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Western Division police
killed one man, injured
another, arrested four and
seized a huge haul of mar-
ijuana and a gun during an
exercise on the North Post
Road, Diego Martin, yester-
The dead man was iden-
tified as Marlon Leo Reyes,
37, of Bagatelle, Diego Martin.
Police said yesterday
another six suspects escaped
during the exercise but they
believe some of them possibly
suffered gunshot wounds.
One of the suspects is a
Jamaican national and the
shipment is thought to have
arrived from St Vincent by
The weight and street
value of the drugs were still
to be verified yesterday but
Senior Supt Ishmael David
and his officers at St James
Police Station said their
action was triggered after
they received information.
He said a party of police-
men, both tactical and CID,
went to the North Post Road
and saw a group of men load-
ing bags onto a Toyota Hilux.
On seeing the police, the
men ran into the bush and
the police followed them
down a dirt track to the
beach, where they were
greeted by gunfire. Police
returned fire and retreated,
returning later at 5.30 am
Once again, the officers
encountered the group of
men and another gun battle
The men dispersed into the
bushes again but officers later
found two of them injured.
Reyes later died at hospital
while the other injured sus-
pect was under police guard
at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital last night.
David said the four other
suspects, aged between 21
and 27 years old, remained
in police custody yesterday.
A 9mm pistol and eight
rounds of 40 calibre ammu-
nition were also seized along
with the Toyota Hilux.
The drug haul was so large
it had to be taken down to
the beach where the Coast
Guard assisted in taking it
into the port to be transferred
to the police station.
Medical institutions have
been asked to inform the
police if anybody is admitted
suffering from gunshot
David thanked the officers
who carried out the opera-
tion, including Supt Alfonso
Pattison, ESP Augustus
Williams, Inspector Henry
Dann, Cpl Kevin Beckles, Cpl
Marlon Linton, Cpl Marcus
Jupiter and Insp Roger
David said: "It's hard when
somebody dies and we sym-
pathise with the (bereaved)
family but we will continue
the fight against crime."
Police kill one in
Diego ganja raid
KALIFA CLYNE & RICHARD LORD
Even as they faced condemnation
from some quarters yesterday,
including from the MP for their
area, Beetham Gardens residents
vowed to continue their protests
over the police killing of resident
Christopher Greaves until they get
In an interview last evening,
Beetham community activist Ander-
son Wilson said if the police con-
tinued to "fight fire with fire" they
can expect more violent protests
from the residents for the rest of the
At around 5 pm, Wilson said the
protests in the area, which led to an
exchange of gunfire between resi-
dents, police and the army, had
"For now, things are quiet but I
don't know how long that will last.
It is not a nice day for Beetham.
Between yesterday (Sunday) and
today, it has not been nice in this
community," wilson added.
He said, however, that the level
of hate and vitriol being directed at
the police would continue until the
incidents which led to the death of
Greaves, 23, were properly investi-
Greaves was shot and killed by
police on Sunday while on his way
to a neighbourhood shop.
Wilson added: "The young man
was a good young man. I am sure
he did not have any criminal record.
"You can see young children cry-
ing, old people and people that can't
even walk properly coming out to
He said what angered the residents
even more than the shooting was
the lack of respect shown to Greaves'
family and the community.
"So far we haven't seen a minister
or a person in authority telling us
they will intervene. They ain't even
come and say, let we mamaguy
them," he said.
Wilson added that he wanted the
protests to end but said there needed
to be an investigation and the police
needed to find better ways of engag-
ing the community.
He felt the police method of deal-
ing with residents yesterday was
more aggressive than necessary.
"They are trying to fight fire with
fire. This is already a situation where
you are dealing with people who feel
left out of society," he said, adding
police regularly came to the com-
munity and treated residents like
"The police are the reason why
people are acting this way. They have
made residents here hate the police,"
Wilson said while he would like
to see the community move past
that stage, he felt the response to
Sunday's killing of Greaves would
"Today is a sad day for Beetham
and I think it would be a sad week,"
Laventille West MP Nileung
Hypolite, however, yesterday "con-
demned totally" the acts of violence
committed by the protesting resi-
He said if police officers were
guilty of any wrongdoing "they
should be dealt with."
Hypolite spoke with the T&T
Guardian following hours of height-
ened protest action by residents
against the police.
While admitting he sympathised
with the protesting residents, he said
that was not the course of action to
be taken to resolve the matter.
He said he also wanted to "con-
demn totally the uncivilised behav-
iour of pelting missiles at vehicles.
I condemn it."
The Opposition MP said the peo-
ple of Beetham Gardens were human
beings like those who live in east
Port-of-Spain, San Fernando, Val-
sayn, Mayaro and elsewhere.
At the time of the interview,
Hypolite said: "Beetham is calm but
If the protesting residents "don't
get answers," he said, "it will remain
Hypolite said yesterday's devel-
opments were especially unfortunate
because they came after a very suc-
cessful inter-faith service and sports
and family day involving the police
and Beetham Gardens residents on
"It was an extremely great event,"
Hypolite said he did not know
what transpired subsequently but
he regretted the latest developments.
"It is only the police and residents
who can explain what happened on
Sunday as I was not there," he added.
Calls to National Security Minister
Emmanuel George's mobile phone
for comment went unanswered yes-
Activist: Protests won't stop until probe starts
Beetham not backing down
Hennis was shot dead on
Sunday in his stroller in
Brooklyn, New York, a
report in the New York Daily
News said yesterday.
It said the child's father,
23-year-old Anthony Hennis,
was the intended target.
Anthony and the child's
mother, who was unnamed,
are reported to be Trinidadi-
an.The newspaper said detec-
tives believed the shooter was
attempting to get back at
Anthony for an earlier dis-
It also quoted the New
York Police Department
Kelly as saying the father was
refusing to help investigators.
"He has not answered
questions. We are still trying
to obviously determine his
contacts and he has an exten-
sive arrest record so we are
looking into his relationships,"
The newspaper said the
police were pursuing several
Anthony, the New York
Daily Mail said, picked up lit-
tle Antiq from the child's
home at Riverdale Avenue,
Brownsville, about 7.15 pm
for a visit with his great-
grandmother, Lenore Steel,
when the shots rang out.
One bullet went through
the baby's head and two bul-
lets pierced his stroller.
Antiq died at Brookdale
University Hospital about 90
minutes later, the newspaper
Trini parents' baby slain in NY shooting
President Anthony Carmona, second from right, and Chief Justice Ivor Archie, second from left, stand with newly-appointed
High Court judges, former magistrates Norton Jack, left, and Sandra Paul, following the handing over of instruments of
appointment yesterday at President's House. PHOTO COURTESY JUDICIARY OF T&T
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