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Security Minister Gary Griffith
says he intends to seize crime
"hot spots" from the control of
criminals and gangs.
Griffith said: "There are certain
criminal elements that actually
believe that the communities
belong to them. This will end.
"These so-called hot spots will
be seized and will again belong to
the citizens in those communi-
Griffith made the comments
while speaking to reporters, fol-
lowing a meeting with his pred-
ecessor Emmanuel George at the
ministry on Abercromby Street,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Several
senior members of the protective
agencies, including acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams
and acting Chief Fire Officer Naya
Rampersad were also in atten-
Griffith, former national security
adviser to the Prime Minister, was
appointed as part of the Cabinet
reshuffle last Thursday. George
now heads the Ministry of Justice.
While addressing the meeting,
Griffith repeatedly praised mem-
bers of the protective agencies,
describing them as world-class
and "second to none."
"What we need now is to pro-
vide them with the administrative
and logistical support that they
require to truly be T&T s finest
and for them to go ahead and pro-
vide the citizens with their right
to safety and security," Griffith
Griffith firmly said he would not
support any move to politicise the
agencies that fall under his min-
"I have no intention for govern-
ment officials and politicians to
dictate the pace. I have seen it too
often. I was in the military and I
felt it. This must not take place.
The law enforcement agencies
know what is required of them,"
He will focus mainly on crime
prevention during his tenure, he
"I intend not to spend too much
time dealing with the social
"I am not saying that it is not
important. I expect to spend a lot
more time dealing with crime pre-
vention measures," Griffith said.
He also said he will be joining
members of the protective services
on anti-crime exercises.
"You will see less of me in a
suit. I intend to be putting back
on my combat boots. What I want
what are the requirements of the
T&T Police Service and Defence
Force," Griffith said.
Nelson Street residents made the
gruesome discovery yesterday of
a man s severed head outside the
apartment buildings near Inde-
pendence Square in Port-of-Spain.
A report said a resident who was
on her way to work discovered the
head lying on the sidewalk around
6 am and called the police.
Members of the Port-of-Spain
Task Force, Crime Scene Unit and
Homicide Bureau found the rest of
the body in bushes near a fenced
area outside the apartment complex.
Police said the victim s feet were
tied with rope and his hands were
tied behind his back with his own
The body has been identified as
that of Michael Derek Piper of Cha-
conia Avenue, Coconut Drive, Mor-
vant. Residents claim they heard
one gunshot during the night.
Police said they found no
weapons at the crime scene but
believe the weapon used in the
beheading was possibly a sharp cut-
In addition, Homicide officers are
also investigating the murder of a
29-year-old security guard at his
Williams Street home, off Old St
Joseph Road in Laventille.
A report said Ricardo Sharpe and
his common-law wife, Natasha
Rodriquez, a Cepep worker, were
at home around 9 pm when a gun-
man came through the front door
and opened fire on the couple.
Sharpe died on the spot while
Rodriquez was shot in the abdomen.
She was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital where she remains
warded in critical condition, police
ASP Ajith Persad and police from
the Besson Street Station, Port-of-
Spain CID and Inter Agency Task
Force visited the crime scene.
Meanwhile, police are investigat-
ing the death of a 30-year-old man
at Old Road in Santa Cruz on Sun-
Robert Prince, a Cepep worker
from Job Street, Santa Cruz, was
standing in front of a recreation
club when he was shot.
A report said around 8.30 pm,
residents heard loud explosions and
called the police.
Insp Martin, Cpls Davidson,
Richards and Jones of the Region
Two Homicide Bureau and Santa
Cruz Police Station responded.
Police said Prince was taken to
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex where he died while being
Investigators said they had iden-
tified no motive for Prince s death
and he was not known to the police.
The latest killing according to the
Homicide Bureau has taken the
murder toll to 264.
New National Security Minister Gary Griffith greets acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams during his meeting of various heads of
security agencies in the lobby of the Ministry of National Security,
Abercromby Street Port-of-Spain yesterday. Also in picture from left
are Vice Chief of Defence Staff Anthony Phillips-Spencer and acting
Chief Fire Officer Naya Rampersad. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Griffith promises to
hit ground running
Headless body found
on Nelson Street
Police investigators check
for clues on Nelson Street,
Port-of-Spain where the
head of Michael Dereck
Piper was found yesterday.
PHOTO NICOLE DRAYTON.
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