National Security

'Shorto' in court for Sandman's murder

Durrel Raymond, also known as 'Shorto', appeared at the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court this afternoon charged with the murder of Vaughan 'Sandman' Mieres and three others on July 25th.

Raymond who was shot in the left leg during the incident came into the court on crutches and was accompanied by several heavily armed police officers.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Sarah De Silva in the 11th court.

He was also charged with the of Alita Dehere, Nigel Octim and Kadir Joseph.

Two senior cops on sexual misconduct charges

Two senior police officers are to appear in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court charged for sexual misconduct. 

The officers, who are both 58-years-old and have a combined 77 years of service in the Police Service, were charged on Thursday, following advice from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC. 

Acting Senior Superintendent Samuel Seepersad, who is attached to the Central Division and has 39 years of service, was arrested at the Central Division Headquarters on Wednesday. 

He was charged with harassment. 

Customs clerk fined $35,000 for drug trafficking

A Customs Clerk who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking has been fined $35,000 or a nine-year imprisonment in default.
The 36-year-old mother of two from Morvant appeared before Arima First Court Magistrate Cheron Raphael on Monday and was represented by attorney Kerry Pantin.
Enam Safya Mkubwa was arrested on July 19 at about 5.40 am by Woman Estate Constable Balthazar of the Airports Authority security while at the checkpoint upstairs the airport by the last scanner. She was to board a flight to Barbados.

Senior police officers questioned

Two senior police officers have been detained by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) earlier this morning.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed that a senior officer from the Central Division was being questioned and another senior from the Southern Division was also detained for questioning.

One of the senior officers Guardian Media was informed was being questioned at the Chaguanas police station by senior officers of the PSB.

Gang war breaks out inside POS prison

On the fourth an­niver­sary of the Port of Spain prison jail­break, a fra­cas has bro­ken out at the jail in­volv­ing the Ras­ta City and Mus­lim gangs ac­cord­ing to well-placed prison sources.

Sources say that the clash be­tween the ri­val gangs broke out some­time this morn­ing and sev­er­al in­mates were in­jured.

Griffith assures safety for Pride TT parade

The Pride TT Committee (Pride TT) has met with the Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to discuss the safety and security needs for the upcoming annual Pride TT Fair, Mini-Concert, Fun Day and Parade, carded for Sunday 28th July, 2019 at Nelson Mandela Park.

Pride TT said in a statement that it is convinced that the Police Service is "committed to protecting all".

Griffith continues constituency meetings

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh and a cross section of constituents, to hear and discuss their safety and security concerns. 

The meeting took place on Wednesday in Couva. 

A statement by the Police Service says that the issues raised by members included home invasion, robberies and response times, from officers in dealing with distress calls. 

Ministry promises investigation into contracts for gangsters

 Hours after Guardian Media highlighted seven reputed gang leaders in North Trinidad have been benefitting from state contracts worth close to $6 million, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein has promised to launch a full-scale investigation into the matter with a report to be submitted on his desk next month.

'Emailgate' investigation is over

After almost seven years the 'Emailgate' investigation is now said to be completed and closed.  

At the police press briefing Wednesday, acting Assistant Superintendent Michael Pierre revealed that the Police Service has gathered evidence about the emails sent to certain government members in September 2012.

He says service providers were interrogated as well as the device of one individual who was on the email thread.

Griffith launches investigation into police vehicle

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has launched an investigation into a police officer who was seen in a video circulating on social media, driving a police vehicle with a broken rear wheel.

A statement by the Police Service says that the officer, who has been identified, is attached to the Eastern Division.

The statement said that pending the outcome of the investigation, the officer can be served with disciplinary or criminal action.

Senior Superintendent, Odette Lewis is supervising the investigations.