Criminologist: Kamla's crime plan a pie in the sky

A pie in the sky.

That was the re­ac­tion of crim­i­nol­o­gist Dau­rius Figueira to Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar's short, medi­um and long term crime-fight­ing mea­sures, which she promised to in­sti­tute when the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress as­sumes of­fice again.

Ad­dress­ing UNC sup­port­ers at the Mon­day Night Fo­rum in Ch­agua­nas, Per­sad-Bisses­sar rolled out her plans, stat­ing that the Gov­ern­ment had been clue­less in bring­ing the mur­der rate down.

Teen charged with murder

A teenager has appeared before the Port-of-Spain Children’s Court charged with the murder of 47-year-old Lester Sookhai, which occurred in December 2018. 

The 16-year-old boy, of no fixed place of abode, was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He appeared before Master Vijay Paul to answer the charges.

Sookhai, a shopkeeper of Maingot Road, Tunapuna, was at his business place along with a relative around 10 am on Tuesday 11th December 2018, when the suspect entered and shot him. 

The suspect escaped on foot.

Choo Kong's death leaves President Weekes with heavy heart

President Paula-Mae Weekes has added her voice to the tributes being paid to actor, director and producer Raymond Choo Kong.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, President Weekes said her heart was heavy to learn of the actor's death.

The president said Choo Kong was a master of his field.

"Raymond Choo Kong was a born entertainer whose wit and humorous commentaries charmed generations of Trinbagonians. A gifted comedian and seasoned thespian, his exceptional talent transformed the local theatre landscape, setting the bar of his craft quite high," she said.

Investigations point to crime of passion

The homicide investigations into the brutal murder of local play­wright and award-winning producer, director and actor Raymond Choo Kong took a twist Tuesday afternoon following new information reaching police.

Police say that instead of a robbery, they now believe that it may be a crime of passion.

Upon sensitive information reaching officers, police strongly believe that Choo Kong, 69, who was stabbed eight times could have known his attacker on a personal/intimate basis.

"We are looking at it as a jilted lover-type thing, " a police source said.

Police destroy $80,000 in weed

Police have destroyed a quantity of marijuana they discovered in a camp in Salybia.

The exercise was done by officers of the Eastern Division, yesterday. 

Acting on intelligence, officers led by Cpl Ramnarine of the Sangre Grande Criminal Investigations Department, proceeded to conduct a search of a bushy area off Salybia Road, on Monday 15th July 2019. 

There, the officers discovered 100 fully grown marijuana trees and eight kilogrammes of dried marijuana. 

The drug, which has an estimated street value of $80,000 was destroyed. 

Heerah: Zonal curfews can help fight crime

A former head of the National Operations Centre (NOC), Garvin Heerah has called for a zonal curfew or a zonal state of emergency as an immediate initiative to help deal with the reduction of crime in T&T.

Heerah was speaking on the recent ranking of T&T as the 6th country making it one of the most violent countries in the world as per capita. 

Just on Monday, nine murders were recorded bringing the murder toll to 281. 

He was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of CNC3’s The Morning Brew.

Shot woman dies in hospital

A woman who was shot in D'Abadie along with a 16-year-old girl has suc­cumbed to her in­juries while at the hos­pi­tal on Mon­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about 1 am on Mon­day, Monique Grif­fith, 21, was stand­ing on the road at John Lane when a man ap­proached her with a gun and opened fire. She at­tempt­ed to run away but fell on the road. A 16-year-old girl who was stand­ing near­by was hit by a stray bul­let.