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JENSEN LA VENDE
Police believe that the
shooting deaths of two men
in East Port-of-Spain on
Thursday night are linked
to a re-emergence of gang
warfare in the capital city.
The murders, one of which
took place on a crowded
street near the Housing
headquarters, sending pedes-
trians scampering, took place
one day after the head and
headless body of a man were
found at two different loca-
tions in the city.
Police also suspect that
the two latest murder victims
were rivals of opposing gangs
and the second murder was
a reprisal for the first.
In the first killing, 26-
year-old Nicholas "Dipset"
Alleyne was shot multiple
times while on his way to
purchase his mother's birth-
According to police
reports, Alleyne, of Dan Kelly,
Eastern Quarry, Laventille,
was walking along South
Quay in Port-of-Spain,
around 7 pm, when he was
approached by a gunman
who opened fire on him.
Alleyne died on the scene.
About three hours later,
another shooting took place,
less than ten minutes walking
distance from the first scene.
Police said Johnaton
Joseph, 30, was standing with
others along St Paul Street
when a car drove by and an
occupant opened fire. Joseph
was shot and taken to hos-
pital by relatives. He died
around 1 am yesterday. His
killing is the 359th for the
Speaking with the media
at the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, yesterday,
Joseph's mother, Maureen
Yarewood, said her son was
shot while on an errand for
her not too far from his
home. She said sometime
later she heard gunshots and
later found her son bleeding
on the ground.
"He was on the ground,
my son on the ground, he
get blaze up. We take him
and put him in a car and take
him to Port-of-Spain General
Hospital," Yarewood said.
"After 1 am I get a call ask-
ing where I was and they said
come up to Ward 21 my son
dead. I not taking this good
at all. This is not nice, he
was a troublesome boy. He
wasn't perfect but he like to
give trouble, he wasn't a saint
and had some run-ins but
nothing that deserved this."
Calypso icon the Mighty
Sparrow (Slinger Francisco),
who was given this country s
highest award, says he is broke.
In a telephone interview, yes-
terday, he said he has arrived at
this position because of a failed
promise by the former People's
Partnership government to pay
mounting medical bills as well
as a sum of $2 million promised
for a compilation of his life's
Sparrow went into a diabetic
coma in the United States last
year and the Kamla Persad-
Bissessar government announced
that it would meet his medical
Also in December 2014, then
culture minister Dr Lincoln Dou-
glas said the Ministry of Culture
would acquire Sparrow's mem-
orabilia for a ten-year period, at
a cost of $2 million, with the
option for renewal.
Yesterday, Sparrow said, "I
have not received anything as yet
from the government. Whatever
was promised was not delivered."
Sparrow's comments came one
day after the Oilfields Workers'
Trade Union (OWTU) celebrated
his legacy at the Paramount
Building, San Fernando, in obser-
vance of Calypso History Month.
OWTU president Ancel Roget
who presented Sparrow with a
plaque, told members of the
media in an interview that his
union was in discussion with a
minister from the current Peo-
ple's National Movement (PNM)
Government to make this wrong
"The last government, in a
most obscene way, put Sparrow
on a political platform and com-
mitted to pay all his medical bills.
You may recall that they had
taken a compilation of his life's
work and promised to pay him
$2 million. They did not pay him.
"He still owes money to a lot
of medical institutions abroad
and we are saying Sparrow, our
national icon, ought not to be
treated in this way."
Roget also knocked the Trin-
bago Unified Calypsonians
Organisation (TUCO), saying, "I
find it passing strange that
TUCO, the organisation repre-
senting calypsonians, in this
Calypso History Month 2015, did
not find it necessary to honour
Dr Slinger Francisco. The OWTU
felt he should be honoured and
in a most humble way we paid
recognition and homage to him."
Two killed in city gang shootings
pleads for help
The resurgence of brazen gangland
killings on the streets of the capital
city has jolted the T&T Police Serv-
ice s top brass to come up with new
strategies to suppress instances of
reprisal shootings and murders.
Deputy Commissioner of Police
Glenn Hackett, who is in charge of
crime and operations, said yesterday
he held emergency talks with key com-
manders at the Police Administration
Building, in Port-of-Spain, but he
refused to divulge new anti-crime
strategies saying they were too sensitive
Hackett said one of the measures,
which he could disclose, was increased
police patrols in known crime zones.
"The nine (police) divisions have
been mandated to formulate their
Christmas plan and certainly we will
see that in Port-of-Spain and we are
looking at the utilisation of a joint
effort between the Police Service and
the Defence Force but most certainly
we will see in the capital increased
patrols and they will be intensified in
the months of November and Decem-
ber, especially taking into consideration
that people come to Port-of-Spain
and San Fernando to shop. Our plan
is to engage the criminals," Hackett
said in a telephone interview.
Two overnight murders, one on a
crowded street in downtown Port-of-
Spain on Thursday night and another
hours later in the city, have pushed
the murder toll to 359.
Citizens have expressed fear of being
struck by stray bullets and gang mem-
bers target each other seemingly with-
out fear of the police.
The murders came one day after the
head and headless body of a Las Lomas
man, Nathan David Maraj, a former
insurance agent, were found in the
city. His body had been stuffed in the
trunk of his car and left idle in East
Port-of-Spain for at least two days,
although police had been alerted about
a strange car parked outside a hard-
The man's head was found by
garbage workers at Pall Mall Street
while his body was found at Duncan
Street. He was last seen alive last Sat-
urday and police believe that his grue-
some killing was done by members of
the Mexican drug cartel to send a mes-
sage to the drug underworld.
Regarding the motive for the recent
murders, Hackett said from the evi-
dence the police have gathered the
killings appeared to be gang related.
"These murders are in some way
gang related. In respect to the headless
body we are still trying to ascertain
the motive and still exploring the cir-
cumstances but some of the other
murders are certainly gang related.
"I have the Criminal Gang and
Intelligence Unit working assiduously
to provide me with some level of infor-
mation and the circumstances which
led to this gruesome murder.
"We have analysed the data before
us and we are looking at the dynamics
of these murders that are referred to
as reprisal murders," he said.
Asked what were their plans for
allaying the fears of the public with
regard to the upsurge of crime in the
Port-of-Spain area, Hackett said the
police shared these concerns with cit-
izens and gave the assurance that there
would be an increase in patrols con-
ducted by the police and Inter-Agency
Task Force (IATF) members, especially
in trouble areas.
Regarding growing concerns over
the low detection rate, he said, all divi-
sional commanders have been man-
dated to increase the detection rate of
serious crime by seven per cent this
"At the end of 2014 it was 23 per
cent and we are trying to increase it
to 39 per cent. We are well on the way
to making some level of increase with
respect to detection of serious crime.
While we may not meet the 30 per
cent, certainly it will be over 23 per
cent or close to 30 per cent," he said.
Referring specifically to the low
detection rate of homicides, he said
within recent times the police service
has "infused the homicide bureau with
new officers who are being trained in
respect to detection methodology and
we have exposed officers to these kind
Police to explore new strategies
Move to stamp out
Calypso King of the World Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow, is
greeted by the Ambassador of Japan Mitsuhiko Okada at Tuco's
celebration of Calypso History Month at the Globe Cinema, in Port-
of-Spain on Thursday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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