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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pursuant to Section 163 of the Insurance Act 1980, the
following policies were reported lost or destroyed.
Sabrina Purdev Ali
Edna A. Massiah
Ria A. Kelawan
Renell J. Kelawan
Two Tobago men have been
arrested for the possession of
arms and ammunition, nar-
cotics and car theft.
The men, 21 and 23, from
Mt Grace and Government
House Road, respectively, were
held during a routine patrol by
the Tobago Divisional Task Force
in the Mt Grace area around
4.15 am on Saturday.
One Smith and Weston .38
revolver, 15 rounds of .38 ammu-
nition and 140 grammes of mar-
ijuana, put at a street value of
$1,500, were found in the car
in which they were occupants.
The men were also wanted
in connection with a spate of
robberies and car thefts. They
were scheduled to be put on an
ID parade yesterday.
Tobago police are continuing
2 held for gun, ammo, drugs in Tobago
NEW JERSEY---A T&T-born man convicted of fir-
ing four bullets into the head and neck of an aspiring
hip-hop artist in Englewood, California, torching
his body and dumping it in a car in Paramus has
been sentenced to a life term in state prison.
Calling it a heinous crime, Superior Court Judge
Edward A Jerejian told Brooklyn native Randy Man-
ning, 33, that he will spend at least 65 years behind
bars before becoming eligible for parole.
Manning s public defender, Tana McPherson, urged
the judge "to take a stand on the side of hope and
redemption" by imposing a term of 30 years of parole
ineligibility. That would give Manning an opportunity
"to go back out into world and redeem himself," she
argued. A longer term would be "very similar to a
death sentence," virtually assuring he will die in
prison, she said.
Manning, a native of T&T who previously lived in
Englewood, declined to speak on his own behalf when
asked by the judge if he had anything to say. He spent
most of the hearing slouched in a chair, staring into
a corner, seemingly ignoring the proceedings.
After a 24-day trial in Hackensack, a jury found
Manning guilty on March 27 of murdering Rhian
Stoute of Brooklyn on August 15, 2011. Manning also
was convicted of possession of a weapon, arson, des-
ecrating human remains, hindering his own appre-
hension and prosecution and theft of the victim s
car. The judge imposed sentences totalling 34 years
on those charges but said they will run concurrently
with the life term on the murder count.
Stoute, who performed under the stage name
"Kampane," had set up his own recording studio in
his basement and was trying to launch a career as
a hip-hop artist when he was shot four times, two
weeks before his 34th birthday, in an empty house
on Tryon Avenue in Englewood.
"We are not here today for blood, we re here for
justice," Danielle Grootenboer, the assistant prosecutor
who tried the case, said in urging life imprisonment
The prosecutor had told jurors in her closing argu-
ment that Manning killed the rapper because he
resented his budding success.
"For him to shoot somebody in the face and head
four times, leave him alone in an isolated house, then
return to attempt to literally erase him from the face
of the earth, this has to be one of the most vile and
heartless murders this county has ever seen," she
told the court last Friday.
Manning doused the body with gasoline and set
it on fire, the prosecutor said. He later stuffed the
badly burned body in the back of Stoute s Chevrolet
Tahoe, drove the vehicle to Paramus and abandoned
it, she said.
Manning s co-defendant at trial, Delroy Clarke of
Englewood, was acquitted of charges that he helped
Manning flee and concealed evidence, including the
weapon. Clarke was alleged to have picked up Manning
in Paramus and driven him to a taxi stand, where he
took a cab to his home in Brooklyn.
Following his arrest, Manning confessed to the
shooting and to burning the body, but at trial he tes-
tified that others, unknown to him, shot and killed
Stoute. (The Record)
Trini gets life
for US murder
Fourteen years after the construction of
a multi-million-dollar government building
which was never used, another $.5 million
has been spent on refurbishing and con-
verting it into an empowerment centre.
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Suru-
jrattan Rambachan said on Sunday that the
Whiteland Empowerment Centre was initially
based in what used to be a "ghost building"
that no one had claimed since 2000.
Constructed by the former Basdeo Pan-
day-led UNC government, the building
became run-down and an eyesore after it
was left unused when the government
changed, Rambachan said.
"This empowerment centre here stood for
ten years as an abandoned building. I drove
past this building in 2010, wondering what
it is, and the neighbour across that road said
he also wondered what it was for. He looked
at it for ten years and nothing was happening
with it," Rambachan said.
"One day we opened it, we just broke the
lock and opened it. Only then the owners
came and then we discovered it was built by
He said it was one of three buildings con-
structed by the URP in 2000, with the others
at Waterloo and Esperanza. He said they
were all abandoned, but had now been refur-
bished to bring empowerment to impover-
Asked what was the initial purpose of the
building, Rambachan said no one knew, but
said he was glad for it.
"I really can t say. No matter how much
I ve tried to find out from the people in the
URP, they themselves cannot say," he said.
Rambachan said the ministry was also
contemplating using the building as a senior
citizens activity centre, because the Gov-
ernment believes the elderly still have a lot
to offer the country. He added that he was
also considering a recording studio for talented
youths who never had the opportunity to
record their music.
The empowerment centre will also include
programmes on family development and
parenting, sexual health and HIV education,
child abuse and parenting and business
development/entrepreneurial support. It
will also serve as a homework centre for
The newly-refurbished Whiteland Empowerment Centre that was opened on Sunday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Minister of Works
and MP for
Rambachan reads a
storybook to Andrea
Ali, 5, left, and
during the opening
of the Whiteland
Centre on Sunday
evening. Looking on
is Sharda Singh.
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