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Two Opposition MPs yester-
day called for an attack and
social intervention in the fight
There were four murders
within 24 hours in three separate
incidents on Sunday and yester-
Nine-year-old Jadel Holder
and his 15-year-old brother,
Jamal Brathwaite, were shot in
the head at point-blank range
after gunmen stormed their
house. Their mother escaped.
MP for Laventille West NiLe-
ung Hypolite said:
"An urgent frontal attack is
required on crime by the Nation-
al Security Ministry immediate-
ly." Citizens cannot accept 186
murders in 151 days, he added in
a statement. He said the crime
detection rate must also improve.
adding: "Ongoing investigations
must be improved.
Few have led to prompt arrest
actions." The Government has
not delivered on its promise to
successfully fight crime, he said.
The police must partner with
communities and all stakeholders
to develop strategies to frontally
attack crime, Hypolite noted.
He said the acting Commis-
sioner of Police recently assured
citizens that crime initiatives
were working and the National
Security Minister provided infor-
mation showing a "false reduc-
tion" in crime.
But he maintained the current
statistics "indicated an unac-
ceptable increase in crimes and
murders, therefore citizens are
not reassured."Hypolite said
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith "insists in the face of
evidence to the contrary that
crime is under control. It is not."
Laventille East/Morvant MP
Donna Cox expressed sadness
over the deaths of the two boys
from her constituency.
She said despite what people
were saying "they were children."
She said the Government
should offer social intervention
programmes to the relatives of
those who died, adding that
counselling was necessary as
some would have witnessed the
Cox was expected to visit the
boys mother yesterday.
After four murders in 24 hours...
calls for frontal
attack on crime
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A PTSC bus transporting
schoolchildren in Tobago
caught fire yesterday morning.
According to reports, the bus
left Charlotteville shortly after
8 am and on reaching Bark Hill,
between Flagstaff and Turpin
Bend, the fire broke out.
Assistant divisional fire officer
in Tobago David Thomas told
the T&T Guardian the driver
was alerted to a fire in the engine
compartment at the back of the
All passengers escaped with-
out injury. The fire rapidly
spread and the bus was
destroyed. Thomas said the fire
was so intense that it affected
a quarter-acre of land nearby.
Among the passengers on
board were school children who
were due to sit CSEC examina-
This is the latest incident
involving a PTSC bus in Tobago.
Last year the brakes on a bus
malfunctioned while it was on
its way from Bloody Bay to Rox-
borough while another bus
almost plunged over a cliff at
Turpin Bend, Charlotteville,
when it encountered mechanical
PTSC drivers in Tobago have
staged several protests highlight-
ing the deplorable condition of
buses they are made to drive on
a daily basis.
Investigations into the inci-
dent are continuing.
The PTSC bus on fire yesterday in Tobago.
No injuries in Tobago bus fire
JENSEN LA VENDE
The godmother of Jadel Holder,
who along with his brother, Jamal
Brathwaite, was shot dead on Sun-
day afternoon denied reports the
nine-year-old was a budding crim-
Instead the woman, who spoke
with the media at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, St James, and did not
want to be identified, said the child
was a "momma s boy."
"The child is not a dropout from
school. He attends Morvant New
Government Primary School. He was
always one footstep away from his
mother. The child is not a dropout.
"He never rob nobody. He get
caught up," the woman said.
She added his older brother, the
15-year-old Brathwaite, had been
involved in illegal activity because
of "circumstances" and "used to get
advantaged (bullied)," as well as the
entire family. She categorically denied
all media reports that Jadel was a
criminal. "They say the nine-year-
old child was wanted for robbery,
that is a lie. It hurt me to hear that
"It hurt me to hear that they cast
him like that. It was unfortunate
what happened to him and it is not
fair for anyone to stigmatise him like
"He is an innocent child. I just
want the public to know that he was
an innocent child," she said, adding
that the children had a hard life with
their father dying of cancer some
years ago and their mother falling
The brothers had just had lunch
at their home at Petunia Avenue,
Coconut Drive, Morvant, around 3
pm when two gunmen raided the
small two-storey duplex, police said.
Homicide detectives said the
intruders ordered the brothers to lie
facedown on the floor of the living
room, before shooting each one in
the back of the head at close range.
The shooting was witnessed by
their mother Michelle Holder and
their 16-year-old cousin Glendel
Alexander. Police said while the gun-
men did not appear to target the
brothers relatives, on seeing the
shooting, Alexander reportedly got
up and tried to leave the room by
going upstairs but one of the gunmen
shot him once in the right leg. The
attackers then escaped.
Godmother of shot nine-year-old:
He was a momma's boy
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