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President of the National Carni-
val Bands Association (NCBA),
David Lopez yesterday complained
that there was too much political
interference in Carnival 2014.
He even accused a senior politician
of trying to run the carnival pro-
gramme after an agreement was
reached by all stakeholders.
Lopez spoke with reporters yes-
terday afternoon as several bands
were set to cross the Queens Park
Savannah stage yesterday.
"This year was the most chal-
lenging year for me," Lopez insisted.
Admitting that there has been polit-
ical interference in previous years,
Lopez said it never reached the level
it reached in 2014.
He said if such levels of political
interference were to continue in the
future the T&T Carnival would be
Lopez said the politician attempted
to make changes to the route for the
Parade of the Bands, after the stake-
holders, including, the National Car-
nival Commission (NCC), NCBA and
the police, agreed to the route.
"Well, come on, if that is going
to happen then you don t need a
NCC," Lopez said yesterday, adding
that the NCBA was prepared to work
with the state with respect to the
security arrangements for Carnival.
"If you getting involved in the
internal business it will only continue
to divide the carnival," Lopez
stressed, adding, Carnival 2014 was
"the most challenging for me and
He also described as "amazing"
a decision by the acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams
to provide security for the new and
controversial venue for bands this
year, the Socadrome at the Jean
According to Lopez, the NCBA
was told repeatedly, in previous years,
that there was not enough police to
patrol any proposed extended route
for Parade of the Bands but this year
"just so, the acting Commissioner
of Police find manpower to manage
the Socadrome." He said he wanted
to know what signals were being
sent to the children of the nation as
the rules were being infringed.
"Is the Commissioner of Police a
politician?" Lopez asked.
He said T&T was the home of the
real Carnival and had the capacity
to export and not import costumes
The country was losing the
designers, wire-benders gradually,
he said, "while we continue to play
Expressing the hope that the
country will get it right, Lopez main-
tained the level of political interfer-
ence must be discontinued for the
national festival to advance.
According to Lopez the Govern-
ment has a responsibility to provide
adequate funding to the Carnival
interest groups, which in turn must
also be able to make the event finan-
cially profitable. He said the provision
of more than $100 million by the
Government for Carnival this year
was for the contractors and service
Lopez said the focus must be on
the industry year round, adding that
the Carnival costumes must be
placed in a museum.
He said the turnout of spectators
in the savannah was normal, includ-
ing 200 cruise ship passengers who
were in the savannah to witness the
parade of the bands.
Too much political interference
Head of the Homicide Bureau
ACP Wayne Dick said yesterday
that his officers have had little to
no sleep since Carnival Friday with
nine separate killings throughout
In a telephone interview with the
T&T Guardian yesterday, Dick said
that his men and women are stressed
by the number of reports.
He commended his officers for
being committed to the challenge
and "demonstrating their heroism."
Three unidentified victims were
named yesterday by police.
The first to be identified was
Phillip Joseph, who was stabbed to
death with his own knife on Wright-
son Road, Carnival Friday. According
to police reports, Joseph attempted
to rob a 23-year-old Maloney man
and his 19-year-old female com-
panion of a gold chain.
Both men struggled and Joseph
was stabbed during the scuffle. The
23-year-old Maloney man who
Joseph tried to rob is in police cus-
tody as officers seek guidance from
the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions, Dick said.
Later that day 18-year-old Ishmael
Alleyne, of Lodge Place, Laventille
was shot dead. Alleyne was an out-
patient of St Ann s Mental Hospital.
Thirdly, the man killed at Guardier
Street, Point Cumana was identified
as 24-year-old Jamal "Bad Rat" Pas-
cal of Maraval. Pascal s body was
found around 4.45 am Saturday
The murder toll is now 89 for the
year with the corresponding figure
for the same period last year at 88.
While thousands were enjoying
the Carnival festivities on Monday
and Tuesday, four families were
plunged into mourning with the
murders of four people in central
and south-west Trinidad.
Among those killed were 50-
year-old mother Marilyn Murggan,
labourer Shawn Marlon, Kwasi
Lewis and 62-year-old Knolly
strangled over money
Police said Marilyn Murggan, a
Cepep worker, was at her Wyady
Street, Carapichaima, home around
2 am yesterday when she was
involved in an argument with a
male relative over money.
Police reported that during the
argument, the man began assaulting
and strangling Murggan. Around 6
am, Murggan s daughter awoke and
discovered her mother s body in
the bathroom. By the time Freeport
police led by PC Rajpat arrived, the
suspect had already left the area.
Officers found Murggan in a
semi-conscious state and took her
to the Couva District Health Facility
where she was pronounced dead
A manhunt was launched for the
suspect. Police later found him
frothing from the mouth at the
roadside of Victoria Street, Gas-
parillo. He was taken to the San
Fernando General Hospital where
he was being treated for poisoning
under police guard.
Man shot dead
after beating ex-wife
A 25-year-old man is assisting
police with investigations into the
killing of Shawn Marlon Friday who
was shot dead during a fight with
his estranged wife.
According to reports, Friday, a
father of one, went to the woman s
Ramjohn Trace, Penal Rock Road,
Penal, home around 4.45 pm, Mon-
day and began beating her. It was
when Friday pointed a gun at her
face, the suspect intervened and
was able to wrestle the weapon
away. As the two continued to scuf-
fle, Friday was shot in the chest
PC Sookhoo and other officers
from the Penal CID responded and
found Friday already dead. His body
was taken to the San Fernando
Mortuary and will be transferred
to the Forensic Science Centre for
Man killed over loud music
Police said Kwesi Lewis was
stabbed to death after complaining
about loud music being played near
his New City Avenue home, Fyz-
abad. Reports stated that around 2
pm Monday, Lewis went to a neigh-
bour s home and complained about
the loud music being played and
Police said Lewis fell asleep in
his car and around 3.35 pm, a man
entered the car and stabbed him in
the neck and chest. Lewis exited
the car and collapsed on the road-
way, where he died.
Court order fails
to save elderly man
Despite obtaining a court order
against a male relative, 62-year-
old Knolly Hudlin was stabbed to
death at his Penal home yesterday.
According to reports, Hudlin and
his wife had recently obtained a
protective order, barring a male rel-
ative from coming to their home.
However, around 2.30 pm, the rel-
ative breached the order and
opposed Hudlin at the house. Dur-
ing an argument, the relative took
up a knife and stabbed him several
times about the body and ran away,
Officers led by Supt Ramlal and
Insp Granger visited the scene and
Hudlin was taken to the Siparia
District Health Facility where he
died while undergoing treatment.
Investigations are continuing.
Energetic masqueraders in the band Lee Gall and Friends displays
Paradisedac through the streets of San Fernando, on Carnival Tuesday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Four families mourn during Carnival
No sleep for homicide cops during festive weekend
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