Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 20th 2017 Contents KEVON FELMINE
What should have been a fun
school vacation for 15-year-old
Luke Israel Rolle ended tragical-
ly on Tuesday when he was ac-
cidentally hung while swinging
on a tree.
Rolle, of Springvale, Claxton Bay,
was enjoying the company of cous-
ins at his grandmother's Forres Park
home around 11.3o am when the trag-
The children went to a samaan tree
atop a hill, several hundred metres
behind the house. According to po-
lice, the children were accustomed
playing on a swing made from nylon
rope, which was attached to a tree
While swinging, Rolle slipped and
his neck got caught in the rope.
The form four student of the Mar-
abella North Secondary School was
taken to the San Fernando General
Hospital by ambulance, where he was
pronounced dead. Couva police, in-
cluding Supt Curtis Paul, Sgt Honore,
Cpl Pierre and WPC Corban went to
the scene. So far, investigations have
suggested that his death was acci-
There was silence among Rolle's
cousins yesterday as they were left
Their grandmother Marilyn Rich-
ards-David said she complained
about the children swinging on the
rope before but no one took her seri-
ously. The rope has since been cut and
none of the children have returned
to the area.
Richards-David said that Rolle had
just returned from purchasing bread
at a nearby parlour and told her that
he wanted to go up the hill to meet
the other children. When they were
finished, Rolle stayed behind to have
"one last swing."
While he was there, his mother,
Elizabeth Richards tried calling his
phone to tell him to come home.
When he did not answer, Elizabeth
"I sent my other grandson Elijah
to call him. He came back and told
me that Luke was swinging and not
answering. His mother called again
so I sent my granddaughter to go tell
Luke to come now because his mother
was calling him. She came back down
and told me Luke was swinging and
not answering. She said he had the
rope under his neck," Richards-Da-
Even at this time, Richards-David
said she did not believe anything was
wrong and even the children did not
see that Rolle was in distress.
Now upset, Richards-David went
to fetch Rolle herself with the inten-
tion of giving him a good scolding.
But before reaching the tree, Rich-
ards-David began screaming.
"When I was going up, I saw him
still and his foot was not touching the
ground. I called out to him because
it was not looking like he was dead.
I thought he had just put the rope
there and was playing.
"When I called him three times and
he did not answer, I bawled and ran
to hold him. My other grandson ran
up the hill and took him down."
Paramedics had detected a pulse
but Rolle was dead by the time he
reached the hospital.
Richards-David said everyone was
confused as to what happened but
maintained Rolle's death was acci-
dental and not suicidal. She described
him as a happy, well loved and well
"I know for sure that it was not
suicide. He was well treated and he
was a very nice child."
An autopsy yesterday said he died
of a broken neck.
news extra A13
Thursday, April 20, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Teen dies after accidentally hanging self
Leaked road block info
under probe---senior cop
JENSEN LA VENDE
Although their plans for the
Easter weekend had been leaked
on social media prompting an in-
vestigation into officers attached
to the Central Division, 11 police
exercises were still conducted in
Officers of the seven police stations
in the division were upset when their
planned surprised road blocks and oth-
er stop checks was leaked on Whatsapp
last Thursday night and Friday morning
detailing when and where the officers
will be conducting their exercises.
The leak was first being investigated
by senior officers attached to the divi-
sion but that has now been taken over
by the Professional Standards Bureau.
During the exercises, police managed
to issue 39 tickets, seize one revolver
and 13 rounds of assorted ammunition,
arrested seven people for driving under
the influence of alcohol and an addi-
tional 15 for various offences.
The officers had to abandon their
original plans and made make-shift
plans almost immediately when the
leaked plans began circulating. Sen-
ior officers at the division praised the
officers for their diligence.
Asked about the investigation yes-
terday, public information officer ASP
Michael Pierre said the matter is cur-
rently being investigated
In 2015 a memo, dated July 28, 2015,
headlined "Jamaat al Muslimeen---Ac-
, claimed that members of
the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen were trans-
porting guns throughout the country
and were planning to attack the private
residence of then Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar in Phillipine and Si-
paria and free 11 men who were charged
with the murder of Senior Counsel
Dana Seetahal and those in the then
Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder trial.
The allegations made were later
debunked but an investgation was
launched to determine who leaked the
information. That investigation ended
with no one being reprimanded, senior
Marilyn Richards-David recounts the incident leading to the discovery of the body of her grandson Luke Rolle
(inset) hanging from a tree. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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