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RADHICA DE SILVA
Traumatised after seeing
their father, Adelle Gilbert, shot
dead by police, Eli and Elijah
Gilbert sat trembling on the
steps of their San Fernando
home yesterday, while relatives
hurled obscenities at the police.
With their guns ready, the
uniformed officers took their
stance on top of a hill at Carlton
Lane, where Adelle Gilbert was
shot twice about the body fol-
lowing a chase with police near
his home. Angry residents con-
verged around the officers
threatening retribution while the
weeping children looked on.
One woman went down on
her knees, kissed her fingers and
then raised it to the heavens. In
an ominous tone she said: "All
you is dogs. We have the video.
You killed an innocent man. You
will pay. Just like how (name
called) in jail suffering, you will
go to jail too or you will die."
The officers remained silent.
Cousin Kyle Thompson said
Gilbert was working on a com-
munity Housing Development
Corporation (HDC) project near-
by around midday when he
noticed a drone flying overhead.
Thompson claimed the drone
was being controlled by a plain-
clothes police officer who was
on top of a nearby building.
"Adelle went and asked the
man why he flying a drone but
he didn t know he was a police.
Then the police came off the
building and a whole set of
police came down here and sur-
rounded the place.
"Adelle start to run when he
see the police and they fired. He
picked up two shots to his chest
and then they pelt him in the
van and drive off," Thompson
Gilbert s common-law wife,
Aliesha Richards, saw what was
happening and tried to inter-
vene, Thompson said.
A witness, who requested
anonymity, claimed a policeman
cuffed Richards on her face, giv-
ing her a black eye in front of
the two children.
"It hard. Look at these chil-
dren crying. Who going to mind
them now?" the witness cried.
Gilbert s brother, Joel Gilbert,
accused police of placing a hit
on Gilbert s life.
"They always looking for him.
Last month they threatened him.
They used to tell me that I go
pick up a bullet for my brother
because I look like him, except
he is fairer," Joel recalled.
Saying the death was an
injustice, Joel said Carlton Lane
residents were being victimised
by the police. A few residents
went to the office of San Fer-
nando West MP Faris Al-Rawi
to lodge a complaint about police
However, a senior officer said
Gilbert was carrying a gun and
had fired upon the police. The
weapon was retrieved by the
The senior investigator said
two warrants were out for
Gilbert for escaping lawful cus-
tody and trafficking cocaine.
Saying Gilbert was a person
of interest in a recent murder,
the investigator said the dead
man was responsible for several
shootings at Carlton Lane and
Embacadere. He was described
as a priority offender in South
who had been on the run for
An autopsy is scheduled to be
done on the body today at the
Forensic Science Centre, St
James. Investigations are con-
Several courier companies
were unable to make the nec-
essary changes to their internal
systems in time to accommo-
date the newly-implemented
online purchase tax (OPT)
which went into effect yester-
day, causing hiccups between
courier companies and customs.
Well placed sources in the
courier industry said yesterday
a number of freight companies
ran into difficulty at the Piarco
International Airport courier
bond facility, where goods are
cleared from customs.
The main issue arising was
determining exactly how the
seven per cent tax would be com-
puted and applied to the landed
items, the T&T Guardian was
"It appears that a couple com-
panies did not have enough time
to make the necessary adjust-
ments to their processess and as
such ran in to some issues cal-
culating the seven per cent OPT,"
a source said.
The source noted although it
was announced in the recent
budget, it was never defined
clearly how the tax would be
applied by customs.
"It was only at our meeting
with the comptroller of Customs
and Excise that it was made clear
to us that the seven per tax would
be applied to the CIF (cost, insur-
ance and freight) value of the
"Many companies did not have
full knowledge of this. This makes
calculating the tax easier but the
challenge for some of the com-
panies was that of having hun-
dreds of goods to clear and not
enough time to make the nec-
essary changes in their systems,"
the source added.
A number of courier compa-
nies eventually sent emails to
their customers detailing the
breakdown of the new online tax
One company said in a cus-
tomer email: "Dear valued cus-
tomer, as of today, October 20,
the Online Purchase Tax (OPT)
has been implemented. This
seven per cent tax would be
charged based on the CIF value
(Cost and Freight).
"The criteria for assessing this
charge will be based on the fol-
lowing: (1) Goods must be pur-
chased online; (2) Must be
imported via airfreight; (3) The
goods must be consigned to a
consumer; (4) It must be import-
ed via a transit shed, i.e. Courier
"The seven per cent would
NOT be applied in certain cases:
(1) Goods for commercial use; (2)
Goods that were not purchased
online (family or friends sending
personal effects to you)."
Speaking during yesterday s
post-Cabinet press briefing Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley made
it clear the tax would remain.
"There s a purpose behind tax-
ation. The very people objecting
to the tax might be the biggest
beneficiaries at the outcome of
the collection," he said.
However, he admitted that the
Ministry of Finance was a bit
tardy in sending out the provi-
sional order for the tax to be col-
lected from yesterday.
Who hacked into the Energy Ministry s computer
system server recently and obtained sensitive infor-
That s the question Opposition Senator Wade Mak
has called on Government to answer.
Speaking in yesterday s 2017 budget debate in the
Senate, Mark said the Opposition had learnt the min-
istry s server was hacked into and a probe was done
by the ministry s Information Specialist Division and
a high-ranking official attached to the minister s office.
Mark said the server had sensitive information on
it on energy sector operations, including the hiring
of the Petrotrin chief executive officer. Taking issue
with that hiring, Mark said there were allegations
that Petrotrin chairman Andrew Jupiter may have
"irregularly employed" CEO Fitzroy Harewood in
He said the CEO selection process "may have been
less than transparent with a selected candidate and
may not have followed the standards and acceptable
recruitment process by a well respected and well
established human resource expert."
Mark said information revealed that over 40 can-
didates applied in response to a public ad posted by
the contracted professional recruiter.
"There is evidence to suggest the selected CEO
was not among those who applied and his name
wasn t included among the six shortlisted candidates
submitted by the recruiter.
"We have the evidence. His name was neither
included among the additional seven candidates or
individuals of potential interest, nor was his name
shortlisted among the remaining 27 candidates," he
Mark called on Jupiter and Government to supply
answers on Harewood s employment. He later told
reporters if the matter wasn t explained soon, the
UNC would reveal its information on the issue.
Mark also raised questions about five local companies
he claimed were seeking to buy the 49 per cent stake
in TSTT, where Government has majority shareholding.
The shares are currently owned by Liberty Global, a
He claimed the five local firms in the TSTT issue
include the Massy group, ANSA McAL and Unit Trust
"The processs is shrouded in secrecy and absence
of transparency," Mark said, calling for disclosure on
who Government will be "encouraging" Liberty Global
to sell its shares to.
Cops kill 'wanted man' in front children
Residents cry for justice
Bumpy start to online tax regime
Commenting on the issues with
clearing goods yesterday, head of
the Courier Association of T&T,
Paul Pantin, said he was not
"We (couriers) were hastily
called to a meeting with the
comptroller of Customs and Excise
on Wednesday afternoon to be
briefed about the online tax going
"It does not surprise me,
therefore, that companies would
have trouble treating with this,
since it was not clear up until mere
hours before the tax was to be
"As a matter of fact, some
companies even took the decision
not to clear goods today
(yesterday) until they received
further clarification on when the
tax would become law. Even
customs officers were unsure of
how the tax would be
administered," he added.
Pantin questioned the rush by
the minister to force the tax
through without giving courier
companies time to adjust their
operations in the face of unclear
COURIER BOSS: NOT SURPRISED
Carib Brewery has announced
that effective immediately, the
prices of its products will be
In a media release yesterday,
CEO Ian MacDonald identified
"added costs" as the underlying
reason for the price increase.
"We wish to advise that as a
result of the recent national
budget announcement, Carib
Brewery Limited has unfortu-
nately been placed in the difficult
position of having to adjust our
pricing in order to cover the
added costs attributed to the
recent budget initiatives."
The release, which did not give
a new price range, added, "Carib
is committed to providing the
best value and quality to our cus-
tomers. Although the price
adjustments on our products will
be moderate, we are cognisant
of the impact that it will have on
our customers. Notably, no sig-
nificant pricing adjustment has
been done by Carib Brewery Ltd
since 2009. Carib Brewery con-
tinues to offer quality brands and
service for your enjoyment for
Carib beverages go up too
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