Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 21st 2016 Contents A12
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 21, 2016
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police have identified a Chaguanas man as
the murderer of DJ Jerome "Selectah Jerome"
Vickles and his cousin-in-law Kevin Rama.
Rama, 31, was shot dead along with Vickles,
27, on Watts Trace, Curepe, near the Kinshasa
Restaurant and Bar.
A video showing the duo's killing has been
circulated on Facebook and Whatsapp. In the
video, Rama is seen running in the same
direction as Vickles' killer before the gunman
turns on him and shoots him.
A collapsed Rama is then shot again as
off duty police officer Cpl Elkene Avis
engaged the killer. Avis is shot in the leg
while the killer runs off.
Police reports are that the two men were
involved in a scuffle where they tried to
part Vickles' brother and the killer from
fighting outside the bar just before 7 pm
Following the fight, the man pulled out
a gun and shot Vickles before turning the
gun on Rama. While attempting to flee the
scene the killer was shot at and he returned
fire, hitting Avis before escaping.
Yesterday, the T&T Guardian was informed
by police close to the investigation that the sus-
pect, who goes by the alias "Scars", is their main
suspect. Up to yesterday evening he was still on
the run and police believe he was injured by Avis
during a shootout.
The suspect, believed to be in his early 20s, is about
six feet tall, brown complexion with a low haircut.
Police say he is armed and dangerous and anyone
with information is asked to contact the nearest
police station. Police are also reminding citizens
not to assist the suspect as they could be arrested
for assisting him.
DNA tests have confirmed that the skele-
tal remains discovered in the Fyzabad dis-
trict almost four months ago is that of
missing Brazilian national Odair Bezerra
Lins, 55, was employed as an electrician
with Construtora OAS while it was doing
construction work on the extension of the
Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin,
when he went missing. Nidco has since termi-
nated the OAS contract.
Reports indicate that the expatriate, who lived
at Gulf View, La Romaine, left to turn on a water
pump at Mosquito Creek, South Oropouche, in
his Mazda BT-50 pick-up on June 8. He was
wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt, a pair of blue
jeans and boots.
His vehicle was found abandoned one day
later in an isolated area along Quinam Road,
Siparia. Blood stains were found on the
A hunter discovered the skeletal remains
on June 24 a few miles from where the
car was found, about 400 metres from
a Water and Sewage Authority (WASA)
pumping station in Sudama Village.
Blood samples were taken from Lins'
daughter to identify the remains through
DNA testing. The cause of death is unde-
Hundreds of workers attached to the
National Maintenance Training and Security
Company Limited (MTS) on Wednesday
protested outside the company's head
office in Aranguez, demanding that all
outstanding monies be paid to them.
Leading the workers was acting vice-
president of the northeast region,
Christopher Lloyd, who accused the Gov-
ernment of playing with the emotions
of thousands of workers.
Following the protest, a small contingent
of workers were invited to meet with MTS
officials to discuss the issue in further detail.
However, they failed to arrive at a favourable
outcome after company officials advised the
matter was out of their hands.
The workers claimed they were told to
seek clarification from the Chief Personnel
Officer (CPO) as to if and when monies would
be paid, as the company had been informed
that budgetary allocations would have to be
put in place identifying the necessary
Addressing workers prior to the meet-
ing, Lloyd said the union had agreed to
the company's ten per cent offer and that
there were no outstanding matters to be
He said both parties had reached an agree-
ment in principle on September 20.
Lloyd said the proposed dates for the sign-
ing off the agreement and implementation
of increased salaries and settlement of back
pay was yet to be addressed.
He said the failure on the company's part
to honour the agreement had prompted the
Claiming the workers were still operating
on terms and conditions dating back to
2011, Lloyd said they were owed five
years of back pay, along with improved
salaries and benefits.
He said the protest action would have
disrupted operations at schools, Gov-
ernment offices and places, such as fire
and police stations.
However, there were no reports of busi-
nesses or schools being adversely affected
by the action.
Bones found in Fyzabad
was that of OAS worker
PLAN PUT IN PLACE
MTS divisional manager, human
resources, Alana Hosein-
Hackshaw, confirmed contingency
plans had been put in place to
ensure minimal disruption to
clients, following the move by
workers not to report for duty at
their designated agencies.
She said additional staff had
been deployed, "to take care of
where we had shortages."
negotiations were in the
concluding stages and they were
awaiting further instructions from
their principals in order to sign the
agreement with the Transport and
Industrial Workers Union (TIWU)
which represents both
maintenance and clerical staff
throughout the company.
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