CoP: High demand for child prostitution in T&T

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says T&T has a great de­mand for child pros­ti­tu­tion and child pornog­ra­phy.

He made the com­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view on CNC3’s Morn­ing Brew yes­ter­day, as he ad­dressed the po­lice crack­ing of what they be­lieve is a ma­jor sex and drug traf­fick­ing ring on Tues­day.

Bandit among five killed overnight

A bandit is among five people killed overnight in separate shooting incidents across the country.

CNC3 news has confirmed that the latest incident occurred shortly before midnight.

According to reports, 18-year-old Mariah Neptune was accosted by a gunman at her Macoya Settlement home.

Before fleeing the scene the assailant shot Neptune in her chest. 

The woman was taken to hospital but succumbed to her injuries

. Police are yet to confirm a motive for her murder.

Cops kill Central man

Ch­agua­nas res­i­dent Al­lan Mo­hammed was killed in a po­lice-in­volved shoot­ing in his com­mu­ni­ty ear­ly Fri­day.

Re­ports are sketchy but Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands Mo­hammed, 28, was shot by of­fi­cers while he was in his black SUV around 10.30 am, al­leged­ly af­ter he was in­volved in a con­fronta­tion with them as his ve­hi­cle ap­proached theirs along Crown Trace, En­ter­prise. Mo­hammed al­leged­ly drew a Mac11 firearm dur­ing the in­ci­dent and of­fi­cers opened fire on him.

TTPS: It's a crime to share pictures of minors, victims of sexual assault and human trafficking

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is strongly cautioning members of the public against sharing and circulating images and videos of minors, victims of sexual offences or human trafficking. 

In a press release issued today, the TTPS is reminding citizens that Section 34 (1) of the Trafficking in Persons Act Chapter 12:10 states “To in any way cause the identity of a victim of human trafficking to be revealed, constitutes an offence.” 

Cocorite man appears in court charged with sexual penetration of a minor

Dave Balkisson a 44-year-old vendor from Cocorite has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with sexual penetration and sexual touching of a 14-year-old girl.

Balkisson was charged with three counts of sexual penetration and one count of sexual touching against the victim, when he appeared before Magistrate Aida Mohammed in the Port of Spain 7th Magistrates’ Court, on February 6th.

He was granted bail and the matter adjourned to February 18th.

Kidnapped fishermen released

Five of the fishermen reportedly abducted by Venezuelan pirates have returned to this country after more than a week

Early this morning 35-year-old Lynton Manohar, 38-year-old Jason O'Brien, 28-year-old Brandon Arjoon, 17-year-old Jagdesh jaikeran and 49-year-old Rickey Rambharose, all of Morne Diablo, Penal came back to Trinidad on a pirogue. 

 A US 200 thousand dollars ransom had been demanded for their safe return. 

O'Brien's brother Jerry who was also kidnapped along with the others was sent back home last Thursday with an instruction to pay the ransom. 

Two more murders

Two murders have been recorded in separate incidents overnight.

The latest killing occurred around 11 pm at block 22, Laventille. 

Police reports indicate 25-year-old Jabari Johnson of Duncan Street, Port of Spain was shot multiple times. On hearing the loud explosions the police were contacted and discovered the man's body lying in a pool of blood. Johnson was taken to the Port of Spain general hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, Tunapuna police are probing the murder of a 36- year-old man.