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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, June 25, 2016
Crime Watch is for the people
It is a programme geared towards
highlighting the issues that people
are faced with on a day-to-day
basis---murders, robberies, police
brutality, suicide, child abuse and
the list goes on.
This week was no different for
CNC3 s Crime Watch host Ian
Being a voice to the voiceless,
Alleyne in fact showed a unique
twist to the show when he high-
lighted a very big social issue that
tends to be kept in the dark by peo-
ple either because of fear or shame.
However, Alleyne raised the issue
and expressed his deepest concern.
He also used it as an opportunity
to send strong advice to the view-
On the issue of HIV/Aids and
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD),
Alleyne highlighted a case of an
unidentified man, who came to him
seeking help and compassion.
The man told Alleyne he was in
a relationship for the past seven
years, during which his girlfriend
had a child, who is now three years
He said during the latter part of
the relationship, his girlfriend grew
very sick and he would often
accompany her to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex in Mount
Hope for tests and treatment.
It was there that the man got to
find out that his girlfriend had con-
tracted HIV three years before they
even began their relationship and
she had kept it a secret from him.
The child is also sick as he con-
tracted an STD, believed to be
through his mother while she was
pregnant with him.
The man told Alleyne his life
turned into a living hell drastically,
with him getting sick as well and
having to take care of his son, whom
the mother allegedly abandoned to
move on with her life.
The man said he has now lost
his job and is about to be evicted
from the apartment as he is now
financially crippled. He said that
he and his child have also been
abandoned by the people who are
supposed to care and support them.
Moved with compassion, Alleyne
pledged to assist the man with pay-
ing his rental arrears of $3,000 so
that he and his son would not be
placed on the streets.
Alleyne has also asked members
of the public to come forward and
assist the father and son by con-
tacting him (Alleyne) at 294-4081.
Alleyne said all hope is not lost
for people who have contracted the
HIV/Aids virus or any other STD
as there is medical treatment avail-
able at the relevant institutions.
He, however, urged the citizenry
to have compassion for people and
children in this condition as it can
happen to anyone.
Alleyne also urged people to get
themselves tested along with their
partners before they even proceeded
to get themselves involved intimate-
ly with each other.
"Do not have unprotected sex,
make sure you use protection and
get yourselves tested for STDs
because this is very serious," Alleyne
In highlighting a severe case of
alleged police brutality, Alleyne
brought on set 52-year-old David
Rampersad, who said that he rented
a split-level residential building to
a police officer. Rampersad claimed
the officer owed him $16,000 in
rent and has refused to pay him.
He alleged that on June 11, he
was subsequently attacked by the
officer, along with other police offi-
cers, at his home in Sangre Grande,
all because he demanded that he
Rampersad told Alleyne he was
also threatened to be "set up" with
guns and drugs by the police.
Alleyne showed exclusive footage
of the attack, where Rampersad was
left lying in an unconscious state.
He had to be lifted by his son and
daughter and carried away from the
scene. Alleyne was told that a report
was lodged at the Police Complaints
Authority since June 13 and to date
Rampersad has not had any feed-
back from the PCA with regards to
his report. Rampersad told Alleyne
he has since retained attorney Israel
In another unrelated incident
allegedly involving police officers,
Alleyne has also commenced inves-
tigations into the shooting and
wounding of IIrol Miller, 32.
Alleyne, who visited one of
Miller s relatives, was told that
Miller was allegedly confronted and
shot by a police officer, whom he
claims to know.
Miller was shot once in his but-
tocks before allegedly being taken
to a nearby savannah, a stone s
throw away from his home in Tuna-
While at the savannah, Miller
was shot several times more. The
incident occurred last week Satur-
day at about 3 am.
One of this week s murders, that
of Kareem "Breeze" St Rose, 23, of
Petit Valley, was highlighted.
Alleyne said he received critical
information which suggests that
St Rose was a state witness in a
murder case and he had reason to
believe that his murder was a hit
from behind the prison walls. It
was reported that St Rose was in
the company of two female friends
when he was stabbed during a fight
in a car as they drove along Wright-
son Road, Port-of-Spain, on Sun-
day night. In an attempt to escape
his female attackers, St Rose got
out of the car at the corner of
French Street, but fell on the side
of the road where he died.
Alleyne also showed exclusive
footage of a robbery that was foiled
at the Excellent Foods Supermarket,
formally known as V&S Supermar-
ket in Couva.
At about 2 pm two armed men
walked into the establishment and
announced a holdup; however,
upon receiving a SOS that there
was a robbery in progress at the
supermarket, police officers from
the Couva Police Station and Cen-
tral Division s Major Crimes Unit
acted swiftly and were able to sur-
round the building, trapping the
two thieves inside.
With nowhere to run, the two
men attempted to hide in the
refrigeration section of the super-
market but were caught by the
Alleyne sent out kudos to the
officers for their swift action and
arrest of the suspects.
The investigation into the theft
of 41 guns reported stolen from the
Forensic Science Centre in mid-
2014 is still ongoing, says acting
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams said so when he
appeared at Thursday s Joint Select
Committee (JSC) scrutiny of the
Forensic Science Centre in relation
to the DNA Act.
Head of the centre, Arlette Lewis,
said the theft was detected and
reported in mid-2014. The centre
receives information from the police
on the probe from time to time. She
said the centre had upgraded security
following the theft including
installing electronic access systems
JSC chairman Fitzgerald Hinds
asked Williams if there was "any
hope in sight" on the probe. Williams
said he d find out since he d come
to the JSC meeting prepared to dis-
cuss DNA issues.
The JSC spent considerable time
questioning officials present on the
status of the appointment of a cus-
todian for the centre, said to be in
the works since 2013.
Lewis is acting as custodian until
one is appointed. Acting chief per-
sonnel officer Beresford Riley said
the request for terms and conditions
for the post came to his office in
May 2015 and was being finalised
in May 2016. National Security Per-
manent Secretary Simeon Yearwood
said the terms and conditions for
the post came to him an hour before
the JSC hearing and he d have acted
on the issue from Thursday.
Yearwood and other officials esti-
mated the process---including soft-
ware for DNA testing---would be
ready by September/October.
Williams said he agreed with
Hinds view that persons bent on
criminality would try to infiltrate
the police and other law enforcement
agencies, a challenge, he said, which
T&T faces continuously.
Williams also agreed with Hinds
view that if they had to undergo
DNA tests it might be possible to
match them with samples from any
But Williams said the DNA Act
couldn t stand alone and has to have
regulations to operationalise it. Hinds
said some aspects of the act didn t
Williams said he and his prede-
cessor had not remained silent on
the importance of the DNA process
and had called for it to be opera-
tionalised over the years. Chief par-
liamentary counsel Ian McIntyre said
regulations were drafted since 2015.
Yearwood said these would be pur-
sued to ensure they were in place in
the shortest time.
Ian: Crime Watch is for all
'Probe continues into gun theft at Forensic Science Centre'
Alleged police brutality victim
David Rampersad is interviewed by
crime watch host Ian Alleyne.
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