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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Senior police have assured again that
they are working to bring the reported
death threats against Life Sport s deputy
director of physical education and sport
Ruth Marchan to a close.
She has been reported to be in a safe house
after her bodyguard, Curtis "Tall Man" Gib-
son, was shot and killed in bed at his Malabar
Police said the matter was getting their
full attention, adding that it was at a "very
"At this stage we are exploring all the
possibilities and looking at it from all angles.
We can t say at this time when the matter
would be closed," the police added.
When contacted National Security Min-
ister Gary Griffith said he was assured the
police were doing all they could but added
he did not get involved in the work of the
He said: "I have every confidence in the
police. There are instances when, as National
Security Minister, I may be briefed on a par-
ticular matter but only on a need-to-know
basis. I do not get involved in police work.
"They have their jobs to do and I have
mine. If the police need assistance from
Interpol, for instance, to speed up a matter
I could help in that area."
Speaking about crime initiatives Griffith
said the E 999, for instance, focused on real
time operations and immediate response
from law enforcement agencies.
"What is important is to secure our bor-
ders to stop the illegal entry of drugs, guns
and human trafficking and that has to do
with that thin line of water between the
South American mainland and the Gulf of
"We are putting hovercrafts, interceptors,
upgrading the radar, coastal platforms and
having it all locked in with GPS tracking
being fed through the radar to the National
Operations Centre for immediate response.
"We provide policies and the PNM pro-
vides plans which are plans to commit
crimes," Griffith said.
Permanent secretary in the Ministry
of Sport Ashwin Creed is expected to
answer questions from the Ministry
of Finance and the Economy s Central
Audit Unit this week, possibly today.
This was confirmed yesterday by
his attorney, former legal affairs minister
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian, Taylor said he could not say
the exact day the meeting would take
place, but "it will be very soon."
Creed had been out of the country
on leave since May, weeks before Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
ordered Finance and the Economy Min-
ister Larry Howai to probe the Life
Sport programme, which involved train-
ing less fortunate black, young males.
There have been several allegations
that the programme was used to fund
criminals and one businessman said
he was owed $34 million for his role
in the initiative.
There have been reports of death
threats being issued to officials of the
programme, including Life Sport exec-
utive Ruth Marchan, who has since
gone into hiding at a safe house pro-
vided by Chaguanas West MP, former
national security minister Jack Warn-
er.She took confidential information in
her computer to Warner for safekeep-
A close associate, Curtis "Tallman"
Gibson, was killed after being threat-
ened. No one has yet been charged
with his murder.
Taylor said Creed returned to the
country last week after an official
He was told a few days ago his return
was necessary to assist with some ques-
Taylor stressed that was the first
official request for Creed to return from
the United States where he was dealing
with family business.
He said after the request Creed "cut
short his business abroad to return
home to deal with the matter."
He said he wanted to make it clear
that Creed was not running from any-
thing and had not done anything
Creed to answer
Cops on Life Sport death threat:
Probe at sensitive stage SASCHA WILSON
A construction worker who allegedly
fractured a woman s jaw in a fight was yes-
terday granted $50,000 bail on the condi-
tion that he moves out of his apartment.
Gerald Nelson, 33, was charged with assault
occasioning actual bodily harm arising out
of an altercation with a woman on July 10.
He appeared before Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Mark Wellington in the San Fernando
Magistrates Court yesterday, but was not
called upon to plead.
The woman lived in the same apartment
building as Nelson in San Fernando, the court
Nelson s attorney Chantal Paul said her
client had already arranged to live with his
aunt in Pleasantville.
He had one case pending for grievous sex-
ual assault, for which he is on $75,000 bail.
On the condition that he lives with his
aunt and has no contact with the victim,
the magistrate granted him bail.
The matter was adjourned to August 11.
Man accused of
jaw gets bail
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