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The country recorded its first murder at approx-
imately 2.25 am yesterday, with the shooting death
of a pastor and the wounding of his teenage son.
According to police reports, neighbours heard
several gunshots coming from Lot 2, Mausica Road,
Arima, as they celebrated New Year s Day.
When they checked, the residents found a dis-
oriented 18-year-old Ezra Khan running around
with a wound to the face.
His father Casimir, 52, was later found lying on
the ground near his silver coloured Toyota Tercel,
which was parked in a garage at the front of his
Officers from the Arima Police Station were con-
tacted. They arrived shortly afterwards and took
Ezra to the Arima Health Facility. He was attended
to by Dr Haresh and subsequently transferred to
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
(EWMSC), Mt Hope, where he warded in a serious
condition up to last night.
The elder Khan, also a medical orderly at EWMSC,
was found lying on his back. He died on the spot
after being shot several times about the body. His
son was shot in the face and neck.
The elder Khan was the pastor of the Sons of
Jesus Ministries, which is located on the same com-
pound as his home. Also on the same compound
are a daycare centre and preschool---The Way Nurs-
ery and Christian Preschool.
Cpl Samaroo is heading investigations.
Homicide detectives say they have no clear motive
for the shooting.
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Griffith talks with top US crime expert...
T&T will witness "massive and radical
changes" as National Security Minister
Gary Griffith implements several new poli-
cies to reduce crime, increase public con-
fidence in the Police Service, modernise
data collection systems and boot out rogue
Griffith also hinted at recommending that
some of the country s "archaic laws" be
"This year is going to be a very important
year...I intend to transform the whole national
security structure, reduce the fear of crime
and fire all those rogue police officers," he
said in a telephone interview from New York.
Griffith travelled to New York for a meeting
to discuss strategies to deal with T&T s crime
and national security issues with John
Huvane, the chief executive officer of the
Giuliani Security & Safety, which is owned
by former New York mayor Rudolph "Rudy"
Giuliani. He said the meeting, which lasted
"a few hours well," took place on Old Year s
Day and he was due home yesterday.
Griffith said plans discussed also included
partnering with the New York Police Depart-
ment for training programmes for T&T s
officers, upgrading the country s Crime Scene
Unit, developing a state-of-the art DNA sys-
tem and a more efficient computerised system
throughout the Police Service. Another key
area discussed, he said, was accountability
and performance in the Police Service.
Saying he had been "bombarded" by calls
from concerned citizens about the conduct
of some police officers, Griffith said this
ranged from the abrasive manner in which
they spoke to members of the public to a
lackadaisical attitude when taking a report.
"There have been reports where officers
have refused to give their identification num-
bers, of officers abusing people in road-
blocks...this must be stopped and I intend
to take very firm action on this," he said.
"I don t think anybody should get upset
with what I am saying...I am not here to
stroke anybody s ego."
In giving a recent example of untoward
police behaviour, the National Security Min-
ister said he was told of an incident where
a woman was chopped by her husband and
went to a police station to make a report.
But days passed and nothing was done by
"The attacker eventually went to the station
to turn himself in...The officer at the front
told the man he was not the one who took
the initial report, so he (the attacker) had to
come back to the station," Griffith said.
"That officer should have been dismissed
one time or suspended for months."
He insisted, however, that the majority of
officers were "outstanding and went above
and beyond the call of duty."
"But there are some rogue elements who
continue to give the profession a bad name
and they must be dealt with," he warned.
At the end of 2013, there were 407 murders,
compared to 380 last year. Acknowledging
there has been an increase in this category
of crime, Griffith said part of the problem
was "turning a blind eye and awarding gang
He said under his watch this would be
eliminated. But he admitted there could be
"If and when all these contracts are taken
away, what we would have is the pothounds
fighting for the scraps," he said.
"There is just a small majority of criminals
of this country s populations who are ter-
rorising citizens and there are about 5,000
to 10,000 criminals."
Saying he had no intention to "play pol-
itics" with fighting crime, Griffith added: "I
am doing what is right. What I am doing is
laying a foundation so that whoever comes
after me would have a very sturdy base."
Radical change needed
Pastor slain in Arima
In other countries, it is legal for a person to carry
pepper spray. In T&T, however, anyone caught with
mace or pepper spray could be charged under the
Customs and Excise Act for having a prohibited item,
Griffith noted yesterday.
Section Two of the Firearms Act 1970 described a
"prohibited weapon" as "any weapon of whatever
description or design which is adapted for the
discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing."
Griffith, who said this law needed to changed,
added: "Women often carry pepper spray to feel safe
and for protection...when they are being attacked by
rapists or being mugged."
Laws governing the sale and use of fireworks
also need to be examined, Griffith said.
"If we need to step up to the plate of the 21st
century all these issues must be addressed," he said.
About John Huvane
Huvane worked for 21 years with the New York
City Police Department. Among other assignments,
he served with the Intelligence Division's Dignitary
Protection Unit and the High Intensity Drug
He retired as a detective, first grade, with 30
medals and awards, including the NYPD Medal of
Huvane has lectured extensively on law
enforcement issues and initiatives, including before
the American Society of Industrial Security and as co-
chairman of the National Law Enforcement Coalition.
He also trained the Qatar Secret Service on gang
recognition in preparation for the 2006 Asian Games.
LAWS NEED TO BE CHANGED
to the music of
Ravi B and
Old Year's Night
on Old Year's
Night as patrons
chose to ring in
the new year
away from their
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