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Woman found dead
Rumours of drugs and mental
problems surround the death of
23-year-old Kelly Ann Clarke,
whose nude body was found in
Point Fortin yesterday afternoon.
Around 1.30 pm, Point Fortin police
responded to a report of a body seen
between the Point Fortin Hardware
and another building along the Guapo/
Cap-de-Ville Road. When they arrived
they found Clarke, of Warden Road,
Point Fortin, nude on the ground with
blood covering her head. Investigators
found her clothing nearby and blood
stains on her underwear, raising suspi-
cions that she had been raped. However,
this will have to be determined by an
autopsy carded for today at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James.
Police said they received informa-
tion that the victim was seen walking
through the town last week, partially
dressed and speaking loudly. They were
also told that a drug habit may also be
factor in her death. However, they said
this will have to be confirmed through
3rd Malabar murder
suspect held, two freed
Two suspects who were de-
tained by police in connection
with the Malabar murders of
Nafeeza Rose Mohammed and
schoolboy Videsh Subar were
freed yesterday evening.
The T&T Guardian was told by
defence attorney Fareed Ali that
the suspects, 24 and 19, from
Arima and Mt D'or respectively,
were released at about 6.50 pm.
However, a third suspect has
been arrested and up to late last
night remained in police custody.
The latest suspect and a relative
of Mohammed remained in cus-
tody last night.
Ali said the 24-year-old was
detained for six days while the
19-year-old for three days. All
three men were placed on iden-
tification parades at the La Hor-
quetta Police Station on Sunday
evening but none were positively
Mohammed and Subar were
both found tied up and their
throats slit at Mohammed's home
at Ajim Baksh Street on June 27.
Ali had claimed that his clients
were badly beaten while in cus-
tody, with one of them showing
visible swelling about the right
side of his face. That suspect
claimed that six officers had
beaten him, kicked and cuffed
him about the head, stomach
and legs. He alleges he was also
made to sign a statement against
his wishes which, according to
Ali, had amounted to a forced
confession. The other accused
refused to speak to police officers.
Ali claimed that both men were
also forced to give DNA samples
against their will. They also
claimed they were given little
food and denied the opportunity
to access baths.
Two women killed
in Valencia crash
Two women lost their lives,
while two police officers re-
mained warded in critical
condition at hospital last
night, after a three-vehicle
smash-up along the Antigua
Road, Valencia, on Monday.
Dead are Sandra La Barrie, 64,
of Phase 1, La Horquetta, and rel-
ative Calystra Daniel 43, of La
Horquetta Boulevard. Ward-
ed in critical condition at the
Port-of -Spain General Hospital
last night were Cpl Browne and
colleague WPC Harding, who
both suffered broken bones and
internal injuries. Browne was re-
ported to be last attached to the
St Joseph Police Station.
According to police reports,
around 10.30pm on Monday, La
Barrie was driving her red Tiida
south along the Antigua Road,
when the vehicle began to swerve
and ran into a white Corolla,
causing that vehicle to run off
the road. The Tiida then collid-
ed head on with a black Mazda
pick-up driven by Cpl Browne,
which was heading north.
Occupants of both vehicles re-
mained trapped inside and had to
be removed by fire officers with
the assistance of the 'jaws of life.'
La Barrie and Daniel died on
the spot, while Browne and Har-
ding were rushed by ambulance
to the Arima Health Facility and
later transferred to Port-of-
Spain General Hospital.
Speaking to the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, La Barrie's son,
Quentin, said she was a careful
driver who had been driving for
38 years. He said the family had
been celebrating the wedding of
his brother over the weekend.
sorrow tomorrow, because my
brother got married on Sunday.
He was supposed to leave for his
honeymoon today (yesterday) but
he is really broken up right now,
" Quentin La Barrie said, adding
that his mother and aunt were
returning from dropping off
some wedding utensils in San-
gre Grande when the accident
He said Daniel, a wedding
planner, was a devout Jehovah's
Witness who learned sign lan-
guage so that she could preach
to the deaf.
He added that his mother, who
bore five children, had never been
involved in an accident and re-
called dancing with his mother
to a Latin song at his brother's
wedding. He said the family, a
close-knit one, are dancers and
the greatest memory he has now
of his mother is that last dance.
District Medical Officer Dr
Gopaul viewed the bodies. Vis-
iting the scene were Supt Nev-
ille Sankar, Sgt Dollarway, Cpl
Manswell and other officers from
Arima Police Station.
Cpl Manswell, of Arima Traffic
Branch, is continuing inquiries.
The scene where Sandra La Barrie and Calystra Daniel lost their lives in an accident along the Antigua Road,
Valencia, on Monday night. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Kelly Ann Clarke
Rowley hints at
public sector cuts
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
last night hinted that the Govern-
ment may have to cut some jobs in
the public service.
Noting that public expenditure was
what drives the economy of T&T during
the return of "Conversations with the
PM" at the Point Fortin East Secondary,
the PM said: "So if Government reve-
nues are strong then there is a lot that
the Government can do. If revenues are
weak and falling...not withstanding our
best desires of wishes and needs there
is only so much we can do."
Rowley said while people have been
saying the Government has been on a
job cutting exercise, they have in fact
been trying to maintain jobs "even if
we cannot pay you salary increases or
substantial increase. So the first priority
is to hold on to the jobs that you have."
He said based on information ob-
tained from the Ministry of Labour,
there were 50,000 public servants on
the Government's payroll. Of this fig-
ure, he said 19,000 are daily-paid work-
ers, 15,800 were contract workers and
20,000 were monthly paid.
Noting that the population would no-
tice that the Government did not have
any major lay-offs in the public sector,
the PM said: "Question is, how long can
we do that if the revenues continue to
decline? I leave that with you."
He said, however, that while jobs
were lost, a number of jobs were also
created as well.
Between September 2015 to now,
Rowley said the Government had seen
oil prices plummet to US$27 a barrel.
In 2014-2015, he said revenue stood
at $57.3 billion and the following year
(2015/2016), the first year the People's
National Movement assumed office,
those revenues fell to $44.9 billion.
"That is $12 billion less. So obvious-
ly this Government cannot pretend or
ought not to try and spend money the
way previous governments spent mon-
ey, simply because the money is just not
In the period 2010 to 2015, the Gov-
ernment borrowed to spend on its cit-
izens, $ 30 billion.
"That was when we had the highest
level of earnings, in 2008, in the history
of the country."
But Rowley said in 2015/2016, to
prevent the economy from collapsing,
his Government borrowed $12 billion
to keep the country's expenditure and
"We have had to borrow to fund our
lifestyle," he admitted.
During the period when earnings were
strong, Rowley said and the country's
projections were positive certain kinds
of salaries could have been afforded.
"Today, when we are facing and living
the reality of those kinds of reductions,
it would not be a reasonable expectation
that you could get the same kinds of
support from the Government as you
would get as when revenues were there."
The PM was joined by Energy Min-
ister Franklin Khan and National Secu-
rity Minister Edmund Dillon, while La
Brea MP Nicole Ollivierre hosted the
Earlier on, the PM also asked the
gathering whether they were in agree-
ment with a recent call for a fresh elec-
tion, to which he got a resounding 'no'
from the audience. (See editorial on
...if revenues continue to fall
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