
of Enterprise, Chaguanas taking
the murder toll, since the Sep-
tember 7 elections, to 23 in 13
Five people were murdered
in T&T between Friday night
and up to press time last night---
all were shot dead.
Police are yet to make any
arrests in any of the murders.
The murder toll now stands at
311, surpassing the comparable
figure for last year by 11 killings.
The majority of the murders
remain unsolved and more than
80 per cent were committed
with the use of an illegal gun,
Already Opposition politicians
are criticising National Security
Minister Edmund Dillon and
the People s National Movement
(PNM) for the increase in mur-
ders and its inability to deal with
"This escalation of crime and
murders affect communities and
individuals in a manner in which
they feel that they can no longer
trust the police to protect them,
which creates vigilantism and
increased violence when people
decide to fight back. This PNM
needs to assume the responsi-
bility of their office and imme-
diately implement measures to
decrease the murder rate before
it reaches a point where it can
no longer be contained. Because
asking the nation to "Let s do
this together" does not work if
the Government isn t doing
anything at all," San
Juan/Barataria MP Dr Fuad
Khan said in a statement yes-
terday. (See Page A6)
Last week, a young couple
were shot dead while walking
along the Eastern Main Road,
in Tacarigua and last weekend,
eight people were shot, two
killed, in a drug-related hit in
Police intend to respond with
a series of raids aimed at getting
the illegal guns off the streets
and increase their presence in
known crime hotspots, a senior
officer said in an interview yes-
So far, police have been able
to recover more than 460 illegal
firearms and more than 6,291
rounds of ammunition were
seized. Among the guns seized
were 25 assault rifles and 18
sub-machine guns, according
to the Police Service.
Acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams said
on Saturday that the Police
Service was almost over-
whelmed by the amount of ille-
gal firearms coming into the
National Security sources said
that maritime patrols have also
been ramped up to stem the
flow of illegal guns and drugs
coming into the country.
PNM for murder spike
Police recruits during
ceremony at Hyatt
JENSEN LA VENDE
of Police Stephen Williams
said that murders in this
country had nothing to do
with the police but was a
social issue which was not
being properly addressed.
Williams made the
remark at the graduation
ceremony for 131 police offi-
cers at Hyatt Regency hotel,
in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
Williams said that the Police Service were being
asked to stop the killings but officers could not do
"Brothers are killing brothers, neighbours are killing
neighbours, friends killing friends, and all of that
has nothing to do with the police, it has to do with
the society which we police. We need the citizens
of this beloved nation to come together and have
consultation and to do better, before all of this can
change. But saying all that will mean nothing to the
people out there, what they want to hear is how the
police service can solve the number of killings,"
He added that the murder rate was below last
year s comparable toll up until last week. Williams
said that the other areas where crime has been
reduced was being overshadowed by the murder
rate. He told the graduates that their time for mistakes
was at the barracks, but in the field mistakes are
not acceptable especially if they result in a breach
of the law.
He said the polishing of a shoe can be compromised
but not the integrity of a police officer, for that there
is "no tolerance."
Also addressing the graduates was Williams wife,
senior magistrate Avason Quinlan-Williams.
Quinlan-Williams encouraged the officers to be
fair as she read seven newspaper clippings of police
officers who had been arrested and charged for mis-
conduct. She encouraged them to be fair to suspects,
victims and the public.
The magistrate told them that being a police officer
did not exempt them from criminal prosecution,
traffic laws, police tribunals and the Professional
Standards Bureau, a unit of the Police Service which
investigate allegations of serious misconduct.
Police not to blame for
National Security Minister, retired Major General,
Edmund Dillon meets today with the heads of divisions in
his ministry for the first time today in an effort to deal
with the country's rampant murder rate.
In an interview last night Dillon said the meeting was
the first step in his planned review the security
"I am hoping to have dialogue with all the heads of
department to get an idea of exactly what is happening
in their divisions," Dillon said.
"I need to know how things are being run in order to
begin my review of the security architecture."
Dillon said tomorrow he intends to meet with the Chief
of Defence Staff (CDS) Major General Kenrick Maharaj
and Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams.
"Tuesday's meeting will be an operational meeting with
both the CDS and the CoP."
DILLON: DIALOGUE BEFORE ACTION
In the latest incident, police said
around 10.50 pm, the couple,
Shastri La Vende, 27, and his
girlfriend Kim Kelly Rattansingh,
36, were found shot dead in
Rattansingh's car on Enterprise
La Vende was the cousin of T&T
Guardian crime reporter Jensen La
Vende. Police responding to a
report of gunshots found the
bodies slumped in a white Mazda
Both victims were shot multiple
times and Crime Scene
Investigators found more than 30
spent shells on the scene.
Investigators said a high-powered
assault rifle was used in the
The T&T Guardian visited
Rattansingh's Bynoe Trace,
Enterprise home yesterday and
spoke to her mother, Geeta, who
said her daughter was in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
"It looks as though he had
something out there for him,
maybe she was there at the
wrong time," she said.
"My son went on the scene and
he said the guy got most of the
shots, he only saw one (bullet)
wound on her neck."
La Vende's address was given
as Railway Road, Enterprise but
residents there said they only
knew him briefly and that he was
originally from Carenage.
Geeta said her daughter, who
has one child, had been friends
with La Vende for almost a year
and he was driving her car when
they were killed. She said she had
warned her about liming with La
Vende but she did not heed her
"I told her to stop liming with
him, but she did not listen. I
couldn't make a choice for her but
he never looked good for her. I
didn't like the way he dressed and
how he carried on."
She said she often heard her
daughter, who worked as a clerical
assistant in Balmain Gardens,
Couva, arguing with La Vende on
the phone. "She would want to go
somewhere and he wouldn't have
time, leaving her to get dressed
and just wait. He used to keep her
car all the time."
Geeta said she knew little of La
Vende, but believed he ran a fruit
stall in Enterprise and her
daughter may have met him there.
"He never used to come in the
yard, he would come by the gate
and wait for her and she would
walk out. I know him by face but
we never had a conversation." She
lamented the crime that now rules
Enterprise, saying 36 years ago
when she moved into the area,
everyone lived as one.
"I moved here when Kim was
just one month old, it was never
like this. People used to live like
one family, everyone looking out
for each other." Asked whether
she would remain in Enterprise,
she replied, "Where else do I have
to go? I have to stay here."
Jensen described his cousin as
"a straightforward young man
who moved out from Carenage
years ago but still maintained a
healthy relationship with relatives
"The news was shocking and
my heart goes out to his father,
Glen, and his mother, Maria.
Reflecting on his life and times,
my fondest memory was him
giving me a tow on his mountain
bike down L'anse Mitan Road,
Carenage. I was about ten and still
had not learned how to ride a bike.
That brief moment of watching
the world fly by as he rode will
always be a memory cherished by
me and that's how I will remember
him, helpful, jovial and fun loving.
station in Chaguanas where we
spoke briefly about car problems
before he left," he recalled.
Autopsies are expected to be
done this morning at the Forensic
Science Centre in St James.
Snr Supt Abraham, Insp
Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra
Toolaram, Sgt Jodhan and officers
from Homicide Region Three
visited the scene on Saturday
ASSUALT RIFLE USED IN ATTACK, MORE THAN 30 SHOTS FIRED
Acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams
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