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Murder in Broad Daylight; down town shooting with innocent public meters away

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By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff

 

#TurksandCaicos, November 21, 2022 – A disturbing trend of deadly threats recklessly endangering innocent residents emerged again this weekend both over social media and in person highlighting behaviour that can only be described as unhinged.

“…there was an incident here where four people have received gunshot wounds.  What we believe happened at this stage, is the car has come to the premises, the car wash adjacent to the building behind me and attacked a number of people resulting in the four people being injured,” said Trevor Botting, TCI Police Commissioner in a report from the active investigation scene, also on Saturday November 19.

The Commissioner was earnestly trying to allay fears that the shooting happened at the sporting facility where two inter-high school tournaments were underway.  In fact, dozens of schoolchildren from several softball and basketball teams were uncomfortably close to the line of fire when what was supposed to be a fun competition turned into a scene of pure panic.

The Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex was filled with basketballers and parents on the inside and softballers and more supportive fans on the outside. Despite the scene being chock full of children just metres away, gunmen, at a nearby business on Airport Road, opened fire in a careless barrage which injured three adults and killed another.

“At the time of this incident, there was a sports event for young people taking place.  The incident was somewhat spilled into, because two of the injured people ran into the sports center which caused some panic.  I just want to reassure the public, that there were police officers on duty at the sports event who quickly got control of the scene and understood what was going on.  To be clear, there was no incident at the sports center.  Some injured people ran to it, to get away from the persons that were attacking them,” explained Botting in his video.

The games were abruptly ended, out of the abundance of caution said Botting.

It not only exposed the students in the area to what could have been lethal force but exposed some of them to what must have been a highly traumatic scene as armed police swarmed the scene and both men were wheeled away bleeding heavily.

“Supervised by police officers, parents came to pick up their children… I understand it would have caused some panic, I get that they would have heard the gunshots from the location of the shooting but I am grateful to the staff who were managing the event and to the officers, who were at the center who brought calm and safety to the people involved.”

This is the second incident in as many weeks that has occurred at the gym the first saw one teen stab another sending him to the hospital. Among the differences between the two incidents were the security protocols that were quickly implemented this time, locking down those on the inside of the basketball court. Unfortunately the students on the softball field were left exposed and our reports indicate shots were heard uncomfortably close to the bleachers.

The shooting occurred less than 24-hours before the world celebrated World Children’s Day.

The constant murders have once again made international headlines with Fox News reporting that murders are surging just before the winter tourist season begins in earnest describing it as shocking.

A frightful headline for the islands which are so heavily reliant upon tourism.

Meanwhile, over on social media murder threats continued to be hurled at residents who responded to the wanted posters in three languages offering a ten thousand dollar reward for information regarding suspected murderer Brandon Rahming; even an advocate attorney was not spared a bone-chilling threat.

Shocking was the silence by TCI Police on the death threats which were made on their Facebook page. However, the comments from the user, Brandon Lee seemed to have been scrubbed from the posts.

On Friday, Magnetic Media reported that the threats were coming from a Facebook user with the profile name Brandon Lee. Hours later a user with the profile name “Real Shotta Certified” continued the threats this time even more pointed, promising not only murder but a slew of killers.

[SIC]  “I’m screenshotting ya name and will ask about you. I think you wanna die. If Brandon goes killers will turn up more watch . It’s like 20 men ready to die ready for war if Brandon goes.”

The user who did not have a profile picture attached told one resident.

The user continued even threatening law enforcement, [SIC] “If Brandon go, watch how many killers pop up in support of him.  Lol one of us can handle 10 police by self so figure it out” they said.

So far, despite the $10,000 reward, police have not managed to find the man they describe as a “gang leader”.

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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Chalk Sound burglar caught on illegal sloop; Police make arrest slap him with multiple offences

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

MACKENSON CHARLES was one of the 31 alleged illegal aliens trying to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on Friday March 8th, 2024 when officials intercepted their boat at Muddy Point, Kew in North Caicos. 

He had been previously sent or returned home to Haiti on more than one occasion, but being presumptuous and arrogantly persistent; he tried coming back but was caught at sea along with Identified Haitian gangsters and a Bahamian on the said boat.

Police authorities were pleased to have captured MACKENSON CHARLES as his fingerprints were allegedly found at two CHALK SOUND dwelling homes, one was burglarized on 28th July, 2023 and the other on December 9th, 2023.

Female Police Detective Stelisa Hall slapped the accused CHARLES with four criminal charges, two counts of burglaries, and two counts of unlawful entries.

The charges read that he entered unlawfully between Saturday, April 1st 2023 and  January 31st, 2024. The next count said he illegally entered on Friday, March 8th, 2024 (the date of his captured).

The burglary allegations read that the Residence Yard, Five Cays, Providenciales alleged illegal Haitian burglar entered the dwelling home of Ms. Susan Bristow and Mr. David Leveaux, on Casa De Isle, Ocean Point Drive in Chalk Sound, Providenciales and steal an apple iPhone 14pro value at $1,086.24, $100.00 UK pound sterling, $400.00 in US cash and among other items. 

This was on Saturday December 9th 2023.  A second burglary was committed on Friday 28th July 2023. 

This was also in Chalk Sound, Providenciales at Villa View, Harbor Gates. 

The home was at the time occupied by Ms. Elizabeth Strauss. Stolen from her was a wedding band value unknown, one green Bum Lulu Lemon bag, value unknown, an apple watch value unknown, $560.00 in cash and more.

The accused was brought before the Magistrate’s court on Wednesday March 27th, 2024 and the cases were adjourned for mention on Tuesday 02nd April.

To date, Magnetic Media has received no further update on the outcome of these matters.

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