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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 26, 2014
Almost four days after a veg-
etable vendor was murdered at
his stall in Point Fortin, a 39-
year-old small business owner
of Laventille met a similar fate
on Thursday night.
Danny Gouveia became the
third vendor to be killed at a road-
side stall in less than a month.
Gunmen launched an attack on
his business place at Rigault Street,
Laventille around 10.45 pm.
He was one of two men shot
dead in east Port-of-Spain
between Thursday night and yes-
terday afternoon. The killings
pushed the murder toll to 143.
Police said Gouveia was in his
stall in front of his house. His
relatives heard a volley of gun-
When they came outside to
check they found Gouveia lying
in the stall with gunshot wounds
to the upper body. Gouveia’s 24-
year-old neighbour Jevon McBean,
who was purchasing items from
the stall when the shooting
occurred was also wounded.
Officers of the Inter-Agency
Task Force took the injured men
to the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
Gouveia was pronounced at the
hospital. McBean underwent sur-
gery and remained warded in a
serious condition up to late yes-
A news team from the T&T
Guardian attempted to interview
Gouveia’s relatives after an autopsy
was performed on his body at the
Forensic Science Centre in St
Gouveia’s wife Onika Davis was
seen crying continuously and was
shielded by her relatives when
approached by media personnel.
“Right now we trying to figure
out what happen. We are trying
to grieve so we can’t talk right
now,” a female relative said.
Despite their unwillingness to
comment extensively, they briefly
said Gouveia was a “good man”
who was “not in anything”.
On March 22, 35-year-old Barry
Maloney was shot dead at his stall
at corner of Paul Augustus and
Chin Chin Roads in Cunupia.
Exactly one month later on
Monday, Dane Joseph, 38, a father
of four was shot dead by a gunman
who pretended to be a customer
at his stall along Cap-de-Ville
Main Road, Point Fortin.
Homicide detectives said despite
the coincidence that all three vic-
tims shared the same occupation,
there was no evidence which sug-
gested that the incidents were
Meanwhile, police are investi-
gating the murder of a 23-year-
old man at an apartment building
in East Dry River, yesterday after-
Investigators said shortly after
1 pm, Jerome Gulston, of Mango
Rose, East Dry River, went to the
ninth floor of a neighbouring
apartment building to meet some-
When he arrived he was con-
fronted by a gunman who shot
him several times.
Gulston’s murder has been clas-
sified as gang related as investi-
gators said he was well known to
police and had a “lengthy and
diverse” criminal record.
Two shot dead
in East PoS
JENSEN LA VENDE
While the controversial leakage of
the Police Complaints Authority
(PCA) document confirms the rein-
troduction of a rogue policing unit—
the New Flying Squad—Minister of
National Security Gary Griffith said
nothing can be done at this time to
anyone implicated in the report and
to who may be under his leadership.
Speaking with the media at the end
of an interfaith service held at the
National Academy for the Performing
Arts (NAPA) Port-of-Spain for mem-
bers of the protective services who
died in the line of duty, Griffith said
no action can be taken against anyone
from his level since no government
official received a copy of the docu-
ment, which was sent to the offices
of the Director of Public Prosecutions
and the Commissioner of Police.
“If you have any information I am
really looking forward to getting it
because at this time no government
official has received any correspon-
dence whatsoever from police, PCA
or DPP. It would not be appropriate
to take any action at this time and
the DPP is quite right he has his job
and I have mine” Griffith said.
At a function on Thursday DPP
Roger Gaspard said he was not con-
cerned about the leak of the document
but the content and he would be
focusing on that.
Griffith reiterated his call for the
classification of documents which he
said would prevent further leaks of
sensitive information. “I have my job
to do which is to prevent leaks and
to ensure that classification of doc-
uments and critical information is
given to individuals on a need to know
basis and they have that profession-
alism not to abuse that position but
to use it in the right manner and the
deal with investigation” Griffith said.
In a media release on Wednesday
Griffith said the classification of doc-
uments would be categorised into “top
secret”, “confidential” and “restricted”.
The release added that documents of
an administrative nature, which may
not justify a security classification but
should be protected from the casual
observer, will be classified as “staff
in confidence”, “medical in confi-
dence” and “contract in confidence”.
Griffith said the classification of
documents is a world wide thing and
he applauds whistle blowers as they
unearth government misconduct.
“I already spoke of whistle blowers,
I applaud that, we need whistle blow-
ers to ensure that the government or
the state is not covering something
“This matter has nothing to do with
whistle blowing this matter has to do
with individuals who have breached
that level of confidentiality and passed
on information that they should not
have” he added.
Griffith added that classifying infor-
mation would identify those who are
enemies of the state who breach their
ought and leak information. He said
it was not a case of hiding information
but ensuring that sensitive information
pertaining to matters of national secu-
rity that can affect the nation’s secu-
rity cannot be breached. Griffith said
that leaked document was at it’s high-
est a restricted document because it
did not affect national security.
No action can be
Chairman of the North Central Regional Health Authority Shehenaz Mohammed, right, gets her blood
pressure tested during yesterday’s health fair hosted by the Mt. Hope Women's Hospital. The event, held
at the Arima Branch of Xtra Foods Ltd, continues today at the Grand Bazaar Branch of Xtra Foods Ltd
Griffith on leaked PCA document:
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