Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2016 Contents JENSEN LA VENDE
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams, through his communication depart-
ment, yesterday said he would have to speak to
one of his officers who on Tuesday described
murdered Chaguanas businessman Selwyn
"Robocop" Alexis as a bandit.
Speaking at the police weekly press briefing
yesterday public information officer, ASP Michael
Pierre, when asked about the comments made
by Senior Supt Jayson Forde in yesterday s Express,
read a statement on behalf of Williams.
Pierre said: "The Commissioner of Police (act-
ing) asserted that police officers must not allow
themselves or their emotions to influence them
in their duty or their utterances.
"He also further asserted that the Police Service
provides a service to all, the innocent, guilty and
every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago."
When asked if Forde s statement was valid
Pierre said Williams would be addressing Forde
personally regarding his comments and added no
According to the article published Forde said
Alexis was a bandit and that his death was a
blessing in disguise.
"That (Alexis killing) did not come as a surprise.
Mr Selwyn Alexis...we have been hearing that he
has been living 20, 25 years beyond his time. It
comes as common knowledge that people wanted
"It was common knowledge that he was living
by the sword and there were swords lined up
against him... Mr Selwyn Alexis was a bandit in
plain and simple terms." Forde said.
When telephoned yesterday, Forde, who is on
vacation leave which is expected to last into his
retirement in 2018, said the statement made on
behalf of the commissioner "is a good statement."
Asked if he stood by what was quoted he gave
a parable for an answer using this reporter as the
Forde said: "Have you ever been arrested by
the police, sir?"
T&T Guardian: "No I have not."
Forde: "Have the police ever profiled you?"
T&T Guardian: "They have not."
Forde: "Do you consider yourself to be a law-
T&T Guardian: "I do."
Forde: "Well, sir., if you are from a village and
a certain individual has been arrested by the police
on numerous occasions what will you call that
T&T Guardian: "Some may say the police is
targeting him and he is innocent."
Forde: "That is true some may say that sir. Let
me answer you this way... it is common knowledge
that the gentleman has had various run-ins with
the law at different times, that is common knowl-
"I might have used a word but if you do your
own work... as I said he had run-ins at various
times with law enforcement, what does that qual-
ify him as? You are an intelligent man."
Forde added in the interview that like deceased
drug dealers, Pablo Escobar and Nankissoon "Dole
Chadee" Boodram, they were known by many as
heroes but were in fact criminals.
According to police reports, around 4.30 pm
on Sunday, Alexis, a self-employed businessman
of Enterprise, Chaguanas, was at his business on
Freedom Street, Chaguanas, when he was
ambushed and killed.
Kevin Escayg, 43, a project manager of Saldenah
Terrace, Macoya, was also killed while his son,
Kirchard Scott, five, was shot in the abdomen,
while at Alexis carwash.
Thomas "Hamza" Sharpe who was one of the
men that attacked Alexis, was killed by the busi-
nessman before he died.
Police said Sharpe, wearing a black wig and
had initially walked onto the compound to talk
to Alexis before the two began to scuffle. Shortly
after a car pulled up and gunmen opened fire
hitting Alexis once in the head, Escayg once in
the head and Escayg s son once in the abdomen.
Sharpe was buried yesterday while Alexis was
buried on Tuesday. Escayg will be buried after
relatives arrive from abroad. His son is still warded
at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
and has to undergo further surgery.
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for JULY 20TH, 2016
Thousands of dead herring, mullet
and catfish have been washing up
along the shoreline of the Mosquito
Creek over the past few days.
The dead fish started coming to
shore late on Monday afternoon and
president of the Debe to Penal Action
Committee, Edward Moody, is now
calling on the Institute of Marine
Affairs (IMA) to investigate the cause
of the fish kill.
The T&T Guardian visited the area
yesterday and were met by the stench
of thousands of rotting fish.
Many curious passersby stopped
to get a closer look as the rising tide
sucked the carcasses towards the
mouth of the Godineau River.
Moody, who did not hesitate to get
his hands dirty, plucked several of
the larger fish from the water.
He said: "For the last 48 hours, we
have been noticing hundreds of pel-
icans diving into the water and catch-
"What is happening...if you look
out you will see the pelicans now,
just sitting in the water, whether they
were poisoned by the thousands of
dead fish we are seeing here now, we
do not know.
"We made reports to the Environ-
mental Management Authority (EMA)
and the Institute of Marine Affairs
(IMA) and what we are requesting is
that some testing of these fish be
done to determine what actually killed
While he said herring are easily
killed, it s the death of so many catfish
that has him worried.
"Now if you watch, you will see
the little herring dead. They die very
easily but when you start to see the
catfish dying by the dozens along the
shore, you know something went
wrong in this water somewhere."
He said late on Tuesday and up to
early yesterday morning, several
unscrupulous fishermen were seen
trawling in the area.
"The question is, are we going to
sit by and allow fishermen... like we
saw some men trawling out there just
now...what are they catching and
what are they selling?" he asked.
With a mouthful of questions,
Moodie is calling on the IMA and the
EMA to do the necessary to get to
the root of the deaths.
He asked: "What caused the prob-
lem? Did it start here? Did it come
down the Oropouche River?
"We are asking the IMA to come
in and do sampling. People in South
Trinidad should know, be careful
where you buy fish and where the
fish came from because if the fish
were poisoned by heavy metal or
some kind of pesticide or something,
it would move up the chain from
whoever eats what.
"We want people to be aware of
this and we want answers from the
IMA. The EMA does not have boating
equipment to go out there and catch
the fish. The IMA is responsible for
this and we are demanding answers."
He dismissed the suggestion that
the dead fish were a result of over-
"The idea that it came up because
a trawler caught bigger fish and threw
these out to sea is wrong. No way so
many fish would be caught by one
trawler, so let us rule that out of the
One man who stopped off at the
Godineau Bridge for some afternoon
fishing was shocked to see the dead
fish but he believes the problem did
not originate at the creek.
"When I came here around noon,
the water was clear and I threw my
line in," the man, who asked to iden-
tified only as Raj, said. "About half-
an-hour later, I see all these fish start
washing up closer and closer," he
He said he still caught several small
living fish, leaving him with this con-
clusion: "It can t be because of some-
thing here or there would be no living
fish at all so it looks like they came
in with the tide."
Efforts to contact the offices of the
EMA and the IMA were unsuccessful
CoP on officer's Alexis comment:
I will have to
talk to him
Thousands of dead fish which washed
up off Mosquito Creek, La Romaine,
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Fish kill off Mosquito Creek
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