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Arima shooting — Murder No. 20

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Thursday, January 9 2014

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GUNNED DOWN: Crime scene officers examine the body of Deryck Martin Pena Jnr who was gunned down on Tuesday night in Arima, becoming the country's 20t...
GUNNED DOWN: Crime scene officers examine the body of Deryck Martin Pena Jnr who was gunned down on Tuesday night in Arima, becoming the country's 20t...

THE country’s 20th murder for this year took place on Tuesday night when 21-year-old Deryck Martin Pena Jnr was gunned down in Arima. Police reported at about 8 pm, Pena of Malabar was standing at the corner of St Joseph and Green streets, near the Arima/Port-of-Spain taxi stand, when he was approached by two armed men who without warning shot Pena several times. The gunmen then escaped by running west along Green Street.

Pena slumped into the drain at the corner of the road where he died. The police were notified and a party of officers from the Arima Police Station, the Northern Division Task Force and Homicide Investigations Bureau led by Snr Supt John Daniel, Inspector Siewdass, Sgt Carl Hosten, Sgt Eric Parks and Cpl Subiah visited the scene.

The area was cordoned off and crime scene investigators braved the rainy weather to sweep the scene, recovering several spent shells. Also visiting the scene were Arima MP Rodger Samuel and interim Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner.

“I stood there and I saw a young man with his head blown off. It brought tears to my eyes. I was on my way home from church. This affected me tremendously and I said, ‘God this thing has to stop’,” Samuel told Newsday. (See Page 9A)

For his part Warner, a former National Security Minister, expressed condolences to the friends and loved ones of Pena and said he is of the view that crime is out of control and the situation would not have been so bad had Government implemented his 100 point Anti Crime Plan.

“If they (Government) had continued what I was doing then things would have been better off today. For example, where are the CCTV cameras at every street corner? If there were cameras here, we would have been able to identify those responsible for this shooting. I also established construction for eight police stations throughout the country, with plans for 12 more. What is happening to these plans?” Warner asked.

“I also proposed 32 community policing units using the Gonzales model. What has happened to this? I asked for increased police patrols, including mobile, foot, mounted branch and even bicycle patrols in the main thoroughfares including Arima. Where are these officers? I asked for night courts to be reintroduced. What has happened? I asked for a gun court to specifically deal with firearm related offences. Nothing has come out of that. At some point in time, politics must give way and the safety of this country’s citizens must become paramount,” Warner chided.

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