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swore in Ernest Koy-
lass SC as a fifth mem-
ber of the Judicial and
Legal Service Com-
mission (JLSC), thus
meeting the consti-
regarding the compo-
sition of the JLSC.
In an immediate re-
sponse, former Attorney
General Anand Ram-
logan, who had sent a
letter challenging the
JLSC's legality recently,
said it was "a victory for
the people, the Consti-
tution and democracy.
But Ramlogan also
felt it was "a knee jerk
reaction to the threat of
litigation," which failed
to address issues plagu-
ing the administration of
justice, including "the
urgent need for reform
in the process for the
appointment of judges
and the administration
He said there was need
for "greater transparen-
cy fairness and account-
ability to the public, who
are the ultimate custom-
ers of the administration
of justice." This, he said,
demanded "a full and
frank discussion about
the problems that have
led to the present unsat-
isfactory state of affairs."
Ramlogan said the
President must now "do
the right thing because it
is the right thing to do"
and invoke the powers
he has under the Con-
stitution in the public
interest to ensure that
there is an enquiry into
the serious allegations
that are swirling in the
public psyche so that
justice can not only be
done but can be seen to
"Nothing less, will
do and the dark cloud of
suspicion will not simply
dissipate with this single
wave of the presidential
magic wand. There is
much at stake for our
young democracy and
far too much time has
been allowed to pass
with little or no serious
action in the hope that it
will all simply go away. It
will not. The damage has
But Israel Khan SC
said "too late too late
shall be the cry," add-
ing he has deemed
everything done by the
JLSC "null, void and il-
Khan, who first wrote
to the President on the
issue of the illegality of
the JLSC, said the Con-
stitution says the JLSC
must have five members
and it "is only when the
commission is properly
constituted you can se-
lect a quorum."
He is of the view that
everything the JLSC did,
"including the appoint-
ment of the three recent
judges and three magis-
trates some months ago
and any promotions they
made is null and void."
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The gruesome murder of
Gasparillo housewife Savitri
Mohammed yesterday trauma-
tised her community.
As family and friends gath-
ered around Mohammed's Bonne
Aventure Road home hoping to get
answers yesterday, a male relative
was being questioned by Homicide
Many of them gasped in shock
after learning that her killer had
bounded her hands and legs and
gagged her before slitting her throat.
Mohammed's husband Sadiq Mo-
hammed, 43, told police he left her
home around 10 am as he had busi-
ness at the bank. When he returned
around noon he found the shocking
scene of his wife's blood-soaked
body on their bed. Sadiq contact-
ed Gasparillo police, who arrived
and took him the Gasparillo Health
Centre before taking him to record
his witness statement. Investigators
said there was no evidence of forced
entry into the couple's home, nor
did it appear anything was stolen.
However, they were yet to determine
a motive for her murder. Neighbours
said they neither heard nor saw any
commotion at the house.
The victim's brother, Glenn
Caran, told the T&T Guardian Sadiq
called them around midday, saying
that he had arrived home and found
his wife dead.
Caran said they were told both
her hands and feet were tied, her
mouth gagged and she was blind-
folded and her throat slit. He said
when he arrived at the house, police
were already on the scene so he was
not able to enter.
Unable to think of a reason for his
sister's murder, he said Mohammed
and Caran lived a quiet life without
"The had a really quiet life. They
never had any big quarrels to the
point that they would want to
split up. I never in this life or in a
dream thought that this would have
happened to her. She never com-
plained of anything because when
she comes by me, she usually tells
us all her business," Caran said.
"This life is really unpredictable.
I used to say that there was a reason
for every murder, but now I don't
The story of a loving couple was
also given by Sadiq's sister Farida
Mohammed, who said they had
been happily married for 15 years.
Now with Mohammed gone, she
said her brother faces a tough life.
"All he had was her because they
did not have any children. Both of
them lived real good. They never
used to quarrel and always support-
ed each other," Farida said.
Mohammed's elder sister, Evelyn
Sookram, said it was just Sunday
they last spoke, when the siblings
gathered at their mother's home to
celebrate Mother's Day.
Sookram said they had made
plans to spend the yesterday to-
gether, but had to postpone them
because she had foreign visitors
coming to her house. She said she
got a feeling something was wrong
when she felt someone touch her
during her sleep and had a strong
feeling yesterday that she was for-
getting something. She said within
10 minutes of that feeling, she was
heartbroken by the news of her sis-
Even though several women's
organisation such as the Powerful
Ladies of T&T (PLOTT) and First
Ladies and Spouses of Caribbe-
an Community have heightened
their advocacy for the protection of
women, 2017 has seen the violent
murders of several women and even
JLSC gets Koylass as its fifth member
WHO IS KOYLASS
• Ernest Koylass SC attended the University of the West
Indies, where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (with
Upper Second Class Honours) in 1977. He gained his Legal
Education Certificate in 1979 from the Hugh Wooding Law
School and later went on to the University of London where
he gained his Master of Laws Degree in 1980.
• He is currently the principal of his law firm, Ernest H
Koylass & Company. Koylass was called to the Bar of Trinidad
and Tobago as a Barrister at Law in 1980 from where he
commenced practice, first in the Chambers of Dr. Aneas Wills
and later at his own chambers.
• He has served as president of the Southern Lawyers'
Assembly and is a senior member of the Law Association of
• In 1999 he served as a temporary judge of the High
Court of Trinidad and Tobago.
• On January 26, 2006, Koylass obtained the instrument
of appointment from His Excellency the President granting
him the status of Senior Counsel.
• Koylass' areas of practice are diverse and include all
areas of private/civil law, including contract law, tort, criminal
law, labour law and industrial relations practice, constitutional
law, family law and land law.
• Koylass also appears as an advocate in the Magistrates'
Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and Industrial Courts of
FEMALE MURDER VICTIMS FOR THE YEAR
January 17: Guapo mother Luenda Antho-
ny, 29 and her common-law husband Ricky
Mohammed were shot dead at their Cochrane
Village, Guapo home.
On the same day, 26-year-old Balmatie
Balchan, was also shot dead in a drive-by
January 13: The body of Rachael Ram-
kissoon, 16, was discovered in a track along
Balata Trace, San Raphael. She was dressed
in her North Eastern College uniform.
January 23: Christine Joseph, 21, was
stabbed 50 times by her estranged lover
Keyon Roberts, who then committed suicide
by setting himself on fire.
January 27: The bodies of Ameena Thom-
as, 17 and her ex-husband Carlile Hamilton,
33, were found down a precipice, not too far
from where they had attended mosque the
night before. Her hands were tied with black
plastic straps and her face was blown off
from a gunshot injury.
January 28: Pensioner Cynthia Matthews
was stabbed to death at her Arima home.
Derek John was charged with her murder.
February 1: The body of Nadia Simms, 25,
of Penal was found in a bamboo patch off a
Petrotrin field road in Santa Flora. Simms was
lured to a man's home with the promise of
a job. Instead she was assaulted, killed and
buried in a shallow grave.
February 5: Customer service representa-
tive Jamilia De Revenaux, 27, was lured out
of her workplace at MovieTowne, Invader's
Bay. Her throat was then slit.
February 11: Abiela Adams, 15, was found
with her throat slit in a heap of rubble in the
February 23: Sylvestine Gonzales-Ber-
nard, 87 and her daughter Kathyann Bernard,
51, was hacked to death at their Siparia Home.
February 24: Piparo grandmother Dorothy
Hosein, 65, was hog-tied, sexually assaulted
and strangled. Her body was found floating in
a pond on St John's Road, off Brother's Road,
Rio Claro the following day.
March 15: The body of WPC Nyasha Jo-
seph found by fishermen aboard a trawler
near the Caroni River after she went missing
six days before.
April 4: Melissa Ramkissoon, 33, of Clax-
ton Bay was shot dead while in a car with
two male relatives.
April 28: Five-year-old Saleesha Faith
Joseph was shot dead along with her father
Solomon Joseph at their Mamoral No 1 home.
May 9: Toolie "Tara" Ramdeen, 47, of
Rio Claro had her throat slit by her ex-lover
Andrew Vasquez, 73, of Piparo during an ar-
gument in Bristol Village, Mayaro.
Gasparillo community traumatised as
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