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Moruga security officer gunned down
Security officer Brian Warren
was shot dead yesterday morning, a
stone's throw away from his Moruga
home as hestood awaiting transport
to go to work. Up to last night, police
had no motive for the shooting of
Warren. Apart from for a statutory
rape charge in 2013, police said War-
ren led a quiet life.
Reports state Warren, 24, was stand-
ing on Samuel Cooper Junction, Moruga,
around 5.30 am awaiting a drop from his
co-workers at Allied Security when a man
walked up to him and shot him.
When his co-workers got to the scene
some five minutes later, they saw Warren's
body on the ground.
In an interview yesterday, one of War-
ren's close friends, who asked to remain
anonymous, said Warren's family had
been receiving threats from the person
they believed killed him.
The friend said the family needed police
protection as they were fearful for their
"We want the police to come and park
up on the junction tonight into tomorrow
cause people really frighten here, we don't
know what going to happen."
However, an officer at the St Mary's Po-
lice Post told the Sunday Guardian they
received no report of threats to the family.
The officer said there were also no sus-
passengers happy with
Works Minister Rohan Si-
nanan says based on the feed-
back he has been getting on the
use of the Cabo Star vessel, it is
more than adequate to service
the sea bridge between Trinidad
Sinanan was speaking at the
commissioning of a bridge along
the Torrib Tabaquite Road and
tour of the constituency yesterday.
Tabaquite MP Dr Surujrattan Ram-
bachan accompanied Sinanan for
the commissioning. Construction
of the $28.5 million bridge began
when Rambachan was Works Min-
ister under the People's Partnership
"The feedback from the truck-
ers, the Tobago chamber and the
stakeholders is that they are quite
comfortable with the vessel itself,"
He said they could not leave Trin-
idad on the normal 12 o'clock sched-
ule. However, "as of today(Saturday),
today is a rest day for the vessel, so
once they start back the schedule will
go back to the normal routine from
"The vessel is working as expected,
the capacity, based on the feedback
I am getting, it is much more than
adequate and the passengers are very
comfortable, it is taking significantly
Asked about future plans for ser-
vicing the sea bridge, Sinanan said
the Government has a threefold plan
which will culminate in the purchase
of a vessel.
"We said from day one that is it a
threefold---short term, which is the
rental for one year; medium term
,which is a three-year rental; and
the long term is the acquisition. Now
that we have the short term in place,
the medium term I am sure they will
start on that procurement and they
are in the process of liaising with the
World Bank and other stakeholders
to ensure that we inspect the correct
vehicle for the purchase sometime
He said that process has already
started, led by the Port Authority of
T&T and its chairman, Allison Lewis.
He said although the cost of leasing
the ferries are steep, the sea bridge
needs to be serviced so Government
had little choice.
"The thing about it is, the Toba-
go sea bridge is very important to
both Trinidad and Tobago and it is
something we would love to have a
reduced price on but unfortunately
because of the time, because of the
emergency, there was a tender out
there there was a procurement pro-
cess and that is what was available.
This is why we are going after a three-
year time charter and we expect in
a three-year time charter where we
have more times for bids, we should
get a better price."
He said the ministry expects to
construct and open 12 new bridges
soon and construct another 24 in the
coming fiscal year.
"We do have an ongoing pro-
gramme, most of the bridges are
almost at the stage of completion
we have some challenges obviously
with the funding, it has slowed the
programme a bit,but the programme
is ongoing. We are in the process now
where we have 12 more bridges at the
point of being awarded and then we
are doing a new programme for an-
other 24 bridges for the next fiscal
El Dorado man
beaten in video dies
The man who was seen on video
being brutally assaulted in El Dorado
has died in hospital.
Dead is 34-year-old Akino Thomas,
who is also from El Dorado.
The man believed to have been caught
on camera stomping on Thomas was cap-
tured by police hours after the incident
while hiding out in Sea Lots. The search
continues for the second suspect.
On Friday, video footage of the assault
on Thomas was widely circulated on so-
The incident occurred around 9.12 pm
on Thursday along Pentecostal Road, El
Two video clips, taken from closed cir-
cuit television cameras (CCTV), showed
the brutal attack in which one man re-
peatedly stomped on Thomas in a drain,
leaving him motionless.
The first clip showed one man in a white
vest and three-quarter pants holding what
appeared to be a firearm.
The man pointed the weapon at Thom-
as, who fell into a drain.
However, after the weapon appeared to
have jammed, a second man entered the
camera's view and began beating Thomas.
The two men then ran off and left
Thomas lying motionless in the drain.
Thomas was rushed to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC).
He eventually succumbed to his injuries
around 12.30 am yesterday.
Investigations are continuing.
Petit Bourg man shot to death
Homicide detectives are also investigat-
ing the shooting death of a 30-year-old
man in Petit Bourg.
According to reports, Kerlon Dorset of
Francis Avenue, Petit Bourg, was in a car
with friends around 2 am when a gunman
opened fire on them.
Dorset told his friends he had been shot
and he was rushed to the EWMSC.
Dorset succumbed to his injuries.
Works Minister Rohan Sinanan cuts the ribbon to open the new Torrib
Tabaquite bridge yesterday. Looking on from left is, Pure director,
Hayden Phillip, Director of Highways Navin Ramsingh, Tabaquite MP Dr
Surujrattan Rambachan, Programme Manager of the Ministry's Bridges,
Landslips and Traffic Management Unit Mahadeo Jagdeo, and
Transport Contractor Ltd managing director, Parry Lutchmeesingh.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
One suspect in custody
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