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Five murders were recorded in
According to CNC3 news, two men
were found dead in a silver Almera car
parked on West Side Terrace.
Residents said that shortly after 1
pm yesterday they heard gunshots and
ran to the area where they discovered
the lifeless bodies of two men in the
vehicle. Up to late last night the men
had not been identified.
In a separate incident, one man was
killed after a shooting incident outside
a club in Couva. Police reports said
around 3:30 am yesterday, two groups
of men had an altercation at Club Deja
Vu and a fight broke out. Several men
were stabbed during the fracas and
approximately one hour later, some of
the men returned to the club and start-
Dillon Brown, of West Boundary
Street, California, was hit several times
about the body and died at the scene.
A 28-year-old man was shot and
killed in Laventille. Police reports said
that around 8 pm yesterday a group of
people were liming at Dan Kelly in
Laventille, when two armed men
approached the group and opened fire.
Kerry Edwards, of Dan Kelly, was hit
several times about the body and died
at the scene.
A man who was only identified as
Benjamin, 21, of Picton Road, Laventille,
was also shot in the chest and is cur-
rently in the ICU in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Charmaine Forde, a 52-
year-old mother of 11 from Upper
Wharton Street, Laventille, was stabbed
to death on Charlotte Street around
6:30 pm yesterday.
Forde got into an altercation with
another woman while at Nickels Casino
and was stabbed in the chest. The sus-
pect ran away.
The COP also jumped into the
political fray with its leader,
Prakash Ramadhar, stating that
his party was also ready for a
by-election and would negotiate
with the partners to field a COP
Ramadhar said in 2007 the
COP had a wonderful showing in
St Joseph and he intended "to
keep those matters open to pos-
At a political meeting at Piggott
Corner in Belmont on Friday, Peo-
ple s National Movement Leader
Dr Keith Rowley called on the
Government to announce a by-
election for St Joseph.
Rowley said as Volney s matter
goes before the courts, millions
of taxpayers dollars will be spent
on legal fees by the State.
The Prime Minister, Rowley
said, did not come to the Parlia-
ment to have an amendment to
the Standing Orders, which she
could have done.
As a result of this action, Row-
ley said, Volney will head to the
court to argue that the Speaker
broke the law and was "judge,
jury and executioner" and he was
"You have been paying for their
folly and stupidity," Rowley told
On Thursday, Volney told the
Sunday Guardian that he would
not return as a candidate in the
next general election but warned
that a by-election may come.
"Who knows, that might be my
Volney said he intends to "go
back to private life and spend time
with my family".
Asked if he resigned as MP if
he would re-contest the seat, Vol-
ney said, "I have said it from long
ago...at least a month ago, that
I have no intention of returning
to electoral politics. There is no
doubt about that in anybody s
mind. Why would I want to go
back into politics? For what? I
have more to do outside of politics
than in politics now. That is it for
me. I have done three years.
Everybody wants the seat, so
maybe they should all fight for
it."Yesterday, asked on reports that
he intends to resign as MP, Volney
said, "In the fullness of time
everybody s questions will be
answered. That is my call."
Volney said he was not anxious
about the decision he has to make.
Up to late last night Volney
remained a political nomad.
Sources within the ILP yester-
day disclosed that Volney, already
resigned from the United National
Congress, has not yet been
accepted as a member of the ILP.
"We have not yet seen his
application," the party member
The source said that while "tens
of thousands" of applications have
come in, the group inputing the
names in the electronic database
have not come acrosss Volney s
name just yet.
"I am not saying he did not
apply because he said that he did,
it is just that to date the executive
has not had sight of it," the source
The source said with high pro-
file applications like Volney s, the
executive decided to maintain its
open door policy.
"All are welcome but they will
not be automatically elevated to
executive positions, they would
be ordinary members," the source
said. The party s leader yesterday
said that Volney will not be the
party s automatic candidate to
re-contest that seat under the
While that statement raised
questions about Volney s political
allegiance to Warner, the ILP
leader said it was actually out of
respect for Volney s wishes that
he would not be chosen to re-
contest that seat if he (Volney)
decides to resign.
Warner also confirmed that his
party was screening people to
contest the St Joseph seat. Warn-
er s party was preparing for local
government elections, but he said
the party was ready for a by-elec-
tion in case Volney resigned the
seat. The ILP leader said Volney
will not be the ILP s automatic
choice for the seat as Volney had
stated on several occasions that
he would no longer participate in
"The ILP will respect that posi-
tion," Warner said in a brief tele-
phone interview yesterday.
Warner said he will respect Vol-
ney s wishes even though he
(Warner) resigned and re-con-
tested his Chaguanas West seat
on July 29, which he won by a
The preparations for the seat
are ongoing even as Volney has
decided to legally challenge his
eviction from Parliament.
Before he exited Parliament on
Monday, Volney shook Warner s
hand and seemed to take solace
in Warner s words "this too shall
pass" before he left the chamber.
Since then, Volney has
remained vocal about using the
High Court to challenge what he
deemed to be his illegal removal
from Parliament under the Cross-
ing of the Floor Act. He has since
maintained that Mark did not
have the authority to remove him
from the chamber under that act.
"The ILP has already begun
screening for local government
elections, we plan to contest all
136 seats," Warner said.
Warner also said in reference
to the St Jospeh by-election, "We
shall win the seat." See Page A7
'Volney not ILP's automatic choice'
From Page A1
Barataria residents Samday Maraj, left, her son David, centre, and Vishnu Singh, partly hidden, speak with
Energy and Energy Affairs Minister Kevin Ramnarine at the ministry's National lightbulb exchange
initiative at the Barataria Regional Complex yesterday. See Page A18 PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
LIGHT BULB MOMENT
Residents along Third Street
Barataria stood by their gates waiting
for a chance to meet with People s
National Movement leader Dr Keith
Rowley during the party s local gov-
ernment campaign walkabout yes-
The PNM group itself was in high
spirits joking and laughing with the
residents. While Rowley shook hands
and spoke about the party s political
plan. Senator Fitzgerald Hinds sold
raffle tickets to raise funds for the
Hinds even joked that he managed
to sell four $100 tickets within the
first few minutes of the walkabout.
The walkabout, which was carded
to begin at 4 pm, got off to a late start
when Rowley arrived 45 minutes after
the official start time. It ended with
a cottage meeting at the basketball
courts on Sixth Avenue close to 7 pm
where Rowley addressed residents.
PNM walks in Barataria
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley speaks to Barataria residents during his walkabout
in the area yesterday. PHOTO: MARYANNE E AUGUSTE
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