Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 27th 2017 Contents A6 news
guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Mayor calls for highway police post
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul
Boodhan is renewing his calls
for the Ministry of National
Security to convert the farmers
market along the Solomon Ho-
choy Highway into a Highway
Patrol Police and Emergency
Boodhan was speaking at the
opening of the Chaguanas Cham-
ber of Industry and Commerce
Safety, Security and Sustainabil-
ity Conference & Expo at the Divali
Nagar in Chaguanas.
"This facility can be reconfigured
and retrofitted to allow for police
and emergency post at this stra-
tegic point," he said.
Boodhan said it would be easy
to dispatch vehicles, provide faster
response to incidents and maintain
a full-time presence as well as store
equipment for highway emergen-
cies. He said the facility would be
an asset to Chaguanas as well as
Boodhan said as of January 2017,
Chaguanas had strengthened re-
lations with the United States
Embassy and had became the first
Caribbean municipality to join the
Global Strong Cities Network.
"The Strong Cities Network is
the first global network of munici-
pal leaders, local government prac-
titioners and local communities
involved in building resilience and
social cohesion to counter violence
and crime in all forms," he said.
Vishnu Charran, president of the
Chaguanas Chamber of Industry
and Commerce said crime was
an issue in Chaguanas and that
prompted the chamber to host
"Our concern is that people
should feel safe in their homes and
where they go with their families,
so we encourage the populace to
visit and see what is available,"
Charran said there were many
companies in T&T with state-of-
the-art technology and there was
no need to go online to shop. He
encouraged young entrepreneurs to
develop business ideas and contact
the chamber if they wanted advice.
Elderly man held
with loaded gun
Police are trying to determine
whether an elderly Gasparil-
lo man, who was arrested for
possession of an illegal firearm,
was involved in any of the re-
cent shootings in the Southern
A spent shell was found on the
60-year-old suspect when he was
arrested at Anil's Bar ar Caratal
Road, Gasparillo, on Sunday night.
At around 12.45 pm, PCs Seeper-
sad and Ram were on mobile patrol
when they received information that
a man with a firearm was at the bar.
The officers questioned and
searched the suspectand found a
black and chrome 9 mm pistol, load-
ed with six rounds of ammunition
tucked in his waist.
When they searched his pockets,
they found the shell casing.
The suspect was taken to the
Gasparillo Police Station where he
was questioned and subsequently
He is expected to appear before
a San Fernando magistrate charged
with possession of an illegal firearm
There have been five murders
and a few shootings in the South-
ern Division over the past three
weeks. The latest was the murder
of 28-year-old single mother Or-
nella Phillip whose body was found
at her Thompson Street apartment
with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Up to yesterday, police were still
trying to determine a motive for the
killing. No suspect has been held.
Guard hurt in jailbreak
JENSEN LA VENDE
As investigation into a deadly
jailbreak two years ago contin-
ues, a security guard who was
shot by police during an alleged
shootout with one of the escap-
ees is suing the State and claims
the police acted recklessly when
they shot at and killed Allan
On July 24, 2015, Martin, Hassan
Atwell and Christopher "Monster"
Selby allegedly shot their way out of
the Port-of-Spain Prison.
Police officer Sherman Maynard
was killed during the incident, while
prison officer Leon Rouse was shot
and wounded. Martin was killed
during an alleged shoot-out in a
guard booth at the Port of Spain
General Hospital and Atwell was
murdered after hiding out in Port-
Selby surrendered to officers at
the Barataria Police Station two days
later and was charged with ten of-
fenses including Maynard's murder.
Anita Bartholomew, 38, a security
guard with Amalgamated Security
assigned to the Port of Spain General
Hospital, who was shot in the right
hand claims in her lawsuit that the
police used excessive force.
She claims as a result she was suf-
fering psychological trauma.
In a June 23 pre-action protocol
letter to Attorney General Faris Al
Rawi, Bartholomew's attorneys
Reynold Waldropt, Jeron Joseph
and Tim Charriandy, say their client
was the last of her colleagues in the
guard booth when Martin barged in.
She claims that Martin had no gun
when he held her in front of him as
She said police surrounded the
booth and opened fire, killing Mar-
Bartholomew was shot in the right
hand and was warded for four days.
She was referred to the Psychiatric
Department after she had problems
sleeping and was ler diagnosed with
acute stress disorder.
Bartholomew's lawyers said:
"Since that incident she has had
nightmares and has become fear-
ful, stressed out, depressed and
"Whenever she sees police of-
ficers carrying guns she relives the
entire ordeal. She has had to seek
professional help for her mental
"She has sought the profession-
al services of Dr Ian Hypolite, a
consultant psychiatrist who in a
report dated May 14, 2016, was of
the professional opinion that Bart-
holomew was and is suffering from
post-traumatic stress disorder as a
direct result of her experiencing a
life threatening incident."
Bartholomew, who has not re-
turned to work since the incident, is
seeking aggravated and or exempla-
ry damages, compensation for the
injuries and pain and suffering as
well as emotional mental distress
She is also seeking special dam-
ages for medical expenses, loss of
earnings and other expenses as a re-
sult, legal costs and any other costs
the court deems necessary.
The letter gives the State seven
days to confirm receipt and three
days to respond.
Three prison officers suspended
as a result of the prison break will
appear before a disciplinary tribunal
to tell their sides of the story from
Acting Superintendent of Prisons
Wilbert Lovell is scheduled to testify
on July 6, while Prison Officers II
Lancelot Duntin and Mervin Pierre
are expected to testify on July 13 and
18 respectively. Lovell, Duntin and
Pierre have all been on suspension
since August 2, 2015.
Flashback... In this July 24th 2015 photograph a police officer cordon off the near a guard booth at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital where they shot and killed prison escapee Allan 'Scanny' Martin. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
A masquerader displays a costume from the section Wings of Peace
from JusWee and Friends 2018 Carnival presentation titled
WeeTakingFlight during the mas band's launch in Glencoe, yesterday.
PHOTO: DION ROACH
WINGS OF PEACE
Links Archive June 26th 2017 June 28th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page