TTPS urges state witnesses to stay in Witness Protection

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is urging citizens who have been placed in witness protection, to stay there while they need that special cover.

The appeal comes in the wake of the murder of 44-year-old Raffick Hosein, of Fitts Road, Biche.

He was gunned down at his Biche home at about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

He was a state witness in a double murder case and had been receiving death threats.

Police say he seldom left his home.

Woman killed in Edinburgh 500

Police are trying to determine the motive behind the murder of an Edinburgh 500 woman on Wednesday evening.

Dead is Shanice Williams, of 15th Street, Edinburgh 500.

According to reports, at about 10 pm, she was called out of her house by someone. When she walked out to answer them, several loud explosions were heard.

The mother of one was shot about the body.

A motive for her killing has not been established, however, investigations are ongoing.

Shanice Williams is the 56th woman murdered this year so far.



Murder on Old Train Line

A 30-year-old man was shot and killed on the Old Train Line in Ste Margaret's Village, this morning.

According to reports, at around 4 am, Kelvin Arneaud was asleep with his wife and children, when three men entered his home and shot him several times on the right side of his back.

Arneaud is said to be known to the police and has a pending matter before the court.

Investigations into his killing continue.



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Police-involved shooting in Carapichaima

A man was killed during a police-involved shooting in Carapichaima on Thursday morning.

The victim has been identified as Devon Lewis, of Mungal Trace, Orange Field Road.

According to a police report, at about 4 am—acting on intelligence received—a team of police officers from the Central Division went to the house.

On approaching the front door, officers alleged that they were shot at from someone inside the house.

The officers returned fire, shooting Lewis several times about the body. He died on the scene.

Murdered patient had asked to be moved

Hours before DeJean Broker, 25, complained to a nurse in the Ward he was in at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (POSGH) about his life being threatened and that he would not live to see the morning he was gunned down on his hospital bed on Tuesday night. 

Broker, a father of one, a son, of Mon Repos in Morvant, was shot five times by a man dressed in a white overall resembling what is usually worn by T&T’s Crime Scene Investigators.

Gunmen cause havoc at SEPOS School

Gunmen climbed onto rooftops of the Plannings at Upper and Lower Nelson Street and were firing off "warning/message" gunshots at each other on Wednesday morning, when five stray bullets ended up penetrating a classroom at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School.

One of the bullets ricocheted and grazed a female teacher on the hand, while another bullet went just over the head of a pupil while he was sitting his end of term examination. The bullet missed his head by mere centimetres.

Children’s Authority: Vaccinate your children against the flu

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is appealing to parents and guardians to ensure their children’s safety from the influenza virus.

In a news release, the Authority is reminding parents and guardian that children, particularly those five years and under, have been categorised by the ministry of health as one of the groups vulnerable to the virus.

The authority says all precautions should be taken to ensure their protection, including vaccination. 

Paltoo: “UNC ‘forces’ were against me…”

Former UNC councillor, Khublal Paltoo, says the reason he crossed the floor to join the PNM back in October, is because forces within the UNC were working against him.

During an interview with Guardian Media earlier today, Paltoo said he was accused by the UNC of not serving his burgesses, which include St Augustine South, Piarco and St Helena.

The controversial councillor pointed to one instance where the party claimed that he did not represent the people. It was following last year's flooding.

Teacher shot by stray bullet

Gunmen fired "wild" shots in East Port of Spain on Wednesday morning, causing havoc at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School, where one teacher was grazed by one of the bullets.

The incident occurred at about 10.45 am.

A pupil escaped injury as one of the bullets went over his head, missing him by mere centimetres.

This was confirmed to Guardian Media by a teacher who wished not to be identified. The teacher said the incident has left them terrified and shaken.

SORT rescues dozens of Latin Americans from central bar

At least 55 Latin American females, some in their early teens, believed to be part of a sex trafficking ring were rescued from a Central Sports Bar by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) on Tuesday night just after 9 pm.

Senior police sources told Guardian Media that SORT officers headed by Sgt Mark Hernandez entered the Yihai Entertainment Sports Bar along the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of Enterprise and found several underaged girls and women at the establishment.