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Hours before the Government and the
Opposition met to engage in crime talks,
two Belmont friends were shot dead near
their homes on Thursday night, raising the
murder toll for the year to 310.
According to reports, around 11.25 pm,
William Louis, 34, and Rahim Marshall, 23,
were liming at the side of the road at Roget
Place, Belmont, when residents reported
hearing a volley of gunshots.
When residents went outside to check
they found both men lying at the side of the
road with gunshot wounds to their chest
and heads. Louis and Marshall were taken
to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where
they were pronounced dead.
Speaking to reporters after Louis autopsy
at the Forensic Science Centre in St James
yesterday, his sister Nkita Mohammed said
her family was shocked and traumatised by
his killing, as he was the second of their rel-
atives to be murdered in the past four years.
In November 2012, Mohammed s husband,
Kevon Butler, a former employee with the
Ministry of Labour, was shot dead at Pashley
"We still can t believe it. We didn t think
we would have to go through this again,
especially with him (Louis)," Mohammed
Mohammed said her brother, a CEPEP
worker with four children, was "miserable"
when he was younger, but had matured into
a quiet and peaceful adult.
"People would say this is gang-related but
it is not, he was never in a gang and would
not kill people," Mohammed said.
Asked if they could think of a reason for
her brother s killing, Mohammed revealed
that hours after the shooting another friend
told their family that Louis had told him his
life had been threatened.
"He said that William told him that he
had gotten robbed at gunpoint and he was
fed up of people taking advantage of him.
We do not know who they are because he
would not talk to us about his troubles,"
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National Security Minister Edmund Dillon
yesterday admitted that many of the crime-
related matters the Opposition raised yesterday
have been engaging the attention of the Gov-
He said the Opposition spoke about joint border
patrols, but insisted that this had already been
implemented for quite some time through the
T&T Defence Force, T&T Air Guard and T&T
Coast Guard, while the security forces also had
In the rural areas, Dillon said the T&T Regiment
and elements of the Customs Division, as well as
the T&T Police Service, are used to support the
"You would recall some time ago that I men-
tioned that we have put together a very high-
powered team that deals with the concept of the
joint border patrol agency, which brings together
all the agencies of air and sea ports."
Dillon said his ministry and Government have
been progressing a great deal "in so far as that
measure is concerned. And we will be able to
bring to bear to the Joint Select Committee (JSC)
that the Prime Minister mentioned, as we progress
at the level of Parliament as we go forward."
The minister said another area that the Oppo-
sition raised was the DNA bank at the Forensic
"We have in fact started the recruitment process
for DNA custodians. That is in progress right
now," he said.
Dillon said they have since engaged United
Kingdom and USA experts with regard to the
treatment of a DNA bank. He said they intend to
model a DNA facility from a university in Jamaica.
"So we continue to build the whole question
of DNA... the DNA custodian and bank. So that
is progressing quite nicely."
The issue of intelligence and intelligence gath-
ering also came up in the talks, Dillon said.
"The Opposition Leader mentioned the question
of the development of the National Intelligency
Agency. Now if you recall, when we restructured
the Strategic Services Agency (SSA)...part of that
restructuring had to do with the National Intel-
ligency Agency (NIA)."
The NIA was established in 2008/2009, Dillon
said, to bring a coordinated approach utilising all
the intelligence agencies in T&T, in particular the
Special Branch, Criminal Gang and Intelligence
Unit and the Defence Force. In the restructuring
exercise, Dillon said the NIA has been acting as
a fusion centre.
"So again that is also in progress."
He said the National Operations Centre, which
was also mentioned, has been placed in the SSA,
"which is the home or house in which all oper-
ations would be placed and then fed into the var-
He said in terms of what the Opposition brought
on the table to fight crime, "these are actions that
have already been taken and are in stage right
Dillon said as they go forward they will be a
position to inform the JSC to have a monitoring
and implementing role to "state what we are doing
in treating with crime."
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