Former Minister of the People and Social Development under the People’s Partnership Government Dr Glen Ramadharsingh, in condemning the housing of the mentally ill and socially displaced in cages at the Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) in Arouca, said yesterday that during his tenure as minister in 2013/2014 concerns were raised as to the methodologies and it was dealt with.
“This is like a horror movie,” said a family member whose relative was among 69 people discovered locked in cages at the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre in on the Eastern Main Road, Arouca, yesterday morning during a raid by police.
“I never knew all this was happening here. I am lost for words. This is worse than bad treatment of animals. Had I known I would have done things differently but I could not deal with my relative who is mentally ill.”
Sixty-Nine people ranging from the ages of 19 to 70 years have been found locked away in cages at a church located along the Eastern Main Road in Arouca on Wednesday morning.
These people both men and women are believed to be victims of "modern day slavery" and "human trafficking" according to Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith who spoke to the Guardian Media Limited's Lead Investigative desk Mark Bassant earlier on Wednesday just outside the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre.
Police are probing the murder of a 30-year-old Arouca man.
Reports indicate that around 10 last evening, Solon James was at Windy Hill, Arouca where he was shot several times.
Police were called and rushed James to the Arima District Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.
Investigations are continuing.
This murder comes less than 24 hours after a father of two was shot dead in the area on Monday.
Police are in investigating a triple-murder in Arouca last night.
Around 8:45 pm officers of the Northern Division Rapid Response Unit responded to a report of a shooting at Nightingale Drive Bon Air Gardens Arouca where they found four men nursing gunshot injuries about their bodies.
Two died at the scene, a third died at hospital and the fourth man remains critical at hospital.
The victims are as follows:
1. Dwight Richardson, 25, EMR Arouca; (Died at the scene)
2. Khadeem Williams aka Smalls, 25, of Eldorado Heights El Dorado; (Died at the scene)
A man has been shot and killed in Arouca.
Reports indicate that shortly after 10 pm Sunday, residents of Jitman Drive heard several loud explosions.
Police were contacted and upon arrival proceeded to a house in the area where they discovered Randy Jagessar lying in a pool of blood.
His body bore gunshot wounds.
He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigations are ongoing.
An anti-crime exercise, in the Arouca district, has resulted in an ammunition haul being made by Northern Division Task Force (NDTF) officers, yesterday.
Officers of the NDTF Area Central, under the supervision of Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Michael Daniel and led by Sgt. Ishmael Pitt, conducted the exercise between 10 pm and 2 am, on Sunday 29th April, 2018.
Acting on information, the officers proceeded to an abandoned wooden structure at Windy Hill, Arouca, around 1 am, where they conducted a search.
One man was arrested and quantities of ammunition and marijuana seized, by officers of the Northern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise, in the Arouca district, over the weekend.
Officers were on mobile patrol in Windy Hill, Arouca, around 5:20 pm, on Saturday, when they observed a man walking along the roadway, acting in a suspicious manner.
The man was stopped and a search conducted.
The search resulted in 30 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition and 10 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, as well as 50 grammes of marijuana, being discovered in his possession.
Police are still at the scene of a double murder in Arouca.
The murder took place this morning.
Police were notified that the bodies of two men were discovered in a house.
Officers proceeded to the establishment along Windy Hill.
Upon arrival, they discovered the men lying in pools of blood.
Their bodies bore several gunshot wounds.
The deceased men have been identified as Lyndon Sutherland and Shevron Clarke.
Investigations are ongoing.