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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has not
yet named the members of the proposed Child Pro-
tection Task Force as was promised on Sunday.
In a release by her office yesterday, Persad-Bissessar
said the names would be released "upon the com-
pletion of protocols and confirmation of the accept-
ance by nominees."
The team s first meeting is scheduled for Friday
at the Gender, Youth and Child Development Ministry,
Tower D, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.
The PM announced the establishment of the task
force after visiting on Sunday the relatives of six-
year-old Keyana Cumberbatch,
A post-mortem revealed she died from blunt force
trauma and may have been sexually assaulted while
Persad-Bissessar said yesterday the task force
would carry out an in-depth analysis of the factors
which caused an increased risk of crime against chil-
dren and make proposals on how legislation, gov-
ernment, non-governmental organisations, parents
and other stakeholders could better protect children.
She said the team was expected to submit its report
within six weeks and its recommendations would
be discussed in Cabinet and subsequently presented
to Parliament. The recommendations will be imple-
mented by relevant ministries and state agencies.
The PM said all previous surveys and reports on
child protection would be revisited and considered
by the task force and experts and other stakeholders
would be welcome to make presentations and discuss
the various issues concerning the well-being of chil-
Task force mandate
The PM said the objectives of the task force were:
• Start, complete and review all provisions,
regulations, legislation, and public processes to
• Provide recommendations and create risk
• Suggest ways to fully empowering the Children's
• Make recommendations on specific risk areas
which will require state interventions.
• Suggest how early-warning systems can be
structured to detect children who live in risk
situations and provide improved counselling and
specialist care services for children.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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PM yet to name
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Larry Howai on
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Suspect refuses to
give semen sample
From page A1
Ali said he would allow his cellphone
number to be published so interested good
samaritans could contact him and said he
was even willing to release his client s pre-
scription in the event a pharmacist wished
to donate the medication instead of money.
When asked why the suspect was not
able to access the medication through the
Chronic Disease Assistance Programme
(CDAP), under which citizens receive free
prescription drugs, Ali said his client said
he was unable to do so because of "red
tape" and "paperwork" issues.
The T&T Guardian understands that the
suspect, who is unemployed, was detained
the day after the child went missing near
her home at Building Four, Maloney Gardens,
last Monday afternoon.
Shortly after his arrest, Ali was appointed
as the suspect s duty counsel through the
Legal Aid and Advisory Authority.
While in police custody on Tuesday, the
suspect reportedly suffered a serious asthma
attack and was taken to the Eric Williams
Medical Science Complex, Mt Hope. He
remained warded under police guard until
he was discharged on Friday.
He was then returned to the Region Two
Homicide Bureau at the Arouca Police Sta-
tion, where he was being questioned by
homicide detectives up to late yesterday.
The T&T Guardian was reliably informed
investigators interviewed him again yester-
day. During the interrogation they asked
him to provide a semen sample for testing
but he refused.
Homicide detectives were said to be com-
piling a file on the case, which is expected
to be forwarded to Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC, later
this week for his consideration before charges
were laid against the suspect.
Last Monday, Cumberbatch, a second-
year pupil at the St Barbara s Shouter Baptist
Primary School, was on her way to her
grandmother s house, near her mother
Simone Williams s apartment, when she
Three days later, police investigated a foul
scent at her family s three-bedroom apart-
ment and found her body stuffed in a plastic
A post-mortem done last Friday at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, by foren-
sic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, showed
she had been struck in the head with such
force that her skull was cracked at the base.
He also said she had been sexually assaulted
while she was unconscious before she died.
Cumberbatch s death and news of her
autopsy results sparked public outcry and
struck a chord with child rights activist and
former Gender, Youth and Child Develop-
ment Minister Verna St Rose-Greaves, who
staged a protest inside the Parliament cham-
ber during a sitting of the Lower House last
Keyana s funeral will take place at 1 pm
tomorrow , at the Counsel of Elder Spiritual
Shouter Empower Hall, Churchill-Roosevelt
Highway, D Abadie.
PC Gonzales of the Homicide Bureau is
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