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Prisoner found hanging in police cell
A suspected petty thief re-
portedly hanged himself while
in police custody yesterday less
than an hour after he was ar-
rested for his alleged crime.
According to police reports,
the man, who identified himself
to police as Rishi Lakhan, was held
around 9.30 am during a police ex-
ercise in Mt D'Or after he matched
a description given of a man who
had earlier robbed a parlour in the
Police said officers of the North
Eastern Division Task Force, who
were on exercise and heard the
wireless transmission, arrest-
ed the man who did not gave an
age or address. He was taken to
the St Joseph Police Station. The
arresting officers are not part of
the Northern Division in which
the police station is located and
while they have jurisdiction over
all of the country, handed the man
over as the offence took place in
the Northern Division. The St
Joseph station was the station to
take the man.
Police said about 15 minutes
after the man was placed in a
holding cell he was found hang-
ing from the bars of the cell. He
reportedly used his long pants as
his noose. Police said they tried
unsuccessfully to resuscitate the
man. Officers from the St Joseph
Police Station are continuing in-
Domestic violence survivor
wants PM to apologise
President and founder of
Domestic Violence Survivor
Reaching Out (DVSRO), Nest-
er Flanders-Skeete, has joined
in calling on Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley to "apologise"
for saying that women should
choose their male companions
Flanders-Skeete, 55, who ran
from an abusive relationship af-
ter she narrowly escaped death,
expressed surprised by Rowley's
statement on Monday when he
said: "I am not in your bedroom.
I am not in your choice of men,"
which has sparked outraged by fe-
male activists and women's groups.
"It really hurt me when I first
heard it. I was taken aback. How
could he (Rowley) come up with
this statement? He needs to choose
his words a little better."
She said her interpretation of the
PM's comments was "that is your
business... you make that choice
... you deal with it."
Flanders-Skeete called on Row-
ley to apologise stating that his re-
marks have opened fresh wounds
for domestic violence survivors.
"Someone who is struggling
with domestic violence and wants
to come out... and to hear that from
a prime minister it will open a
wound and make you stand back."
To compound matters, Flan-
ders-Skeete said the unthinkable
was done when a press release was
issued hours later from the Office
of the Prime Minister stating that
his comments were misinterpret-
"Don't print something that
somebody else wrote for you. You
come and speak from your heart,"
Flanders-Skeete said yesterday at
her Chaguanas based office.
Now a domestic violence ad-
vocate, Flanders-Skeete said no
man would not enter a relationship
showing his bad side.
"Women do not choose a man
who is abusive, but sometimes find
themselves in such a relationship.
These men come sugar coated."
After leaving her marital home
where she was verbal and physical
abused for years, Flanders-Skeete
felt compelled to established
(DVSRO) to assist women in abu-
She said it is never easy for a vic-
tim to leave their home or abusive
When she began encountering
problems in her marriage, Flan-
ders-Skeete said she turned to her
parents as a safety net, but was sent
back to her husband.
"The systems are not fully in
place for someone to leave home.
If your husband or partner is the
breadwinner in the home... where
do you go? Who will support you?
Your family will only take you in
for a limited time."
Going to a shelter, Flan-
ders-Skeete said was equally
"To begin with, these shelters do
not accept boy children at a certain
age? Which woman would leave her
home where she has all her children
around her to go to a shelter where
she could only have her girl chil-
dren, not knowing where her boy
child is? You see what is going on
in the world, most women would
stay home and take the jamming
Flanders-Skeete said not all
shelters allow women to work,
while 90 per cent of survivors were
never counselled to overcome their
pain and suffering.
Having had meetings with Row-
ley and the Gender Affairs Divi-
sion on domestic violence matters,
Flanders-Skeete said what was
needed was more user-friendly
"We need organisations to be
more involved and more advocates
at the hospitals and police station.
A lot of police do not even know
their work. Police are sending cli-
ents to us when they we should be
sending clients to the police. This
should never be."
Flanders-Skeete said other
organisations assist to a certain
point, leaving women vulnerable
to men who do what they please.
She said the government needs
to pay more attention on men who
abused their female companions.
"You cannot fix the person who
is being abused and leave the abus-
er because they go into another re-
lationship with the same bad habits
allowing the cycle to go on and on
until someone is killed."
Cops brace for
more gun attacks
JENSEN LA VENDE
Two separate shooting inci-
dents and a murder in La Puer-
ta between Sunday and Tues-
day night, which police say are
all related, have officers of the
Western Division bracing for
The most recent of gun attacks
was against former state witness
in the Vindra Naipul-Coolman kid-
napping and murder case.
Keon Gloster, police said, was am-
bushed by gun toting men as he sat
in his porch around 8.30 pm Tues-
day night. Police said the shoot-
ing stemmed from Sunday night's
shooting of Curtis "Birdman" Smith
and Sheldon "Ross" Herbert.
Smith was shot in the shoul-
der while Herbert was shot in the
leg. Police said after the two men
were shot, gang leaders in the area
promised that "All ah dem go dead"
One day after the threat was made,
Sheldon Trimmingham was gunned
down. Police said then they were
bracing for more gun violence.
Gloster, 27, was the second target
and police suspect there are more.
Gloster was shot in his arm and leg,
police could not specify which side
of his body.
The T&T Guardian visited the
La Puerta, Diego Martin home of
Gloster and was told by residents
that the entire family have fled.
Residents said they are now forced
to pass through tracks and back al-
leys to get in and out of the area as
they are targeted just for living in the
area as the bloodshed sparked a "up
the road versus down the road" war.
Gloster's home is located at Upper
La Puerta, so to Trimmingham's.
While at La Puerta three police
vehicles patrolled the area but res-
idents claimed the day time presence
is not enough since the gunmen are
searching for their target nightly.
The residents, who spoke, did not
say whether there are police patrols
at night. Officers of the Western
Division say they have increased
their presence in the area and have
increased patrols in the hope of
curbing the gun violence.
In an unrelated shooting, police
have arrested a 19-year-old Nelson
Street man for attempted murder af-
ter he shot another teenager in the
abdomen outside KFC Independ-
ence Square Tuesday night.
Police said the injured teen, whose
identity they withheld, was stand-
ing when he saw the suspect, who
police he knew. The two argued and
the suspect shot the victim in the
abdomen and fled.
Officers who were on patrol
chased after the suspect who, while
running, dropped his gun. The
firearm was found and taken to the
Central Police Station. Officers said
they received vital information and
later went to Nelson Street where
they found and arrested the teenager
Officers of the Central Police Sta-
tion are continuing enquiries into
Shootings in La Puerta Diego Martin:
President and founder of Domestic Violence Survivor Reaching Out
(DVSRO) Nester Flanders-Skeete
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