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Two days after Stanley Seecharan left home
to tend to his crops, relatives found his de-
composing body down a precipice near his
Police were not sure whether Seecharan was
murdered because of the advanced state of de-
composition of his body. However, an autopsy at
the Forensic Science Centre confirmed that he died
from multiple chop wounds.
Seecharan, 55, a Works and Transport Ministry
labourer, lived alone along the Tabaquite Road,
Relatives said he had not gone to work in a long
time and his employers had planned to take dis-
ciplinary action against him.
They said that he wanted to work in his garden
along Alleyne Road, Tabaquite, full-time. Police
said he sometimes stayed in the garden.
Seecharan's brother, Vesta Villafana, said around
5 pm Thursday, another brother called with the
news that he was found dead next to a coconut
tree. Seecharan was found by his nephews who
went in search of him after they did not see him
at home for several days.
"My two nephews went to look for him because
they missed him at home. They went to the land
and they got a smell, so when they followed the
smell, they found him down a precipice.
"We're hearing that he was murdered. They said
that they found him down by a coconut tree with
his face down, a chop behind his neck and one of
his hands. I also heard that he was chopped on his
head and back so I really don't know what really
happen to him," Villafana said.
He said he did not know if his brother had prob-
lems with anyone or encountered someone stealing
He said Seecharan lived alone after their mother
died three months ago.
Acting CoP: Police Service doing all it can
Acting Police Commissioner Ste-
phen Williams says the Police Service
was "not throwing its hands up in the
air" but was doing everything within
its power to ensure that citizens feel
safer and that crime was brought un-
In the first month of the year 13 people
were arrested and charged for murders and
65 illegal guns seized, he said.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian Williams
said police are fighting crime at all levels.
He said, "We are not putting our hands up
in the air and crying, we are doing everything
possible to ensure that the problem is dealt
with, we are pushing, working hard, and I
assure you we will see the progress, we will
see a comparative reduction in murders and
other serious crimes."
With close to 60 murders for the year Wil-
liams admitted "homicides are a big ticket
item and we have increased our efforts to
deal with it. We have doubled the staff at
the homicide bureau, but we also have to
prevent the homicides."
There has been a 20 per cent solve rate
for the murders committed with 13 people
being arrested and charged.
But Williams said there are some mur-
ders "we cannot prevent, a brother killing
his brother, a daughter stabbing her father, a
cousin killing a cousin in an argument, that
is murder but police can't stop that."
In an effort to keep the homicide rate
down, he said, "We have developed the hot-
spot policing approach so every single day
police are out in locations where the likeli-
hood of crime is higher than other places. We
out there every single day getting guns and
arresting people, we driving hard in dealing
with the problem."
To ensure that his men are out in the 'hot-
spot' areas where they have been assigned,
he said, "vehicles have been installed with
GPS tracking systems, we have the most
comprehensive tracking of GPS in patrol
vessels in the world, so we know where the
vehicles are on a 24/7 basis."
This, he said, was of tremendous benefit
to communities, "because while everybody
looking at homicides there has been a signif-
icant decline in violent crimes in shootings
for the year."
In 2016 there were 60 shootings and
woundings in the month of January, for
the same period this year, he said, it was
down to 29.
Williams said on a daily basis "the po-
lice are apprehending persons who commit
crimes almost immediately." Those crimes
he said are "mainly robberies but within
minutes the perpetrators are arrested. The
number of persons before the magistrates
court on a daily basis for new crimes is tes-
timony to the work we are doing."
He admitted though he was "not satisfied"
with the detection rate.
"I will never be happy with the rate until
we are at 100 per cent."
Williams said he has noticed that the
public has been more helpful and this was
helping to solve crimes faster.
"I have seen a growing positive trend of
public support that is a critical component
in the fight to fix the problem."
Williams urged citizens who have reports
of crime to make their reports and "any-
one who feels they are not treated properly
should report it to the Divisional Command-
er because we need to treat with it."
To this end, he said, he has published the
names and phone numbers of each divisional
commander in the TTPS quarterly magazine
which was available in all police stations.
He said it was a "small group of persons"
responsible for the spate of crime in the
country, Williams assured that his men
are out in the field, intent on bringing the
criminal element to justice.
Laws needed to deny
repeat offenders bail
Williams said two pieces of legislation are
critical to win the battle against crime--- the
Bail (Amendment) Act and the Anti-Gang
legislation. He said previously when both
pieces of legislation were in place "it helped.
It will take many other pieces of legislation
all put together to complement each other
to give us resolution to what we want for
Trinidad and Tobago." The legislation pre-
vented bail being granted to repeat offenders
for over 120 days. It expried in August last
year after a trial period.
Williams said the Police Service has even
gone beyond its reach to address crime in
another way. "We have set up 121 youth
clubs across the country helping 11, 000
young people between the ages of five and
25 with an aim to nurturing them, teaching
them discipline, encouraging them to get
their education, all with the aim of making
them better citizens."
He said communities need to get in-
volved, "everyone has a role to play, fami-
lies, churches, government, the opposition,
schools, we need to get involved." To this
end, he commended, the group Powerful
Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago which he said
had launched an app to allow communities
to send information about crimes in their
community. This, he said, was "indicative of
wanting to do something tangible to address
In addition, he said, the other arms of the
justice system need to be addressed. "This
is not just about the police. There are 975
persons charged with murder and waiting
on trial in the prison, they cannot be tried.
The criminal justice system is part of it.
The DPP's office is under-staffed the DPP
himself said the staff shortage is crippling
his department, we have to look at all the
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police shot and killed a wanted man in Santa
The dead man, Joel Charles, 32, was a suspect in
the murder of Ian "Bat" Munroe who was shot dead
on January 3, police said.
According to the dead man's sister, Felicia Joseph,
she said her brother was sold drugs but was not a
Munroe, 41, was found murdered at his La Canoa
home. Police said Munroe had several gun-related
matters before the courts.
She said officers attached to the North-Eastern
Division Task Force came looking for her brother
According to reports, Charles, who is the fifth per-
son killed by police for the year, had been "terroris-
ing" the community and would often shoot at police.
They said he was wanted for rape of a teenaged girl
and for murder, both claims were denied by relatives.
Police reports stated that around 1.45 pm they went
to Charles home, at La Canoa Road, with a search
warrant but Charles ran and fired at them. Police said
they returned fire fatally injuring the father of three.
Joseph said she last spoke with her brother yester-
day about him purchasing something in the nearby
parlour for her. The next she heard was that he had
She described her brother as "a nice loving caring
soft hearted person."
"Yes he used to hustle and do his little thing. Every-
one does it. Now the other hustlers in the area happy
he dead so they could take over," Joseph said.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Wanted man killed by police
in Tabaquite garden
Significant decline in violent crimes
A resident looks on as police
officers process the scene where
Joel Charles, inset, was shot and
killed in Santa Cruz yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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