Women's group calls for establishment of Police Sex Crimes Unit

The International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN) is expressing "deep concern" over what it calls the alarming rate at which sexual offences against minors are being committed.

The IWRN notes that sexual penetration has now become a regular occurrence with current statistics for 2018 revealing that more than 20 minors have been subjected to these heinous and painful crimes.

"Even more alarming is the fact that in many instances, these offences are committed by persons known to the victims," the IWRN said ina statement on Friday.

Griffith takes reins as Police Commissioner

Gary Griffith has officially taken up duties as Commissioner of Police.

He was introduced to the media at a news conference this morning where National Security Minister Stuart Young revealed that Griffith's contract was finalised yesterday.

According to Minister Young, Griffith was presented with his instruments of appointment last night.

The Commissioner's first order of business was a meeting with all heads of national security.

Minister Young thanked outgoing Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams who has proceeded on vacation leave.

Doctor shot dead in robbery

One of this country’s longest serving doctors in the northeastern region has been killed.

CNC3 understands 72-year-old doctor Chris Lutchman was shot in his head during a robbery this afternoon.

According to reports, Dr Lutchman was at his paul street office in Sangre Grande when he was shot by a gunman during a robbery.

The doctor was rushed to the Sangre Grande Hospital where he died while undergoing emergency surgery.

CNC3 understands Dr Lutchman had a wide cross-sector of patients and was a very active member of the community.

Rio Claro man on eight charges of sexual abuse of a minor

A Rio Claro man is remanded into custody after appearing before a Sangre Grande Magistrate charged with eight counts of sexual abuse against a female minor, which are alleged to have occurred between the period June 2011 and December 2017.

Clint Bittan, 48, a labourer, of Tabaquite Road, Rio Claro, was charged with five counts of sexual penetration, two counts of grievous sexual assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a child under 14-yearsold, when he appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael, in the Sangre Grande 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday 16th August, 2018.

16 year old warded at hospital after shootout with police

A 16-year-old boy is warded at the hospital following a shootout with police officers.

According to police reports during a police, exercise officers proceeded to a house at Lendore Village, Enterprise, to execute a search warrant for arms and ammunition.

Upon approaching the house, officers observed three male suspects flee the premises and gave chase. 

While in pursuit, the suspects shot several times at the officers, who returned fire. 

Teen held after shooting at police

A 16-year-old boy is currently under police guard, at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, after being arrested for shooting with intent at police officers during an anti-crime exercise in the Enterprise district.

The exercise, spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Inraj Balram, took place between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Wednesday 15th August, 2018.

During the exercise officers proceeded to a house at Lendore Village, Enterprise, to execute a search warrant for arms and ammunition.

Police find weapons, drugs in Besson Street, Belmont crackdowns

Two firearms and quantities of ammunition and marijuana are discovered by officers of the Port of Spain Division during an anti-crime exercise in the Besson Street and Belmont districts.

The exercise, which was spearheaded by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Floris Hodge-Griffith, supervised by Insp. (Ag.) Randall McGuirk and Sgt. (Ag.) Jason Lucas and included a party of officers attached to the Port of Spain Division Task Force (POSDTF) and Besson Street Police Station, took place between 4:00 am and 10:00 am on Thursday 16th August, 2018.

Three charged with stealing electrical copper cables

Three men are expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate today, charged with larceny of four lengths of electrical copper cable from the Petrotrin staff car park in Marabella, which occurred sometime between Monday 13th August, 2018 and Tuesday 14th August, 2018.

Three Erin men charged with possession of firearm and ammunition

Three Erin men are expected to appear before a Siparia Magistrate today, jointly charged with possession of firearm and ammunition, which occurred on Wednesday 15th August, 2018.

Steven Hosein, 28, a labourer, of Ramdass Settlement, Antonio Singh, 25, a fisherman, of Happy Valley Road, and Roger Rajpaul, 22, a labourer, of Franka Village, were charged with possession of firearm and ammunition, while Hosein was also charged with common assault against a 42-year-old Erin woman, after being arrested by officers of the Erin Police Station, on Wednesday 15th August, 2018.

Four charged with robbery of Couva pharmacy

Four men, who were arrested and charged by officers of the Central Division, 30 minutes after allegedly committing a robbery at Couva pharmacy, are scheduled to appear before the Couva Magistrates’ Court today.

Kurvin Gellineau, 30, of Isaac Street, Couva; Richard Adams, 21, of McBean Couva; Joel Charles, 18, of Southern Main Road, Chase Village; and Aaron Smith, 18, of Orange Field Road, Carapichaima, were arrested by officers attached to the Central Division Task Force and Couva Criminal Investigations Department (CID), 30 minutes after allegedly committing the robbery.