Crime

Coryal Man Charged with Murder

A  Coryal  man  is  expected  to  appear  before  an  Arima  Magistrate  today, charged with the murder of Paul Carrera, which occurred on Friday 31 January 2020.

Following advice received from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday 11 February 2020, murder charges were laid against 45-year-old GLEN JOSEPH of Carmichael Village, Coryal.

Another killing in Cocorite

Twelve days after a murder occurred at Harding Place in Cocorite, another man was gunned down on Tuesday morning in the same spot.

According to a police report, Brian Taitt was at a parlour at about 3 am, when he was approached by a gunman who shot and killed him. 

The gunman then escaped.

A motive is yet to be established in that killing.

Foreign nationals get hard labour for fraud

Two foreign nationals  have  been  sentenced to  two years’  hard labour for fraud.

The accused—SIMON  EDUARDO  FARIAS ROMERO,  a  Venezuelan national,  and  FRANCISCO  JAVIER  GIL  RIVERA  a  Mexican national—both appeared  before  Her  Worship  Adia  Mohammed  on Tuesday  11 February  2020.

They pleaded  guilty  to  the  charge of trafficking in counterfeit cards.

No survivors in Rancho Quemado shooting

Police have identified the four people killed in yesterday’s shooting in Rancho Quemado.

They are: 21-year-old Shaquille Dottin, 17-year-old Jabari Toby, and 17-year-old Alafia Augustine of Alexander Village, Santa Flora; and 28-year-old Anthony Alexander of Claxton Bay.

Police are probing whether the murders were drug-related.

According to reports, the men were seated in a silver Wagon at a house in Rancho Quemado, when at about 6 pm, two gunmen opened fire on them.

Erin police responded to reports of the shooting and found Dottin, Toby and Alexander dead.

IWRN calls for stringent measures to protect children

The International Women's Resources Network (IWRN) is calling for agencies, families and parents to be more proactive, when it comes to protecting children in this country.

The demand comes in the wake of the death of 8-year old Makeisha Maynard who was beaten to death by her father on Sunday.

The IWRN has expressed disappointment at all the individuals—including family members and agencies—who it says failed the little girl.

WASA: Vandalism affecting water supply in North East Trinidad

Parts of North East Trinidad are without pipe-borne water at present because of a problem at the  Aripo  Water  Treatment  Plant.

And an official statement from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising that the issue won’t be fully solved until Thursday 13 February, 2020.

According to the statement, WASA says the disruption in the normal pipe borne water supply is due to the facility being out of operation, following an act of vandalism.

Three men held for offences against children

The Child  Protection  Unit (CPU) is once again advising all parents and guardians to  be  extremely  vigilant  concerning  their  children’s  overall well-being,  and to take  all  preventative  measures  to  ensure their children’s safety is not jeopardised.

The warning comes as the CPU conducted several intelligence-led exercises over the weekend, which led to arrest of three  men for several offences against children.

38 Venezuelan nationals held in Woodbrook exercise

Thirty-eight Venezuelan nationals were arrested by officers of the Port of Spain Division during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Woodbrook District early this morning.

The exercise was conducted  between 3:30am  and 6:00am, on Tuesday 11 February 2020,  at  a  nightclub  at  the  corner  Ariapita  Avenue  and  Carlos  Streets, Woodbrook.

A  search  of  the  establishment  resulted  in  29  female  and  nine  male Venezuelan  nationals  being  arrested.  Among  the  females,  five  were between the ages of 15 and 17.

Police officers arrested for human trafficking

Two police officers, along with a Venezuelan national, have been detained in connection with trafficking in persons and other gang related activities.

The trio were arrested during an anti-crime exercise overnight in the Central Division.

The officers, who are assigned to Central Division Police and also live in the area, had their respective homes and lockers at the station searched.

The home of the Venezuelan national also was searched.

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