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Thursday, April 5, 2018
The life of yet another woman has
been snuffed out by a jealous lover
as a spate of domestic-related killings
continue to plague the country.
In the latest incident, police
said Christine Chuniesingh, 21, of
Hillview Drive, Maturita, was beaten
then strangled by her lover at the
home of one of the man’s relatives
Chuniesingh, an employee with
Homes Restaurant in Arima, is the
13th woman murdered so far this
She was reportedly taken by the
man to the Bypass Road, Maturita
home of one of his relatives. There,
the man, 26, severely beat Chunies-
ingh then tied a piece of electrical
wire around her neck and strangled
her to death. The man then left and
made his way to his mother’s KP
Lands, Valencia, home where he
told her what he had just done. The
mother then took him to the Arima
Police Station where he was detained
and questioned last night.
Relatives said Chuniesingh and
the man met each other on Face-
book seven months ago and their
love grew, but the man was often
abusive towards her. They also told
police they tried unsuccessfully to
convince her to end the relationship
and move on.
Police reported that around 2.30
pm, Chuniesingh was dressing for
work when she received a call from
the man and took the opportunity
to tell him she wanted to end the
relationship and would like to speak
to him. The man then went to the
Chuniesingh’s home and she then
accompanied him to his relative’s
Bypass Road home.
While talking, she reportedly
showed the man a picture of another
man on her cellphone and indicated
she wanted to end their relation-
ship. But her boyfriend allegedly be-
came enraged, grabbed her phone,
slammed it on the ground and began
kicking and cuffing her about the
body. He then took a piece of electri-
cal wire, tied it around her neck and
Neighbours, who heard her
screams for help and ran to the
house, found her unresponsive.
They called an EHS ambulance and
police, who later found her on the
ground with her hands in defensive
position, a piece of electrical wire
around her neck and injuries to her
face and neck.
Police said Chuniesingh’s mother,
who did not want to be identified,
told them her daughter had only
told her on Tuesday of plans to end
the relationship and she was happy
to hear this.
Supt Aroon Ramkahlawan, ASP
Hospedales, Insps Birch, Ali, Chris-
topher Fuentes, Sgt Highly and other
officer responded to the call.
Investigations are continuing.
Male police officers are allowed to ar-
rest and search female citizens with-
out their female colleagues being
The statement was made by In-
spector Sean Sookram of the Court
and Process Branch while address-
ing the weekly police press briefing
at the Police Administration Building
in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
His statement came less than a
week after a video clip of a group of
women and men involved in a verbal
confrontation with a group of male
officers, who were arresting a man,
was shared on social media web sites
However, Sookram did not specif-
ically refer to the video during the
statement and public information
officer ASP Michael Jackman, who
hosted the briefing, did not field
questions over it.
Referring to the Police Service Act,
Summary Court Act and Criminal
Law Act, which gives police officers
their powers of arrest, Sookram
noted that they did not raise the
issue of the gender of either an of-
ficer or person being arrested.
“When we look at these pieces of
legislation one finds that no distinc-
tion is made between a male police
officer and a female police officer ar-
resting anyone, nor is there any dis-
tinction made about a male offender
or a female offender,” Sookram said.
In terms of searching a citizen’s
clothing and body for illegal items,
Sookram noted that the Police Ser-
vice regulations does not make a
gender distinction but merely gives
the circumstances in which the de-
tained can be searched.
The scenarios include upon arrest,
upon being taken to a police station
and before being placed in a cell.
“It stands to follow if a female is
arrested, once the officer complied
with effecting a search, nothing is
wrong with that,” Sookram said.
While he noted that male officers
were allowed to search female sus-
pects, he said the manner it is car-
ried out is important.
“What is paramount is that in ef-
fecting that search is that an officer
exercises good sense and maintains
the dignity of the person being
searched. You do not want to reck-
lessly expose a person in a manner
you ought not to,” Sookram said.
Asked whether the service fre-
quently receives complaints from
females over arrests and searches by
male officers, Sookram said no.
“It is not a complaint that we are
frequently faced with because for the
most part the TTPS has attempted to
neutralise that sought of situation by
placing female officers in all units in-
cluding task forces,” Sookram said.
Senior cop: Male officers
can search female suspects
killed by jilted lover
A bread salesman was shot multiple
times in a drive-by shooting in Arima
According to a police report, at
1 am Salim Mohammed, 25, was at
Savannah Road, Red Hill, D’Abadie,
when a car drove up to him and the
occupants opened fire on him.
He was taken to the Arima District
Hospital where he succumbed to his
injuries. Police said Mohammed was
shot six times about the upper body.
At the Forensic Science Centre
in St James yesterday, a distraught
female relative said the family is very
shaken over the incident and added
that they had no further comment.
Police are yet to determine a
motive for Mohammed’s killing as
investigations continue. —Rhondor
Police are investigating the murder
of a Moruga labourer who was shot
dead in the bushes near his home
According to reports, Julian
Sinanan, also known as Ganzy, 38,
of La Lune, was shot several times
along La Lune Road around 2.05 am.
Moruga officers said they
responded to a report of a shooting
around 2.15 am and found Sinanan
lying dead on the roadway in front
of Lucy’s Bar.
Residents told the police that they
heard gunshots and on checking
they found Sinanan bleeding
in the bushes. They took him to
the roadside and called for help,
but he died before police and an
While a motive was yet to be
determined for Sinanan’s murder,
police said he has previous charges
of narcotics possession. —Kevon
of killing son
A Moruga grandfather was moved to
tears yesterday after he was freed of
murdering his son 11 years ago.
Frank Gill, 61, was happy to be a
free man, but was critical of the slow
justice system. Gill was charged 11
years ago after his son, Italo James,
allegedly said more than once, after
he was shot, that his father had shot
This was Gill’s second trial in the
San Fernando High Court. The first
trial in 2016 was hung jury.
According to the State’s case, on
May 27, 2007, James left his home
in St Mary’s Village, Moruga, to
go to his marijuana field. Shortly
after, his common law wife heard a
loud explosion and subsequently
received a call me request on her
phone from James.
It is alleged that James told her
that he was shot and that his father
had shot him. James died on June 4,
2007. However, the defence’s case,
led by attorneys Rekha Ramjit and
Jared Ali, was that Gill had spent the
day at a friend’s house and was not
around when his son was shot. —
Frank Gill, right, is hugged by his
son Oba outside the San
Fernando High Court after he was
freed of murder yesterday.
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
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