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A 35-year-old St
Barb s, Laventille,
man was gunned
down on Monday
night, after he was
called out of his
home by men he
thought were his
friends and shot in
police reports stat-
ed, had received a
telephone call ear-
lier but when he
complied with a
request to meet the callers he was shot near
his Sandy Trace, St Barb s, home.
Slocum, alias "Dash," was rushed to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he
was pronounced dead on arrival.
Speaking outside the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, yesterday, a male relative, who
did not want to be identified, said Slocum
was friendly with both sides of the waring
gangs in the area.
He added that may have lead to his death
as one group may have believed he had "gone
The visibly upset man said he had seen
many murders in his community but never
thought it would have hit home, since he
and his family were not involved in illegality.
He added that his son was now contem-
plating moving out of his home because of
the violence in the area.
The relative said Slocum was a "bright
fella" who worked at a bank and a hotel in
the past and was the father of two.
Slocum s youngest child is due to sit the
Secondary School Entrance Assessment (SEA)
next month while his eldest is a Form Three
Trinity College pupil.
Police said yesterday although Slocum was
not known to be involved in any gang activity,
they had labelled the killing as gang-related.
The murder toll now stands at 129.
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JENSEN LA VENDE
The Prison Officers Association was
last night bracing for a spate of riots at
Golden Grove, Arouca, after a routine
search at the Remand Yard resulted in the
seizure of 36 cellphones and an undisclosed
quantity of marijuana.
The contraband was found in the knap-
sack of a prisoner who was returning to the
facility after attending a court hearing at
the Princes Town Magistrates Court on
Monday. In a telephone interview with the
T&T Guardian yesterday, the association s
general secretary, Gerard Gordon, said the
seized items would have been extremely
valuable to its intended receiver.
"What is the backlash ... Who is going
to pay for this?" Gordon questioned.
He added that if the expected repercus-
sions come, his colleagues would be like
sitting ducks both inside and outside the
prison walls. He recalled the shooting death
of prison officer Andy Rogers in November
last year, which triggered a series of protests
by the prison officers.
This action had forced the Government
to commission a nine-member committee,
headed by Prof Ramesh Deosaran. The com-
mittee was mandated by the Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar to look into the
conditions at the prisons and submit a
Gordon said some of the blame for yes-
terday s situation must rest on the police
at the Princes Town Magistrates Court. The
prisoner was returning to Remand Yard after
a court matter there and should have been
properly searched before entering transport
vehicle to Arouca.
He said for this to have occurred there
must have been some sort of collusion.
"They (police) have to take some licks.
How is it possible that this man had all this
contraband? It could have been a gun, what
else could they have brought?" Gordon said,
adding the police must accept responsibility.
Report expected today
Contacted for a comment on the matter
last evening, acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams said he was unaware of
what Gordon was referring to.
He said, however, that if there were any
issues, Commissioner of Prisons Conrad
Barrow would address him on it and he
(Williams) would take whatever action needs
to be taken.
According to police reports, around 4 pm
on Monday the inmates were returning to
the facility from court when the fire alarm
was sounded. The inmate in question was
trying to sneak into the prison with the
drugs and cell phones, but was stopped by
two prison officers and a scuffle ensued.
The two officers were injured during the
scuffle, but when he was subdued and his
knapsack was searched the illegal items
Also contacted last night, Barrow said he
was unaware of the details incident, but
said he had requested a full report on the
matter which he is expected to receive today.
Gordon said the recommendations made
by the Deosaran committee of installing cell
phone jammers, full body scanners and
other equipment needed to be fast tracked.
He gave kudos to the Government for taking
the initiative to set up the committee.
However, he called for the special tender s
community of the Ministry of National
Security, who are responsible for tendering
for equipment, to fast track the matter.
Father of two
lured to his
death by 'friends'
at court cops
Returning inmate held with bag of 'goodies'
WHAT DEOSARAN'S TEAM SUGGESTED
A commission of enquiry
into the criminal justice system.
The delay in adjudicating
matters in the courts must be
addressed to give prisoners on
remand preferential treatment
over accused who are out on
A review of the bail
regime both from an
administrative and judicial level.
Semi-privatisation of the
prisons, specifically as it relates
to special diets, since some of
the contraband items enter
through food brought for
Provide clothing for those
Prisons officers should be
allowed firearms outside the
prison and safe housing.
Questioned about whether
there would be quick action on
the Deosaran report then, since
there were countless others
submitted in the past, the PM
said this time it would be going
to the Finance and General
Purposes Committee, which
had not happened before. She
said her Government was
taking the issue seriously, but
the recommendations could
not be implemented overnight
and she would look at some
short term changes in the
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