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One-year-old baby Jacob Munroe
died of massive head injuries and his
body was dumped in a cesspit behind
his home after he was killed.
This was the result of an autopsy on
his body at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, yesterday morning.
The post mortem was performed by
forensic pathologist Dr Hughvon des
Vignes, who also found the toddler had
been smothered. Des Vignes' report also
revealed there were bruises to his but-
tocks, indicating he was beaten before
He, however, did not find any evidence
that the child was sexually assaulted.
Munroe's autopsy was delayed after
his father and mother's relatives, who
came to the centre to identify his body
and witness the procedure, had a small
Munroe's grandparents on his father's
side arrived at the centre early yesterday
and identified the child's body. When
the child's mother and her relatives
arrived hours later, staff at the centre
informed them they could no longer
view his body.
"You should have reached here at 9
am. The next time you will see the baby
is at the funeral," an unidentified staff
member said to Jacob's mother, Cherisse
Munroe, who quickly burst into tears.
"How you could do that. I can't even
see my baby," the child's mother said to
her in-laws as she stormed out of the
building in tears.
Both sets of relatives then engaged in
a heated discourse which only ended
after funeral home staff intervened.
When a team from the T&T Guardian
visited the centre to speak to relatives
they all refused to comment.
"We were not there. Read the news-
papers. Whatever the police said there
is the truth," the father's relatives said
when asked for comment.
According to police reports, on Tues-
day afternoon Munroe's relative contacted
St Joseph Police saying the child was
kidnapped from the family's home at
Santarita Trace, Lluengo Village, Maracas,
The relative claimed three men entered
the house, assaulted him and demanded
he hand over a gun he was hiding for
someone. The men then grabbed the
child and fled the house,
Around 1.30 pm on Wednesday, police
investigating the child's disappearance,
searched the family's property where
they found the child's body, which was
wrapped in purple cloth, in a cesspit.
The relative was taken to the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt
Hope, where he remains warded in a
stable condition and under police guard.
Homicide detectives said they did not
believe the relative's version of the events
and were expected to interrogate him
once he was discharged from hospital.
Insp Mark Maharaj, Sgts Rene Kat-
waroo and Vetus Hernandez of the
Northern Division are investigating.
The man whose
body was found float-
ing in the Caura River
on Wednesday morn-
ing has been identified
as truck driver Rud-
It was identified by
his wife and daughter
at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, yes-
In an interview yes-
terday, Boodram's rel-
atives said he went
missing Tuesday morn-
ing and they came to
the centre to see if the
body found at the river
was his because the
description given in
media reports matched
They said Boodram,
a father of five, left his
Cunupia home early
Tuesday morning but
did not report to work.
"He was not the type
of man to stay out all
day and night without
telling us something,"
the relatives said.
They said Boodram
was close to his children
and was also close to
His body was found
floating face down at
Pool One, Caura,
around 10.30 am on
His feet were bound
with duct tape and he
had marks of violence
on his body.
A autopsy showed he
was beaten to death.
Police believe Boodram
may have been killed by
bandits who robbed
him of his vehicle.
Members of the Los
Alumnos de San Juan
Parang Group perform
during the Prime
media luncheon at the
Diplomatic Centre, St
See Page A7
Close the Remand Yard immedi-
This is but one of the recommen-
dations that will be presented to Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at 3
pm today by the special nine-member
committee headed by Prof Ramesh
Deosaran to look into the conditions
at the nation's prisons.
Speaking with members of the media
outside the Maximum Security Prison
in Arouca yesterday, after a seven-hour
tour of the three prisons at Golden
Grove, which consists of Remand Yard,
MSP and Golden Grove prison,
Deosaran admitted to being traumatised
after the visit of his team.
He said he was not only shocked,
surprised and angry at what he saw,
but was also saddened.
In fact, Deosaran admitted to being
at a loss for words to explain how the
committee would be able to report on
what they saw in a manner which
would be tactful for the PM.
"I don't know how I could express
the recommendations tomorrow (today)
in a language that will not be disre-
spectful but diplomatic," he said.
He said it is a very ugly situation at
Remand Yard and suggested that mag-
istrates and judges "who have some-
thing to do with this by trial delays"
should visit and see for themselves the
"I am sure when we give her the
recommendations and we express the
level of urgency, and in my particular
case, the sadness that I experienced
seeing what these young men would
undergo (while on remand), something
would be done," he said
Asked what impacted him the most,
Deosaran said the despair on the faces
of the prisoners during their visit.
"The word inhumane is really too
mild to describe what we have seen,"
"I am worried when they come out
from such an experience what sort of
citizen would they be. What scared
me was the look on their faces."
A criminologist by profession,
Deosaran said in 2003 he and a student
also did a report and made some sug-
gestions concerning the conditions of
the Remand Yard, adding he was "at
a loss to tell you what I have seen."
Deosaran said the PM was expecting
the team to present some very concrete
actionable programmes for the prison
system, after she expressed strong feel-
ings that something has to be done in
He added that he was banking on
the PM's pledge that something would
be done and was hopeful that the sit-
uation would not be politicised.
Deosaran said after what he had wit-
nessed, he was certain the people on
remand are a special breed, "since they
are faced with this uncertainty and
there are some who have been here for
12 to 13 years, which paints a horrible
picture for democracy of Trinidad and
He also called on the media to be
vigilant in reporting on the issues, since
journalists report on wars. He labelled
the condition in the prisons a "war
against humanity in Trinidad and Toba-
go."The committee, he said, was to pull
an all-nighter last evening, in order to
deliver the report to the PM by 3 pm
The shooting death of off-duty
prison officer Andy Rogers on Novem-
ber 7 started a chain of events which
led to the formation of the committee.
Rogers' colleagues staged a protest
which led to prisoners rioting at Arouca
facility, leading Persad-Bissessar to
name the committee to resolve the
Remand Yard traumatises Deosaran...
mild a description
1. More than 1,400 prisoners
2. Most of the men are under 30
3. Eight to 13 people in a cell
4. Eight feet by 12 feet cells
5. Makeshift hammocks made of
towels to sleep
6. Pails used as toilets
7. No running water
8. Bottled water given to each cell for
hygienic and other purposes
9. Unsanitary conditions
Prof Ramesh Deosaran---chairman;
Commissioner of Prisons Martin
Martinez; Inspector of Prisons Daniel
Khan; Minister of National Security
Gary Griffith; Minister of Justice
Emmanuel George; Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams; attorney
Wayne Sturge; Prison Officers'
Association general secretary Gerard
CONDITIONS AT THE PRISON
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