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Justice Minister Christlyn
Moore says a fresh round of police
investigations into the death of
prisoner Ralph Placid Lima is to
take place to determine if any
prisons officer may be culpable.
Moore said so in an interview
with reporters at the Parliament
She said a preliminary report
was presented to her by acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
"A second round of inquiry is
about to commence to ascertain
whether any prison officers may
have been culpable in this event,"
And in a release issued later,
Moore said the death was unac-
"The circumstances of Mr
Lima s death were unacceptable
and pointed to the responsibility
which now lies with the police and
prisons officials to unearth the
details of this tragedy," she said.
She also extended condolences
to Lima s family, saying her min-
istry was working to improve con-
ditions for both prisoners and pris-
Lima, 49, of Lilly Street, Siparia,
died on Monday after he was
reportedly beaten in a cell at the
Remand Yard of the Golden Grove
Prison in Arouca.
Preliminary reports said that on
Sunday night, Lima got into an
altercation with ten inmates.
A post-mortem conducted at
the Forensic Science Centre in St
James on Monday evening said he
died of blunt-force trauma.
A second autopsy was requested
by his family and it was performed
by pathologist Dr Hubert Daisley
Daisley s report revealed that
most of Lima s ribs had been bro-
ken and his lower intestine was
ruptured as a result of a blunt
object being forced in his rectum.
He had also been stabbed.
In an interview earlier this week,
Prisons Commissioner Martin
Martinez said an interim report
on the incident, produced by senior
officers at the facility, was for-
warded to Moore and Minister of
National Security Emmanuel
After the incident several
inmates and officers who were on
duty when Lima died were inter-
viewed by investigators.
Detectives of the Region Two
Homicide Bureau are continuing
Moore: Fresh probe into
prisoner's death coming
KALIFA SARAH CLYNE
Alleyne yesterday ques-
tioned the silence from
some of the "usual sus-
pects," such as trade
unions, activists, and
groups like Fixin T&T,
on the issues facing
sister of former prime
minister Patrick Man-
ning, was in Woodford
yesterday handing out
copies of the national
pledge. She wore a sand-
wich board, whose plac-
ards read: "Silence?" and
In an interview, Man-
ning-Alleyne said she
had been having a dif-
ficult time counselling
the mothers of young
children because there
were no proper examples
for them to follow.
"I am looking at the
effect on children of the
issues facing this coun-
try," she said.
She said parents
would tell their children
how to behave, then
watch news where the
opposite would be taking
"Silence is being taken
as a form of consent,"
she said. "Where are the
people who usually have
people who are usually
vocal have gone quiet."
She said the unions
had been silent as well
as the Chamber of
Commerce, Fixin T&T
"I can t hear them.
What about Trans-
Do they still exist?
she had decided to take
a stand and came out to
question the silence.
She said she hoped
her actions would stim-
ulate thought and con-
sciousness among the
people she interacted
Asked to name spe-
cific issues, Manning-
Alleyne declined, but
said the issues were all
in the news and the
public was being bom-
barded with matters of
"I don t see anyone
else making the news
but the politicians," she
she would be returning
to Woodford Square next
Asked why she chose
that location, Manning-
Alleyne said: "As a child
I got wet marching in
the rain in Woodford
Square for this country s
"Woodford Square is
the seat of democracy in
on issues facing T&T
Police believe they can make
an arrest in Thursday s incident
in which three people were shot
at the Port-of-Spain General
Injured in the shooting were
Chavez Toppin, 20; Alexandra
Badal, 29, of Barataria; and Sileen
Maxwell Vialva, 28, a nursing stu-
dent of Siparia.
Toppin was shot twice in the
abdomen, while Alexandra, an
environmental worker at the hos-
pital, remained warded at the
Intensive Care Unit of the hospital
late yesterday. She was shot in the
face. Vialva was shot in the calf.
The shooting took place in front
of one of the food stalls at the
Vialva had gone to visit her
uncle Felix, who works at a food
booth in the grounds of the hos-
In an interview at the hospital
yesterday, Vialva said: "I usually
pass to see him, and it happened
so fast. I came from classes. My
friend who was there with me is
okay but she is traumatised. She
said she could not sleep last night,"
Told police said an arrest was
imminent, Vialva said: "That s
good, very good."
Debra Cummings, Badal s
mother, said her daughter was still
in critical condition in the ICU.
"There is adversity and adversity
comes and adversity goes.
"Jehovah is good. The bullet
went through her face and come
out on the side and didn t damage
any important organs. It went
through her face. She is in critical
and stable now but she is sedated,"
Nurses said Toppin was dis-
charged from hospital.
Vialva s uncle (Felix) said he was
disappointed with the Govern-
ment, which had promised to fight
crime when it came into power.
"The Government is playing the
fool and they are not serious about
crime. Criminals commit crime.
The law of Moses said an eye for
an eye, a tooth for a tooth. They
put them in prison to get fat and
when they come out they are turn-
"Look how much murders we
have for the year."
Recalling the shooting, he said:
"I heard gunshots like it was a war
zone. My niece said, Oh God,
uncle, I get shoot, and when I look
at Alexis she had a bullet in her
eye. She fell down on the ground
and the lady who is here caught
"The whole ground is white
now, but you couldn t see it. Blood
was scattered all over the place.
All I see is that her eyes were star-
ing straight ahead and began to
close. I didn t want her to die here."
Security guards at the hospital
said they were not armed when
the shooting occurred. One of the
guards said she ducked and sought
cover until the noise stopped.
Deputy Police Commissioner
Mervyn Richardson said there
would be more patrols in the area.
Dr Eddie Haqq, chairman of the
board of the Northwest Regional
Health Authority, said during a
telephone interview there was a
recent tender for a security com-
pany for the various hospitals.
Cops: Arrest near in hospital shooting
A 33-year-old Laventille
woman was wounded in a shoot-
ing in Port-of-Spain on Thursday
According to reports, around
7.30 pm, Roxanne Murray, of Block
22, Trou Macaque Road, Laventille,
was waiting for a taxi at the corner
of Duke and Nelson Streets.
Police said residents of a nearby
Housing Development Corporation
building complex reported hearing
several gunshots, then found Mur-
ray lying on the pavement. She had
been shot twice in the lower back.
Murray was taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where
she is warded in a stable condition.
Detectives of the Port-of-Spain
CID, led by ASP Ajith Persad and
Insp Nigel Birch, visited the scene
and interviewed people.
A motive for the shooting has
not been determined.
Meanwhile, a 52-year-old
watchman is also warded in a stable
condition after being chopped dur-
ing an attempted robbery in Valen-
cia on Thursday night.
Investigators said around 5.30
pm a wounded Ricky Hart, of Tat-
too Trace, Valencia, was found
unconscious at a construction site
near his home.
Police said Hart s son Matthew
went to visit his father at the site
and found the front gate ajar and
his father lying on the ground with
several chop wounds to his head
ASP Ramkelawan and Eastern
Division Police are probing the inci-
Woman shot in capital city;
man chopped in Valencia
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