Saturday, March 25, 2017



Mar. 24, 2017, 11:4 PM AST Comments

MURDERED Chaguanas mother Sharlene Somai died as a result of suffocation. This was revealed in an autopsy done on her body yesterday at the Forensic Sci­ence Centre in Federation Park. A close male relative of 23-year-old Somai who had been assisting the police in their investigation was released on

Dillon: Immediate action when missing persons are reported

Mar. 24, 2017, 11:1 PM AST Comments

Police are supposed to begin investigations immediately after receiving a report of a missing person, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon told the House of Representatives yesterday as the issue of Sharlene Somai was raised. Responding to a question from Fzyabad MP Dr Lackram Bodoe, at Tower D,

Robocop’s brother gunned down

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:56 PM AST Comments

THE BROTHER of slain Enterprise gang leader Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis was gunned down yesterday evening in Enterprise, the third relative of Alexis to have been killed since he was shot dead in Enterprise in July last year. The killing, and that of a Cara­po man, took the 2017 murder toll

Minister holds back after saying boy’s murder not linked to school

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:52 PM AST Comments

In an apparent retreat from his ­initial definitive statement, Education Minister Anthony Garcia declined yesterday to divulge what insights led him to conclude the killing of 16-year-old schoolboy Jesse Beephan was not school-related. The issue about whether schoolboys were involved in Beephan̵

Garcia grieves for Jesse, and his own son*

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:38 PM AST Comments

As he attempted to bring comfort to the parents of murdered 16-year-old Jesse Shakar Beephan, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said yesterday he understood the pain of losing a child. Garcia said his son died a few years ago, and he had also experienced the heartache of having to bury a child. He w

Body found in Gran Couva bushes

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:36 PM AST Comments

The decomposed body of a man has been found in bushes in Gran Couva. Police said it was found by employees of Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) who were at work near San Salvador Estate. Police were alerted and officers of Gran Couva Police Station, Homicide Division Region III and

Presiding bishop: Murder of a cop is unforgivable

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:31 PM AST Comments

The murder of a police officer, whether on or off duty, is unforgivable. This was the view expressed yesterday by Bishop David Ibeleme at the funeral service for murdered Woman Police Constable Nyasha Joseph, 22, at the Daybreak Assembly Church off Coconut Drive, Morvant. Ibeleme, who is originally

Williams pledges police support for WPC’s child*

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:26 PM AST Comments

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams yesterday pledged $1,000 of his own money to a fund to help the four-year-old daughter of murdered Woman Police Constable Nyasha Joseph. And noting that police officers were to receive backpay at the end of March, he urged them to contribute, and pledged a

38 years for sex with 10-year-old schoolgirl

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:24 PM AST Comments

GARDENER Kishore Lutchman was yesterday sentenced to 38 years in prison for sex crimes against a ten-year-old girl. Lutchman, also called Toy, 57, of Penal was found guilty on January 20 on two charges of grievous sexual assault and serious indecency against the primary school child. He was senten

Cop charged over social media video

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:23 PM AST Comments

A video shared on social media in which a prisoner’s genitals were shown, and a claim made that he was bitten during a sexual assault, has led to the arrest and prosecution of a police constable charged with a crime under Section 8 of the Libel and Defamation Act. Constable Javaughn Ballington

DPP's office 'pressed at the seams'*

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:17 PM AST Comments

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard SC says his office has been operating at about 60 to 65 per cent capacity because of a shortage of attorneys, cramped offices and the lack of a modern case management system. “Given the fact that the DPP's office is being pressed at the seams

Cops: Driver tried to evade roadblock

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:16 PM AST Comments

A man was killed by police in Rio Claro on Thursday night. Junior Paul Smith, 43, of Piparo Road, was shot four times, an autopsy found yesterday. Around 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, officers of the Rio Claro CID and Eastern Division Task Force were conducting a roadblock exercise at Tabaquite Road. Po

Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak ‘poses risk to T&T’

Mar. 24, 2017, 10:12 PM AST Comments

Trinidad and Tobago has not had an active case of yellow fever since 1979, according to health ­officials. But a yellow fever outbreak currently sweeping across Brazil is a major risk to T&T. As a result, the Ministry of Health yesterday announced travel restrictions that will affect people coming t