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Yesterday morning, when most peo-
ple were either at work or on their way,
two gunmen in Laventille took the opportunity
to murder an unarmed, mentally challenged man
in front his mother.
According to Supt Shakib Mohammed of the Port-
of-Spain Division, Mosi Porter, of Pleasant Terrace,
John John, Laventille, was waiting on transport to
Port-of-Spain less than 100 metres from their home
when Porter was attacked.
Mohammed said around 9 am two gunmen with
bandanas on their faces walked up to mother and
son and shot Porter, 23, and ran off.
Police say Porter may have been killed because he
assisted his mother by selling in Port-of-Spain, which
is considered Rasta City territory, a rival gang to the
"Muslim Gang". Porter s killing has taken the murdered
toll to 351 for the year.
Mohammed added that the gunmen timed their
attack as there was an increased police presence in
the area following a shooting on Tuesday when a
man was shot in the mouth.
Speaking with the media opposite her home yes-
terday, Munroe said she had two choices concerning
her mentally challenged son, leave him on the streets
in Port-of-Spain or take him home.
A simple decision for most but a fatal
one for the mother of four. Porter, she said,
used to sleep on the Brian Lara Promenade
after fleeing his Point Fortin home.
He was forced to sleep there after gun-
men chased him out the area last year. Not
wanting to return to his South home, Porter
wandered the capital. Munroe said she could not
leave her son "looking like a vagrant" so she brought
him back home but monitored his every move, think-
ing that no gunman will attack him as long as she
Munroe said she begged the Housing Development
Corporation (HDC) to relocate her following her son s
near death experience last year but had been told
that the matter was being addressed. She added that
since moving to the area she lost touch with her chil-
dren who refused to visit her at her new home.
Independent Senator Hugh Roach has called on
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon to clear
the air on whether citizens phone are being "tapped"
in T&T following concerns about this.
"We need to be very careful about transgressing
people s constitutional right to privacy and free-
dom," Roach added on the issue in yesterday s
Senate debate of the 2016 Budget.
Noting the budget allocation for Nation-
al Security, Roach wondered if that was
properly used and if the assets at its focus
were really reaping the benefits.
He said for the last couple years he
had noted friends and colleagues coming
to speak to him, often removed the bat-
teries from their cellphones and put them
in their car to prevent intrusion on their
Roach said he did not know how
prevalent that was and if it was real but
he had been very distressed by it since
he had worked in countries where the
technology was readily available for a
person sitting in a car to listen to some-
one s phone in a house.
He said he did not know if that tech-
nology was in T&T and was being used
by local security.
But, Roach said, he would like the
Parliament to get an account of what
exactly the position was regarding T&T s
national security sector and whether they
have the capacity for listening to people s con-
versations, if so, on what basis and what it was being
Roach added: "I m not a drug dealer, I do not traffic
in women, I don t know why they will want to listen
to my conversations. I don t know anyone who calls
me that deals in these things...narcotics.
"But certainly there must have some truth to it
since too many people have come to me and practised
that (removing phone battery) and I find it very dis-
tressing. We need to get to the bottom even though
we are engaging in setting up a national security
As a concern about government expenditure on
national security, he said he wanted to hear from the
minister at some point on what in fact was the posi-
tion, what was being used and if it was valid.
Roach, who is wheelchair-bound, also expressed
concern about adequate facilities to accommodate
the disabled to navigate in T&T.
He cited, for example, the Parliament which he
said lacked facilities for the disabled, including to
allow him to move around to come near the
Senate President s chair for discussions or for
him to get into position to head sessions in
the event that need arose.
Since Parliament has not rectified that trav-
esty, he hoped all senators one day would
attend in wheelchairs to experience what a
disabled person went through.
Roach said he did not consider the budget
"doom and gloom" or having draconian measures.
He said economic challenges facing T&T presented
an enormous opportunity to recalibrate operations
and social order.
man killed in
front of his
The carefully cultivated display of unity in the
leadership ranks of the opposition United Nation-
al Congress is to be seriously tested in six weeks
time, when the party holds its long overdue
elections for leader.
The day after being defeated at the polls, UNC
Chief Whip Roodal Moonilal threw an arm
around defeated leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
calling on the party to rally around her. Moonilal,
along with opposition Senator Vasant Bharath,
has long been touted by UNC insiders as a
potential challenger for the leadership, and his
comments in early September took the issue
off the table.
Moonilal, when contacted by the Guardian
for a comment tonight, was guarded.
"Like the rest of the UNC membership I
welcome the party s decision to hold early
internal elections," he said.
"Leadership must be regularly validated
by membership and this speaks volumes of
our deep commitment to the democratic
ideals inherent in good governance."
Moonilal did not say whether he would
throw his hat into the ring, but party
insiders tell the T&T Guardian that he
seems certain to challenge the Oppo-
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