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He complained about the snail's pace at which
trials of prisoners were being heard as one of the
main factors which led inmates to become agitated.
In turn, he said, the inmates took out their frustration
"The remand population is bursting at the seams
again, even after transferring a number of remandees
to the Maximum Security Prison, we are bordering
at 1,100 mark in Golden Grove Prison again.
"Officers are losing their lives simply because they
are part of a system that is ineffective, heartless and
is setting them up, putting them in place, and I am
begging anyone to tell me different," Gordon said.
Richards added that a prisons officer being killed
was an attack on the country and its freedom. He
added that law enforcement was one of the main
institutions and apparatus and when that was attacked
it was a sign that the State was failing.
"I left school in 1988 and hearing in class prisons
officers being shot at. Since then to now, it's decades
passed and you are telling me not one single legislative
intervention by any administration in T&T, yet in
the US one correctional officer was killed and in
weeks Congress responds?
"In T&T 30 years can pass and not one single
parliamentary response? Something has to be wrong.
We are in a failed State," Richards added.
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for 29TH FEBRUARY, 2016
After a failed attempt at his
life six years ago, a gunman
climbed the walls surrounding
the Prizgar Lands, Laventille,
home of prisons officer Fitzal-
bert Victor Jr and shot him
repeatedly in the head and
upper body yesterday.
The killing of another prisons
officer, the third within 12
months, has unified both the
executive of the Prisons Service
and the Prisons Officers Asso-
ciation who both say their men
and women are being hunted
and killed by criminals.
In a media release yesterday
Commissioner of Prisons Ster-
ling Stewart, condemned the
killing of Victor who he
described as an honourable and
Stewart added his men were
being targeted by criminals and
have been for some time, yet,
with God as their protector they
would continue to seek to reha-
bilitate those in their care.
"How much longer will we
continue to say farewell to good,
honest officers while it appears
that these persons who are guilty
of these cowardly and heinous
acts continue to pick us off with
"How much longer must we
wait before the perpetrators of
these dark dealings are brought
to justice? We are under attack.
We have been for some time
now and far too long. There are
too many lawless, brainless
killers roaming free. We call for
justice. We demand decisive
actions now!" Stewart said in a
Victor, who had ten years'
service could offer little defence
when he was attacked as his
back was turned, he had head-
phones on, the family's pitbull
was locked away and his service
weapon, given to him after the
first murder attempt, was locked
According to police reports,
Victor, 32, was just about to
clean his vehicle, a black Nissan
Xtrail, around 6 am in prepa-
ration to assume duty two hours
later at the Remand Yard, Port-
of-Spain Prison, when the gun-
man snuck up and shot him.
After the shooting, the killer ran
off and escaped. Victor was
taken to the Port-of-Spain Gen-
eral Hospital but died while
Speaking with the media at
the family's home yesterday Vic-
tor's father, Fitzalbert Victor Snr,
said his son was loved by all in
the community and he was
adamant his killing was a direct
link to his profession of choice.
Victor Snr added the escalat-
ing crime rate, his son's murder
among the 85 recorded for the
year, 25 more than the same
period last year, was out of con-
trol and there was little that
could be done to address it.
"I don't see anything can be
done now it (crime) has esca-
lated, the whole thing, trying to
settle it now is a waste of time
because the youths don't want
anything now. I just want every-
thing to be smooth and let Jah
do his work.
"I know he is a saltfish and
is loved by everyone and every-
one loved him. As far as I know
it even have prisoners who speak
good about him so i don't know
what went wrong," he said,
when asked to describe his son.
The prisons officer's younger
brother, athlete Quincy Wilson,
said he was currently training
for the Olympics in the field
event of discus throwing and
would hope to honour his broth-
Wilson said he was not sure
how he would be able to focus
on his training now but he must
for the sake of his brother. (JLV)
Prisons officer ambushed at Laventille home Police seek help in
Police are seeking the public's assistance in identi-
fying the body of a man found Sunday evening in
According to police reports, around 6.35 pm offi-
cers responded to a call about the body seen in
some bushes and went to Upper Lloyd Street, Sun-
shine Avenue, San Juan, where they found the
Police said he appeared to be of mixed race, brown
complexion and was wearing a brown three-quarter
pants and brown netted vest. He was found lying
face down in some bushes with his hands tied be-
hind his back with a black and white bandanna.
He also had injuries to his face and stomach. Po-
lice believe the man may have been there for a few
days as his body was already decomposing.
In a separate incident, police were called in after
the body of Ramnanan Singh was found lying face
down in a drain at El Dorado. Police believe that
Singh, 52, who lived under a bridge near Cost Cut-
ters Supermarket along the Eastern Main Road, El
Dorado, may have been intoxicated and fell into the
Police said Singh was a "heavy drinker" and was
last seen alive intoxicated around 11 pm Sunday
night. His body was found around 6.15 am yesterday.
Singh was identified late yesterday and an autopsy
will be done today to determine the cause of death.
JENSEN LA VENDE
The failure of the State to implement
legislation to ensure the safety of prisons
officers has led to the murder of a dedicated
officer and the Prisons Officers Association
(POA) is now threatening to head to court
to force affirmative action.
Another immediate solution, according
to an executive member of the POA, was
to let police officers be responsible for
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Gerard Gordon, general
secretary of the association, said one of the
things discussed was the removal of remand-
ed inmates from the care of the prisons to
The association member added that was
done throughout other Commonwealth
regions. The member said the association
would also be seeking to meet with two
United States Senators who took a bill to
Congress similar to what they were request-
ing and were successful in having it become
law. The officer added that the bill came
about after a prisons officer was murdered
in the US.
Speaking earlier at the association's office
on Railway Road, Arouca, head of the asso-
ciation Ceron Richards said his organisation
had already met with Senior Counsel
Ramesh Maharaj and later this week would
sign off on an affidavit giving the all clear
to begin legal proceedings against the State
to force the implementation of legislation
to protect prisons officers.
Richards said the action was necessary
after successive governments failed to
address the issues regarding the safety of
"The State is setting us up and it is as
though the murders have been accepted.
Prisons officers are being set up in Trinidad
and Tobago. The persons who are elected
every five years to implement laws and poli-
cies to shape the cultural directions are not
doing their job," Richards said.
He added that rather than taking a look
at themselves politicians have sought to
place the blame on officers. Richards said
there could have been two prisons officers
killed yesterday after the home of another
officer was shot at on Sunday night.
"We will reach the stage where the Gov-
ernment will have to look for people to man
the prisons. Prisons officers are being killed
and their blood spilled, this cannot be
allowed to continue," he said.
Gordon said he was brought to tears after
learning of the murder of Fitzalbert Victor
Jr. He added that rogue officers were not
gunned down so the issue of Victor being
a target because he was in cahoots with
criminals within the prison system was fool-
Prisons Association on latest murder:
State has failed to protect officers
National discus thrower Quincy Wilson is comforted by his older
sister, Joanne Jack, following the murder of their brother, prisons
officer Fitzalbert Victor Jr yesterday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Fitzalbert Victor Snr, father of
murdered prisons officer
Fitzalbert Victor Jr.
President of the Prisons Officers
Association, Ceron Richards.
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