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A well known man and his wife
were stabbed several times and
left for dead at their home in Bel-
mont yesterday morning.
The incident has sparked shock and
trauma to close neighbours, family
and friends of the elderly couple,
identified as Mc Donald Fraser, 85
and Eve Charles-Fraser, 61, of LP 33
Belmont Valley Road.
According to a police report,
shortly after 1 am the couple was at
their home when they were attacked
Police said it is believed the at-
tackers were looking for a male rel-
ative of theirs and when they could
not find him they attacked the cou-
The couple lives on the ground
floor of the split level house, while
a male relative lives on the top floor.
Police investigators, however,
could not give a specific motive for
the bloody attack.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Fraser's daughter, Alicia
Brathwaite, said that her father,
who sold snow cone for years in the
community, was stabbed five times
in the back while her step-mother,
Charles-Fraser, was stabbed once in
"My dad and his wife had no chil-
dren together, but they have been
married and together for over 20
years. Mummy, as we call her, had
to undergo emergency surgery and
right now she is being closely mon-
itored because her pressure is very
high. The doctors are not allowing
any visitors at the moment," Brath-
She added, "Daddy is always a jolly
guy and despite him being stabbed
five times, he is in good spirits.
"The doctors said that his wounds
are not so deep and therefore he
didn't need any surgery, but he too
is being closely monitored as there
is a build up of fluids in the lungs."
Brathwaite said her father sold
snow cone for years and was well-
known in the area. "When we got
this message this morning (yester-
day) we were very shocked and won-
der why would anyone would want to
hurt them like that," Brathwaite said.
She, however, admitted that they
were yet to be briefed as to the status
of the investigations by the police.
A neighbour of the Frasers, who
did not want to be identified, de-
scribed them as very kind and loving
"The old man was very kind and
both of them peaceful.
"They live here for real years and
nothing like this ever happened.
They are always so happy and don't
"I was sleeping so strong that I
didn't know all of this happened
right there. It is very frightening
and sad at the same time."
Investigations are continuing. Man killed in home invasion
Yet another murder was re-
corded at La Puerta, Diego
Martin, yesterday morning, just
hours before the commencement
of a peace walk led by the chair-
man of the Diego Martin Region-
al Corporation Susan Hong.
The murder victim was identified
as Joel Solyn of Pregnancy Lane.
According to a police report, Solyn
was at his home with other relatives
at about 4 am when he heard a loud
Four men dressed in dark cloth-
ing entered the house and shot Solyn
several times about the body. He died
at the scene.
Police said they are yet to deter-
mine a motive for the killing, but
were not ruling out the possibility
that it could be connected to last
month's murder and shooting in-
cident in the area.
On February 7, Western Division
police said they were bracing for an
upsurge in gang-related incidents
following the murder of Sheldon
Trimmingham, also of La Puerta.
Trimmingham was killed on Feb-
His murder was believed to have
been a reprisal for the shooting in-
cident that occurred on February 5,
where a gang leader from the area
and another gang member were shot
Investigations are continuing.
There have been over 11,000
reports of domestic violence in
the Diego Martin district over a
The figure was given by Die-
go Martin Regional Corporation
(DMRC) chairman Susan Hong just
before the start of a Walk Against
Domestic Violence Towards Women
in the region yesterday.
The walk, in keeping with Inter-
national Women's Day, which will
be celebrated on Wednesday, started
at the Big Tree in Diego Martin and
ended at the Green Market, Baga-
telle. The walk was in collaboration
with First Citizens.
Hong said statistics gathered from
2010 to 2015 revealed that 11,441
cases of domestic violence were
reported to the police.
"Seventy-five per cent of that
figure is against women. Some of
the high profile cases we have in-
clude businesswomen Vindra Nai-
paul-Coolman and Dana Seetahal
SC. Life means something and one
murder is too much."
Hong added that yesterday's walk
was also to highlight other violence,
including the upsurge in crime
throughout the country.
In focusing on crime in Diego Mar-
tin, Hong admitted she could not
say what was causing the upsurge
of crime in the area, but promised
efforts were being made in collab-
oration with the T&T Police Service
(TTPS) to have more police visibility
in the community.
"We want peace. We want a place
where we can feel comfortable and
safe again," Hong said.
She added that the DMRC is look-
ing forward to local government
reform, which she said will allow
them to strengthen and increase
their police base.
"Presently, we only have ten police
officers and we have three admin-
istrative buildings. Our police are
overwhelmed and can't perform as
they would like too, hence the rea-
son why we have invited the TTPS
to several co-coordinating meetings.
"I don't have any idea how soon
reform will come about, but tomor-
row will be soon enough. We really
do need it," Hong said.
First Citizens Marketing Officer---
Card Issuing Business Electronic
Banking Unit, Martica Crichlow, said
the bank's Pink Card initiative had
so far raised $.5 million in financing
for non-government organisations
such as the Rape Crisis Society that
help distressed women.
She said they will soon try to get
more NGOs under their wings.
"Our goal since the inception,
which was three to four years ago,
is to reach out to the women who
are faced with domestic violence or
other forms of abuse.
"Our aim is growth and to reach
out more," Crichlow told the T&T
"Anyone can sign up for the Pink
Card and pledge any amount on
a monthly basis. These funds are
injected to organisations that help
women." ---Rhondor Dowlat
...11,000 cases in five years
Elderly couple stabbed, left for dead
Young confirms Govt hired GroupDC as lobbyist
Minister in the Office of the
Attorney General Stuart Young
yesterday confirmed that the Gov-
ernment of T&T did hire Group DC
as its lobbyist firm in Washington
In a text message response to
questions from the Sunday Guardi-
an, Young said the firm ensured the
Government of T&T had "a voice in
DC" participating in the numerous
conversations that can affect T&T
in the areas of trade, finance, energy,
security and other relationships.
He said the Government would con-
tinue to work for T&T in maintaining
and building the country's relation-
ships with the United States and other
countries to promote business inter-
ests on behalf of the citizens of T&T.
He, however, again denied that the
lobbyist group was responsible for the
recent telephone call between US
President Donald Trump and T&T
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley,
saying one had nothing to do with
"The recent call between the Pres-
ident of the United States and Prime
Minister Rowley was not as a result of
the lobbyist firm, as has been clearly
stated before, therefore the attempts
to link any cost to the public to that call
taking place are simply disingenuous
and misleading," Young said.
During recent debate on FATCA
legislation in Parliament, Rowley
also denied allegations that the Gov-
ernment paid nearly $3 million for the
Rowley received the call from
Trump on February 19 and reportedly
discussed security and trade.
A member of the North West Laventille Cultural Group performs the flaming limbo dance during a reception at
Success Laventille Secondary School yesterday. The event was held to welcome the El Conjunto Folklorico
Nacional group of Cuba. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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