Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 4th 2014 Contents Chief executive officer
of the South West Regional
Health Authority Anil
Gosine said medical staff
were prepared for the Car-
nival. He said there were
also patients suffering with
injuries sustained from fly-
Describing the violence
as unfortunate, San Fer-
nando Mayor Kazim
Hosein said the city will
not allow the violence to
spoil this year s celebra-
Speaking via telephone,
Hosein said, "I think it is
unfortunate that an event
like this occurred but we
will not let this interrupt
the Carnival. The bands
and their portrayals were
very vibrant this year and
I believe Carnival 2014 will
be a great success.
"In the city of San Fer-
nando, we are accustomed
to a safe and enjoyable Car-
nival and we expect no less
for 2014. Especially, with
the amount of work put in
by the Carnival committee,
the councillors, adminis-
tration and all the stake-
holders, which includes the
police, army, fire and the
people. I am appealing to
everybody to exercise cau-
tion and have a safe and
Amid the colourful
splendour, revelry and
frequent police patrols,
violence still found its
way into San Fernando
J Ouvert celebrations,
leaving two men from
rival gangs severely
stabbed and several oth-
Hundreds of spectators,
among them children and
the elderly, relaxed on
folding chairs with their
coolers at close reach, as
they observed yesterday s
mas opposite the National
Academy for Performing
Arts, South Campus.
However, at around
6.50 am, a man was
stabbed three times on
the chest, back and hand,
as Pleasantville and
Broadway gangs squared
off. The stabbing caused
a commotion and tem-
porarily stopped the mas,
while police and the vic-
tim awaited an ambu-
However, the wounded
and bleeding man refused
to step in the ambulance.
Instead, he began cursing
and pointing out mem-
bers of the opposing gang
who were frolicking at the
side of Kool Friends Club
J Ouvert Band, who had
just passed the judges.
Police at the scene were
powerless to stem the
violence as another clash
broke out, which resulted
in another man being
stabbed several times on
his head with a broken
beer bottle. While a friend
held him up and cried out
for help, the second vic-
tim walked to the centre
of the road and collapsed.
Officers placed him in
the back of their vehicle
and took him to the San
Fernando General Hospi-
tal (SFGH) where he was
warded in a critical con-
dition. When contacted,
police said the victims
A&E Department filled
An official at the SFGH
told the Guardian that
Accident and Emergency
Department was inun-
dated with patients suf-
fering from stab wounds.
He added that there were
several patients being
attended to for injuries
sustained in accidents
caused by drunk driving.
"At the A&E right now,
the trauma room is filled
mainly with people with
stab wounds and slashes.
This is even worse than
last year," he said.
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Police officers remove a stab victim from the Rienzi Kirton Highway, San Fernando, after he was attacked
while taking part in yesterday's J'Ouvert celebrations. Inset: Stab victim before he was removed from the
scene. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Approximately 44 people were arrested islandwide
during the J Ouvert celebrations yesterday morning.
Suspects were arrested for several outstanding
warrants, possession of weapons, obscene language,
resisting arrest and driving under the influence,
Some people who were detained were not charged,
senior officers said.
The celebrations got off to an early start as did the
criminals. Several masqueraders and spectators were
robbed from as early as 4.30 am.
Around 7 am, a man standing at Victoria Avenue
was robbed and stabbed. He was taken to the hospital
Also, an off-duty police officer was physically assault-
ed after assisting a woman who had been robbed at
A report said around 3.15 am, the officer was in the
area when he noticed a man pickpocketing some money
from a woman.
The officer made an alarm and caused a ruckus and
the suspect gave back the woman the $20 he took
Police said as soon as the victim left, an argument
started and the alleged robber stabbed the officer.
He was subdued and taken into police custody.
The officer was taken to the hospital where he was
treated and discharged.
In addition, a 38-year-old Debe man was arrested
by the police while he was liming at Ariapita Avenue.
Police said the suspect who is from Grande Village
was found smoking a cigarette of unusual length.
He was searched by the police and a Walter Welby
pistol with six rounds of .38 ammunition was allegedly
found on him. He was subsequently arrested.
A 32-year-old Cascade man was also charged with
possession of firearms and ammunition and marijua-
na.A report said around 4.15 am, police were on a road-
block nearby Queen s Hall when they had cause to
search the suspect.
He was searched and one Glock nine mm was found
with 17 rounds of ammunition.
Police then conducted a search at his St Ann s home
and allegedly discovered 55 grammes of marijuana.
The suspect was arrested and charged by ASP
Meanwhile, police said three people were arrested
yesterday morning for driving under the influence in
the Tunapuna community.
A man was also arrested on Sunday and charged
with indecent exposure during the celebrations along
the Eastern Main Road in Tunapuna.
A report said the suspect was alleged to have been
exposing himself to a crowd of people.
Police said they have been attempting to curb the
violence in the Arima district and held roadblocks at
Maturita, La Horquetta areas.
An exercise was held from 2 am yesterday and 12
weapons were seized during the exercise.
In a separate incident, police are seeking the public s
assistance in identifying a man who was struck by a
vehicle yesterday morning along the Churchill Roosevelt
A report said around 6.07 am, Johnny Kurton was
driving a Toyota Corolla east along the highway when
he came into contact with the deceased who was walk-
ing from a south to northerly direction across the high-
way in the vicinity of Nestle.
Police said the victim is of East Indian descent.
Sgt Williams is continuing investigations.
Various magistrates courts across the country
remained opened and began as regularly scheduled.
However, many of the matters were postponed until
In Port-of-Spain, matters were put off, either for
tracing or because evidence had not been submitted
by the police.
Violence mars South J'Ouvert
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