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A suspected hit from behind the prisons
walls may have been responsible for the
killing of prisons superintendent David
The 50-year-old-officer, who had some
20 years service, was gunned down around
8.30 am as he entered his car which was
parked in front his home at Cipriani Avenue,
Investigators said they were told by res-
idents that shortly after Millette entered his
car loud explosions were heard.
He was found slumped in the driver s seat.
The engine was still running and windshield
wipers were on.
Millette was killed mere hours after three
prisons officers were attacked by a knife-
wielding inmate at the Maximum Security
Prison on Sunday, resulting in prison officers
describing the situation as "boiling point."
And in light of the recent atttacks against
prisons officers National Security Minister
Edmund Dilllon, in an interview, said he was
considering giving prisons officers permission
to carry firearms.
He said he was concerned that officers
of the protective services who serve the
country were apparently under attack from
In an immediate release, the Law Asso-
ciation condemned Millette s killing, describ-
ing it as an attack not only on the Prisons
Service but the Judicial Service as well.
A statement issued by the association
yesterday, not only called on a through
investigation into the slaying but also
demanded that the perpetrators be brought
The association also urged the police to
bring a satisfactory level of control over the
crime scourge sweeping the country.
"The association has every confidence
that the police will thoroughly investigate
this matter and bring those responsible to
justice," it added.
As scores of police officers gathered at
the hilly terrain processing the crime scene,
residents gathered in small clusters.
Some spoke nonchalantly about the latest
slaying in a community already beset by
Tension, however, momentarily rose when
a young male suspect, with a blue jersey
pulled over his head, was whisked away by
police into a waiting jeep.
But as he was being lead away a handful
of residents vociferously spoke on his behalf.
"What is dat one? He is an innocent youth
man. Allyuh holding de people. He here
liming with we whole morning," one woman
said, as others joined in the man s defence.
Insp Roger Alexander quickly intervened
to quell concerns, assuring residents that
the police were simply doing their work.
Millette had no children. His wife who
arrived on the scene around 10 am briefly
stood at the side of the roadway, accom-
panied by four people.
She then got into a heavily-tinted SUV
and sat in the back seat for an hour and a
half before the driver drove off.
As tears welled in her eyes David s elderly
mother, Phyllis, recalled fears expressed by
She said her son, who was on a one-year
vacation, had told her his name was on a
purported list bearing the names of 100
prisons officers to be killed.
She said yesterday morning David was
supposed to take her to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital to visit her husband who
recently suffered a heart attack.
"But my son told me he was not feeling
so good. He got wet and was feeling a little
feverish. So from the hospital I went with
the driver to see if I could get some feed
for the fowls and while doing that my
daughter from England called me.
"She told me something very serious hap-
pen to David home. I then call the gardener
by me and that is when I find out... he tell
me David dead," the frail 71-year-old woman
Regarding a motive for her son s death,
Phyllis said he did not provide her with any
"He didn t say anybody was threatening
him but he did say his name was on a list
....on a list of a 100 prisons officers. He told
me that before he went on holidays a few
months ago," Phyllis said.
She said her son, who was last assigned
to the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
and the Maximum Security Prison, was
supposed to return to work next July.
As tears flowed freely down her cheeks,
Phyllis gnarled hands trembled as she
described her son as loving, kind and always
willing to assist.
He was very, very nice. If I call him to
do anything he would do it," Phyllis said.
Her younger son, Stevenson Jr, said while
he was unaware of the details surrounding
his brother s death, he had confidence in
the work of the police.
Officers under attack
Millette s killing has come on the heels
of three officers being stabbed at the Max-
imum Security Prison at Golden Grove,
Arouca, on Sunday at 11.30 pm.
President of the Prisons Association, Cer-
ron Richards, who was also present at the
murder scene yesterday said he too also
believed Millette s killing was an organised
hit from within the prisons walls.
"We suspect it could be something called
from behind the prisons walls but again
the information will be coming in as we go
forward," Richards said.
Describing Millette s murder and that of
other prisons officers along with numerous
attacks as untenable, Richards called for a
meeting with National Security Minister
Prisons officers said the attack occurred
during a routine search as a few cells were
Richards said during the search a switch-
blade was discovered.
"The inmates were reluctant to hand over
the switchblade and as a result of that the
officer was attacked. The officer summoned
help and whatever ensued three officers
were injured and had to be hospitalised...
nothing critical but serious.
"And it is serious because of the nature
of the incident," Richards said.
The prisoner who allegedly attacked the
officers is already facing a murder charge
and is likely to be hauled before the courts
to answer fresh charges.
It is understood that other items were
reportedly found during the search including
cigarettes, cellphone batteries and cell-
phones. See Page A5
Prisons officer gunned down
Police officers remove an unidentified man from near the scene where prisons superintendent David
Millette was murdered at Cipriani Avenue, Second Caledonia, yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Prisons officers killed or attacked this year
• July 17: Andel Primus, 27, of Bagaloo Trace,
Enterprise, was shot multiple times and was thrown out
of a vehicle in Red Hill, Morvant. Primus survived.
• July 19: Otis Johnson was shot moments after he
left the Frederick Street Prison. Johnson was walking on
Frederick Street when occupants of a car shot him in the
back and abdomen. A passing ambulance took him to
hospital. He succumbed to his wounds.
• July 29: Robert Seecharan was shot dead with his
service firearm by a close female relative during a
domestic dispute in Penal.
• Jun 16, 2014: Dominique Bernard, of Jack Street,
Claxton Bay, was killed at the home of his girlfriend at
Plaisance Park. His 23-year-old colleague surrendered to
police two hours later.
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