Alexander, Mires freed in assault case

Inspector Roger Alexander and another police officer have been freed of assaulting a man from Santa Cruz in 2016.

Magistrate Nizam Khan dismissed the charges against the officers this morning after prosecutors from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) failed to start the trial of case as scheduled.

The trial of the case had been delayed several times in the past as prosecutors had previously stated that they had issues in locating the four civilian witnesses in the case.

Man beaten and dumped in well

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are await­ing a state­ment from a Siparia labour­er who near­ly died af­ter be­ing beat­en and thrown 16 feet down a well on Mon­day.

Romeo Mitchell, whose age po­lice es­ti­mat­ed around 55, re­mained ward­ed at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

South West­ern Di­vi­sion po­lice said they were yet to get a state­ment from Mitchell as he was heav­i­ly se­dat­ed af­ter suf­fer­ing spinal in­juries.

Animal activist: Establish unit to deal with strays

An­i­mal rights ad­vo­cate Jow­elle De Souza wants the Gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish an an­i­mal po­lice unit to en­force manda­to­ry spay­ing and neu­ter­ing of stray an­i­mals across T&T.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence held at her sa­lon in San Fer­nan­do on Mon­day, De Souza said there should be stiffer penal­ties for those ill-treat­ing an­i­mals.

De Souza called on Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith to as­sist in re­duc­ing T&T’s stray an­i­mal pop­u­la­tion by es­tab­lish­ing such a unit.

SWRHA: Meningitis cases not confirmed

The South-West Regional Health Authority is advising that there were two suspected cases of meningitis recently dying in South Trinidad but says, however, that none of these have yet been confirmed.

The SWRHA has, in a statement, extended its sincerest condolences to the families of the two children.

"In keeping with the SWRHA's protocols, samples to test for meningitis were taken from the patients and sent to the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health Laboratory," the statement says.