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The weekend killing spree con-
tinued with the deaths of two men
in central and south Trinidad. The
country s murder toll now stands
In the first incident, Venice Chat-
tergoon, 27, of Concerned Citizens
Street, California, was stabbed 28
times in his neighbour s apartment
after an altercation on Saturday
According to a female neighbour,
Chattergoon and another tenant were
"making a cook" and drinking alco-
hol around 11.45 pm.
"They lived next door to each
other. I saw Venice drinking and
then the other man came and they
began to lime and cook. I left and
went to bed," she said.
The witness, who did not want
to be identified, was awakened by
a loud argument between the two
men around midnight.
Chattergoon attempted to hit his
neighbour with a belt during the
argument. The neighbour managed
to return to his apartment but Chat-
tergoon followed him.
Chattergoon, a backhoe operator,
continuously banged on the suspect s
door, demanding that he come out
and resume the drinking session.
According to the neighbour, the
suspect opened his door, pulled
Chattergoon inside and proceeded
to stab him in the chest and arms.
She said Chattergoon could be
heard shouting "No man!" repeat-
edly, begging his neighbour to stop
The suspect then ran off and offi-
cers assigned to the Central Division
are searching for the suspect.
Chattergoon s relatives have
appealed to the police to find the
killer, as they called for justice for
their slain relative.
Chattergoon s father, Chanardath,
who lives in Couva, said Venice was
the first of his ten children and had
moved into his California apartment
three months ago.
Chanardath, 52, said his son was
hard-working and enjoyed cooking
but had an alcohol problem.
In another incident, Shakeel
Bethel, 19, of Stella Street, La
Romaine, died from two gunshot
wounds to the chest early yester-
According to reports, Bethel went
to the Southern Edge Nightclub, La
Romaine, on Saturday night, where
he got into an argument with another
patron. Bethel left and went to the
G Spot bar on Cipero Street and was
standing outside when a masked
man shot him twice in the chest at
close range. The assailant then
escaped in a white wagon.
Bethel was rushed to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital but died
during emergency surgery.
Bethel lived with Peggy Bethel,
his aunt, who said Shakeel was her
eldest nephew and was never
involved in criminal activities. She
said he loved to party and never
caused trouble in his community.
"We supported him in everything
he did," said Peggy, who was shaken
by her nephew s death.
Shakeel was unemployed, but pre-
viously worked for KFC while he
was at school, Peggy said.
There are no leads in the shooting
and the Southern Homicide Division
The two killings added to a bloody
weekend which had seen seven other
people killed over a 72-hour period.
On Friday night, Shawn Duncan, 28;
Michael Fox, 28; Jamal Fox, 21;
Shaquille Bishop, 21 and Ganesh
Ramroop, 44, were all shot to death
in incidents across the country. Two
charred bodies were also discovered
in Claxton Bay around 11 am on Sat-
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warn-
er has knocked the Government
for not taking immediate action to
address the spiralling murder rate.
"I am appalled. Any government
that wakes up a morning and sees
seven murders in 12 hours and does
not call the Cabinet into an emer-
gency session, something has to be
wrong," Warner said yesterday fol-
lowing a church service at the St
Charles Presbyterian Church,
Warner, a former national security
minister, said during his short tenure
he believed he was "coming to grips
with the crime situation."
He said, however, that nothing
he started was continued and the
country was at a standstill while
crime escalated in "leaps and
"Somebody has to wake up and
take charge. That s all I ask for.
Somebody has to take charge of the
country and not the cabal," he said.
Asked to comment on President
Anthony Carmona s instructive
speech at the ceremonial opening
of the Fourth Session of the Tenth
Parliament on Friday, Warner
described it as "the best I heard in
my life from any president."
He said if any member took heed
of even half of Carmona s words,
both parliament and the country
would be in a better place.
During his speech, Carmona said
it was unproductive to begin par-
liamentary sessions at 1.30 pm and
suggested sittings begin at 8 am.
Warner raised the point and vehe-
mently rebuked any member of par-
liament who requested extra money
to fulfill this "duty."
"I m bitterly offended that people
need more money to serve," he said.
He said he could not respect any-
body who said 8 am was too early,
as teachers, police officers and nurs-
es report to work at that time.
"Parliamentarians are in the
wrong profession if they think they
should get more money for coming
in at 8 am," he said.
At least five of the nine murders
which took place over weekend
are suspected to be gang-related,
National Security Minister
Emmanuel George said yesterday.
George spoke following an emer-
gency meeting of security top brass,
which he had called for on Satur-
Speaking about the meeting,
George said, "The first thing all of
us have to say is to express condo-
lences to the families of the respec-
tive murder victims. This unfortu-
nate turn of events must, I am sure,
be very devastating to all the families
He added, "It is precisely because
of this kind of spike in the murder
rate that the police have been fight-
ing constantly over the last few
months. I had been pointing out
that the exercise had been proving
very fruitful in keeping a lot of guns
off the streets over the last couple
months, because every gun is
potentially a murder weapon. It is
the weapon of choice in these mur-
Asked what had caused the spike
in murders, George said, "The sus-
picion is that at least five of the
murders that have occurred in the
last few days are gang-related.
"The police are aware of the sit-
uation taking place in the last two
days and have taken steps to address
it. This means they will continue
to do what they re doing to get the
guns off the streets.
"In the last two days they ve
instituted certain measures to deal
with it and those measures are
expected to put a level of control
on the number of incidents taking
place. So the population can rest
assured the police have responded
and are taking the appropriate action
to deal with this spike in murders."
George was asked about requests
from Central Division head, Supt
Johnny Abraham, for CCTV
resources to be placed in Claxton
George said recommendations
for CCTV allocation usually come
from the police. He said Abraham
is a very hard-working officer.
"So I can understand his frus-
tration but if he makes the proposal
for the CCTV cameras we ll indeed
look into it as the Government is
here to provide the police with the
resources they need to fight crime.
We support the police."
Nine killed in bloody weekend
meeting on crime
Five killings linked to
gang activity, says George
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