Pictured Above: Suspect No. 19729 Naboth Bynoe, 35.
A Police Constable attached to the Child Protection Unit (CPU) at the Chaguanas Police Station has been charged for allegedly, corruptly soliciting money, and corruptly receiving money on 25th July 2022.
No. 19729 Naboth Bynoe, 35, of Freeport, was charged with corruptly soliciting the sum of $5,000 and corruptly receiving the sum of $2,500, following advice received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Roger Gaspard SC, on Saturday 30th July 2022.
According to a Police report, two (2) individuals reported to the Chaguanas Police Station that on the 24th July 2022, they were seated in Price Plaza’s car park when they were approached by a Police Officer who allegedly said that they were engaging in a criminal act.
The Officer also advised both individuals that there were other offences reported at the Chaguanas Police Station, in which they were suspects.
The Officer informed the victims that he would accept the sum of $5,000 to forego prosecution against them. The sum of $2,500 was handed over with arrangements to hand over the balance on 26th July 2022. The victim's cellphone was taken with a promise to return it after the balance was paid.
Constable Samad was detailed to investigate and on 25th July 2022, he proceeded to Saith Park, Chaguanas, accompanied with other Officers and both victims, where Constable Bynoe was arrested.
Additional investigations were conducted and as a result of the investigations, charges were laid.
TSTT'S CEO Lisa Agard is assuring that all efforts are being made to restore service to customers adversely impacted by a malicious act, targeting the company's underground cables. Agard is also apologizing to customers for the inconvenience this vandalism has caused.
Preliminary investigations reveal a major act of vandalism on a critical cable artery that services customers in South Trinidad, resulting in customers' mobile and internet services being severely impacted.
”To our loyal customers, our sincerest apologies for this inconvenience. We give you the assurance that our teams are working really hard to restore services as quickly as possible,” Agard said on Sunday (31st July 2022).
Once information about the outage was received, she explained that transmission, cable and splicing crews were immediately dispatched to isolate and repair the many fibre cables that were cut during this “illegal and selfish act.” The company also deployed network and broadband engineers who are rebuilding a link that will offer an alternative route from the impacted area to the nearest interconnection point, in order to normalize traffic across the network.
”We do expect to see normalization of services to areas in the South like Siapria, La Brea, Penal, Point Fortin and others. We expect to see those services stabilized by about 3pm - 4pm this afternoon,” she added.
Agard also thanked the Commissioner of Police for the swift response to this act of vandalism. “We want to take this opportunity to thank the Commissioner of Police and his team who came to the location of the vandalism and immediately began intensive investigations to determine who was responsible for this serious act of vandalism that took out a significant number of services to our customers throughout Trinidad and Tobago.”
A high-powered Police team has been assembled to investigate a malicious act, targeting TSTT's underground cables which resulted in service disruptions to customers and at least $1 million in damages.
Officers from the Special Branch, Central Intelligence Bureau, Criminal Investigations Department (San Fernando) have been tasked by Police Commissioner (Ag) McDonald Jacob with finding the perpetrators whose deliberate acts inconvenienced thousands of people and businesses.
”The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service views this occurrence as a serious infringement on the communication apparatus of this country. At a first glance, it appeared to be malicious damage and larceny. From speaking with the technical people at TSTT, it is amounting to approximately $1 million in damages,” he added.
The Police Commissioner is confident that the culprits will be brought to justice soon.
“There are some leads, and we are looking in the near future to solve this matter as we continue with the good co-operation of the TSTT security and the administration of TSTT.”
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Two (2) supplementary emergency numbers have been activated by the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) for customers who may be experiencing difficulty getting through to T&TEC's 800-emergency numbers: 794-4823 or 794-7264.
T&TEC said trouble reports can also be made via the Commission's Facebook Page or using the "Lights Out?" link on its website: https://ttec.co.tt/default/report-a-problem-power-outage.
Customers on other networks can still contact the Call Centre at 800-TTEC (800-8832) or 800-BULB (800-2852).
The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) said this morning (Sunday 31st July 2022) that preliminary investigations reveal a major act of vandalism on a critical cable artery that services customers in South Trinidad. TSTT said as a result, customers' mobile, internet and other services will be severely impacted. Customers in other parts of the country may also experience a degradation or interruption in their service because of this act of vandalism.
The Ministry of Health revealed in its daily COVID-19 update this afternoon (Sunday 31st July 2022) that there are 176 new COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago plus two (2) unfortunate deaths. T&T’s total active positive cases is currently at 6,359.
The number of new cases represents an 8.64% increase in reported cases from yesterday. The number of new deaths matches the second-highest for the month. Hospitalizations are at the highest level for the month and have been increasing for seven (7) consecutive days.
There have been 4,413 new cases and forty-two (42) deaths in the month of July. Compared to June, cases have decreased by 19.95% and deaths by 55.32%.
The Ministry reported 162 new cases yesterday plus three (3) additional deaths. The country’s death toll has increased to 4,053. As of 27th July 2022, 301 deaths were fully vaccinated persons while 3,355 deaths were not fully vaccinated. 390 deaths were recorded prior to 24th May 2021 (date at which the first group of vaccinated persons became fully vaccinated).
A total of 715,515 persons have been fully vaccinated, representing 51.1% of the population. Meanwhile, 684,485 persons are not fully vaccinated (only received a first dose or no doses), representing 48.9% of the population. 167,342 persons in total have taken a booster shot.
Based on data from 22nd July 2021 - 27th July 2022, 3,880 patients in the parallel healthcare system (Hospitals and step-down facilities) are fully vaccinated, representing 19.7%, while 15,838 are not fully vaccinated, representing 80.3%.
The Ministry states that the number of positive cases reported reflects the samples taken during a 2-day period between 29th - 30th July 2022 and not the last twenty-four (24) hours.
The Ministry also notes that there are currently 145 COVID-19 positive patients in total being treated at Hospitals and step-down facilities (up 6.62% from yesterday). Five (5) are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and four (4) are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).
Pictured Above: Missing 15-year-old Tejal Baksh.
UPDATE (01/08/22 - 3:00 PM): Tejal Baksh, 15, of Savannah Villa, Aranguez, who was reported missing on 30th July 2022, has been found safe in the care of relatives. The TTPS said it wishes to thank the public for their assistance in locating Tejal Baksh.
The Hunters Search and Rescue Team said in a social media post earlier today, “Tejal Baksh has been located safely. All information remains classified. Hunters Search and Rescue Team would like to thank our members, the Aranguez Community Council, #TTPS @ Corporal Balram of the Barataria Police Station, the Anti Kidnapping Unit, Management of Savannah Villas and the loved ones of Tejal. We wish Tejal all the best and Happy Belated Birthday. GOD is GREAT.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is seeking the public’s assistance to find a missing 15-year-old teen. In a social media post on Sunday (31st July 2022), the TTPS said Tejal Baksh of Savannah Villas, Aranguez, was last seen on Saturday (30th July 2022).
Anyone with information on the teen’s whereabouts can contact the Barataria Police Station at 674-4724, or 999, 555, 911, 800-TIPS or any Police Station or submit a report via the TTPS App.
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