Written by: Pandora
- 31st Dec, 2008 - 12:11pm
The year is not yet over and the figures are extremely scary, yet it seems like the Prime Minister and his inefficient Minister of National Security continue their plan of literally ignoring the state of chaos this country is living.
The country's homicide figure is now on par with the record 2005 toll, following the shooting deaths of three men at the weekend,
The murders of businessman Derrick Gilbert, vendor Brian Ramnath and Kevon Andrews have now pushed the toll to 386 for the year, so far.
This means the figure is now-once again-the highest in Trinidad and Tobago's history, having surpassed last year's total by 15.
At several weekly press conferences held during the year, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations Gilbert Reyes said the upsurge in murders was gang related. Murders resulting from domestic situations were also blamed.
However, in March, both Reyes and Minister of National Security Martin Joseph were quick to point out that murders were on a decline, having dropped by 41 per cent.
Both Commissioner of Police Trevor Paul and Reyes said measures will be taken to safeguard the public and the criminals will be bought to justice.
For this month, with less than 24 hours left in the year, 40 murders have been recorded, 13 more than December's figure for 2006.
In the first killing at the weekend, around 7:25 p.m. On Saturday, Gilbert, 40, the owner of Conquerat Transport Services, was sitting on a chair in his yard chatting with two of his employees when a man walked up behind him and shot him. He died on the spot. Speaking with the Express yesterday at Gilbert's Chandy Lane, El Socorro, home his eight -year -old son Dishon said: "My daddy was a nice guy. He stood up strong for us and all I want to say is that I love him."
Gilbert, a father three, was described by his aunt-in-law Ann-Marie Stephen as "a hard worker."
"I was in my living room looking at the news when I heard three loud noises. I told my husband the noises sounding like gunshots and soon after I got a call telling me Derrick get shoot.
"I rushed out the house and into Derrick's yard. He was slouched in a chair with blood in his eyes," Stephen said....