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The Special Reserve Police (SRP) constable who
fatally shot PC Govindra Ramroop at the Guapo
Police Station last Thursday has been sent on
A senior police officer said the officer was given
time off while he underwent counselling but other
officers said it was also to facilitate the investigation
into Ramroop s death. The officer was also attached
to the Rapid Response Unit to which Ramroop was
Reports are that Ramroop, the offending officer
and another colleague had just returned to the sta-
tion after responding to a report from a woman
who claimed she was receiving death threats.
While the offending officer was clearing his gun
it discharged, hitting Ramroop at the side of his
abdomen. He was taken to the Point Fortin Area
Hospital where he died while undergoing emergency
Initial reports suggested that the gun went
off accidentally. Another senior officer said
the Region Three Homicide Bureau was prob-
ing all angles. The offending officer has
given a statement to investigators, sources
Meanwhile, Ramroop s colleagues and
members of his family are expected to be
counselled by members of the T&T Police
Service s (TTPS) Victim and Witness Support
Ramroop, 25, of Laltoo Trace, Penal, was
married for just over a year and was hoping to
start his own family. Speaking by telephone yes-
terday, his brother, Garvin Ramroop, said they
expected to meet with homicide detectives today
to get an update on the investigation.
He agreed with comments made by acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams at his brother s
funeral that guns do not accidentally discharge
themselves and that if anyone was found culpable,
action would be taken.
However, he was unsure whether other senior
officers shared Williams view, saying that most
of them labelled his brother s death as an acci-
"We are pleased in a sense that the Commissioner
of Police said that but he would not be directly
overseeing the investigation.
I can agree with that but it is how many officers
will agree to what he said because before he made
that statement other senior officers were saying
that it was an accident.
"As head of Police Service, the commissioner
said guns cannot discharge itself and I want to
know if they will be following up with regards to
"I basically think that in this case, the guy should
already be charged because a gun cannot fire on
its own. The only thing they should be checking
is whether it is homicide or manslaughter. They
are still lingering on whether it is an accident or
not," Garvin said.
He suggested that the Police Service train its
officers on the proper use of firearms every six
months and should make it mandatory for them
to undergo regular testing. He stressed that the
service needed to be more proactive in terms of
"Apparently when they train officers and they
come out, some forget how to use a firearm. A
firearm is not something to play with or forget
how to use," he added.
After SRP officer shot at
to look at
JENSEN LA VENDE
A special team of police officers will be assigned
to examine holding cells at police stations across
the country and where there are weaknesses, rec-
ommendations will be made to fix them.
This comes after a Carapo man, charged with
being a member of a criminal gang, managed to
escape from a locked cell at the Central Police Station,
St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, on Monday.
According to police reports, a man who identified
himself to police as Peter Solaimon, had also been
charged with possession of a police-issued bulletproof
vest. He was among several men arrested last Thurs-
day by members of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence
Unit when they raided the Carapo district. The
detainees were members of the Al Islamia Jumma
Masjid, a branch of the Jamaat al Muslimeen.
Officers initially gave differing reports on Solaimon s
escape, including that he was granted bail at the
police station but gang-related offences are non-
bailable and Solaimon was not entitled to bail for at
least four months once charged, even if it was his
Another version is that he greased himself and
slipped through a hole in the bars, where food is
usually served, and walked out of the station
Speaking at the Police Service press briefing
yesterday Deputy Commissioner of Police
Glenn Hackett said an investigation into the
escape of the prisoner would go beyond his
mere disappearance but into the infrastructure
of holding cells at police stations across the
"I have mandated the Professional Standards
Bureau and the investigators to conduct a far- reaching
investigation, inclusive of making recommendations
pertaining to security arrangements at the cells at
the Central Police Station and all cells.
"We are putting a team together to look at the
security of all cells at all police stations where we
need to do work to strengthen the infrastructural
work or thwart the possibility of any escape we will
do that," Hackett added.
He said due to the nature of the investigation it
was obvious that police officers would be the focus
of the investigation as they were the charged with
having legal custody of the prisoner.
Man accused of assaulting
baby still in Remand
The man accused of assaulting a baby while forc-
ing her to drink a bottle of milk last month, remains
in remand prison, as he is still unable to access
Dexter Gobin, 32, a PH driver, of Maracas/St
Joseph, remains detained at the Golden Grove Remand
Prison, Arouca, as he awaits a hearing in the High
Court seeking a variation on the $150,000 bail he
Gobin s case was scheduled to be heard by High
Court Judge Gillian Lucky last week. However, it had
to be adjourned to tomorrow owing to delays in the
transfer of administrative documents required for
the hearing from the Tunapuna Magistrate s Court
to the High Court in Port-of-Spain.
Contacted yesterday, Gobin s lawyer, Fareed Ali,
claimed the delay was caused by a sewage problem
at the Tunapuna Administrative Complex which
houses the court.
Gobin and his wife, Yanique Taylor-Gobin, a
Jamaican national, are charged under the Children s
Act for willfully assaulting the child. The couple are
expected to reappear in court tomorrow.
Escape from locked cell...
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