No relief in sight
After all the pomp and celebrations of our 50th Independence anniversary, life in Trinidad and Tobago has returned to normality.
The headline news of yesterday's Newsday, 'Bandit shot in the head', was a blood-crawling story of a survivor of a carjacking at Farm Road, St Joseph.
This one sentence from the survivor, Shaun Peter De-Garson, could have been written in a movie script but it was real: "De-Garson closed his eyes and waited for death. But the weapon did not fire."
According to the article, a battered De-Carson made his way to the Barataria Police Station to report the crime, but was told by officers to make an official report to the St Joseph Police Station as the 'crime was committed within the jurisdiction of that police station'.
If this is true, then we are still living in the Stone Age. I hope the Acting Commissioner of Police and our action-man, the Minister of National Security, investigate this matter forthwith.
As I write, what about the bandits who murdered the Chinese couple at their business place in Cunupia in mid-July? Have they been caught? Crime plan after crime plan—no relief in sight as the detection rate remains abysmally low.