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Table with Stools
NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM
Director of the National Security Operations Centre Garvin Heerah, centre, shares a moment with
representatives of various national security arms, from left, director of the Tobago Emergency
Management Authority Allan Stewart, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Roselle Bruce, acting Prisons
Commissioner Harry Ramroop, Deputy Commissioner of Police Earle Gonzales and Major Dexter Metivier
of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, during the National Security Operations Centre's Air Division
Helicamp Certificate Distribution and Partner Appreciation ceremony at the Cumuto Air Base on
Wednesday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
It took a jury an hour on Thurs-
day to find Murray Forde, who has
spent 11 years in jail, not guilty of
murdering a woman who was
stabbed to death with a sharpened
Forde, 52, hugged his attorneys,
grabbed his belongings and quickly
left the San Fernando High Court.
He was charged with murdering
domestic worker Annette Sawh, 38,
on a date unknown between February
10, 2002 and February 14, 2002.
Sawh left for work but never got
there. Her body was discovered in
the bush at Nohar Road, Tableland,
two days later.
The mother of five was stabbed
20 times in the abdomen.
In his defence, Forde denied killing
Sawh and said he was nowhere
around when the murder took place.
He accused the police of fabricat-
ing a statement alleging he had con-
fessed to stabbing her.
The statement was the main piece
of evidence against Forde.
In a telephone interview on Thurs-
day, Sawh s daughter, Samantha, 20,
said the family was disappointed.
"We just wanted closure. Right
about now we just sad. The lawyer
guilty, who really killed my moth-
Samantha is her mother s fourth
child and was nine when the woman
Forde first went to trial for the
murder in 2005, but the jury could
not agree on a verdict and a retrial
In May he again went on trial
before Justice Carla Browne-Antoine.
After lengthy legal arguments, it
was not until September that state
attorney Sabrina Dougdeen-Jaglal
opened the State s case and the jury
began hearing evidence.
Representing Forde were Legal
Aid-appointed attorneys Richard
Valere and Giselle Landeau.
Man walks free of 2002 murder
Food Production Minister
Devant Maharaj is promising jus-
tice to the agricultural sector
with the introduction of the new
Praedial Larceny Squad, but
farmers remain sceptical because
of the limited manpower and
resources allocated to the unit.
Launching the unit on Tuesday
at the ministry s demonstration
centre in Penal, Maharaj said there
were just over 150 officers at four
This goes along with the three
vehicles currently allocated to the
squad, whose primary objective
is to reduce the high level of prae-
dial larceny, he said.
Maharaj said the operation of
the squad will boost both food
production and food security, as
it will encourage former farmers
to return to the agricultural sec-
"Their job is to restore law and
order in the agricultural sector
and no doubt, from that, restore
an increased sense of security in
the farming community as a
whole," he said.
"You will then feel free to cul-
tivate your lands. Those of you
who may have left the sector
because you felt it made no sense
growing your tomatoes and
baigan, and as soon as it was ready
to harvest somebody passed and
filled two crocus bags, you will
be encouraged to once again
return to the land knowing that
these officers are the guardians
of the farming community.
"So a lot of hope is resting on
the shoulders of the officers that
you see before you."
The current squad is not the
first of its kind, as it previously
fell under the remit of T&T Police
However, the squad ceased to
exist after the officers were
absorbed into other sections of
the TTPS. The squad is governed
by Chapter 10 of the Praedial Lar-
ceny Act, which gives officers the
same powers as police officers.
Cabinet took a decision last
March to implement the unit to
deal strictly with the agricultural
According to Assistant Super-
intendent of the unit, Judy Badall,
they can arrest, prosecute, execute
warrants and conduct investiga-
tions which will supplement the
work of the Police S.
In addition to this, she said the
unit will conduct roadblocks and
assist with road traffic accidents.
While many farmers welcomed
the initiative, many questioned
the ability of the unit, as staff was
limited and there were only four
offices in St Joseph, Port-of-
Spain, Chaguanas and Princes
In a question-and-answer seg-
ment, Maharaj found himself
defending the initiative, saying
that before 2010 when the Peo-
ple s Partnership took over gov-
ernment, there was no such unit.
He said the manpower and offices
will increase soon and that 12 new
vehicles have been purchased for
"For those farmers who have
any doubts in their minds, the
officers have gone through rigor-
ous and robust training sessions
for the last two months," Maharaj
"The last session I recall they
were going through was a jungle
training exercise, so if you don t
keep your farm up to touch, they
can still go into your farms even
though it might be like a jungle."
Minister unveils new
praedial larceny unit
You will then feel free to
cultivate your lands. Those
of you who may have left
the sector because you felt
it made no sense growing
your tomatoes and baigan,
and as soon as it was
ready to harvest
somebody passed and
filled two crocus bags, you
will be encouraged to once
again return to the land
knowing that these
officers are the guardians
of the farming community.
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