Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 6th 2016 Contents CAMILLE CLARKE
Several families of officers who were
killed but not in the line of duty will not
be recipients of the $1 million compen-
sation grant for victims.
Relatives of members of the protective
services who were killed in the line of
duty would benefit from the $1 million
compensative package from the Govern-
ment after Cabinet approved the payout.
However, yesterday, senior public affairs
officer of the Defence Force, Major Al
Alexander, said the slain individuals were
categorised and some of the men who
were killed were not eligible for the money.
"Some were killed and there are certain
categories. He (names) was not on duty
when he was killed. They were not on
duty and some of the persons are not
considered in the line of duty. This gives
the impression that they qualify," he said.
Director, Corporate Communications
Unit in the Ministry of National Security,
Marcia Hope, said based on the Cabinet
minutes the officer's families would be
compensated if they were on the job or
in the line of duty.
Attempts to contact National Security
Minister Edmund Dillon proved futile.
Meanwhile, family members and col-
leagues still wept at the mention of the
names of their slain loved ones who were
employed with the protective services.
Former Central crime-fighter Johnny
Abraham's nephew, PC Sherman May-
nard, was killed during the prison break
at the Port-of-Spain Prison last year.
Maynard, 27, died in the line of duty
when three prisoners escaped from the
prison during a daring escape.
Abraham said: "That might be the next
two years, the way they drag certain
things. It could take two years before they
get the money.
"Who wouldn't be happy? The money
wouldn't really be of use. It will help
when they got kill unexpectedly and they
may have debts and who they were
Abraham said that some of the victims
might have children that were going to
"When you dead in the Police Service
they remember you for the first ten days
then nobody don't study you," he said.
Former Senior Supt of Homicide,
Zamsheed Mohammed, said he was a
very close friend of Sgt Hayden Man-
waring who was shot dead during a rob-
bery attempt three years ago.
Mohammed who is now on vacation
said he was more than "just friends" with
He said Manwaring had young children
but it could not bring him back to life.
"There is no price on him. At least the
family can have some financial assistance.
Every day I think of him and not a day
don't pass and I don't think of him. We
were good friends," he said.
Mohammed said he received coun-
selling after Manwaring's death.
"We were always in the same division
or section and we both had matters in
court. When he died I was his direct
supervisor in CID," he added.
When contacted, Kim Manwaring, his
wife, said she was busy at the moment
and did not answer further calls to her
phone. Magaret Sampson-Browne, former
head of the Victims and Witness Support
Unit, said she spent some 46 years dealing
with the victims of crime.
She hopes families will take the money
and do something productive that will
remind them of the person.
"Don't apportion to something that
will give them pain. Don't use it on like
some house or car that don't have longevi-
ty. A charity that can blossom and they
can know they were part of the commu-
nity, humankind and you. It is up to
Sampson-Browne said they would be
reminded of the wonderful things when
they were on the earth.
"it is grief all over again and authorities
have to revisit that grief and offer them
sessions where they could address that,"
She said money could not turn back
time but could have value if apportioned
"Like I was able to do something in
his or her memory. History shows mil-
lionaires become paupers. Money comes
into your hands, invest it," she added.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 6, 2016
For the past two years, fraud-
sters have ripped off bank cus-
tomers of at least $5.9 million after
they used skimming devices to
steal card information. This was
revealed by Fraud Squad head
Totaram Dookhie during yester-
day s weekly police press brief-
He said from January to Sep-
tember last year $2.5 million was
stolen while there was an increase
to $3.4 million this year for the
He said there have also been an
increase in reports made as there
were only 157 for the first nine
months last year and for the same
period this year there have been
Skimmers, he said, were no
longer using age-old technology
which forces them to be in close
proximity to their victims as they
could now use Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) devices which
possesses the power to copy card
information from at least three
For the year 46 people have been
arrested in connection with the
offences, including UK, Spain and
Dominican Republic nationals.
One deported T&T national was
also arrested. Dookhie said citizens
should treat their cards as if it was
"Invest in a wallet which pro-
tects against skimming. Keep all
card receipts and analyse financial
reports to ensure they match card
purchases," he added.
Also at the briefing was Cpl
Vinelle Bassarath, of the Fraud
Squad, who said the card-skim-
ming business was both interna-
tional and highly lucrative and the
unit had been clamoring for an
increase in the two-to-five-year
penalty that currently existed. (JLV)
The T&T Electricity
yesterday distance itself
from an advisory being
circulated on Whatsapp
that phone chargers
plugged into electrical
wall sockets have been
causing house fires.
Last night, general
manager of T&TEC,
Kelvin Ramsook, stated
that the advisory which
began circulating on
Tuesday, was not issued
He could not say
where the message orig-
inated "but I have asked
my staff to look at it,"
On Tuesday, home-
owners and occupiers
were warned in the mes-
sage that claimed to have
come from T&TEC that
cellphone chargers left
plugged into electrical
wall sockets were sus-
pected to be the cause
of three house fires in
The fake T&TEC
release stated if there was
an electricity fluctuation
the chargers could over-
heat in the socket caus-
ing sparking and then
He said people who
would have received the
message on their phones
were informed about the
Ramsook said T&TEC
would also issue a media
release on the matter
today on any misinfor-
mation relayed to the
He said one media
house carried a report of
the message yesterday
which T&TEC had to
He said T&TEC
strongly advocated the
practice of electricity
safety, including check-
ing cords and plugs for
damage before use. (SH)
Not all cops killed will get $m payout
A woman cries amid the
rubble of her home
destroyed by Hurricane
Matthew in Baracoa,
Cuba, yesterday. The
hurricane rolled across
the sparsely populated
tip of Cuba overnight,
destroying dozens of
homes in Cuba's
hundreds of others
damaged. AP PHOTO
'It must be in the line of duty'
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