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Father and son, Lloyd and Ryan Ramkissoon, were shot dead
during an argument with a neighbour over a dog, last week.
A manhunt for the suspect is now underway.
According to police reports, Lloyd, 47, and Ryan, 19, were shot
several times by the suspect, during an argument over his
pitbulls, which were attacking their rabbits and ducks. Villagers
say the dogs were allowed to roam free around the village.
The younger Ramkissoon was bitten on the buttocks last
Thursday. When villages approached the neighbour to ask him to
secure his dogs in future, an argument ensued. Things became
so heated that the man, a farmer, pulled out a gun from his
waist and shot Lloyd and Ryan several times.
Relatives of the deceased blame the police for the deaths,
saying villagers had made several reports about the pitbulls'
attacks to the Matura Police Station but nothing was done. A
relative said the neighbour had constantly threatened to shoot
her relatives when they made reports to the station, adding the
man was well known to police.
Here's what our readers had to say:
Unfortunately there are many suicidal people in this country
who believe that they have nothing to live for. These types of
people will kill on a whim.
What is my beautiful Trinidad coming to.
This father and son lost their life over a dog. Is this the kind of
society we live in today? ---Patty Cassieram
Our society has gone to the dogs. No justice.
The end is nearer than we think. ---Susan Danzel
We can talk all day, complain all day about the attitude and
incompetence of the Police Service and its officers, the men and
women we depend on each day, the people who have the
authority to uphold the law, investigate complaints and solve
cases. Why is nothing done to improve the failures of the
leadership and its officers. The PSC, ACoP and the Minister of
National Security must accept and shoulder the blame for this
continued incompetence. The story in a nutshell said it all.
Complaints were made on a regular basis about the dogs
roaming free in the community causing distress to the residents,
the police never investigated the complaint seriously nor did
they sited the owner for not having dog tags on his dogs.What
ever happened with the dangerous dogs law that was talked
about and argued about in Parliament, sadly two individuals
were killed by the owner of the dogs and the wife of the
individual who was killed is being held in the police station. I am
still trying to reason the level of arrogance and incompetence of
the Police Service and those who lead them. ---bigstick
As usual reports are never taken seriously by the police and
this is what neglect leads to. Ppl who have money always feel
they have power. Sad but this is the society we live in now. Can
there be any change.......well, we can only hope. ---Indra
This is Trinidad people, what justice will these people will get.
They already loss their father and brother..Who in authority
cares to stop these tragedies from occurring? It will just be
another statistic and history will repeat itself. Update and put
stringent laws in place with trustworthy people to oversee
neighbours complaint. Police does just come and give a warning
and all the provocation and harassment continues, trust me I
have been there and still living in the same environment. ---
Wild, wild west with Navara replacing the horse. Many of the
homicides are indicators of a society where law and order are
losing grounds rapidly. A snail-pacing justice system adds its fair
share to TT's lawlessness. ---talkconverter
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Father, son shot dead
after fight over dog
For years, one organisation in par-
ticular, along with several citizens, many
defined as "prominent," have been hol-
lering for the introduction of speed guns
as a panacea to deal with the carnage
on the nation s roadways. We were told
over and again that "speed kills." Finally,
a few weeks ago, after much pomp and
PR, the T&T Police Service (TTPS) was
provided with six speed guns, to service
nine police divisions, in a nation with
a population just above 1.3 million, with
about as many vehicles. To their credit,
however, they have managed to "catch
50 persons speeding" thus far. Typical
TTPS; hard at work.
Suddenly, opinions are creeping out
of the woodworks, recognising that the
speed limit, which was largely being
ignored by most, and the primary reason
for the introduction of the speed guns
in the first place, is the real problem.
We are now being told that 80 km/ph
in today s world is too slow and is a
major blow to "production" as identified
and reiterated by the Ag, PM, and eco-
nomics guru, Mr Colm Imbert. My
question is: since when has production
been a concern to the governors of this
My mind drifts as I consider the many
hours citizens spend stuck in traffic,
none of which has to do with the speed
limit. We all have our own horror stories
of being stuck in traffic for hours
because of an accident, incident, or
floods somewhere along our route. Of
course, the hours are compounded when
citizens await the arrival of the all-
important DMO simply to pronounce
a victim dead, before the body can be
"safely removed" from the scene; a
decision long arrived at by everyone
else. Yet no one has ever considered
altering these archaic laws to allow
ambulance attendants to make the call.
Strange but, production has never been
a concern here.
Similarly, anyone ever having to con-
duct any transaction in the Licensing
Office can speak with authority on the
loss of production. Yet this dysfunctional
institution continues to operate in mid-
2016 as it has operated in the 1960s,
with excuses being made in place of
policies. People line up outside of this
office from the wee hours of the morn-
ing, hoping they do not to have to return
a second or third day to complete their
transaction. This in part explains the
"bobol," where honest citizens are all
too willing to "pass something" simply
to avoid losing another day from work.
Despite this recurring decimal, concerns
over production has never been an issue
at this institution, either. This, despite
years of having been under the portfolio
of our nation s latest economic guru.
One cannot help but wonder if Licensing
Office has been mandated to operate
within a speed limit. Almost forgot:
they still close for lunch!
If memory serves me right, a former
prime minister gave this nation three
watchwords, one of which I believe, was
"production." It is indeed a sad day that
half century after independence, after
a couple oil booms, and while we con-
tinue to maintain one of the worst work
ethics in the world, some fly-by-night,
self-anointed, economic guru comes
before us to lecture on issues of pro-
Someone needs to tell our this Gov-
ernment that the election is over; they
won. They have been mandated to run
the country and stop making excuses
for policies. No longer are you dealing
with an illiterate population. If there is
the need to change the speed limit,
change it. Don t urinate on the public
and tell us it s raining. We know the
difference. It s amazing how the line
about "speed kills" has taken a back
seat. So, save the sorry line about "pro-
duction," please, Mr Economist!
Rudy Chato Paul, Sr
If there is need to change
the speed limit, change it
Chaguanas North Secondary School's Aaron Best shows off his skills for local radio personality and DirecTV's brand
ambassador Kerron "Sonny Bling" Sealey, during the satellite TV provider's sponsored Schools Anti-Violence Campaign, at
the school in Montrose, Chaguanas, last Wednesday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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