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A pregnant woman who was
detained by police after the killing
of Shedrick Toppin has been released.
Meanwhile the Director of Public
Prosecutions has ordered an inquest
into the January 6 killing of the truck
Toppin, 36, of Longdenville, died
at the Chaguanas District Health
Facility from a single stab wound to
The mother of three was detained
for questioning in connection with
his death, but police was instructed
to release her and an inquest was
Janus Alfonso, described as a gang
leader, was shot and killed by the
police on Friday morning.
Alfonso s mother Roseanne, 48, has
accused the police of executing her
son in cold blood, while he slept at
her Clarke Trace, Enterprise, home.
Senior Superintendent Johnny
Abraham said he and a party of offi-
cers went to execute a warrant for the
arrest of Alfonso, 28, when they were
He said the police returned fire
which resulted in Alfonso s death.
The police said Alfonso was a well
known car thief who had several mat-
ters pending in the court.
However, in an interview at the
family s home, Roseanne, a security
guard, denied the events as described
by the police.
Roseanne said the eldest of her three
children, was asleep on a mattress on
the floor in the front bedroom of her
She said she was awakened by gun-
shots around 4.30 am. She was con-
fronted by police officers who told
her to move.
She said she then saw the police
lift her son s body and carry it to a
Roseanne said she began bawling
and screaming, alerting the neigh-
Saying she never knew her son to
be involved in anything illegal,
Roseanne said even if he was involved,
the police did not have to use that
She said they could have arrested
him and taken him in for question-
"They did not have to kill him. The
boy was lying on the mattress, sleep-
ing on the floor and the police exe-
cuted him in cold blood," the bereaved
During the exercise 25 other people
were arrested for various offences.
Limping and thinner but looking strong,
former prime minister and San Fernando East
MP Patrick Manning returned to Parliament
yesterday after a two-year extended sick leave.
With his wife Hazel at his side, Manning was
greeted at the entrance to Parliament, Tower
D, Port-of-Spain Waterfront by a small group,
comprising mostly of women, wearing red Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM) jerseys with
his name printed on the front.
Kirk Waithe of Fixin T&T and two or three
protesters stood nearby with placards calling
for an immediate general election.
Manning, who suffered a stroke in January
2012, did not speak to members of the media
outside Parliament but went straight inside,
lifting his left foot and dropping it as he walked
with much effort.
"Allyuh see about him eh," a supporter, poking
her head inside the door, told police in the lobby.
A round of desk-thumping from the PNM
benches greeted him as he entered the chamber
minutes before the 1.30 pm session began. Man-
ning made his way to the last seat on the Oppo-
sition s front bench, his old seat, next to an
emotional Arouca South MP Alicia Hospedales.
There were reports he would occupy a new
seat, behind Opposition Whip Marlene McDon-
ald at the top of the bench.
Speaker Wade Mark welcomed Manning back
at the start of the proceedings. Leader of Gov-
ernment Business Dr Roodal Moonilal did the
"I think we all agree it s showtime," Moonilal
said, in an apparent reference to Rowley s lead-
ership slogan, "Showtime, Dr Rowley for leader."
Later during the session, Rowley welcomed
Manning back, saying that he "had some very
significant challenges, which he has fought and
is still fighting, and we wish he will continue
to improve and get back to normalcy as quickly
Rowley said the Opposition was happy to
have its full complement to continue in the
service of the country. With Manning s return,
the PNM now has 13 MPs, which included St
Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh, who won the
by-election in November.
After a hectic round of questions on contro-
versial issues such as the $6.8 million firetruck
fiasco, the multi-million-dollar family day hosted
by the Police Service for Laventille residents at
the Queen s Park Savannah, and the award of
questionable scholarships, Sports Minister Anil
Roberts led off the debate on the Bail Amend-
Roberts told Manning he came back looking
strong like West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard.
"I could put you in a game and you could hit
a little six. I hope you could take a little licks
He also mentioned the timing of Manning s
return and agreed it was "showtime in the
Delving into his contribution, Roberts said
his mother always taught him to put God first
but questioned the priorities of the last admin-
istration presided over by Manning.
Manning suffered a stroke in January 2012
and went through treatment and rehabilitation
in the United States.
On Wednesday, via social media, Manning
announced his return by saying, "Back to work.
See you in Parliament on Friday."
Five men remain warded at the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital after
they were shot on Thursday night
while standing on lower George Street,
in East Port-of-Spain.
The men, who are from Port-of-
Spain, Laventille and Morvant are:
Evans Friday, 62; Lindon Samuel, 55;
Gerard Manswell, 41; Lennox Lucas,
59, and Carlos Thompson, 58.
Three men approached them and
began shooting, police reports stated.
The shooting took place around 10 pm.
Thompson was shot twice in the back
as he tried to escape while the others
were hit in their legs and feet.
After the shooting, the gunmen ran
to Independence Square, where they
robbed 60-year-old Virginia Bruce of
her AD Wagon.
As Bruce was about to get into her
car, which was parked near Back To
Basics Grocery, the three men accosted
her and sped off in her car.
Central man killed
during police raid
Pregnant woman released pending inquest
Five in hospital after
downtown shooting Frail Manning returns to House
Former prime minister and San Fernando East MP Patrick Manning, left, speaks with La Brea MP
Fitzgerald Jeffrey, at the sitting of Parliament yesterday. It was Manning's first day back after a two-
year absence. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Doma: Govt not serious
about oil spill, murders
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