Prison officers fearing for their lives have started staying away from duty in the wake of the murder of their colleague Davendra Boodooram, who was killed after leaving work at the Port-of-Spain State Prison on Friday.
Others claim that their lives were being threatened.
In an interview yesterday, one of Boodooram’s colleagues said some officers were staying away from duty and even contemplating tendering their resignations.
Four men believed to be associated with the Rasta City Gang have been arrested in connection with the murder of prison officer Devendra Boodooram. Police said the four men from the Basilon Street area were held on Friday however, by yesterday evening, two of them were released.
ttorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday referred the Anti-Terrorism Bill to a Joint Select Committee comprising eight members with a report to be submitted by March 31.
Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis announced that five members of the House, among them Al-Rawi, Marlene McDonald, Prakash Ramadhar and herself, while three members from the Senate will be selected to form the committee.
Prison officer Devendra Boodooram, 50, who was killed on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday felt so safe in his duties that he told his family on numerous occasions that should a riot break out he will be protected by the inmates.
Yesterday, around 5 pm, following death threats posted on social media after his colleagues were recorded kicking prisoners while the inmates were tied up, a gunman walked up to his vehicle and shot him at least four times in the head.
Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon is tonight expressing sincere condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues of Prison Officer II Davindra Boodooram, 45, who was shot dead on Frederick Street Friday afternoon.
Boodooram had 25 years' service with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.
In a statement by the Ministry of National Security, Minister Dillon condemned the brazen act.
An escapee who had been on the run for two months, is recaptured by police in an anti-crime exercise, at Aranguez, around 5:00pm, yesterday.
Murder accused Hamilton Small, was held by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force, after being intercepted in a vehicle with two other men, one of whom is a suspect in another murder.
Small had escaped from the holding cell at the Arima Magistrates’ Court, on November 27th 2017, and had eluded capture since.
He was due to be committed to stand trial for murder, when he escaped from the precincts of the court.
A prison officer has been shot dead on upper Frederick Street in Port-of-Spain.
He has been identified as David Boodram on Lopinot.
The prison officer was driving his Honda SUV at the time he was killed just after 5pm.
Confirmation of his death came from Prisons Commissioner Gerald Wilson.
This comes days after threats were made on the lives of some prison officers and follows a raid of the Port-of-Spain prison three days ago.
The officer was shot outside St Mary's College during mid-afternoon traffic.
An 83-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife who was sexually assaulted during an armed robbery at their Sangre Grande home, on January 16th, 2018, got a measure of justice when police held the suspects, during an anti-crime operation in the Arima district, one week later.
Two men and a woman appeared before a Justice of the Peace today, charged with multiple offenses arising from the incident, including robbery with violence and grievous sexual assault against the female victim.