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T&T has again been thrown off-
balance, precariously so, by the
barbaric slaying of brothers Jadel Hold-
er, 9, and Jamal Brathwaite, 15.
Even though the country is in the
horrendous grips of an almost ava-
lanche of homicides this particular case
no doubt has torn us apart emotionally
obviously because of the tender ages of
And of course the nation quite right-
ly has been thrown into righteous rage
so much so that words are hard to
describe what happened last weekend
and, inevitably, the pain has been exac-
erbated by the recent gunning down of
prominent attorney Dana Seetahal SC.
We were now settling down to the
gut-wrenching assassination of Seeta-
hal, when the lads were taken out no
doubt by some form of devilish beasts
in human form.
These stone-hearted zombies have
sent a very clear signal, although their
intentions were never in doubt, that
they had absolutely no regard for the
sanctity of life and would stop at
nothing in their diabolical quest to out
the lights of their prey.
I have repeatedly said in this space
that the major factor in the spiralling
homicides is the absolutely dismal
detection rate for murders by the men
and women of the T&T Police Service,
a position I am certain most citizens
would agree with.
I am not going to bash the TTPS
and like most other citizens complain
that the killers of Seetahal and these
two latest victims would go undetect-
ed, and in keeping with our ill-gotten
reputation for being a nine-day wonder
state, these cases would soon be for-
End of story.
We, however, hope not and are giv-
ing the hard-working members of the
TTPS, most of them that is, the bene-
fit of the doubt to prove us wrong and
corral the blood-thirsty savages.
In order to harness these murder-
for-hire criminals the police must up
the detection rate and herein lies our
dilemma. How can we achieve this?
Well, no individual or organisation,
no matter how well-meaning or well-
equipped a la the TTPS, can ever hope
to achieve this goal and this requires
the collective effort of the entire com-
munity, not just the Government,
meaning the Police Service, which is
being supplied with the technological
tools in their battle with the criminals.
The one thing that we citizens want
to see is an end to the wanton blood-
letting that has curbed our lifestyles to
a large extent and threatens to put us
in the league of countries like our
Jamaican cousins where, thank God,
we have not reached in terms of actual
Although there are some, with the
way they speak you would swear that
T&T has collapsed or is on the verge
of collapsing and there is no hope for
us. In other words they say all fall
I do not buy that apocalyptic fore-
cast and neither should we play the
blame game in what should be a
relentless war with the criminal ele-
Unfortunately this is what the MP
for Laventille West, NiLeung Hypolite,
did while calling for a frontal attack by
the National Security Ministry on the
crime problem and claimed the Gov-
ernment had not delivered on its
promise to successfully fight crime.
He also accused National Security
Minister Gary Griffith of providing
"information showing a false reduction
Instead of taking the easy road and
cussing the Government, Hypolite
should remember that most of these
gruesome murders are occurring in
constituencies controlled by the Oppo-
sition People s National Movement, and
these MPs must play a pivotal commu-
nity role in helping other groups to
assist in the fight against the criminals.
I am not asking him to do the work
of the police but to partner with them
and realise that fighting crime is an
all-embracing task and they must not
only see their constituents as a voters
Hypolite and these MPs must part-
ner with the police and make concert-
ed efforts to stem the tide of these
homicides. Lead demonstrations where
necessary and let the criminals know
that we are one in the battle against
I may be wrong but I have never
heard Hypolite or any other MP in
these areas rallying against criminal
conduct in their respective constituen-
cies, but it is easy to get up and casti-
gate the administration for not doing
enough to fight crime.
Inform them of the many opportuni-
ties available to young people---some
started under your own PNM regimes
and continuing under this government.
Put them on the right path. Those who
can be saved let them know that their
lives cannot be one of banditry and
that there is a better life out there.
Representation without compassion is
unproductive and it is time we all take
a serious stand, as communities, to
curb the crime scourge.
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