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National Security Minister Edmund Dil-
lon says a new special anti-crime unit is
expected to be established soon.
He said that in response to questions
about the on-going review of the national
security apparatus in T&T. Dillon announced
the review which he said included the dis-
banded Special Anti Crime Unit of T&T
Sautt was set up under the former PNM
administration and disbanded by the former
Dillon said yesterday: "There is a review
of the structure that is taking place right
now. It is almost completed and soon you
will see a new emerging entity."
Earlier Dillon told the opening of the $13
million Beetham Gardens Community Cen-
tre that the increase in deviant behaviour
and violent crime must be curtailed. He
said citizens must assist law enforcement
in that regard.
He said the security services would "con-
front emerging problems before they became
serious and entrenched."
He insisted there was the need for the
support of citizens "to fight our nation's
He added: "As crime becomes ubiquitous
so must our national resistance grow."
Questioned about the recent discovery
of 44 litres of liquid cocaine in Canada in
a shipment from T&T this week, Dillon said
he was very concerned about the discovery
and local law enforcement officers were
assisting authorities in Canada with the
He said there remained the need to
improve security at the air and sea ports in
On another issue, Dillon also said if he
had his way citizens would sing the National
Anthem at functions instead of listening to
an instrumental rendition of it.
He told reporters he was "very serious
about it because I believe that sooner or
later if we continue not singing our National
Anthem we will not remember the words."
He said every citizen should be "encour-
aged to sing our National Anthem."
JENSEN LA VENDE
One day after he was threatening to kill
people at Piquette #2, off Old St Joseph
Road, Laventille, Beetham resident Ja-
Quan Henry was himself shot and killed
Police said Henry was killed around 10
am. He was last seen walking with a man
before gunshots were heard and his body
found lying in some bushes.
Police said that on Tuesday Henry was
in the area threatening to kill people and it
was ironic that they now had to investigate
Henry, the T&T Guardian was informed,
had been warned by his mother, Tiffany, to
steer clear of a life of crime after his brother
was killed by police three years ago.
Yesterday, the 20-year-old was shot near
his girlfriend's home.
Speaking with the media at the murder
scene yesterday the mother of seven said
her son was "a hardened boy" whom she
had warned about the friends he kept and
the choices he made.
She added her son had two pending mat-
ters for robbery and after his brother Stephan
was killed three years ago following a rob-
bery, she did all she could to steer him in
the right path.
Both brothers died at 20 as a result of
On September 11, Ja-Quan's older brother,
Stephan, was killed shortly after he existed
a maxi which he and another man had just
According to reports an undercover police
officer killed Stephan after he pointed a gun
at the officer just as the two bandits left
the maxi at Cane Farm Junction around 9
Henry said her son used to do odd jobs,
like painting and construction, off and on
and although he was "hard-headed", he was
not involved in any gang activity.
"I not going to shy away from saying that
he had problems with the law.
"He just was in a lot of situations with
the law. I wouldn't say gang.
"It had bad boys he would be on the
block with but not a gang," Henry said,
adding that as a son he was good to her,
not rude or disrespectful, just stubborn.
Henry's killing has pushed the murder
toll to 401 for the year, ten more than the
corresponding period last year.
PCA to probe
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has
initiated its own independent investigations into
Monday's incident which claimed the lives of
PC Russell Ramnarine and UWI student Avery
This was confirmed yesterday to the T&T
Guardian by head of the PCA David West.
When contacted yesterday to confirm whether
or not the PCA was seeking interest in the case,
West said most definitely and added that the PCA
would soon be requesting the police report not
only to review but also to "conduct an audit into
"This will be in accordance to the PCA Act
Section 21 (1) (2)," West added.
Asked if the audit would be a forensic one,
West replied: "Not forensic but an audit."
As the investigations continued into the incident,
yesterday the part of the Aranguez Main Road
that runs in front of the barbecue establishment
where Ramnarine, 24, and Keshwar, 22, were killed
remained cordoned off with heavily armed police
officers standing guard. There were also frequent
mobile police patrols.
A firearm expert, who wished not to be iden-
tified, yesterday explained to the T&T Guardian
the trajectory of the bullets which claimed the
officer and the student's lives could have either
come from inside the establishment or from point
blank range, meaning close range to the vehicle
in which Ramnarine and Keshwar occupied.
"The shooting angles, the angle in which the
bullets entered would determine the direction
from where it came and the distance. What would
also be evidential and a determining factor is
where the spent shells were found," the expert
Ramnarine, 24, who started off his career as
a Special Reserve Police officer about two years
ago, was absorbed into the Police Service over a
He was first attached to the Sangre Grande
Police Station but was transferred a few months
ago to the St Joseph Police Station.
Ramnarine was a main witness in a case involv-
ing several police officers, including seniors, who
are currently before the courts charged with a
Ramnarine and Keshwar were gunned down
on Monday morning at Aranguez Road, Aranguez,
after they had gone to the area to recover a cell-
phone that had been reported stolen.
It was reported that Ramnarine, along with a
uniformed officer of the St Joseph Police Crime
Patrol, accompanied the victim in an unmarked
vehicle to Aranguez to meet the suspect to retrieve
the cellphone among other items.
When the suspect observed the uniformed offi-
cer seated in the vehicle, he took off on foot
causing PC Ramnarine and the other officer to
give chase along Williams Street, Aranguez.
While the uniformed officer continued to give
chase on foot, Ramnarine, who was in plainclothes,
returned to the vehicle in which Avery was still
seated, at which point, they were fired upon. Both
men died at the scene.
Four people, including a woman, remained in
police custody up to yesterday and are being ques-
tioned in connection with the incident.
A firearm, a Glock 18, was also recovered at the
scene and sent to the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, for ballistic testing.
Ramnarine will be given a full military-style
funeral today. The service will take place at his
home at Guaico/Tamana Road, Sangre Grande,
from 9 am.
Investigations are continuing.
Man, 20, murdered after making death threats
New anti-crime unit
Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, second
from right, cuts the ribbon during the opening ceremony for Beetham Gardens Community
Centre accompanied by, from left, MP for Laventille East/Morvant Adrian Leonce, National
Security Minister Edmund Dillon and PS in the Culture Ministry, Vidiah Ramkhelawan.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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