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Man critical after
was not armed
RADHICA DE SILVA
A La Romaine man who was shot by police
after he bit an officer while being arrested for
larceny, remains warded in a critical condi-
tion at the San Fernando General Hospital.
However, his relatives are disputing the account
given by police into the shooting, insisting he was
never armed when he was shot. In an interview
yesterday, the man's sister said he underwent
four and a half hours of surgery after being shot
in the foot and chest. He was also grazed on his
left side by a bullet.
Saying she planned to lodge a report to the
Police Complaints Authority, the relative said
the police used undue force when they tried to
Recalling the incident, the woman said she was
at her Pond Street, La Romaine home when her
brother came inside to get something to eat.
"Then he went back outside. I was folding
clothes when I heard someone bawling out. When
I looked outside, I saw a police jeep. An officer
was lying on top of my brother and choking him,"
While the suspect tried to get away, another
officer began pressing his knee on the suspect's
abdomen as he made a futile attempt to arrest
"I stood there and asked what was going on. I
told the officer, why you lying on him. He is not
an animal," the relative recalled. She said one of
the officers then called for backup and during
that time a scuffle broke out between the suspect
and the other officer.
"My brother bit the officer as he was trying
to get out of being choked. Then he ran off and
the police didn't even bother to run after him,"
Shortly afterwards, eight jeeploads of police
arrived and surrounded the area. The suspect
ran into an empty house. Police claim he con-
fronted them with a cutlass but neighbours and
relatives disputed this account saying he never
had a cutlass.
Saying they had video footage of the shoot-
ing to support their claim, the relatives said they
planned to give the evidence to the Police Com-
plaints Authority. A senior police said yesterday
that the suspect had prior convictions for nar-
cotics and larceny. The officer said the matter
was under investigation adding that they had
the cutlass which the suspect allegedly used to
threaten the police.
Senior Supt of the Southern Division Adeleine
Pesnel is heading investigations.
Jeromy Rodriguez's war on school
bullies began at age 11 when he would
see his elder sister coming home nearly
every day from Moruga Secondary with
a black eye and no money.
"My mom went to the school to deal with
the situation but got no help there and no-
where with the bully's parents either.
"It was then I decided to find some way to
deal with bullying and after doing research
formed the Anti-Bullying Association of
Rodriguez is 15 now and a Form Four stu-
dent at Cowen Hamilton High School in St
Mary's, Moruga. Originally from Basseterre
in the area, he moved with his mom, Yvonne
Joseph and dad, music producer, Junior Ibo
Joseph, and four siblings to Union Hall, San
Rodriquez, a former two-time Junior
Soca Monarch (2013 and 2014), said he used
his prize money to fund his organisation.
"I wanted to go to Disneyland but I know a
lot of people who go through stress everyday
"They hide from school and it reflects
on their grades. When I thought about it,
I felt really sad and decided to leave out my
enjoyment for a while and do something to
help my country."
He said with the support of his family,
he launched ABATT at the same school his
sister attended and today, four years later,
she is going to school peacefully.
"It must have had some impact on them.
I hardly hear of any violence in Moruga
Rodriguez' war on bullies involves giv-
ing lectures at schools and institutions on
bullying and how to deal with it.
The basic message is usually simple and
straightforward; "stop the bulling and love
, he said.
"Our slogan is, be your brother's keep-
er, uplift and support each other, love and
respect one another, lean on his or her or
my shoulder and, yes, we can do it together.
This is the acronym for bully. The response
from students is usually positive."
ABATT has also started a kindergarten
anti-bullying programme to help pre-
schoolers deal with anger and understand
what bullying is about.
Through its Facebook page, ABATT also
gives advice to victims of bullying and re-
fer them to psychologists and mediators,
The group is also producing an anti-bul-
lying documentary with the stories of vic-
tims and their parents and highlighting
deficiencies in the education system on
dealing with this growing problem.
Dr Alicia Martin, one of the directors of
ABATT, said it was Rodriquez' passion that
inspired her to volunteer her support.
She said ABATT was invited to a Joint Se-
lect Committee (JSC) of Parliament where
they spoke about the need for teachers and
principals to be trained on how to deal with
bullying in schools.
"Students and parents are telling us they
are getting no redress through the system.
When victims don't get redress they may
take matters into their own hands and vi-
Martin said school bullying is related
closely to the widespread violence in the
society at large. "It is not separate. The
two are very much connected. Children are
reflecting what's happening in the larger
Earlier this month, nine-year-old Tristan
Khan's hand was badly damaged after a
savage attack by a classmate at the Mayaro
Government Primary School.
The principal, the Education Minister
and the T&T Unified Teachers Associa-
tion said they were playing and ended the
Last Tuesday, a 14-year-old Form Two
student of San Fernando West Secondary
was knocked unconscious and lost his
memory during a fight with a classmate.
Crying out for justice, his family said the
school was downplaying the incident.
Man charged with hiding MovieTowne
murder accused gets bail
One of two men charged with har-
bouring the man accused of murder-
ing restaurant worker Jamilia DeR-
evenaux has been granted $200,000
Jamal Lewis, of Block 22, Laventille, was
granted bail after he reappeared before
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar.
His co-accused Christopher O'Connor,
of La Fillette Village, Blanchisseuse, was
denied bail last week, based on his lengthy
criminal record for serious crimes, in-
cluding rape, marijuana trafficking and
Ayers-Caesar was willing to grant Lewis
bail last week but adjourned the case to
yesterday after the police asked for time
to verify his address.
Both men are charged with pervert-
ing the course of justice by deliberately
helping to hide Matthew King so he could
evade capture for DeRevenaux's murder.
King, 30, of Chinapoo, Morvant, is
accused of killing DeRevenaux at Mov-
ieTowne, Invaders Bay, on February 5.
King and his two accomplices will re-
appear in court on March 16.
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