Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lucky: PCA awaiting file for probe into Torres' death



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DIRECTOR of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Gillian Lucky said her organisation is awaiting the file on the investigation into the death of Arima teenager Commie Torres from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) "to satisfy ourselves that there was a complete and thorough investigation".

Lucky, speaking to the Express during a telephone interview on Friday, said that the Authority will be auditing the investigator's file, ensuring that the relevant people were interviewed and looking into other matters.

She said that based on their findings they may make recommendations, such as more witnesses should have been interviewed, and if there are queries they will bring them to the attention of Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard.

Lucky noted that the Police Service would have sent the completed file on Commie's death to the DPP.

She said she was aware of the coroner's inquest into the case but stressed that the PCA cannot get involved in the investigation or the court matter.

She added, though, that the PCA was an "interested party" in the inquest.

Torres was shot in the back and killed in Arima on March 7 last year (Carnival Monday night) after he and other patrons fled from police who were reportedly shooting to disburse a bottle-throwing fracas; according to witnesses Torres was not involved in the fight. A wreath in his honour hangs on a lamp post where he fell, near the Arima Town Hall.

The 18-year-old was best known to the public as a singer, appearing on the Synergy Soca Star competition, and as an actor, appearing in plays and two films.

Torres' parents Karlene Antoine and Gerard Torres blame the police for their son's death and have expressed doubt that they will ever receive justice.