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Hours before appearing
before a Point Fortin magis-
trate for being an uncontrol-
lable child, a 14-year-old
Granville girl spent Tuesday
night assisting police with their
investigation into the murder
of her 21-year-old boyfriend.
Jasent Clement, a security
officer of South Trace,
Chatham, was chopped about
the head earlier that night,
allegedly by one of the girl s
boyfriends. So far, police believe
the murder was due to a love
Reports stated that Clement
got a text message Tuesday
afternoon and called his
employer to take him and the
girl to Belle Vue Beach,
Granville, around 6 pm.
While sitting at the end of
the road around 7 pm, however,
someone snuck up behind them
and chopped him. The girl told
police she ran off and hid in the
bushes, while his killer threw
his body into the sea.
However, she said she could
not identify the person. After
some time had passed, she told
police she called his employer,
who took her back to his home
to inform his sister.
Relatives called police, who
joined in a search along several
beaches in Point Coco and
around 8 pm his sister, Marlene
Singh, found his body 20 feet
away from the road.
Speaking at a relative s home
yesterday, his uncle Edward
Clement said Jasent had recently
started working as a security
Around the same time he met
the girl, who told his sisters she
was 21. He said Clement had
been living with his sister since
his mother died five years ago
and his father the following year.
He added Clement was even
warned about the girl.
He said he believed the truth
was not being told by the girl,
as it was strange that they were
sitting together when Clement
was chopped and the attacker
did not go after her.
He added that the direction
in which his body was found
after it was allegedly thrown
into the sea was also opposite
to the flow of the tide.
"I feel she had something to
do with it. She set up that play
for him to get killed and when
she came back here and told us
he was killed and she showed
"How come they did not kill
her and she witnessed every-
thing? We have already got infor-
mation from the people close to
where she lives as to what is
going on with her," Edward said.
One of Clement s friend said
his death had once again shaken
the community as he was the
sixth resident to be murdered
for the year.
On July 8, Stephon Sinnette
was shot dead at his home hours
after he almost chopped his
neighbour Ricardo Rodriguez to
One week later, Grace Tous-
saint, 55, her husband Peter Bap-
tiste, 59, son Jeremy Toussaint,
24, and mother Leena Peters, 75,
were gunned down at their
home. It was believed that Jere-
my witnessed Sinnette s murder
and had given a statement to
police the day before. Police have
identified a suspect who has
been on the run since.
A resident said yesterday mur-
ders have almost spoilt the coun-
try life there as the community
was not accustomed to violence.
He said Clement was a very nice
and quiet person, who never had
problems with anyone.
keeps PM away
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is expected
to be back at work today after yesterday s absence
from the Parliament due to ill health, following
a dental procedure, it was confirmed by Gov-
House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George at the
start of yesterday s Parliament session said the
Prime Minister had asked to be excused yesterday
due to ill health.
Later, she said Rowley would be absent from
Parliament s Finance Committee deliberations on
the 2016 Budget.
The five-day committee meeting began at the
Parliament yesterday following winding-up of
Budget debate by Finance Minister Colm Imbert
The Finance Committee allows for closer scruti-
ny of Budget contents --- allocation, expenditure
and other aspects --- regarding the 41 ministries,
particularly by the Opposition.
The Prime Minister s Office was listed third for
scrutiny yesterday after the National Security
Ministry and T&T Police Service.
But Speaker Annisette-George announced defer-
ral of scrutiny of the OPM due to Rowley s
"unavoidable absence" until today.
Opposition Whip Roodal Moonilal said: "We
wish him a speedy recovery and would defer to
Thursday (today), depending on his health."
Leader of People s National Movement (PNM)
Government Business in the Lower House, Camille
Robinson-Regis, said Government had requested
the deferral and she was happy the Opposition
Moonilal said when the Opposition was asked
to defer discussion on the OPM, the team was
unaware up to that point that Rowley was ill and
was not aware of the reason for his illness "but
we will defer (the OPM matter) until (Thursday)
and we wish him a speedy recovery."
Communication Minister Maxie Cuffie replied
to a texted query on whether Rowley, 65, had the
flu, was doing a procedure or was dealing with
a prior condition.
Cuffie said: "He is fine. Just had a routine dental
Dr Keith Rowley
killed by cutlass
Edward Clement, the
uncle of murder
Clement, chats with
the T&T Guardian at
the family's home at
Clement was chopped
to death at the Belle
Vue Beach, Granville,
while liming with his
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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