A tremendous blow to Arima and the rest of the country.
That’s how Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian described Monday’s murder of playwright and award-winning producer, director and actor Raymond Choo Kong.
Officers of the Central Division held 39 Venezuelan nationals and one Jamaican national during an anti-crime exercise conducted in Chaguanas overnight into this morning.
The exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Samuel Seepersad, included officers of the Criminal Investigations Department, Central Division Task Force, the Special Operations Unit, the Canine Branch and Courts and Process Branch, and was conducted between 10 pm on Sunday and 4 am on Monday.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has announced measures to be taken to peg back the spike in homicides in the last 36 hours, which includes the calling out of all officers who are off-duty.
In a statement on Monday, the commissioner said the measures will include:
• Detention of suspects in shooting incidents for questioning;
• Every available police officer will be out on the streets conducting static and foot patrols;
• All Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles will be on patrols;
• Officers who are currently on days off, have been called out to duty;
As it continued to monitor the Oropouche River, near the Digity Mud volcano site, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) issued a stern warning that people who pollute the nation’s rivers can be fined up to $100,000.
The river turned red last weekend, according to the caretaker of the Digity Mud volcano site Rakesh Rampersad but by the time EMA investigators arrived, the contamination had disappeared.
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A Laventille man has been charged with cruelty to a four-year-old child, whose leg was broken during a beating.
Kerry Wilson, 41, was charged with the offense on Friday, after being arrested by officers of the Child Protection Unit-Port of Spain Division.
Reports indicate that the female minor was at the home of the accused during the period August 30th, 2016 to December 4th, 2016, when he allegedly dealt her several blows about her body with his hand.
The assault charges laid against the Chief Executive Officer of A&V Oil and Gas Limited, Hanif Baksh, and his son-in-law, Bill Ramsundar, were dismissed Monday at the Siparia Magistrates' Court.
Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert agreed to have the charges dismissed following a request made by Baksh's attorney, Senior Counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj.
Maharaj asked the court to discharge the accused persons due to the prosecution's unpreparedness for the matter to move to trial.
Police have now confirmed that 69-year-old actor and playwright Raymond Choo Kong was stabbed multiple times by a lone assailant who then robbed him of his belongings while inside the living room of his Arima home.
Investigators close to the case told Guardian Media that they believe the lone assailant climbed into the roof of an adjoining business place and then climbed into Choo Kong's verandah shortly before noon today.
The assailant then made his way through a door that was open and confronted Choo Kong in his living room.
A Trinidad & Tobago national, Andre Stedman, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for raping a minor girl.
The former security officer who is in his late 50s was also slapped with a 12-month prison sentence for indecent assault, a report by BVI News said.
His sentences are to run concurrently.
Award-winning actor, producer and director Raymond Choo Kong has been found dead in a suspected homicide.
A family member found him after 12 noon on his recliner in his living room at his Green Street, Arima home.
Police say there appears to be marks of violence on the body and a broken chair next to the recliner.
Police also found blood on the ground.