Survivor to police: Be more sensitive to victims

A 55-year-old do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivor on Monday re­count­ed her life of ter­ror as she called for po­lice of­fi­cers to be bet­ter trained and have more sen­si­tiv­i­ty when deal­ing with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims and cas­es.

The St Vin­cent­ian na­tion­al, who has been liv­ing in T&T for the past 37 years, knows all too well about how dan­ger­ous and dead­ly do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can be.

Two years ago, her daugh­ter was killed be­cause of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Suspected arson attack leaves handyman homeless

Al­though Samuel Sa­hadeo was less than 50 me­tres away from his home, he could do lit­tle as it went up in flames yes­ter­day.

But res­i­dents of Tarou­ba Road said the fire was no ac­ci­dent as one of Sa­hadeo’s neigh­bours was seen walk­ing out of the house when smoke be­gan to rise. 

Sa­hadeo, a handy­man, said he was at the neigh­bour’s home at­tend­ing to his plants around 2 pm.

He said as he walked to the side of the house to drink from a pipe, he saw smoke.

Online scam offers employment in England

The British High Commission has asked police to investigate an online scam that promised the commission's help to get jobs for locals in exchange for a fee.

An official at the High Commission told Guardian Media that the scam was brought to their attention Monday when a job seeker called asking for information.

The official, who asked not to be named, said a website offered provisional contracts of employment at two hotels in Lancaster, England.

Applicants were asked to make a payment to indicate they were serious about taking the job.

Venezuelan woman held with US$169,000 strapped to body

A Venezuelan national has been held at the Piarco International Airport with US$169,000 strapped to her body.

The woman was attempting to board a flight out of the country last Thursday.

Immigration officials say she could not properly account for the money.

Immigration sources told Guardian Media that the woman who was destined to Caracas walked through the airport security scanners and was later subjected to a body search by security officers of the Airports Authority. 

Police seize weed in Belmont

Police have seized a quantity of compressed marijuana during an exercise in Belmont.

The marijuana was discovered by officers during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Port of Spain Division on Sunday. 

Officers of the Port-of-Spain Division Task Force conducted searches of several areas in the Belmont and St. Ann’s districts during the exercise. 

One search resulted in officers discovering 300 grammes of marijuana at an abandoned house along Belle Eau Road, Belmont. 

In a separate incident, one suspect was held on enquiries into gang-related activities.

Morvant man critical after shooting

Investigations are continuing into an attempt on the life of a 24-year-old man from Coconut Drive, Morvant, while in Malabar on Sunday.

According to a police report, at about 1 pm the man was in his black Nissan wagon at the corner of Banyan and Mahogany Drive when a gunman approached him and shot him in the back.

Police said the man was taken to the Arima District Health Facility and then transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope where he, up to press time last evening, remains warded in a critical condition.

- Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

Police at scene of San Fernando shooting

Po­lice are cur­rent­ly at Har­ris Prom­e­nade, San Fer­nan­do, where an Arou­ca man was shot this morn­ing. The in­ci­dent took place in the vicin­i­ty of two schools.

Pre­lim­i­nary re­ports are that the vic­tim, who has not been iden­ti­fied, was in San Fer­nan­do with his broth­er to pur­chase a car. They had $27,000 in cash with them and had arranged to meet with the sell­er on Har­ris Prom­e­nade.

Murder in Cascade

A 36-year-old man was gunned down in Cas­cade on Thurs­day night. Po­lice said at around 9.30 pm, Kendell Bap­tiste, of Up­per Cas­cade Road, Cas­cade was am­bushed by gun­men in an area com­mon­ly known as Blan­ca.

Res­i­dents heard a vol­ley of gun­shots and called the po­lice who found the dead man slumped on the road­way. The body was viewed by a dis­trict med­ical Of­fi­cer and re­moved to the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre in St James. Po­lice are yet to de­ter­mine a mo­tive for this mur­der.