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DIRECTOR MARITIME SERVICES
Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Works and Transport
As murder toll reaches 289 father of murdered landscaper urges...
Always help someone in trouble
JENSEN LA VENDE
Keston Knights was a hero. In
2011 whenhis apartmentbuilding
at Trou Macaque, Laventille, was
set ablaze he alerted his neigh-
bours and ensured that most
made it out alive. On Saturday,
he allegedly stopped a man from
beating his girlfriend and was
shot six times in return.
Having survived the fire which left
four dead including two children,
Knights and his family moved to Oro-
pune Gardens where his relatives said
he continued his helpful attributes,
which ultimately lead to his death.
Speaking with the media at the Fo-
rensic Science Centre, St James, yes-
terday, Knights'father, Anthony, said
his son was doing a good deed when
he was killed but would not discour-
age anyone from doing such. He said
his son was a landscaper who helped
many in his community and was the
father of one child not yet a year old.
According to reports, Knights, 24,
was in the company of some friends
when a woman he knew got into an
argument with another man. Knights
is said to have intervened in the do-
mestic dispute and a short while later,
a gunman approached Knights and
opened fire. He was gunned down
near his home on First Avenue in
Oropune Gardens, Piarco.
Knights' grandfather, Renwick
Campbell, who was there supporting
his son Anthony, said his grandchild
was a helpful young man because he
was raised in a family that supported
and instilled in him good values.
"He was a real nice boy and for this
thing to come and happen when he
was so good to everybody, is sad. It
feels good to know he died trying to
help somebody that is good because
that is how we live, trying to help peo-
Mason shot dead in Gasparillo
Three months after Kervin
Williams sought help at a re-
tired policeman's house after
beingshot, he was murdered on
Sunday night in Gasparillo while
his brother-in-law was also shot
Williams, 26, a mason, of Golcon-
da, was found dead on the roadway
at Caratal Road while a distance away
the police found hisbrother-in-law
Quacy Straker, 32, with several mul-
tiple gunshot wounds, in Williams'
c a r.Straker, a chef/nurseis warded in
a critical condition at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital.
According to a police re-
port,around 11.30 pm on Sunday, PC
Funrose and PC Joseph responded
to an anonymous call that a vehicle
crashed into a wall at Lightbourne
When they got there the officers
noticed a silver Lancer crashed into
a chain link fence and found Straker,
of Housa Trace, Lightbourne Trace,
in the car with multiple gunshot
He was taken to the hospital. Sub-
sequent to that, the officers received
information which led them to Car-
atal Road where they found Williams
bleeding from gunshot wounds on
It is believed that the men were
shot during an altercation on Car-
atal Road and Straker drove off to get
help.Williams' sister Keitha, who is
pregnant, and also has a one-year-
old son, said her husband and brother
left in her brother's car on Sunday
morning to go to the beach.
She said she tried without success
to call them during the day. Keitha
believes the incident had something
to do with the first time her brother
In that incidentin May, Williams
went to the Gasparillo home of for-
mer senior policeman Cecil Santana
after he was shot by someone who
knew him. The suspect was subse-
quently arrested and charged.
She said following that incident
her home in Lightbourne Trace
was shot up and her brother had
received threats. She said doctors
were supposed to have operated on
her husband last evening.
ASP Pardasie, Cpl Bridgemohan,
Cpl Sulliman and other officers vis-
ited the scene. Investigations are
No breaches at airport---AATTT
The Airport Authority of T&T
(AATT) has given the assurance
that there are no security breaches
at Piarco International Airport.
Responding to specific questions
sent by the T&T Guardian, the AATT
gave the assurance that the quthor-
ity is guided by and maintains strict
adherence to standards and recom-
mended practices as promulgated
by the International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) and T&T Civil
Aviation Authority (TTCAA); as per-
tains to security.
"The aviation industry is a highly
regulated environment with respect to
security matters...Given the challeng-
es in the aviation industry, the airport
security is continually evolving. The
authority is making all efforts to ensure
that current best practices obtain at
both of our airport estates. Further,
the Authority is currently focusing
on initiatives that would maximise
productivity and enhance efficiency,"
the AATT said.
Asked why three X-Ray machines
that were purchased in 2014 were only
put to use this year, the AATT respond-
ed: "TTCAA regulations required that
the machines be operational by 2017.
The Authority commenced the process
of moving towards compliance with
this requirement, with the purchase
of these machines in 2014."
"This was followed by a period of
calibration, testing, collaboration,
training of personnel and operation-
al trials, and involved inputs from the
TTCAA, the manufacturer, its local
agent and the airlines. This process is
not uncommon with the introduction
of new technology in an airport envi-
ronment," the AATT added.
The AATT said that within the peri-
od 2014 to 2017, the security screening
operations continued to operate in ac-
cordance with local and international
In relation to the configuration of
the existing arrangements, it said:
"Prudent security risk management
demands that the specifics of the
configuration of security arrange-
ments cannot be discussed in detail,
since they relate to sensitive airport
According to the AATT, the specific
machines were procured to conform to
the regulations issued by the TTCAA,
"The machines were procured in ac-
cordance with our tender rules through
a public tender process."
The AATT disclosed that the ma-
chines were purchased from Defence
Installation Specialist Limited, the
exclusive local distributor for Smiths
Detection Inc, the manufacturer.
With respect to Tobago, the AATT
said that accordance to the TTCAA
regulations, it require that the ANR
Robinson International Airport be
compliant by 2018, "and the Authority
is working towards ensuring that this
deadline is met."
With respect to the defective fire-
arms issue, the AATT denied it saying
that "there is no issue."
Addressing the concerns by security
officers that they would be sent home
and be replaced by a contracting firm,
the AATT assured that there would be
no downsizing of staff.
"The Authority has been impacted
by the downturn in economic condi-
tions but remains committed to ensur-
ing the welfare of all of its employees,"
Renwick Campbell recalls his last
moments with his grandson
Keston Knights who was shot and
killed PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
ple. The death come on we doorstep. We
try to help and this happening. Now you
have to leave them, what else you could
do? You try to help and you getting killed.
This is how the life is in the country"
Unlike his father, Knights said al-
though his son was killed for seeking to
help someone, he still hoped that others
would intervene and render assistance
He said: "It sad for something like this to
happen for people who like to help people.
He was doing something good and it is
always good to do something good. For
that to happen while doing a good deed
is sad, I will not discourage it I would not
like this kind of thing to happen but it is
always good to help."
In an unrelated killing, police say they
suspect that a hit may have been placed
on the head of Terron Lett, 31, who was
stabbed to death at his Never Dirty Mor-
vant home yesterday morning. According
to police reports Lett was heard screaming
by his wife who later saw three masked
men attacking him. After the men left she
found Lett bleeding from stab wounds and
took him to hospital where he died.
Police said the stabbing took place
around 1.45 am.
Lett was not known to be involved in
criminal activity. They suspect someone
may have hired hit men to kill him.
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