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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 13, 2016
JENSEN LA VENDE
Relatives of Stephan "Swell
Teeth" St Louis yesterday
admitted the 25-year-old father
of four "lived the life" but was
on Sunday murdered by men
who vowed to uphold the law.
Speaking with the media at
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday Lorna St Louis
said her son was unarmed when
police came Sunday morning and
She added that her son was
never arrested for being in pos-
session of a gun and only had
one charge for a marijuana pos-
According to reports, around
4.45 am officers of the Inter
Agency Task Force (IATF) went
to Eastern Quarry, Laventille, to
arrest St Louis, who they had
been seeking in connection with
a shooting which occurred late
Police said no one answered
and when they broke the front
door to enter the property, they
were shot at several times.
They returned fire hitting St
Louis, who was home alone, sev-
eral times. Police said the officers
were unharmed and that St Louis
had been armed with a .45 calibre
pistol. He was taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital for
treatment but was pronounced
dead on arrival.
Yesterday St Louis said the
version given by the police was
"Police are lying. Allyuh could
come in the hood and talk to the
people, people would let allyuh
know. He wasn t no menace.
"He had a shop, and four chil-
dren, a seven-month, three-year-
old, five and seven. What he
going to do people? He was
building a house in Dan Kelly,"
a furious St Louis said.
Added to her frustration was
the fact that after spending an
entire day at the Forensic Science
Centre on Monday, she was told
in the afternoon that the autopsy
for her son could not be done
and that it would be done yes-
"The world have to know, they
(police) doing that too much. We
living in the ghetto but they does
oppress Laventille people and
they does tarnish the people liv-
"As they kill a youth man, he
was the worst. He was a family
man. Everybody have to know
the truth, enough is enough," she
Sharane Huggins, St Louis
girlfriend, said eyewitnesses told
the family police shouted to him
to surrender and after doing so
he was shot twice.
Police officers attached to the
specialised unit who were part
of the exercise to arrest St Louis
said the accusation are unfound-
The installation of the
Christopher John Williams-led
board of Lake Asphalt (1978) Ltd
(LATT) was greeted with hot
protest by asphalt workers yes-
As the newly-installed chair-
man was outlining his plans for
the company to the LATT exec-
utive, scores of noisy protesters
evaded security, broke through a
red caution tape and assembled
outside of the administrative
compound where the meeting
was being held.
Ringing bells and chanting
union songs, the protestors
demanded the removal of its CEO
The protest did not evoke an
immediate response but caught
the attention of Energy Minister
Nicole Olivierre, who earlier
installed the board.
Contractors and General Work-
ers Union (CGWU) branch pres-
ident, Raeburn Noble, having
secured Olivierre s ear called for
the firing of Hosein as well as
health, safety and environment
manager Ava Rajcoomar over a
14 per cent wage increase signed
in September 2015.
Olivierre took the opportunity
to introduce John Williams and
his board to the workers as she
mandated them to set up a
human resource sub-committee
to review the issue.
She cautioned that the board
would not take any rash actions
as a proper investigation had to
be done. John Williams also
addressed the workers and
assured that the board s first order
would be to look after their con-
cerns. However, he pleaded with
them for time.
Hosein who also addressed the
workers explained to them even
if he resigned it would not change
the outcome of the negotiations.
He explained the negotiations
between the company and the
union were already agreed upon
but the Chief Personnel Officer
had to put the final stamp of
"The increase was sent to the
Minister of Energy and they sent
it to the CPO. If I resign today,
it will not change the outcome
of the negotiations.
"We made recommendations
for the 14 per cent but it is out
of our hands. This was done since
last September, but the economy
has changed drastically since
then," Hosein said
LATT chairman Christopher
John Williams expressing concern
about LATT s inability to generate
sufficient revenue from the sale
of its own products, said he
intended to transform the com-
pany into a foreign exchange
earner for the country.
Saying his research showed
that 70 per cent of LATT s rev-
enue was derived from the sales
of Petrotrin s bitumen, he pointed
out that the company was expe-
riencing some challenges in
renewing that contract.
With last year s sales taking a
hit due to decreasing exports to
their biggest customer China, he
said the company was forced to
look at new markets.
Olivierre commended the
members, saying they possessed
the right mix of expertise and
experience. "Today is a very
important day in the future of
LATT. Today is the day that you
get your new board.
You have been operating for
the last couple of months in a
quasi, non governed manner and
that ends from today," she added.
She said in addition to John
Williams experience, he is from
the southwestern peninsula and
fully understood the role the com-
pany played in the community.
"He will certainly support your
efforts in seeing that Lake Asphalt
continues to be the excellent force
of unity that it has been in this
community," she said.
The board also comprises two
defeated PNM candidates Marsha
Bailey and Vidya Deokiesingh,
Claire Gomez-Miller, Christopher
Hagley, Ryan Mitchell and Wen-
Boy, 5, going
in sea drowns
Despite being warned several times about
playing near the sea, five-year-old Tafari Mc
Kenzie drowned after he jumped into the water
opposite his home while chasing after a stick.
He was last seen alive by children from the
community, beating a tree near the seawall lining
the Old Train Line Road, St Margaret s Village,
His grandmother, Sylvia Phillip-Lee, said that
when the stick flung out his hand and landed in
the water, he jumped in to retrieve it.
However, no adults were present at the time
as his mother Melissa Lee, 31, said she left him
watching television around 1.30 pm, while she
washed clothes at the back of the house.
Around 3 pm when she came back inside to
check on him, he was gone.
The tragedy was realised when his father
Shaquille Mc Kenzie lifted his lifeless body out
of the sea. There were attempts to resuscitate him
but it was too late.
Speaking at their home yesterday, Phillip-Lee,
a mother of five, said she called out to his sisters
to find out where he was but they did not know.
She said: "I started searching all over the house
and I came outside asking neighbours if they saw
him and they said no. I called his father and told
him that I cannot find the boy so he came home
"We were still searching and the neighbours
came out and I saw the slippers he wears floating
in the sea.
"When his father came home, he took off his
jersey and jumped into the sea. He (Tafari) was
right there by the wall. It was like he was stuck
in the mud. We saw him lying flat in the water
with his hands up like he was trying to climb up
the wall," Phillip-Lee said.
A relative said the tide was high and the sea
was rough yesterday and it was not until the tide
started to go down that they found the boy. One
relative said the water was about six feet deep at
Asked why Tafari was not in school, she said
they had checked all the primary schools in the
area but all of them stated that they were full.
She said she warned her children several times
about playing by the sea.
Phillip-Lee said the children in the community
never jumped into the water as there was another
area with a shore where they would bathe.
ASP Rohan Pardasie and officers from the St
Margaret s Police Station went to the scene and
District Medical Officer Dr Bachan examined
the body and ordered its removal to the San Fer-
nando mortuary. It was transferred to the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday where an
autopsy confirmed the cause of death as asphyxia
due to drowning.
Melissa Phillip-Lee, whose five-year-old son
drowned at St Margaret's Village yesterday.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
My son was murdered
Mother of man shot by cops:
Stephan "Swell Teeth" St Louis
Baptism of fire for new LATT board
Workers protest over wage increase
Newly appointed chairman of Lake Asphalt Christopher John Williams, left, and Energy Minister
Nicole Olivierre listen to the concerns of protesting workers outside company's headquarters in La
Brea yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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