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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams says they have
a team of dedicated Homicide of-
ficers investigating the two stab-
bing fatalities which occurred in
Chaguanas and San Fernando on
“We have a dedicated team of
Homicide officers investigators fo-
cusing on the homicide investiga-
tions and they are being pursued at
this point in time.
“In relation to the matter in Cen-
tral, you would have been informed
three were arrested and that matter
is progressing,” he said during a
tour of Port-of-Spain yesterday.
According to police reports,
around 8.20 am on Monday Osei Jo-
seph, 24, of La Romaine, who was
with friends in a J’Ouvert band, had
an altercation with a group of men
on Cipero Street, San Fernando.
One of the men whipped out a
knife and stabbed him three times,
once in the neck and twice in the
In the other incident around
10.10 am, Rishard Singh, 17, left
J’Ouvert celebrations at Ramsaran
Street, Chaguanas, and got into
an altercation along the Southern
Main Road near Edinburgh Gar-
A man reportedly stabbed him
several times. The suspect and
some other men were, however,
arrested and remained police cus-
Yesterday, Williams said for every
Carnival a heavy emphasis was
placed on the J’Ouvert celebrations.
“It takes only one individual
walking with a knife to stab another
person and the J’Ouvert is messed
up. It is about responsibility and
responsibility in all of us,” Williams
“We are doing our part, we
come out in the very early hours.
We act as a deterrent and try to do
everything possible with weapons
in the celebrations, but there are in-
dividuals who are set in their minds
to arm themselves and they are the
ones who spoil the J’Ouvert and it
takes a level of responsibility of us
citizens to make it right.”
He said police also seized a num-
ber of weapons during the period.
No lifeguards at time of Maracas drowning
National Union of Government
and Federal Workers’ Union Life-
guard branch president Augustus
Sylvester says Monday’s drowning
of Renald Ambrose at Maracas
Beach could have been prevented
if the necessary staff was in place.
Ambrose, 67, died after he got
into difficulty in the rough waters
at the beach.
The Meteorological Service
had warned that there would be
rough seas and waves reaching 12
feet in height during the Carnival
In an interview yesterday, Syl-
vester said at this time of year,
there were always strong currents
at the beach, but that did not stop
beachgoers from flocking there.
However, he said, despite this
they did not have the numbers
to provide an adequate service to
people who flocked to the most
popular beach in the country dur-
ing the festive season.
“We have early morning to late
at night staff, but this year that
was not put in place because of
the lack of administrative staff,”
Sylvester said at the time Am-
brose was in the water, lifeguard
Marlon Deosaran had just re-
ported for duty and managed to
rush to assist.
He said the normal start time
for duty was 10 am but Deosaran
Michael Pierre, owner of Uncle
Sam’s Bar, and a former lifeguard,
rushed to rescue Ambrose after
beachgoers ran to his establish-
ment seeking help.
Pierre said at the time, no
lifeguards were around and he
rushed into the rough waters to
assist Ambrose, who was yards
out in open waters.
“Somebody ran across say-
ing somebody drowning and I
thought the lifeguards were there.
I did not see anybody and I went
out and I saw the distance and I
say not me. He was floating over
300 yards out beyond the break-
ers,” Pierre said.
He said eventually he reconsid-
ered his stance.
“I said nah, I resigned 20 years
now as a lifeguard and I saved
over 360 lives but it is a life and
no money can’t pay for life,” he
Pierre said he then took a body-
board a beachgoer had.
“I snatched the board but it
broke. This could be a family
man, I said I just have to rescue
this man,” Pierre said.
He said while in the water he
realised he was being followed by
“That’s when I saw it have 500
yards more. We caught the man
and he (Ambrose) sort of give up
and couldn’t hold up. He was con-
scious and then got away from us.
The water was rough and when
I got him back he was uncon-
scious,” Pierre said.
Pierre said he and Deosaran
eventually got Ambrose to the
beach where they started cardio-
Ambrose was then taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital
where he was pronounced dead
“I was sad and shaken up over
it,” Pierre said.
Last week, the National Secu-
rity Ministry, said the ministry
was working to improve the life-
guards’ working conditions.
“The Ministry of National Se-
curity HR unit continues to treat
with the issues of lifeguards and
continue to explore ways to im-
prove the conditions of all work-
ers, including lifeguards, even
in the face of harsh economic
times,” a release said.
Campers flock to Trinidad beaches
While thousands joined revellers in
the two days of Carnival, many took
to the beaches to camp with their
family and friends.
When T&T Guardian visited
beaches along the northeast and
southeast coasts yesterday, there
were people from all parts of the
Many admitted that the difficul-
ties in travelling to Tobago forced
them to change their plans and stay
in Trinidad, which saw an influx
of visitors to beaches like Salybia
in Toco, Manzanilla, Mayaro and
Most of the beach houses were
fully booked while the beaches
were also littered with campers.
The Phakira family, of Chagua-
nas, told the T&T Guardian they
had been going to Salybia Beach
for the last 30 years for Carnival
because they liked the ambience of
the area, safety and the warm wel-
come they received from villagers.
They added that this period served
as a time for reuniting and socialis-
ing with family members and mak-
ing new friends.
Pastor of the Nazarene Church of
Arouca, Kerron Lee, said his con-
gregation had been spending Car-
nival at Toco for the last 18 years
and enjoyed every minute of their
stay. However, he said, he had to
look for a bigger place next year as
many more of his members wanted
to join them.
Most campers said the beaches
on the north east and south east
coats were very safe for camping,
noting police made regular visits
and spoke with them.
“We not missing anything and
are also having a wonderful time,
having fun and enjoying the music
provided by DJs. Most important,
we breathing fresh air and enjoying
the ozone,” one camper said.
At Salybia in particular, even the
villagers looked after the campers’
safety and ensured they enjoyed
Toco’s small business community
said their sales were high and the
the most profitable they had had
for a while.
Sangre Grande Regional Corpora-
tion chairman Terry Rondon visited
the campers, and was congratu-
lated for providing added security,
lifeguards, and portable toilets at
the camp sites.
Rondon said many had jour-
neyed to Toco as there were prob-
lems travelling to Tobago. He said
campers not only occupied Salybia
beach, but at Rampanalagas as well.
Head of the Salybia lifeguards
Gimmie Gopaul said his team of
seven ensured the safety of all
campers, the number of who he
said, doubled this year.
He thanked the campers for co-
operating with them.
Campers relax in their tent on Toco Beach yesterday.
PICTURE RALPH BANWARIE
Michael Pierre, owner of Uncle Sam’s
Issues travelling to Tobago so...
Acting Commissioner of Police
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