Crime

No motive established for Morvant murder

Police are trying to determine the motive for the killing of 34-year-old Ronnie Wickham of Second Caledonia, Morvant, last night.

Reports are that at about 9:30 pm, residents of Almond Drive, Morvant heard several explosions.

Upon investigating, they found Ronnie Wickham bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds along the roadway.

The police and paramedics were notified, however, Wickham succumbed to his injuries.

Investigations are ongoing.

Griffith: Police were just doing their jobs in Las Cuevas

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has responded to the concerns of Las Cuevas residents, saying the community has been flooded with criminal activity for years and that he was surprised by their reaction because the police were doing their job.

Griffith said today's exercise was necessary to cleanse the area and added that if anyone was inconvenienced, it was unfortunate.

He said this and similar exercises in the future should be expected.

Griffith has asked citizens to expose criminals in their community rather than be upset when the police do what is required.

Triple murder in Penal - infants found at scene

Police have rescued a baby and a toddler from the gruesome scene of a triple murder which took place at a house in Penal.

Dead are Wazir Mohammed, 58, his wife Shellyann Mohammed, 57, and his brother Nazim Mohammed, 50 of 313 Clarke Road, Penal.

The children, aged eight months and four years, were found in the house. 

Investigators said around 3 pm, a 25-year-old relative went to the house to check on them.

He told police he had to jump the fence.

He found the kids in the house.

Panday: Amend Anti-Gang Act to include white-collar crime

Former Minister in the Ministry of National Security Subhas Panday wants the Government to amend the Anti-Gang Act to include white-collar crimes committed by politicians.

In a media conference at his San Fernando law chambers Thursday, Panday said that the offences for which Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald, her hus­band Michael Carew, former chairman of the National Commission for Self Help Edgar Zephyrine, Wayne An­tho­ny and Vic­tor McEachrane share characteristics with gang behaviour.

22 arrested in 'Golden Tombstone' raids

Twenty-two persons were arrested, while two firearms, quantities of ammunition and one bulletproof vest were seized Thursday during a joint anti-crime exercise named ‘Golden Tombstone’ in Las Cuevas, La Fillette and Maracas Bay.

Police say the exercise, supervised by ACP (Ag) Forde and Snr Supt. (Ag) Phillip, was conducted between 1 am and 9 am.

Las Cuevas residents traumatised by police raid

Residents of Las Cuevas say they have no problem with the police doing their job but say they are disappointed with the manner it was done.

The residents claim the officers kicked-in doors and did not identify themselves, causing law-abiding residents to think they were in danger.  

A collaborative exercise involving personnel from the Police, Defence Force and Coast Guard occurred in the area just after 2 am Thursday. 

Residents say the exercise lasted several hours and several men were taken by police. 

Police sergeant charged with threatening to kill woman

An acting police sergeant with 31 years of service is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, charged with threatening to kill a female victim.

Sgt (Ag) Brian Stoddard, 53, who is attached to the Cunupia Police Station, was charged with engaging in a course of conduct that caused persons to fear that violence will be used against them in breach of the Offences against the Person Act.

This follows advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

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