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for 27TH OCTOBER, 2015
The police investigators who
interrogated the men alleged to
have murdered British attorney
Richard and Grace Wheeler were
themselves yesterday accused of
torturing one of the accused.
Vincentian national Naajip Hills,
23, claimed the police squeezed his
testicles, tried to coerce information
out of him, then tried to get him
not to speak out about it when he
appeared alongside Tobagonian
Andre Romeo, 29, in the Scarbor-
ough Magistrates' Court.
The men stood before Magistrate
Cheryl Anne Antoine around 10 am
to answer charges of murder.
Hills was represented by Legal
Aid attorney Kern Edwards while
Romeo was represented by Tara
Thompson, also a Legal Aid attor-
During the matter, however, Hills,
who has been in Tobago for the past
three years, raised his hand for
acknowledgment by the magistrate.
When he drew Antoine's attention,
Hills accused Homicide officers of
squeezing his testicles while he was
He also said officers coerced him
not to talk about the incident.
"Your Worship, the inspector and
them forcing me not to talk for my
rights," Hills said.
But police prosecutor Marvin
Campbell denied the allegations say-
ing: "I do not know anything about
his testicles being squeezed."
Both Hills and Romeo, of Mt
Pleasant, showed no emotions while
the charges were being read.
A file is to be sent to Director of
Public Prosecution's office so that
a State attorney will be appointed
in the matter.
The Scarborough courtroom was
packed to capacity with employees
from Lex Caribbean and Island
Investments Limited, along with
friends and family of the victims
and the accused.
Acting Inspector Rodhill Kirk of
the Tobago Homicide Bureau laid
The court heard that some time
between October 18 and October 21,
2015, the duo allegedly brutally mur-
dered Richard and Grace Wheeler
at their home at Riseland Gardens,
Carnbee, contrary to common law.
The men are scheduled to reap-
pear in court on November 24, 2015.
Tobago murder accused tells magistrate:
Cops tortured me
Coast Guard gets new naval ship
The TTS Nelson arrives at Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, yesterday, following its 37-day voyage from China to Trinidad and Tobago.
PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Commander Jason Kelshall with his children---
Kennedy and Chase---yesterday, shortly after his
arrival at Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, aboard the
TTS Nelson II, which he captained during the voyage
from China to T&T.
Yesterday was labelled an historic day
in T&T with the docking of the TTS Nelson
II, a large operational naval ship of T&T
Under the captaincy of Commander Jason
Kelshall, who is the son of retired Rear
Admiral Richard Kelshall, and Executive
Officer, Lt Commander Akenton Isaac, the
ship departed China for T&T on September
10. The elder Kelshall had captained the
TTS Nelson in 2000 from England to T&T.
That vessel is to be decommissioned.
From China the new vessel crossed three
oceans, three seas, visited three continents
and five countries in a 12,476 nautical mile
journey that took 35 days and nine hours.
The vessel, which was constructed by the
China Ship Building Company Ltd was com-
missioned in China on September 6, 2015.
Speaking afterwards, Capt Kelshall said
he was proud he was chosen to bring the
"It was an honour just to be the face of
my crew. My crew is brilliant, some of the
best ever, my crew. I was just the face,"
National Security Minister, Edmund Dil-
lon described the vessel's arrival as a defin-
ing moment in the life of the Defence
Force (assigned to the T&T Coast Guard).
He confirmed the vessel was one that
was ordered by the previous government
and assured that his administration would
continue to rebuild T&T's national security
apparatus and fill in the gaps in the current
"We will not simply abandon the capacity
that has been put in place in the past. We
will not act hastily in our review of our
country's national security assets and capac-
ity.This will not be our modus operandi. We
are a responsible Government," Dillon said.
He, however, could not say whether addi-
tional vessels for the T&T Coast Guard
would be acquired.
"We are going to use the vessels that we
have right now. To say whether we can
expect more has to be based on threat analy-
sis and therefore that will determine to a
large extent if we require more and what
type of vessels we may require," he said.
In his address, at the official ceremony
for the crew's arrival, Dillon said Govern-
ment's intent was to upgrade and re-build
efficient and effective defence and law
"That is why securing our maritime
boundaries, as part of our overall border
security strategy, is of such great importance
to us as a people. Our porous borders are
a major source of the proliferation of illegal
guns and drugs, which are primary drivers
of crime in T&T," Dillon added.
To neutralise that challenge, Dillon said
Government would move to establish a joint
border protection agency that would manage
the security and integrity of T&T's borders;
ensure appropriate military assets were
acquired, deployed and maintained and
utilise information, integration and rapid
response of all agencies to meet all external
"The Coast Guard must therefore con-
tinue to develop into a modern and for-
ward-looking organisation which will be
able to defend T&T's maritime interests, as
well as meet our regional commitments,
obligations and responsibilities," he said.
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