Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 15th 2017 Contents The murder of 16-year-old
school girl Rachael Ramkissoon
has disrupted the quiet, rural
community of San Raphael.
In the aftermath, residents are
considering counter-measures such
as gates and barricades to control
the influx of vehicles and unknown
people from outside the area com-
mitting crimes within remote areas
in the community, one of them being
the forested area near Balata Trace,
Arena, where Ramkissoon’s body was
discovered Friday evening.
Anthony Solozano, a resident from
Arena Road, said “There are three
roads that people use to get into the
forest; Brazil/Arena Road that pass-
es in front Brazil Secondary School,
Arena Road, and Balata Road off the
“It is possible that a vehicle would
have used one of these roads to get
in if she missed her bus and a vehicle
must have picked her up if she was
looking for a taxi or transport.
“We’re thinking of lobbying Works
and Transport Minister Rohan Si-
nanan to put gates at these entrances
so that they will have control of who
comes and leaves here.”
He said residents can be given
keys to the gates to control the flow
of traffic and people.
Solozano said residents will be
bringing the gate proposal to the
village council and their local rep-
resentative MP for La Horquetta/
Talparo Maxie Cuffie.
He said cars were also scrapped
as well as other illicit activities in
isolated areas in Arena.
A spokesman from the San Raph-
ael Police Station said the operating
word to describe the area was “qui-
et”, the most common violation of
the law was marijuana cultivation
or isolated incidents of domestic
Kevin, from Arena Road, said it was
“outsiders” who were giving the qui-
et and peaceful area a bad reputation.
He said Arena was expansive, peo-
ple can enter the area from Talparo,
Cumuto, and Rio Claro if they knew
the layout, commit their crime by the
Arena Dam, and no one would know.
Jean Highly, who has lived more
than 50 years in the area, said Ram-
kissoon’s death was too tragic.
She said residents were not famil-
iar with violent incidents in their
Highly said she owned a bar on the
road and she felt safe walking to her
nearby home alone at 3 am.
Martina Riddess, from Arena Road,
said Ramkissoon’s death came as a
shock for residents.
She said she knew the girl’s mother
and could imagine the state of mind
she must be in.
Riddess said there was an incident
years ago, things quieted down, and
now the young student’s death oc-
curred which was heartbreaking.
Riddess was referring to the body
of Dhanraj Bowlah, 32, a tailor from
Ajodha Road, Cunupia, that was
found bound and gagged in the Arena
River, San Rafael, in 2007.
When Ramkissoon’s cousin Jon-
athan Francis was asked yesterday
whether there were any new develop-
ments in her case, he said the police
were investigating and they did not
want to interrupt the process.
He said the family believed the
T&T Police Service could do some-
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Schoolgirl murder disrupts
peace in San Raphael
down on the Avenue
Customs officers swooped down
on Ariapita Avenue on Friday night
resulting in the closure of the pop-
ular D Nu Pub (The Mas Camp) af-
ter the owners could not produce
their liquor licence.
Because Roderick Ward the owner of
D Nu Pub could not produce his liquor
licence, Customs officials carted away
thousands of dollars worth in alcohol
from the establishment.
Ward yesterday spoke to the Sunday
Guardian about the situation.
“I could not produce the licence that
we have. They (the customs officers)
came and asked me for my books and
I showed it to them but I could not
find my licence, so I have to spend
today and tomorrow looking for it,”
“I could not have alcohol on the
premises if I did not have a licence so
they removed all the alcohol,” he said.
Ward said he could not give an exact
value of the amount of alcohol that
The incident occurred around 1 am
“They gave me a list of all the alco-
hol that was taken and we checked the
list. They visited a lot of places on the
avenue so this was not anything out
of the ordinary they have not done it
for a while but they usually check your
books every so often and sometimes
they come in the day and sometimes
they come in the night,” Ward said.
Ward said he will have to visit the
Customs and Excise next week.
“I have to go in to them and produce
my licence. They are going to call me
either Monday or Tuesday,” he said,
Ward said D Nu Pub will remain open
this weekend but he will not be able
to sell any alcohol.
“The place is opened, not closed,
but I can’t sell any liquor and that will
make it a bit difficult,” he said.
Martina Riddess PHOTOS: CHARLES KONG SOO
WE ARE GOING
ALL OUT TO FIGHT
National Security Minister Ed-
mund Dillon says he is saddened
by the death of the 16-year-old
“It really saddens me deeply.
I am a parent also. I have two
daughters and it saddens me when
something like that can happen to
us,” Dillon said.
He was speaking with reporters
at the launch of the national clean-
up campaign for the Diego Martin
Regional Corporation yesterday
at the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers
He said, “I can tell you, the Com-
missioner of Police and I have been
discussed the issue and we are go-
ing to put everything in our power
to ensure that crime, not only this
one, but all other criminal activities
be met with the full force and the
full brunt of the law.”
He said they’ve noticed a pat-
tern taking place and they would
be reviewing their strategies and
“Quite naturally, we have done
that over the last couple months
where we have intensified our
presence, you would have seen
more police vehicles on the
streets, more police officers on the
However, he said there were still
some areas they needed to cover.
—Rhonda Krystal Rambally
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