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Secondary gun plot
A 16-year-old student of the Chaguanas North
Secondary School was yesterday charged with
plotting to kill a teacher at the school.
The student will be taken before a Chaguanas
magistrate at the Tunapuna Magistrates Court at
1 pm today.
The T&T Guardian was told that a contingent
of police officers went to the school yesterday
and spent several hours acting on intelligence they
received. Several interviews were conducted, after
which the schoolboy was arrested and charged
with the offence.
In an immediate reaction to news of the arrest,
president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified
Teachers Association (TTUTA), Devanand Sinanan,
would only say: "The law has to take its course
Asked if he was satisfied with the police inves-
tigations into allegations that gang members
planned to attack certain teachers and students
because their associates had been reprimanded
for indiscipline, Sinanan said he would be visiting
the school today, along with Education Minister
Anthony Garcia, to get first-hand feedback from
teachers and students.
"I will need to find out how they feel with the
intervention of the police and the despatchment
of extra security guards at the school," Sinanan
said. (See page A6)
Classes at the school resumed yesterday but
with increased police presence in and around the
school compound. There were also frequent foot
and mobile patrols by police officers around the
school and its environs.
On Sunday, Garcia said police officials had
agreed to maintain a "very visible presence" inside
and outside the school compound at Helen Street,
This comes three days after classes were dis-
missed early when school officials received infor-
mation of a planned gun attack by gang members
with close links to students attending the school.
News of the "credible threat" prompted an
emergency meeting on Friday and forced officials
to cancel classes for the remainder of the day.
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A photo on yesterday's Talk of Trinidad page incor-
rectly stated former minister Chandresh Sharma
was accompanied by his wife Karuna at the launch
of a book by Angelo Bissessarsingh. Karuna is in fact
his daughter. Our apologies for the error.
JENSEN LA VENDE
After mother of two, Abiola Noel, and
her on-again off-again boyfriend, Andre
La Touche, had been shot in Laventille
yesterday, their killers spent a few
moments peering at them as they lay
dying in order to satisfy themselves that
the job had been done.
According to police reports, Noel, 25,
and La Touche, 28, were leaving Noel's
Eastern Quarry, Laventille, home in a silver
Nissan Tiida around 8.30 am when gunmen
approached the moving vehicle and fired
several shots at it. La Touche, the driver,
crashed the vehicle into a concrete dump-
After the vehicle crashed, however, the
gunmen reportedly walked over to it and
peeped inside at their victims. Police believe
that they did that to ensure La Touche,
who they suspect was the target, was dead,
and to confirm their fears that they had
inadvertently murdered Noel, who was one
of their neighbours.
Police said the only motive they had was
that the killers wanted La Touche, who
was "known to them," police jargon usually
meaning the person has either a criminal
history or has been accused and/or arrested
on numerous occasions for a criminal
offence, typically gun and drug related.
Police said La Touche, originally from
Fifth Avenue, Malick, Barataria, had gotten
into an altercation with some men from
Eastern Quarry, Laventille, at Malick and
the men targeted him when he returned
to Eastern Quarry.
Speaking with the media at the scene
of her daughter's murder yesterday, Michelle
Andrews questioned why her neighbours
for the past 16 years would blatantly and
brazenly murder her child. Andrews said
her daughter was like "saltfish," meaning
she got along well with all who knew her.
She sent this message to her first-born's
killers: "All who out there and being on
that gun thing and crime scene, I want
them to know that my daughter don't be
on nothing. She is a saltfish. And this thing
what going on where everyone fighting, it
is not an easy thing.
"I now have two grandchildren that I
have to take care of and I am not well. I
just want justice to prevail in this."
Andrews added that justice would be
given lawfully or otherwise, but she was
sure justice would be given.
She said she last spoke to her daughter
about an hour before she died, when she
left home. She said her daughter, a customer
service trainee at Rituals' El Socorro branch,
was very jovial and she believed if the police
had allowed her access to the victims
immediately after the shooting, she might
"When I reached by the car her foot was
still moving. I said 'Oh God, is my daugh-
ter!', but they (police) said that it is a crime
scene and I could not go any further. The
ambulance came and I was trying to talk
to one of the ambulance personnel, but I
could not even do that. I realise they had
gone and left the body so I knew that they
both died," Andrews said.
"She was alive when we rushed to the
car. Her feet were on the dashboard and
we saw it moving. It is a possibility that
they could have saved her life.
"What I am saying is, the police said it
was a crime scene and I would not want
to disturb and they know what they are
doing, but if you see someone's finger or
toe moving that means they are still alive.
... But if they acted they might have saved
Andrews said she hardly knew La Touche,
but said he was always respectful towards
her. The couple's murder has pushed the
toll to 73 for the year.
After staging deadly ambush
as couple die
A soldier among police officers at the murder scene of Andre La Touche and his
girlfriend Abiola Noel at Eastern Quarry, Laventille, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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