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Man charged with rape of SRP in court today
PH taxi driver Afteba Huggi-
ns will appear before a Siparia
magistrate today, charged with
the rape of a female Special Re-
serve Police constable.
Huggins, 33, of South Oro-
pouche, was charged yesterday
with attempted murder, rape, false
imprisonment and robbery by Sgt
Huggins, who is married and
has three children, was arrested
on Monday after a manhunt was
ordered by South Western Division
Snr Supt Inraj Balram. A team of
officers, including Insp Ramphal,
Sgt Gokool, Cpl Ramlochan, WPC
Vesprey, PC Swan and PC Narine,
found him in the South Oropouche
area. Police said a trace showed he
has a pending court matter for rape.
According to reports, the SRP
was expected to report for duty at
a polling station to provide securi-
ty for Monday's Local Government
She told police that she entered
a taxi in La Romaine around 3 am
and was the only passenger.
The driver stopped at a service
station for fuel but instead of tak-
ing her to the polling station after-
wards drove to the secluded area in
South Oropouche, where he robbed
her of jewelry and her police jacket.
He then raped her until she fought
with him and was able to get away.
It was alleged that when she
ran off, he fired two shots behind
her but the bullets missed and the
gun stuck. Yesterday, investigators
from other districts interviewed
Huggins in relation to relative of-
fences in their area.
A female shooter yesterday
caused quite a scare on Henry
Street, Port-of-Spain, after she
whipped out a gun and shot at a
man who had been in a scuffle
with her male companion.
However, according to police
reports, the woman's companion,
Damien John, 28, of Jogee Road,
Barataria, was shot twice in the
Kazende Alexis, 31, of Piccadilly
Street, Port-of-Spain, who had only
moments before been wrangling
with John, was also shot in the left
leg. The woman, according to the
police, dropped the gun and ran
off. Both men were rushed to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
A quantity of cocaine was also al-
legedly discovered on one of them.
An eyewitness said the alterca-
tion took place at a fruit stall. Po-
lice cordoned off the area at Queen
and Henry Streets and further up at
Prince Street but this did not stop
curious spectators from milling
around the corner of Queen Street.
A motorist, who also claimed to
be a vendor at the nearby drag mall,
said he was contemplating relocat-
ing his business as there had been
a shooting incident on Wednesday
night in the same area.
"I just fed up, yes... last night,
now today too, I just trying to make
my money and then I hear shots.
Everybody just start to scamper,"
Up to press time, police were still
combing the drag mall in search of
Investigations are continuing.
Afteba Huggins, who will appear
before a Siparia magistrate today.
3 cops on extortion charges
JENSEN LA VENDE
Three days after two police
officers attached to the West-
ern Division appeared in court
on fraud charges, three officers
from the Rapid Response Unit
(RRU) operating out of the di-
vision were arrested in connec-
tion with the extortion of a Diego
The officers, all constables, were
arrested following a sting operation
between Wednesday night and yes-
terday morning by members of the
Professional Standards Bureau. The
men are now being kept at three
different police stations within the
Pictures of them are already be-
ing circulated on social media, with
some condemning the entire Police
Service for their alleged actions.
On Monday, Supt Wayne Thongs
and SRP Constable Dayna Spencer
appeared before Senior Magistrate
Nanette Forde-John charged with
engaging in a series of acts tending to
pervert the course of public justice
and misbehaviour in public office.
It is alleged that while attached
to the RRU, Spencer, 40, presented
duty slips to Thongs, 55, in February
2015 for work she reportedly had not
done and for which he is alleged to
have authorised for payment. The
duo will reappear in court on Feb-
ruary 6, 2017.
In a telephone interview with the
T&T Guardian yesterday, president
of the Police Service Social and Wel-
fare Association, Insp Michaels
Seales, refused comment on the
specific case of the three men but
said it was time the service purged
itself of rogue officers.
"The Police Service needs to do
some serious introspection and
the association head is calling on
police who are decent law-abiding
officers to report rogue officers to
the Professional Standards Bureau.
"In addition, the general feeling
of the membership is that they are
happy to rid the service of those bent
on doing wrong things. I want the
system to purge itself and get rid of
them so we don't have to look over
our shoulders for the crooked ones
but instead look outward at the
criminals," Seales said.
Inclusive of Spencer and Thongs,
there are 152 police officers on sus-
pension due to charges levelled
against them for various offences.
In an unrelated incident yester-
day, a constable attached to the
Eastern Division was shot in the leg
as he stood outside a business place
at Damarie Hill, Sangre Grande.
According to police reports, Con-
stable Hakeem Blake of the Eastern
Division Task Force was standing on
the roadway when a car pulled up
and a gunman jumped out and shot
him. Blake was taken to the Sangre
Grande District Hospital where he
is warded in a stable condition. No
motive for his shooting was di-
PC Hakeem Blake who is nursing a
gunshot wound at hospital.
Two shot in PoS gunplay
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