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Shakar Beephan, father
of murdered schoolboy, Jesse
Beephan, is pleading with investi-
gating officers to bring some sort of
closure to his family by making ar-
rests for his son's murder soon.
Beephan, who admitted that he is very
depressed and in need of professional
counselling, said since the incident he has
been on medication and has not been able
to resume his work and normal duties.
He said he believes that the police have
enough evidence and wanted to know
what was the keep back in making the
"All we need is closure. So many things
were said about my son but everyone in
that school (referring to the Waterloo Sec-
ondary School) know what happened on
that day," Beephan said.
"My son would have gone in the back
there to smoke with a group of friends
and he got two lash on the head which
killed him. I would have never expected
my son to go to school and this happen
to him," he added.
Beephan said that since the incident
almost every night they have been having
prayer services at his Couva home. "The
prayer services help but I feel like I need
more... one kind of counselling because it
is very hard," the grieving father said.
Jesse's mother, Sharon Bick-
aroo, said she was trying to
cope but admitted that it was
An investigating officer told
the T&T Guardian that inves-
tigations were still ongoing and
added that several statements
have already been taken from
schoolmates and parents.
Asked how soon the investigation
file will be sent to the Director of Public
Prosecutions for instructions, the officer
said: "I can't answer that."
Jesse, 16, was found dead on March 22,
in a drain located on the western side of
his school---the Waterloo Secondary
School. He was reported missing by
Bickaroo on Monday night.
An autopsy said he died from blunt
force trauma to the head. His head was
bashed in with a piece of iron to the back
and sides. Part of his face was so badly
beaten that it was ripped off.
Murdered... Jesse Beephan
As PSA goes into election gear...
President of the Public Services As-
sociation Watson Duke says before the
union election in November, "a new per-
son will be unveiled as my successor."
But his main opponent in the union's
November election says Duke is a "mi-
both in the To-
bago House of
the PSA, whose
time in the union
is drawing close to
Duke did not give much
details about his plan for
a successor but said "the
person has to be duly reg-
istered for the election
and has to go out and talk
to the people. But we on
the same team and this is
a strong person."
He said he took the de-
cision to find a replace-
ment to head the union
because "this is all part of a strategy of growing and
building the PSA. I see this as a relay where I would
run with a group of strong men and women. What I
did was a strong leg. The person who will take over is
even stronger than I am. He is not a student and does
not lack anything to carry on."
Duke said he was confident that "when I give him
the baton he will be able to build on what I have built.
We all on the same team,"
The PSA president is
facing a challenge for
leadership of the union
from Oral Saunders who
heads the United Pro-
talk of a successor, say-
ing: "Nothing Duke says
or does changes the fact
that the membership of
the PSA is disenchanted
with him and want him
He said the lack of
confidence in Duke was
evident on Monday--- the
day of resistance called
by Duke, "less than fifty people came out on the Prom-
enade and not one department was shut down."
Saunders said the United Protectors had been ex-
panding their base. He said, "We have been successful
in uniting with the Reformers, the team once led by
now labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, we have
had successful talks with the Liberators, and talks are
ongoing with Team Phoenix and Nixon Calendar's Sen-
tinel." Duke's Game Changers, he said, now virtually
stands alone in the union.
The man who once fought the PSA election alongside
Duke added: "We are not phased by him. The general
membership know we are on the right path to rescue
the PSA for the membership."
Saunders said when Duke is ousted "we will restore
the dignity of the PSA so people can feel proud once
again to be members of the union, we will rebrand
and rebuild the union bigger and better than before."
He said. "Duke's heart is in politics, when he entered
the THA election he politicised the PSA and people
are dissatisfied. His heart is in politics and we will do
Tobago a favour when we remove him as PSA president."
PSA president Watson Duke
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