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Police have killed two gunmen
less than 30 minutes after the
gunmen opened fire on a Cunupia
Investigators said 40-year-old
Darryl Painter was shot dead while
selling Valentine s Day gifts next
to the Evening Light Tabernacle
on the Southern Main Road,
His killing took the murder toll
His attackers, who were caught
after a high-speed chase, were shot
multiple times by police during a
shoot-out near the Preysal Inter-
change in Couva. Up to late yes-
terday the men were yet to be
According to reports Painter was
standing at the roadside when he
was approached by two men. After
a short conversation, one of the
men whipped out a gun and shot
him several times.
Eyewitnesses said as if in a scene
from a Hollywood movie, the gun-
man laughed loudly while shooting
Painter and when his magazine
was empty, he pulled out another
gun and continued shooting.
The gunmen then escaped in a
stolen white Mazda 3 car. Crime
scene investigators found more
than ten spent shells at the scene.
After being tipped off, a quick
response co-ordinated by Central
Division Supt Johnny Abraham
and Insp of CID Terrence Williams
saw tactical units, Southern Divi-
sion Highway Patrol and the
National Security helicopter sur-
veying the area.
Police spotted the car travelling
south along the Sir Solomon
Hochoy Highway. On nearing the
Preysal Interchange, the gunmen
ditched the car and tried to run
off. However, police including Sgts
Benjamin and Toolaram gave chase
and the gunmen began shooting
The police returned fire and both
suspects were hit several times.
They were taken to the Chaguanas
Health Centre, where they were
pronounced dead on arrival. Police
recovered two pistols.
Police are not certain about the
motive for Painter s killing but
Painter was known to them for his
involvement in a kidnapping several
A witness at the murder scene
said Painter got a call yesterday
morning from someone asking him
to assist in a robbery. He suspects
that Painter was shot dead because
he refused the job.
Police were unsure of Painters s
fixed address as he had addresses
in Enterprise, Chaguanas, San Fer-
nando and Tunapuna.
The incident was the sixth mur-
der in central Trinidad within
Despite some criticism for the
killings Central Division officers
also received praise from social
media users. Abraham and
Williams also commended the offi-
cers for their quick response.
T&T Carnival may have a low pro-
file on Facebook this year.
There is confusion over Carnival
copyright and accreditation issues after
several professional photographers were
told they would not be allowed to post
images of masqueraders or mas events
on social media.
This directive was said to have come
from the National Carnival Bands Asso-
ciation (NCBA) although its president
David Lopez laughingly denied the
validity of the information.
National Carnival Commission (NCC)
chairman Allison Demas, however, was
up to yesterday investigating photog-
raphers claims that they had been told
online publishing rights had been
awarded to one photographic organi-
sation. Demas said she was trying to
clarify the situation.
"My understanding is that the NCBA
has given the rights for online streaming
and photography in relation to mas
events to one person," she confirmed.
But that is not the NCC s official
position. Her organisation, she said,
believes that: "The widest possible
access (should) be given to media, sub-
ject to physical constraints of space at
Demas said neither Pan Trinbago
nor the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians
Organisation (TUCO) had any accred-
Earlier this week photographer
Narend Sooknarine collected an accred-
itation application form from the NCC
offices at the Queen s Park Savannah.
The form indicated that he would need
to collect signatures from four organ-
isations: Pan Trinbago, NCBA, TUCO
and the NCC.
When Sooknarine approached the
official from the NCBA, he was told he
would not be allowed to publish photos
online, as someone had already pur-
chased the exclusive rights for inter-
net-related content for Carnival.
This would mean that no photogra-
pher would be allowed to publish Car-
nival footage on Facebook, Twitter or
any other social media platform or Web
site during the season.
Justin Gosein, a director of Lime
TT, said he had conversations with
both the NCC and the NCBA and the
process with NCC was smooth. He said
in his discussion with the NCBA rep-
resentative he was given a quote of
$21,000 for accreditation and was then
told he would not be allowed to publish
content on any social media sites.
"I was told that the rights for social
media had been purchased. But when
I asked, they refused to name the
agency which bought the rights.
"It is extremely discouraging for pho-
tographers promoting this country s
culture. There are so many barriers,
photographers are nervous about cov-
erage because of threats of fines.
"If all media did a blackout on Car-
nival it would leave a great big hole in
the festival," Gosein said.
The publishing of material, whether
as broadcast, print or online, is a copy-
right issue and the NCBA does not have
a copyright function.
The NCBA does, however, provide
accreditation for the media. Accredi-
tation is the certification that credentials
have been accepted so access can be
given for coverage of an event. It has
nothing to do with publishing.
The Highway Re-route
Movement s (HRM s) bid for an
urgent injunction to stop con-
struction works on the
Solomon Hochoy Highway
extension hit another snag yes-
High Court judge James
Aboud, who is presiding over
the group s lawsuit, was expect-
ed to hear submissions on the
However, when the case was
called State attorneys said they
had applied to the Appeal Court
for a stay of the proceedings
The State s proposed appli-
cation for the stay, if successful,
will expire after the Appeal Court
determines the State s appeal of
Aboud s decision last month not
to recuse himself from the case.
The appeal and the stay appli-
cation are expected to be heard
Aboud said he felt the hearing
should be adjourned because if
the Appeal Court ruled he
should recuse himself, the time
spent hearing submissions
would have been wasted.
"I doubt that between now
and Monday there would be
any activity that would severely
prejudice the claimants (the
HRM)," Aboud said, before he
adjourned the matter to next
The group sought the urgent
injunction last week, when the
State was due to respond to a
similar application for an
injunction filed almost four
The group s lead attorney,
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC,
had said his clients could not
wait for the first application to
be determined, as the State had
ramped up construction at the
site since the beginning of this
month, and the project might
reach an advanced stage while
the initial application was being
Russell Martineau, SC, who
is heading the State s legal team,
objected to the application while
questioning the timing of the
HRM, as he said work at the
site had been going on since
the group filed the lawsuit in
"Not one of these claimants
can say they need this because
their house is being threatened
by demolition," Martineau said.
Dream Team models accompany soca artiste Shurwayne Winchester during his performance at New
City Mall, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, during CNC3's Morning Brew, yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
leaves two men dead
Chaos over publishing
rights on social media
Another snag for Highway Re-route Movement
ABOUT THE CASE
Attorney Martin George described
the situation as ludicrous.
"It does not make sense to me. One
person cannot buy the rights for all
online content. Did they buy the
internet?" George asked. "You can buy
the rights for one photographer's
content, but to buy rights for all of
social media, that sounds ludicrous.
Media houses must get their legal
teams on this," George said.
NCBA: Not true
In an interview on Thursday, Lopez
denied that his organisation had given
exclusive rights for the publishing of
photography from mas events to any
"I don't know anything about that,"
Yesterday, when asked if a specific
entity had paid the NCBA for the rights
to publish online content from mas
events, Lopez laughed.
"You asked me this already, and the
answer is no," he said.
In its substantive constitutional motion lawsuit,
which is yet to go on trial before Aboud, the HRM is
contending that the Government breached its
constitutional rights by starting the controversial
section of the highway, from Debe to Mon Desir,
without proper consultation with the residents. It is
also challenging the destruction of its Debe camp by a
group of soldiers in June 2012 under the alleged
instructions of then national security minister Jack
It claims it had a legitimate expectation that the
Government would abide by a 700-page technical
report which was prepared by a team of 17
professionals led by former independent senator Dr
James Armstrong. The report, which was produced
after Kublalsingh staged a 21-day hunger strike outside
the office of the Prime Minister, recommended that
construction work should stop immediately to allow
further scientific assessment.
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