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An Oropouche man on his way to collect
cassava sticks in St Croix, Princes Town got a
shocking surprise when he stumbled upon the
nude decomposing body of a man.
According to reports, Kenrick Dookie and his
brother-in-law went to Sankar Trace, around 9.30
am yesterday to collect cassava sticks.
Around 10 am, Dookie left his brother-in-law chat-
ting with some friends and walked down the incline.
On reaching almost to the bottom of the hill, Dookie
said he began getting a foul stench.
Looking closer, Dookie realised the stench was
coming from the nude, decomposing body of a man.
The man’s body was lying face down and Dookie
said both of his feet were in the air. He said there was
a pink cloth tied around the man’s neck.
“I thought the smell was a dog that had died but
when I watch inside the sohari leaf patch, I realised
it was a man,” Dookie said.
“First time I ever experiencing something like this
and I just run back up the hill and tell them other
fellas to call the police.”
Officers from the Princes Town Police Station,
including Sgt Ramlogan responded.
Up until news time, the man’s identity remained
unknown. Residents who gathered when the news
of the discovery spread, said they did not know of
anyone in their community who was missing.
Man shot dead reading newspapers
JENSEN LA VENDE
The daylight murder of a Maracas/St
Joseph man triggered anger among res-
idents yesterday who linked the crime
to the lack of order in the criminal un-
Residents said since the murder of reputed
Maracas/StJoseph gang leader Kerlan “Mice-
man” George earlier this year “the place have
George and another man, Shameel Ali, were
shot dead on January 19, a short distance for
the district’s police station.
Yesterday, two gunmen shot and killed Ka-
reem Fernando as he sat on some steps off La
Mango Road reading newspapers.
Friends of Fernando cried openly as his body
remained slouched on some steps for hours.
They said he was killed in “his spot”.
Police said that around 11.40 am residents
heard what they thought was the sound of
galvanize banging and later found the body
of the 30-year-old man. Two men were seen
running away from the scene.
Fernando’s friends said he was arrested
once some years ago for cultivating marijua-
na but that he should not be labelled as a drug
dealer and his death should not be classified
as drug-related since he was employed as a
labourer with the Ministry of Agriculture’s
Police could not give a motive for his killing
since Fernando was not known to them to be
involved in any criminal activity.
Residents say Fernando, who they called
“Brain” was killed because there was an im-
balance in the underworld in the area.
“Since they kill d’ boss (Kerlan “Miceman”
George) everything outta order we don’t have
a leader again, the place have no order. I was
telling the police that he used to keep the place
under control, now anything is anything,” one
Residents said Fernando was a peacemaker.
Fernando’s sister Tennille said her brother
was a quiet man who mostly kept to himself
and lived alone.
She said like most of the killings for the year,
she did not expect her brother’s murder to be
In an unrelated killing, police were up to
yesterday unsure of a motive for the killing
of 23-year-old Akeil Mitchell who was shot
dead outside his Windy Hill, Arouca home on
According to police reports around 10.35
pm residents heard gunshots and later found
Mitchell in his underwear to the back of his
home with bullet wounds to the head.
Police suspected that Mitchell was am-
bushed as he was about to take a bath to the
back of his home.
The latest killings have taken the number of
people murdered for the year to 148.
CJ defends judges’
Chief Justice Ivor Archie yesterday
defended the process used by the Ju-
dicial and Legal Service Commission
(JLSC) for the selection and appoint-
ment of judges.
Addressing reporters after a swearing in
ceremony for three new High Court Judges
at the Office of the President yesterday, Ar-
chie sought to explain the process to dispel
what he described as “unfair and uninformed
criticism” of the JLSC, which he also chairs.
“This is about about bare the process be-
cause we take a lot of trouble to find the best
people. We are the only branch of Govern-
ment that has published and publicly articu-
lated criteria for appointments,” Archie said.
The newly-appointed judges are former
chief magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, for-
mer magistrate Avason Quinlan-Williams,
wife of acting Commissioner of Police Ste-
phen Williams, and attorney Kevin Ram-
Last week, Opposition senator Gerard
Ramdeen questioned the process in the
appointment of judges and called for more
Reading from a legal notice on the cri-
teria for the recruitment of judges issued
in April 2000, Archie said that the process
had always been transparent despite claims
to the contrary.
“It is important as well that the public
knows that anyone who is appointed has
been through one of the most rigorous se-
lection processes you can find anywhere in
the region or Commonwealth,” he said.
Among the criteria used, Archie said can-
didates were selected based on their profes-
sional competence, integrity, temperament
“With professional competence we con-
sider legal training and knowledge, intel-
lectual and analytical ability, mature and
objective judgement, communication and
organisational skills and interest in devel-
oping the law,” Archie said.
He noted that prospective candidates were
required to sit an exam to objectively assess
their intellectual and analytical ability and
underwent a psychometric assessment from
an independent service provider to judge
their emotional balance and decisiveness.
They were also required to submit reference
letters from competent persons who are able
to assess their suitability for the job based
on the JLSC’s criteria.
“Every candidate would have been sub-
jected to a rigorous interview. I am surprised
that some of them have not changed their
minds halfway through the torture we put
them through. The fact that they survived
and come through that process successfully,
I think it is testament to the calibre of per-
sons that we have among the bench today,”
Archie also responded to criticism by
Ramdeen over the appointment of Appel-
late Judge Andre Des Vignes ahead more
Stating that seniority was not the main
criteria for the process, Archie said: “The
commission in its constitutional remit may
appoint outstanding candidates from wher-
ever they find them, within or outside the
Judiciary, and seniority and length of service,
while it would be taken into account is not
the only factor nor is it a governing factor.”
Archie also said that he was pleased that
the all three new judges had decades of pre-
vious judicial experience, Ayers-Caesar and
Quinlan-Williams who were magistrates and
Ramcharan, who had served as a assistant
registrar of the High Court in the past.
“That is particularly significant develop-
ment because the JLSC has heard over the
years criticism from magistrates who felt
that they had been overlooked for considera-
tion for appointment to what we have termed
the “Higher Judiciary”- an expression that I
don’t like because we are all judicial officers,”
President Anthony Carmona also praised
the new judges as he said they all displayed
competence and diligence in their careers
Carmona, himself a former High Court
Judge, even said that he was impressed by
their early work when he served as Deputy
Director of Public Prosecutions.
President Anthony Carmona, centre, and Chief Justice Ivor Archie, second from right, with
newly appointed High Court judges, from left, Kevin Ramcharan, Marcia Ayers-Caesar and
Avason Quinlan-Williams yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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