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Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is
appealing to Crime Watch host Ian
Alleyne to help catch the perpetrators
involved in the theft of equipment and
electronic items from the San Fernando
Khan called for Alleyne s help after
two computers and a television set were
discovered missing from the Aids ward
of the hospital yesterday morning.
This is the second theft at the hospital
in the last three months. In August an
ultrasound machine that cost $.5 million
vanished and has not been found.
Police suspect both crimes were inside
In a telephone interview, Khan said,
"Obviously it is an inside job."
He complained: "We are putting secu-
rity to man the hospital and once again
things are missing. We may get up one
day and realise the whole hospital missing
and don t know where it gone.
"Maybe we should ask Ian Alleyne,
because he said he has the information.
Don t you think I should call Ian Alleyne,
Sgt Alexander? Since he indicated that
he has all the information.
"I don t know if he could go to San
Fernando and solve the crime, the ultra-
sound and now the computers. I would
appreciate his help because he had indi-
cated publicly he has all the information
and I hope he helps us out with this."
At the People s Partnership local gov-
ernment elections campaign launch on
Monday, Alleyne, who hosts the show
on CNC3, said he was willing to work
with National Security Minister Gary
Griffith and the Government in fighting
The minister said there had to be a
lot more stringent security measures at
the hospital and he would consider ter-
minating the services of private security
firms and utilise public service security
The South West Regional Health
Authority s director of health, Dr She-
vanand Gopeesingh, confirmed the theft.
He said the television and computers
were stolen from Ward 17, which is in
the hospital grounds but is under the
control of the Ministry of Health.
"It wasn t a break-in. There were no
signs of a break-in. Someone entered
by using the keys and opening the door."
He said the Ward 17 area is guarded
by a different security firm, hired by the
ministry. Expressing concern about the
frequent thefts at the hospital, he said
the SWRHA security and the police are
also investigating. Medical Director Dr
Anand Chatoorgoon said he was not
aware of the theft.
"To be honest, I have not heard any-
thing about it. The hospital manager did
not tell me anything either," he said.
Calls to SWRHA CEO Anil Gosine
went straight to voice mail.
Thieves hit Sando
Police shot and killed a man want-
ed in connection with serious crimes,
including attempted murder and rape,
after he attacked them with a cutlass
The incident took place in Santa
Flora shortly after 9 am.
Police received information that
Oswald Jack, 52, who was released
from prison over a year ago after
receiving a presidential pardon, was
hiding out at Francis Street, Alexander
Members of the South Western Task
A 60-year-old man
was among three men
killed in three separate
shooting incidents in
north Trinidad on
Two of the murders
occurred in east Port-of-
Spain, and the other took
place in San Juan.
Police said shortly after
4 pm, Michael Richard-
son, of Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain, was repairing
his car at an empty lot near his home, when his
neighbours heard gunshots.
Richardson s friends who were assisting him told
police that shortly after they heard the gunshots,
Richardson collapsed, clutching his chest. His friends
told police they thought he had had a heart attack.
He was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after
A post-mortem performed at the Forensic Science
Centre in St James yesterday revealed that Richardson
had been shot in the shoulder and died as a result
of internal bleeding. Investigators said Richardson
was not the intended target and was hit by a stray
A little over six hours later, another man was
shot dead at George Street, Port-of-Spain. The vic-
tim, a man of African descent in his 20s, had not
been identified up to late yesterday.
Police said around 11 pm, residents reported hear-
ing gunshots. When police arrived, they found the
victim dead in an alley between Buildings 58 and
60. He had been shot several times.
Around the same time, a 23-year-old robbery
suspect was shot dead near his San Juan home.
Xavier Ramirez, of Murray Street, San Juan, was
walking along Plata Road, off Bagatelle Road, when
he was shot several times. He was taken to hospital,
but died while undergoing emergency surgery.
This latest spate of killings raised the murder toll
for the year to 296.
There were 307 murders between January and
September, last year, according to statistics from
the police Crime and Problem Analysis depart-
Three killings take
murder toll to 296 Fuad calls on Ian Alleyne for help as...
Wanted man shot dead by police
Force, Siparia CID and Santa Flora police went in
search of him.
A police report said when the police confronted
Jack he attacked them with a cutlass.
The police fired at him, but he continued advanc-
ing towards them with the cutlass.
The police shot Jack several times. He was taken
to the San Fernando General Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said Jack had chopped a woman and burned
down her house a few weeks ago. She is in a critical
condition at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Police said he was also wanted for three rapes
and attempted arson in the area.
An autopsy is expected to be done at the Forensic
Science Centre in Port-of-Spain.
Investigations are continuing.
Acting High Commissioner of India Amar Jeet
adjusts a garland on Mahatma Gandhi's statue to
commemorate the International Day of Non
Violence during yesterday's ceremony on Harris
Promenade, San Fernando. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
GARLAND FOR GANDHI
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