Schoolboy may have recorded criminal activity on phone - Young

A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion sug­gests that school­boy Ak­il Phillip may have been killed be­cause of an “in­ci­dent” he may have wit­nessed and record­ed on his cell­phone.

This was hint­ed by the Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence on Tues­day where he spoke of leg­is­la­tion com­ing to help deal with the erad­i­ca­tion of il­le­gal guns off of the streets of T&T.

Young when asked about Phillip’s mur­der, ex­tend­ed con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­i­ly and added that there is the be­lief that he would have cap­tured a record­ing on his phone of il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ty.

Phillip, 16, a pupil of St An­tho­ny’s Col­lege in Diego Mar­tin was shot three times near his home at Block 22, Laven­tille last Fri­day. His $1,500 cell­phone was stolen.

Laven­tille West MP Fitzger­ald Hinds al­so com­ment­ed on the school­boy’s mur­der dur­ing an in­ter­view on CNC3’s Morn­ing Brew pro­gramme.

Hinds called for a lock­down of the area by po­lice of­fi­cers. He said he recog­nised the hard work of the po­lice of­fi­cers night and day in try­ing to bring law and or­der to the com­mu­ni­ty but said that they ought to do more in find­ing the il­le­gal guns and get­ting it off the streets.

“My con­cern is the guns…po­lice have been find­ing the guns and de­tect­ing but I want to see more ag­gres­sive and in­tel­li­gence-dri­ven ex­er­cis­es be­ing done by the po­lice in get­ting the guns out,” Hinds said.

“Let them lock it down…many of the peo­ple there will wel­come it be­cause these guns are caus­ing trau­ma,” he added.

Speak­ing with the Guardian Me­dia, un­der strict con­di­tion of anonymi­ty yes­ter­day, a po­lice of­fi­cer who en­gages in com­mu­ni­ty ac­tiv­i­ties in the area said that he be­lieves that the child’s killer is known by vil­lagers.

How­ev­er, the of­fi­cer added that be­cause of fear “the si­lence is deaf­en­ing.”

“The peo­ple still have to live there and they are afraid that if they protest over the child’s killing that they too will be killed. If they squeal on the killer that there would be reper­cus­sions, so the safest thing for them to do is to re­main silent. Peo­ple know but they are very afraid,” the of­fi­cer said.

Phillip’s fu­ner­al is card­ed for Fri­day.

- by Rhondor Dowlat

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