Regiment denies slain soldier was voice in ISIS-threat voice notes

Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 00:00

The acting commanding officer of the T&T Regiment, Colonel Dexter Francis, has dispelled reports made in the media this week linking the death of Corporal Jerry Leacock to voice notes that went viral on social media referencing possible terrorist attacks in T&T.

In a release yesterday, the Regiment's public affairs officer, Captain Stefan Affonso, said "based on investigations thus far, these unfounded links that appear to be confirmed by the media have not been verified and are not linked to Cpl Leacock or any member of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.”

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Leacock has been described as a distinguished soldier who served T&T with honour and pride.

The following is the complete statement by the Regiment:

"The Acting Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, Colonel Dexter Francis, dispells the reports made in the media linking the death of 9666 Corporal Jerry Leacock to voice notes aired on social media referencing terrorist attacks in Trinidad and Tobago. Based on investigations by the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment thus far, these unfounded links that appear to be confirmed by the media have not been verified and are not linked to Cpl Leacock or any member of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.

Cpl Leacock was a distinguished soldier who served his country with honour and pride. After seventeen (17) years of dedicated Colour service in the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, he consistently demonstrated his patriotism and passion to serve his nation.

Furthermore, investigations into the authenticity and source of these voice notes are ongoing by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment continues to support the TTPS with all ongoing investigations.

The Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment reassures the public that all members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment are committed to the defence of our beloved state and will support all efforts to preserve and maintain law and order."

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