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JENSEN LA VENDE
What was first thought to be a
fatal accident which claimed the
lives of two friends turned out to
be a double murder.
Autopsy results yesterday stated
that Jason Adams and Shastri
Rampersad were shot twice in the
head, both with different weapons.
Police said around 12.40 pm on
Sunday, Rampersad and Adams,
both 38, and from Milton Village,
Couva, were driving along St
Michael Road, Tacarigua, when
Rampersad s black Nissan Navara
ran into a mound of dirt, over-
turned and ended up on its hood.
When police arrived on the
scene 15 minutes later, both men
were already dead. Before the vehi-
cle was towed to the Arouca Police
Station, police found a small quan-
tity of marijuana and a large quan-
tity of $100 bills in a small plastic
shopping bag in the van.
Forensic pathologist Dr Valery
Alexandrov yesterday told the T&T
Guardian the men were shot in
Alexandrov said they had mir-
roring wounds and his expert opin-
ion was that the men were seated
in the pickup when they were shot.
He could not state who was shot
first but believed their killers might
have been in the vehicle at some
point. Alexandrov said the men
appeared to have been "shot like
mannequins" without putting up
Speaking to the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday relatives of Adams said
he was a "good guy" who was
always helpful. The relatives said
the two went out liming before
they were killed.
They said Adams was a father
of five but cared for ten children
as he also looked after his brother s
Rampersad s girlfriend Michelle-
Ann Beckles said he was a "teddy
bear" who did anything for those
he loved. She added that Ramper-
sad was a senior plant operator at
a methanol plant in Point Lisas.
In an unrelated incident, 18-
year-old Kern "Mad Max" Catene
was shot dead on Sunday night a
short distance away from his
According to police reports, res-
idents of Marcella Road heard gun-
shots around 9.50 pm and when
they checked found Catene bleed-
ing from injuries.
He died at the Port of Spain
General Hospital while undergoing
treatment. Speaking to the media
at the Forensic Science Centre yes-
terday, Catene s sister, Alana, said
she was coping with the murder
although it was the third in the
past five years that the family had
Asked about the patrols of sol-
diers in the Laventille area follow-
ing the murder of Lance Cpl Kay-
ode Thomas on June 29, Catene
said it was welcomed.
The murder toll is now 224 while
the corresponding toll last year
stood at 194.
Two close male relatives of
Carapo Life Sport co-ordinator
Rajaee Ali have been held by
police in connection with alleged
The two brothers were arrested
at their home in Malabar, Arima,
early yesterday morning by mem-
bers of the Criminal Gang and
Intelligence Unit, who were armed
with a search warrant to search
for arms and ammunition.
Although police did not find
any illegal weapons the siblings
were arrested and would be ques-
tioned about a series of offences
under the Anti-Gang Act.
Following the arrest of the two
brothers, police went to a house
in Diego Martin where they arrest-
ed two other men connected
to Ali s mosque in Evergreen,
The four men were being kept
in separate cells at the San Juan,
Barataria and Central Police Sta-
tions up to late last night.
Ali, a former murder accused,
was arrested in relation to similar
offences earlier this year.
He was released without being
charge, after spending several days
in police custody.
For students to gain the top sec-
ondary school of their choice they
must simply make the marks, said
Harrilal Seecharan, chief education
officer at the Education Ministry.
He was responding to queries by
scores of parents that despite their
children scoring high marks they were
not placed at one of the four schools
of their choice.
Seecharan was speaking at a press
briefing at the ministry at St Clair,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday to address
concerns about this year s Secondary
Entrance Assessment (SEA) exams
results and the scoring of the Con-
tinuous Assessment Component
(CAC) which accounts for 20 per cent
of the final marks.
The results were announced last
Wednesday and there have been sev-
eral complaints from parents about
school placement for students.
"The placement of schools is really
based on the overall score that the
student got so if the score required
to get into the school that the student
chose... those top scores were higher
that what the student obtained, then
they would fall out," said Seecharan.
Students must score 95 per cent
to achieve their first choice, he added.
Seecharan said the placement
process was automated so as to pre-
vent students from being handpicked
for top schools.
Saying this placement module was
developed and overseen by a regional
body, CXC, Seecharan added: "So
that it is really based on the score
that the student got and how many
students would be taken into the
school at that time and so the process
"We don t manually go in and
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh, speaking at the same
event, said the mean score in this
year s SEA for mathematics was 61.3
per cent, language arts 59.8 per cent
and creative writing 65.8 per cent.
This represented a higher score
than that of last year, he added.
The mean score for the three new
areas --- science, drama and character
and citizenship --- which were intro-
duced for the first time as part of
the continuous assessment compo-
nent was 88.2 per cent.
Gopeesingh said 18,239 students
sat the exam this year as compared
to 18,036 last year. He said the num-
ber of boys writing had almost been
the same except for "one or two hun-
dred more writing the exam every
year" because more boys had to
repeat than girls.
The minister said of the students
placed in the first 200, there were
67 boys and 133 girls.
"This is significant, he said, and
also noted: "We had 69 schools
accounting for the first 200 students
as opposed to, at one time, 41 schools.
"So we are having more primary
schools gaining places in the first
200 across the country. The results
have been very comforting in terms
of the performance of our students."
He said this year, the percentage
of students who scored above 50, 60
and 90 per cent was the highest for
the period 2010-2014, and conversely,
"the percentage of students who
attained a score 30 per cent or below
in 2014 was the lowest for the period
2010 to 2014." (SEE PAGE A10)
were shot in head
Kern "Mad Max" Catene.
Chief education officer on SEA placement:
You must make the marks
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Four held for gang activity
Two relatives of Carapo Life Sport boss held
Jeff Mayers walks
behind members a group
of soldiers as they
patrolled through Clifton
Hill, Laventille on
Sunday night. Members
of the the media were
invited by the regiment
to go on a patrol in some
the hot spot areas at
East Port -of -Spain
following complaints of
abuse by residents.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
MEDIA ON PATROL
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