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Man claiming to
be cop on run begs
for PM's help
Both a video and a voice note clip fea-
turing a man claiming to be a T&T police
officer now hiding out in Canada because of
threats on his life by colleagues, have now
been sent to Minister of National Security
However, up to last evening there was no official
comment from Dillon on the issue and whether
or not the man, who has identified himself as
Allan Gilmann, was a legitimate member of the
T&T Police Service and whether the allegations
he made will be investigated extensively.
Gilmann has so far released two statements al-
leging he fled the country due to a hit put on his
life by colleagues because he had information of
their corrupt practices. He released a voice note
on Wednesday and a video clip two days prior,
both of which went viral on social media.
In the latest audio clip, the man identifying
himself as Gilmann claims he escaped death in
2009 when about 30 officers assigned to a spe-
cialist unit stormed his Morvant apartment and
allegedly tormented him for almost 90 minutes.
"I thought it was my last. I lost money and other
things. To date I have the photos of the event and
the state of my apartment when they left. I don't
know if they had any warrant but since then the
threat levels have rise," the man said.
The man said he has evidence showing the po-
lice officers' corrupt involvement in cases from
murder to lesser offences from 1998 to 2012. He
said this evidence might set prisoners free if made
public and threatened to take his info to the in-
The man said he was now moving all over Can-
ada with his daughter after receiving a letter from
a top police official, leading him to believe his
previous location had been compromised. He
again reiterated a call he made in his earlier video
for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley or Dillon to
intervene and investigate his claims.
In the earlier six minute-57 second video
which went viral on Tuesday, the man said he
fled to Canada after 19 years in the service after
authorities failed to act on his complaints and
even showed what appeared to be an authentic
Head of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA)
David West told the T&T Guardian they are look-
ing into the matter, but said they had so far found
no complaints/reports lodged by the man with
"I do not know where it is that he lodged the
complaints but it certainly is not with us (PCA).
He did mention the Police Service Complaints
Authority, but we do not know where that is,"
A source at the T&T Police Service's (TTPS)
Administration Building said checks were being
made to verify whether the man joined the service
in 1998 as he claimed, what's his current status
in the TTPS if he is legitimate and his current
"We may also have to collaborate with the Min-
istry of National Security, Immigration Division,
to see whether or not he did leave the country to
Canada," the source said. --- RHONDOR DOWLAT
$75,000 bail for lawyer
on fraud charge
A 76-year-old attorney was yesterdaygranted $75,000
bail after appearing in court charged with defrauding
Wilston Campbell, of Fyzabad, was not called upon to plead
to the charge when he stood before Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yes-
Campbell is charged with fraudulently converting $132,153,
which represents the part proceeds of a land deal.
He is accused of accepting the money from a client for the
purchase of a property, but failing to conduct the transaction
and repaying the money.
The offence allegedly occurred between August 18, 2014
and April last year.
Dressed in the same shirt and trousers he had on when he
was arrested by Fraud Squad detectives at his chambers in San
Fernando on Tuesday, Campbell stood silently for the duration
of the brief hearing and spoke through his attorney Ian Brooks.
Police prosecutor Insp Winston Dillon did not object to bail
for Campbell, but noted that investigators were yet to obtain
his criminal record tracing---usually a prerequisite for bail.
Brooks responded by admitting his client had a pending retrial
for perverting the course of justice, by attempting to bribe a
police officer to assist in having a case against two students
caught cheating in CXC examinations in 1995 dismissed.
In 1996, Campbell was found guilty of professional miscon-
duct by the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association.
The complaint against him was filed in 1987 by a man who
had given Campbell $29,500 for the purchase of two pieces of
land in Sangre Grande.
Campbell appealed but was rejected by both the Court of
Appeal and the Privy Council, who ordered him to repay the
money to the client's estate, as he died while the appeals were
After granting Campbell bail, Ayers-Caesar adjourned and
transferred the case to the San Fernando Magistrates' Court.
Campbell will reappear in court next Wednesday.
Police search suspects' home
The Cedar Hill, Claxton Bay homes
of two relatives of Melissa Moham-
med-Ramkissoon were searched yes-
terday, as police continued their in-
vestigations into the circumstances
surrounding her death and who may
have killed her.
Investigating officers were still having a
hard time ascertaining what happened on
Tuesday night before Mohammed-Ram-
She was fatally shot in the head while
in a car with a close male relative and her
distant cousin. Her body was driven to the
Chaguanas Police Station by the close male
relative at about 8 pm. The close male rela-
tive initially told police he was driving along
Waterloo Road in Carapichaima when some-
one opened fire on his vehicle. But police
said when they pressed further they were
then told there was an argument between
the three when a gunshot rang out and the
male relative saw Mohammed-Ramkissoon
slumped over in the front seat bleeding from
the head. The man said the other occupant
then jumped out of the car and ran away.
However, the cousin, who surrendered
to the police at the Freeport Police Station
on Wednesday, told police it was the driver
who allegedly sot Mohammed-Ramkissoon
in the head.
Investigating officers yesterday told the
T&T Guardian that whilst their investiga-
tions were hanging in the balance, they
were leaning towards the incident being a
domestic-related one surrounding a possible
love triangle gone sour.
A team of officers went to the Abdool Trace
home of the cousin yesterday, where they
conducted additional interviews and search-
es to add to their case file. At about 1.30 pm,
the officers went to the close male relative's
home and carried out an extensive search.
Both men remained in police custody last
night and other relatives were making at-
tempts to retain attorneys for them.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yester-
day, a relative who wished not to be identi-
fied said Mohammed-Ramkissoon's mother
and other relatives were due to arrive into the
country from New York last night. While fu-
neral arrangements are not yet finalised, the
possibility exists that it may be held today.
Asked whether relatives had any clue as
to what occurred, the relative said: "No, we
still are very much confused. All we know
that there is a blame game going on which
is preventing the truth from coming out.
We believe that there is a lot to hide from
Investigations are continuing.
Grande woman reaps mega lemon
Merlyn Pierre, a resident of La Sie-
va Road, Vega De Oropouche, Sangre
Grande, is now surprised by the size of
rough skin lemon she is reaping from
the she planted at the back of her home
three years ago.
She is amazed and believes one of the lem-
ons she picked yesterday was the biggest for
sure in T&T. The lemon weighs 3.2 kilograms
and has a circumference of 54 centimetres.
Pierre said they got the seed from a friend
in Manzanilla. The friend was also shocked
to see the size of lemons Pierre's tree has
been producing, as his trees produce ordi-
nary sized lemons.
Pierre yesterday cut the lemon to show
its inside to T&T Guardian and only found
that it has more core than juice.
At the back of a house where the tree was
planted, Pierre showed the amount of lem-
ons on the tree. One the other lemons was
the same size as the one she reaped. However,
Pierre said she is leaving that one to see if it
will get bigger. ---Ralph Banwarie
Attorney Wilston Campbell, centre, who was granted $75,000 bail after
appearing in Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday. He was charged
with defrauding a client. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Love triangle murder
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