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Prime Minister Kamla
appealed to parents to
be more vigilant in pro-
tecting their children.
Her call came after two
children died by drown-
ing in two separate inci-
dents, two brothers---age
nine and 15---were shot
dead at their home on
Sunday and two more
teenagers were murdered
Speaking on the eve of
International Day of
Innocent Children and
Victims of Aggression
and just after T&TEC s
illumination ceremony at
Ground, Penal, Persad-
Bissessar described the
deaths as heart-rending.
She said although acci-
dents were avoidable, cit-
izens must always keep
an eye out for children,
whether or not they are
"Once again we renew
the call to parents. Par-
ents are the first care-
givers of the children, so
they (children) are in their
hands and in their hearts.
Therefore, we have to
keep looking," she added.
She said the question
must be asked always and
at every point in time:
"Where is the child?"
She said it was a habit
she had inculcated and
advised other parents and
grandparents to do the
"Once I am home and
that child is there, my
grandchildren or anyone
of them, I never take my
eyes off them.
"I ask every parent, I
model parent but every
parent or sibling, any
member in the family, to
never take your eyes off
your child and always
have someone there with
said, accidents did hap-
are all the more heart-
rending when it is a child
who is helpless and need
the care of others, so
again, I call on parents
and all caregivers to be
more vigilant and to
always keep their eyes
out, looking out for the
child or children around
them," she added.
Despite police statistics
showing that crime was down,
Persad-Persad said the homi-
cide rate had not decreased.
"The homicide rate is not
down. Those are matters we
continue to work on and we
remain vigilant and continue
to work to try to deal with
matters like that. Again, it is
sad and tragic for all of us,"
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A 21-year-old woman who is
already on an attempted murder
charge appeared in court yesterday
together with three men charged in
connection with a $60,000 robbery
in San Fernando on Monday.
Allison Miller, 21, Kevon Richards,
24, Damion Simmons, 25, all of Mara-
bella, were denied bail while Nicholas
Wilson, 27, was granted bail in the
sum of $75,000 bail.
The four appeared before San Fer-
nando Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington in the First Court.
They are accused of robbing a
woman outside a bank at Harris
Promenade, San Fernando, of a hand-
bag and cheques in the sum of $2,086
They were arrested about an hour
after the incident and charged by PC
Douglas. The stolen items were recov-
ered. Neither of them had an attor-
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan
objected to bail being granted to Miller,
Richards and Simmons.
Miller and Richards, according to
the prosecution, were on bail on other
offences when they were arrested for
Asked about the pending attempted
murder charge which is on Miller s
criminal record, Miller said she was
not aware of it.
Richards claimed the robbery and
larceny charges which were stated as
pending on his record have since been
Seedan said the police had to go to
Port-of-Spain to trace Simmons.
Denying bail to Richards and Miller,
the magistrate advised them of their
right to apply to a judge in chambers
for bail. Simmons was remanded into
custody for tracing. The matter was
adjourned to July 2.
No bail for
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets 89-year-old Babwnie Ramroop during the commissioning of lights at
Mendez Recreation Ground, Mendez Trace, Penal Rock Road, on Tuesday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
PM to parents:
Safeguard your children
On Sunday, one-year old Kriston Obadelle
Gonzales wandered into to a religious pond
outside his family home at Alexis Street,
Mayaro, and drowned.
The next day, five-year-old Jemimah Agard,
of Rose Hill, Laventille, was found at the
bottom of the YMCA pool on Wrightson Road,
Port-of-Spain where she had gone for a
swimming lesson with her school.
Also on Sunday, nine-year-old Jadel Holder
and his brother Jamal Brathwaite, 15, were
murdered by bandits who stormed their
Morvant home, while the bullet-riddled body of
Michael "Chucky" Miguel, 17, of San Fernando
was fished out of a river near Trinidad
Cement's Claxton Bay plant.
On Tuesday, police also found the body of
Shakam Shakeel De Revenaux, 19, at Lady
The body was wrapped in a sheet and a
plastic bag was placed over his head. An
autopsy said he died from blunt force trauma.
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