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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Criminals are killing criminals as
gang-related crimes have increased by
132 per cent since 2010, says National
Security Minister Gary Griffith.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Griffith admitted an increase in gang-
related crimes but said other serious
crimes had decreased by 43 per cent.
He said the decrease represented
crimes against law-abiding citizens who
were safer now than before, even if they
didn t feel safe.
Griffith presented police statistics
which showed robberies were down by
52 per cent, kidnappings for ransom
were down by 87 per cent and rape was
down by 28 per cent.
The majority of the 405 murders
which occurred last year were crimi-
nal-on-criminal offences, he said.
Griffith said based on empirical data
and police investigations, 250 of the
405 recorded murders were as a result
of criminal activity.
"Of the 405 murders, 250 were gang-
related and 50 were drug-related," said
He said there was less of a likelihood
of people being murdered if they were
not involved in criminal activities.
"It is very difficult for law-enforce-
ment agencies to protect people if they
are not law-abiding citizens," Griffith
He repeated that there was a 43 per
cent decrease in serious crime and,
responding to criticism, said one could
not criticise facts.
Griffith said the spike in gang-related
killings was the "darkness before the
He said the increase in gang-related
murders did not come as a surprise.
He added: "I expected it. We have
cut their supply of funding. They will
have no access to state contracts and
now they are fighting each other for
scraps. We are not going to back down
and there will be no negotiations."
He said he would continue to focus
crime policies and initiatives on gang
"We are going to focus policies in
trying to curb gang warfare," he added.
Two men were executed short-
ly after midday in the gang-torn
east Port-of-Spain district, spik-
ing the rapidly growing murder
toll to 16 in the past six days.
Photographs of the bodies of
the dead men began circulating
on social media sites within min-
In separate incidents, one man
was shot in the head at Carapo,
Arima, and the bullet-riddled body
of a known gang member was
found near the tourist site of Fort
George, St James.
Doctors at the Eric Williams
Medical Science Complex, Mt
Hope, have listed the Carapo vic-
tim, Sherwin Johnson, as critical.
Johnson, 33, of Rose Drive Ever-
green, Carapo, was shot around
1.45 pm yesterday.
The bullet "went straight
through," police said.
Police statistics show the cur-
rent murder toll has grown over
five times the corresponding figure
for last year, which stood at three.
Yesterday s double murder
claimed the lives of Ishmael Bain,
19, of Snake Valley, Laventille, and
Derrick "Warlord" Joseph, of First
Hamlet, St Barb s.
The killing took place a short
distance from the unoccupied
police post on Duncan Street and
Nelson Street Boys RC School.
They were shot dead at the
entrance to Building 43-45, off
Nelson Street, around 12.05 pm.
Residents reported hearing several
loud explosions and upon checking
saw the two men bleeding from
Residents said they were not
from the area. Police were called
in and cordoned off the area
searching for evidence.
Joan Bain, the teen s mother
who visited the crime scene, said
her son kept bad company and
that was the cause of his death.
Police said Joseph had moments
earlier appeared in court where he
had a pending gun-related offence.
His copybook, which recorded his
visits to the police station as part
of his bail conditions, was still in
his back pocket.
In the St James incident, 43-
year-old Triston "Spirit" Mc Clean
was found shot dead at Fort
George Road, St James, on Sunday
Police reports are that Mc Clean,
of Ross Lands, Bournes Road, St
James, was found around 5.30 am
yesterday by a resident.
The man was on his way to
work when he noticed dried blood
in front his stairway. Police said
around 9.30 pm on Sunday night
residents of the area heard several
loud explosions but no one ven-
Police said Mc Clean was a
known associate of gang leader
David Dick Bishop, 41, who was
shot and killed on May 14 2012.
Bishop, a paraplegic, had earlier
attended a meeting of gang mem-
bers at a location known as the
"Creek", in Dibe, Long Circular,
when he was shot dead in his
Caroni body identified
Police have identified the body
of the man found in a drain last
Thursday by a group of crab
catchers near the Caroni Bird
Sanctuary, off the Uriah Butler
He was identified as 48-year-
old Ganesh Dhaniram, a building
contractor, from Boundary Road,
According to police he left his
home last Wednesday to attend a
party and was not seen since.
His Toyota Fielder car was not
found and police believed he was
robbed, killed and then dumped.
Dhaniram s body was found
around 3.45 pm and was pulled
out on the north-bound lane of
He was shot once in the head
and his body weighed down with
two concrete bricks tied to his
16 killed in six days...
at high noon
Griffith on spike in gang killings:
Joan Bain, the mother of one of yesterday's Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain, murder
victims at the scene yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
A member of the Trinidad and
Tobago Defence Force was one of
four people held with an illegal
firearm and a quantity of mari-
According to police reports offi-
cers from the Northern Division
Task Force led by Sergeant Pitt and
members of the Criminal Gang
and Intelligence Unit went to the
car park of a supermarket in Arima
and searched a car. The officers
found 20 lbs of compressed mar-
ijuana hidden in the seat along
with a nine millimetre handgun.
The reigment officer is attached
to Camp Cumuto. The other three
men are from Balandra and Sangre
All four are expected to appear
in court today.
Soldier held for gun, drugs
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