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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The bullet-riddled body of a man found lying on the
road in Chaguanas on Friday night has been identified
as that of Valencia resident Kariym Augustine.
Augustine, 23, of La Platta Gardens, was found dead
along King Crescent, Orchard Gardens, by two Coast
Police said he had been charged with several crimes
previously. They were trying to determine a motive for
his killing up to yesterday.
A report stated around 11.40 pm, the Coast Guard offi-
cers left the home of a colleague and while driving along
King Crescent they noticed someone lying near the road-
Upon closer examination, they realised it was a man
lying face down with gunshot wounds to his head and
They contacted Chaguanas police and a party of officers,
including ASP Sooker, Insp Burnette, Insp Harry, Sgt
Toolaram, responded and cordoned off the area.
District Medical Officer Dr Indarjit Birjah inspected
the body and ordered its removal to the San Fernando
mortuary. It was expected to be transferred to the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an autopsy
National Reforestation workers who have been
waiting since September for salaries were ecstatic
yesterday as they received text alerts from their
respective banks informing them that money was
in their accounts.
However, that joy quickly turned to anger, as the
2,275 workers realised that they had only been paid
one fortnight s wages, which for most is only $1,200.
They are owed salaries for nine fortnights.
Single mother, Jahrilyn Harry, said the workers
intended to protest this morning.
"What that could do with one fortnight pay? That
is just for one bill.
"We are going to protest again in the morning. We
not going to take this just so," Harry said.
She said with her salary she had only been able
to buy food for her four children.
She still has not been able to pay for her electricity
supply which was cut early last week due to non-
payment of her bill.
"I paid a little bit on the light bill and the rest
went for grocery. I still don t know what they do
with the money. This weekend is Christmas, what
we going to do?" she asked.
Last Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Clarence
Rambharat announced on social media that the out-
standing salaries would be sent to the bank by 2 pm
By last Friday, when salaries failed to be credited
to the workers account, Rambharat told the T&T
Guardian in an interview his ministry had done its
part by sending out cheques to the banks. He said
the banks were then supposed to send out salaries
to the workers accounts.
But contacted yesterday, Rambharat said the
salaries for the other fortnights were being
He said the total salaries amounted to $28 mil-
"Remember it s being paid by fortnights so it s
a waiting process, not every contractor is paid
every fortnight, it is being staggered," Rambharat
Asked how long the workers will have to wait,
he said: "I don t know, I can t say, I will have
to find out how far we are (in the process.)"
Via Whatsapp messages later in the
day, Rambharat said: "It s being
processed by the fortnight
right now. We are working on
the final 39 pay sheets for fortnights
five and six. Those are second half of November and
first two weeks of December.
"So far we have processed payments for all the
workers up to the end of November 2015. This was
submitted to the banks on 17, 18 and 21 December.
"Workers started to get payment in their accounts
on December 18. We have another 12 pay sheets to
receive from the accounting unit of the Reforestation
"This covers the December pay period. Once we
receive these pay sheets, the cheques will be sent to
the bank for processing."
He said the ministry usually takes two weeks to
process pay sheets for one fortnight.
"In the normal course of things, the ministry takes
two weeks to process pay sheets for one fortnight.
Since Thursday we have processed over 340 pay
sheets for the period since September 2015." he added.
The bandit who was shot dead during a shootout
with police on Sunday morning was identified yes-
terday as Brandon Jack, 19, of Besson Street, East
Dry River, Port-of-Spain.
Around 1 am, Sunday, police spotted Jack and
another man running along Caroni Savannah
Road and called on them to stop.
Instead of complying, one of them pulled
out a gun and fired four shots at the offi-
The officers said they returned fire
and the gunman allegedly threw his gun
onto the roof of C&R Mini Mart and both
ran back to the Caroni Savannah Road where they tried
to lose the officers by running into some bushes.
The officers got out of the vehicle and continued the
chase and on reaching Ibis Circular, found Jack lying on
the ground with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He
was taken to the Chaguanas District Health Facility but
was he dead by the time he arrived.
Jack was later identified as one of two men who
robbed the owner of Vegas Bar along the Caroni Savan-
nah Road of $5,000.
Senior police officers, led by ASP Ablack and Sgt
Jitindra Tooleram, responded to the shooting, processed
the scene and co-ordinated a search for the other
suspect who was not found up to yesterday.
A Ruger P89 pistol loaded with five rounds 9mm
ammunition was recovered.
$28m paycheck for
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