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"God will bring swift justice," Bish-
op Dr Arnold Gajramsingh yesterday
promised, as he rebuked the men who
killed security guard Rudranath Sam-
lal during a robbery at Duncan Village,
San Fernando, last Thursday.
Gajramsingh, of the of the I Care
Christian Crusade, was speaking at
Samlal s funeral yesterday.
Hundreds of people braved inclement
weather to attend the funeral at the
Samlal family s Esmeralda Road,
Gajramsingh described Samlal as
an honest, hard-working man. Saying
Samlal s murder will not go unpun-
ished, Gajramsingh urged citizens to
help the police and other national secu-
rity agencies in the fight against crime.
"Some people will kill to
survive...Others will sacrifice all in their
power to save and provide for their
families and then one day someone
who is lazy and who doesn t work will
put a gun on you and say give me your
money, give me your jewelry, " he said.
"God does not sleep. He knows what
happened and he will give us conso-
lation and bring justice swiftly."
Gajramsingh said he was confident
the police were working on the case
and trying their best to reduce crime
in the country.
"We cannot condemn the police and
the officers in national security," he
"We need to partner with the Gov-
ernment, police and national security
and work with them to solve crime."
Samlal s daughter, Loraine, a student
of the University of the West Indies,
who delivered the eulogy, described
him as the best father in the world.
She said few people knew that Samlal
served in the security detail of T&T s
first President, the late Sir Ellis Clarke.
She recalled that every time he got
paid, Samlal would buy phone cards
and give to all his children, adding he
was loving and caring.
"He would never take a day off from
work because he loved to work...He
would go to work even if he was sick,"
She said nobody was prepared for
her father s early demise.
Samlal, 52, of Esmeralda Road,
Williamsville, died on the compound
of Franklyn and Errol Electrical Services
and Machine Shop Limited, at Palm
Drive, Duncan Village, near San Fer-
nando, on Thursday, while conducting
a financial transaction.
Police believe a man followed Sam-
lal s co-worker from the bank and shot
Samlal in the chest before stealing the
cash. The robber grabbed the money
bag and fled into a waiting Toyota Yaris.
Over the weekend, four people were
detained in connection with the murder.
They are expected to appear before an
identification parade today.
Four suspects held for guard's murder...
Pastor: God will bring swift justice
Vijantimala Samlal and her son, Varma, console each other at the funeral of her husband, Rudranath Samlal,
at Esmeralda Branch Road, Williamsville, yesterday. Samlal was killed by a bandit last week.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Patricia Miller s condemnation
of police for killing her teenage
son and his friend during an
armed robbery last Friday has
drawn the wrath of Senior Supt
of Central Division Johnny Abra-
Speaking in a telephone inter-
view yesterday, Abraham said
while he sympathised with Miller s
pain, the police had no choice but
to shoot the robbers who engaged
them in a gun battle at Carlsen
Tishawn Miller, 16, of Circular
Road, Crown Trace, Enterprise,
and his accomplice Devon Fergu-
son, 21, of Point Pleasant Road,
were both shot dead, while two
other suspects, aged 18 and 21,
were arrested during the incident.
Reacting to statements from
Miller that her son was no bandit,
Abraham said too often, children
go astray because they fail to take
advantage of the opportunities
available to them. Abraham said
there were ten police youth clubs
in central Trinidad in which par-
ents can enrol their children to
deter them from engaging in crim-
inal activity. "We are begging par-
ents to bring their children in so
that they could get guidance. Insp
Terrence Williams has been work-
ing with youths and using sports
as an alternative," Abraham said.
He noted that more than 500
children are involved in the police
youth club initiative. Abraham
also defended the decision by his
team to fire upon the group of
men who held up a woman at
gunpoint and robbed her of her
"When you have a smoking gun
aimed at you, you have just a split
second to decide whether you are
killed or not," Abraham said.
He added that police put their
lives on the line every day.
"We always hear people con-
demning the police when we shoot
someone and they die, but who
thinks about the victims who die
when the robbers shoot them?"
He also warned businessmen
not to withdraw large sums of
cash without police protection.
"Anyone who has to do these
financial transactions must call
the police and we will arrange an
officer to provide security for you,"
Abraham said. Meanwhile, in an
interview yesterday, Miller again
said she found it hard to believe
that her son was a thief. She said
he never had clothes, brand name
shoes or gold jewelry.
"If he was thiefing he would
have come home with money, but
he always broken," Miller said.
She added that she tried to get
her son enrolled in Servol and
other social programmes but he
refused. She said, however, that
he was delinquent and loved to
"He never like to see people
taking advantage of others and he
would fight a lot," Miller said.
She noted that two weeks
before his death, the teenager told
her he was not afraid to die.
"I told my son that I am seeing
him dead and to go to church and
stop following bad company. He
told me that what is written in
the Book will come to pass and
if he had to dead young then
nobody could stop that," Miller
said. She said God was in charge
and had decided to take back her
son s life because of the kind of
life he was living. (RS)
Senior cop defends police killings in Central
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