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STORIES BY KEVON FELMINE
As more children continue to suffer
from abuse and neglect, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Gender,
Youth and Child Development, Sandra
Jones, said the much-awaited Chil-
dren s Authority should be operational
Speaking at the ministry s National
Youth Volunteer Programme Beach
Clean-up Campaign at Quinam Beach,
Siparia, Jones said the ministry is work-
ing on having the Children s Act passed
soon. She said in the interim, children s
homes were being licensed and recruit-
ment for the authority was taking place.
"We are looking to see if we can have
the Children s Act passed quickly, as
soon as the Children s Authority is up
and running. The minister has been
reporting as well as the Prime Minister;
that has been the process.
"That has been going apace and
before the year ends, we expect to have
the Children s Authority up and run-
ning. They are recruiting and right now
the ministry is trying to get the assess-
ment centres built," Jones said.
Currently, the National Infrastructural
Development Company (Nipdec) is
constructing assessment centres at
Chaguanas, St Madeleine and Mount
Hope, while the T&T Police Service is
recruiting and training personnel for a
special unit to deal with abused chil-
"All these things we are doing is really
to build a robust child protection system
by September," Jones said.
Last November, following the brutal
slayings of six-year-old Keyana Cum-
berbatch and one-year-old Jacob Mon-
roe, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar established a Child Protection
Task Force to review all existing policies,
legislation and protocols in place to
protect the nation s children.
The public has not learned much
about the two reports submitted by the
task force. However, Gender, Youth and
Child Development Minister Clifton
De Coteau said more will be revealed
While the wait continues for
increased child protection, the country
has suffered the deaths of Javier de
Freitas, three, who perished in a house
fire last week and 17-month-old Jaedon
Cudjoe, who died after his grandfather
forgot him in a car.
De Coteau said those issues were
parenting problems. Describing the
deaths as unfortunate, he said a rigorous
parenting and public education pro-
gramme has started in eight commu-
"Rome was not built in a day," he
said. However, he admitted that the
Government understood there was a
need to hasten the process.
After toiling all day to harvest
crops, New Grant farmer Sarran
Lutchman was killed in a car
accident, mere metres away
from where he sold his produce.
Relatives were thrown into
shock and horror on Indian
Arrival Day as they were called
out to the old Caroni (1975) Ltd
building along the Naparima
Mayaro Road, after Lutchman
crashed into a utility pole.
According to reports, Lutch-
man, a 52-year-old father of one,
was driving west along the road
around 8.30 pm with his friend,
47-year-old Devanand Maharaj.
While negotiating a sharp curve
near the La Gloria Estate, he lost
control and slammed head on
into the pole.
Lutchman died immediately,
while Maharaj was taken to the
San Fernando General Hospital
where he remained in a stable
condition up to yesterday. Autop-
sy reports showed that Lutchman
died on impact after suffering a
It was just a few months ago
that Lutchman was granted sev-
eral acres of land to cultivate his
crops at the La Gloria Estate,
something relatives said he had
a passion for.
At his mother s North Trace
home yesterday, his sister Veda
Ramkissoon said he worked on
his cousin s land at George Vil-
lage, Tableland, on Friday. After
working, she said, both men went
to have some drinks, but she was
unsure how many drinks they
Fighting back her tears as yes-
terday was her birthday,
Ramkissoon said: "He was a hard
worker. I can say that for sure
because we were really close. I
know he worked really hard and
he also drank. We are a close fam-
ily and this has really affected us
Ramkissoon said that Lutch-
man was the sole breadwinner
of his family and had a one-year-
After walking into a New Grant
bar to stage a daring robbery, a 29-
year-old Rio Claro man was shot by
the owner and later bled to death.
Police said Kelan Lares escaped after
being shot by Winston Williams, the
owner of Pajo s Bar, along the Torrib
Tabaquite Road on Friday night.
Although he managed to escape, he
was found dead half an hour later,
after a high speed chase with police.
A 16-year-old Vistabella schoolgirl
was among four people arrested by
police after they were found hiding
in some bushes near Lares black
According to reports, three masked,
armed assailants and two women
walked into the bar shortly after 11.30
pm and announced a robbery.
Williams, who was in the porch of
the bar, managed to escape to the back
of the bar while the assailants stole
money, cigarettes and liquor from
behind the counter.
Williams said he returned to the
bar with his licensed firearm and as
one of the suspects pointed a gun at
him, he fired a single shot. All five
suspects ran out the bar and escaped
in Lares car.
Princes Town police were contacted
and an all-points bulletin was issued.
Officers led by Snr Supt Santana, ASP
Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and Sgt
Roget intercepted the car at Hard Bar-
As officers approached the car, they
found Lares dead in the driver s seat.
As they searched for his accomplices,
they found four women hiding in
bushes near Crawford s Bar.
Police arrested a 16-year-old
schoolgirl, her 22-year-old relative
and 38-year-old neighbour of Vista-
bella, along with a 27-year-old Bel-
Speaking with reporters yesterday,
Williams said that although he was
fearful of the assailants, he had to
protect his family and friends who
were at the bar during the robbery.
He said it was the third time the bar
was robbed despite his having installed
"Right now I can t function prop-
erly, I am still scared because I don t
know what is next," he said. Williams
said he plans to implement additional
JANGELIQUE ON BOARD
Farmer dies after hitting utility pole
Robber shot by bar owner
Nyssa Dawn Alexander shows off this design by Janelle Forde of jangelique on board, a yacht docked
in Chaguaramas during the Dans L'Ocean presentation of Regatta the Luxury Swim Collection, with
designs by Janelle Forde of Jangelique in Chaguaramas on Friday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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