Pictured Above: Suspect Wendell Phillip, 34.
A foreign used car dealer is expected to appear virtually today (Monday 31st October 2022) before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate, charged with ten (10) counts of fraudulent conversion. Wendell Phillip, 34, owner of WEP Consulting Agency Limited, located on Diego Martin Main Road, Diego Martin, was arrested on 27th October 2022 and later charged the following day after investigations into reports of fraud totalling $392,015.56.
According to Police reports, during the period of August 2019 and September 2020, down-payments of $20,000, $37,800 and $35,000, were made by customers to a foreign used car dealer for the purchase, importation and delivery of two (2) Toyota Fielders and a Nissan Cube motor vehicle valued at $97,500, $76,000 and $70,000, respectively.
Seven (7) other persons reported that they made down-payments of $55,000, $40,000, $32,000, $22,400, $32,500, $106,315.56, and $11,000 for the purchase, importation and delivery of foreign used vehicles.
It is alleged that the vehicles were to be delivered two (2) months from the dates of the down-payment.
However, according to the buyers’ accounts, the foreign used car dealer failed to deliver the vehicles as promised and efforts to obtain the vehicle or a refund proved futile.
A report was made to the Fraud Squad and an investigation was launched.
Based on further enquiries, Insp Smith, accompanied by PCs Ramkissoon, Jaikaran and Edwards of the Fraud Squad arrested Wendell Phillip at a financial institution in Port-of-Spain.
Investigations were spearheaded by Supt Reuben and ASP Craig of the Fraud Squad.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers served by the Navet Water Treatment Plant, who are presently experiencing low water pressures or in some cases no water, that this is due to mechanical problems at the facility.
Emergency repair works currently underway are expected to be completed at 8:00 PM tonight (Monday 31st October 2022).
Affected areas include the following:
Customers are further advised that it may take up to forty-eight (48) hours for the supply to be restored to some affected areas following the completion of repairs.
WASA notes that a limited truck-borne supply is available upon request. This can be requested through the following self-service options:
Pictured Above: Suraya Bodan, 14.
UPDATE (6:00 PM): According to the Hunters Search and Rescue Team, missing Suraya Bodan has been found alive and is currently at the Princes Town Police Station. “Suraya Boodan has been safely located. Excellent collaborative work among her parents, the Anti Kidnapping Unit led by ASP Daryl Ramdass, Southern Division, Sargeant Heeralal, PC Navin Arjoon, Hunters Search and Rescue Team members Captain Vallence Rambharat, Kesraj ‘Tonga’ Sooknanan, Commander Shamsudeen Ayube and Bissoondath ’Mamoo’ Seeram, all who worked round the clock to locate her. Suraya is currently at the Princes Town Police Station. Thanks all for sharing. It assisted the entire team greatly. We wish Suraya all the best. GOD IS GREAT.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is seeking the public’s assistance to find a missing 14-year-old girl. In a social media post today (Monday 31st October 2022), the TTPS said Suraya Bodan of Indian Walk, Moruga, was last seen yesterday (30th October 2022).
Anyone with information on the teen’s whereabouts can contact the Princes Town Police Station at 655-2231, or 999, 555, 911, 800-TIPS or any Police Station or submit a report via the TTPS App.
A 32-year-old man was gunned down and killed in Marabella on Sunday afternoon (30th October 2022) after gunmen failed on three (3) previous attempts on his life. The deceased, identified as Nicholas Gajadhar of Monty Street, Marabella, was killed in a hail of bullets around 2:35 PM on Sunday.
According to reports, Police were contacted about a shooting along New Haven Avenue in Marabella. Upon arrival, Officers found Gajadhar on the ground, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds about the body. He was still breathing at the time and bleeding out, which someone captured on video and shared on social media.
Gadjadar was rushed to the San Fernando General Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds about an hour later.
Crime Scene Investigators visited the scene and found seven (7) spent shells, which allegedly bore markings from the regiment. Police have not yet established a motive for this brutal killing.
According to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS), we are experiencing some sunshine with patches of cloudiness this morning (Monday 31st October 2022), producing showers in a few areas. Low level convergence associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is still with us.
The forecast today is for partly cloudy and breezy conditions with intermittent, light to moderate showers or rain. There is also the medium (40% to 60%) chance of a heavy shower or thunderstorm. A partly cloudy night is expected with isolated showers and the low (30%) chance of the heavier shower or thunderstorm. In the event of a heavy shower or thunderstorm, gusty winds and street flooding can occur in the vicinity.
A Riverine Flood Alert (Yellow Level) remains in effect until 10:00 AM on Tuesday (1st November 2022).
The Met Office notes that a trough, analyzed as a Tropical Wave, is just to the East of Trinidad and Tobago. “It appears to be losing its Wave-like signature as it moves forward, and is more slanted (closer to being zonal rather than meridional) but, nevertheless, the low level convergence and perturbations, with the associated weather, remains,” the TTMS said. Dry air and Saharan dust is hindering some of its convection at this time, yet we still could expect increased cloudiness, producing showers and isolated thunderstorms out of it on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The atmosphere remains relatively unstable at this time. Please continue to pay close attention to the latest forecasts, alerts, and information issued by the TTMS.
Pictured Above: Victims Korey Clarke (Left) and Samantha Patrick (Right).
A 7-month-old baby girl, shielded in bed by her parents, managed to survive a hail of bullets by gunmen who successfully killed both her father and mother. The incident took place around 11:30 PM on Wednesday night (12th October 2022) at their home at Woodbine Estate, Dundonald Hill, St. James.
The baby’s parents were identified as 30-year-old Korey Clarke and Samantha Patrick. Clarke was said to have operated a Mini-mart in St. James.
According to Police reports, when residents of the area heard the gunshots, they said they allegedly saw four (4) men fleeing the home. When Police arrived at the scene, a relative of Clarke entered the home and found the two (2) victims dead on the bed. The baby, who was crying and covered by the blood of her parents, was removed from the scene and placed in the care of relatives.
Speaking with the media following the double murder, Clarke’s father, Anthony, said the murders had left the families in a deep sense of loss. “We don’t know why anyone did this. Korey had a shop in the area where he would sell little things like beers and soft drinks and things like that. Now and then he would get contracts for URP to do some building in the area. And other times, he was helping this community out of his own pocket. You can ask anyone,” said Anthony Clarke.
“This road here (along Dundonald Road) he helped pave. He put up his own money for the carpark that residents in the area use, and he’s never even gotten the payout for that yet. He was still after the State for compensation, but he was never bad mind or vex or anything like that, so he didn’t even break up anything when they didn’t pay him. To him, at the very least, this was him giving back to the area that raised him. So for people to come and do this to him, I don’t even know what to say. You can ask anyone around here, he was a loving and well-loved individual,” he added.
However, Police said that Clarke was “well-known” to them as having an association with gangs that operate in the Dundonald Hill community in St. James, and they believe this may have led to the murders of Clarke and Patrick on Wednesday night. They noted in the past, Clarke had been the victim of a shooting in the area because of these links. His sibling was also a victim of that incident. However, both survived. Clarke also had been linked to firearm-related offences and one such report had even ended in a fatality.
Police said Clarke was not a “saint” as his relatives had depicted him to be when they were interviewed last Thursday.
[Source: Trinidad Express]
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