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Divorced Couple Charged with Murder of Young Trinidadian Policewoman



A man and his ex-wife have been charged with killing a young policewoman who joined the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service just four months ago.

Kenneth and Melissa Browne appeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Magistrates Court today, accused of killing 22-year-old Constable Nyasha Joseph, whose body was pulled from the Gulf of Paria off Port of Spain last Wednesday, a week after she went missing.

Kenneth is also separately with illegally disposing of a body.

The two accused, who are in a relationship although they are no longer married, were both remanded to prison and will reappear in court on April 18.

The man was a friend of Joseph while woman was reportedly in a dispute with the young woman before her disappearance.

Browne, who had been in custody since the day after the mother of a four-year-old girl disappeared, had gone to the court through his attorney to force police to release him as he had been kept in custody for several days without charge. A High Court judge gave lawmen until today to lay charges or release him.

Four other people who had also been arrested in connection with the murder were released between last Friday and yesterday.

Meantime, Joseph’s funeral is tentatively set for Friday.


Police said the cause of her death could not be ascertained from an autopsy because of the body’s advanced state of decomposition.

Local newspaper Newsday reported that when Joseph’s body – which was discarded in a bag – was examined, there was a rope tied around the neck with two bricks and an anchor attached; her hands were tied behind her back, and the right side of her face was bashed in.

Last week after Joseph was found dead, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the country was traumatized by the spate of murders in the twin-island republic, and assured that his government would seek to revive the death penalty.

In that regard, his administration has sought the advice of Ramesh Maharaj who was Attorney General when the last executions were held in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999.



Following the discovery of the decomposing body of a 22-year-old policewoman who went missing last week, law enforcement officials have vowed to bring the killer to swift justice and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has made it clear his government will be taking whatever steps are necessary to resume hangings.

Joseph’s body was found by a fisherman in the Gulf of Paria near Port of Spain on Wednesday, six days after she disappeared.

It had been disposed of in a crocus bag, but it became snagged in the fisherman’s net and he brought it to the surface. He will receive a $25,000 reward that had been offered by Crime Stoppers for information about Joseph’s whereabouts.

At least three people, including a woman who is said to have had an argument with Police Constable Joseph days before she disappeared, have been detained by police in connection with the murder.

One of the men is the 36-year-old father of the female suspect’s child. He was reportedly romantically linked to the woman, Joseph, and three other women. The second man, 24, surrendered to police hours after Joseph’s body was found. He is being questioned in connection with transporting the body out to sea.

The cause of Joseph’s death has not been ascertained. An autopsy was inconclusive due to the state of decomposition, police said.

But Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams described the murder as “ barbaric and vicious.”

He stressed that those responsible would be brought to justice in the shortest possible time.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he was pained by the tragedy and, noting that the country was traumatized by the spate of murders, said his government would seek to revive the death penalty.


“I am a firm believer in capital punishment and it is not as a result of any deterrent, it is the punishment for the crime,” he said.

The last execution in Trinidad and Tobago was on July 28, 1999 when Anthony Briggs was hanged for murdering taxi driver Siewdath Ramkissoon during a robbery seven years earlier.

Joseph’s mother Paula Guy has a broken heart, but she has decided to surrender the pain of losing her daughter to God. That is the only way she will cope with unanswered questions about the killing.

She admitted that she first thought of committing murder herself, as she wanted to take the life of the person(s) who left an irreplaceable void in her family.

“I wanted to kill him, break he neck, shoot him, all kinda thing I wanted to do. But as the days go by and I find my child body, I kinda let it go,” she told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.

“I had a lot of hate….You can’t be blessed if you have people in your heart. I forgive him because I know what coming for him. God will deal with him or whoever.”


National Security Minister Admits There are More Than 100 Trinis Linked to Terrorist Activity Overseas

The police in Trinidad and Tobago are reporting that

a 15-year-old boy was shot a total of 37 times Saturday night, while three other people

were shot dead at a bar days later.

Relatives identified Andre Taylor at the Forensic Science Centre on Thursday. His

body bore gunshot wounds to the head, chest, back and both hands.

Relatives said Taylor lived in Chaguanas in Central Trinidad and had gone to

visit relatives in Belomt, just outside the capital where he intended to stay for

Carnival celebrations.

They said they didn’t know why anyone would have reason to shoot him 37

times and that he was not involved in any gang activity.

So far 91 people have been murdered since the start of the year. Last year the death toll stood at 461

Meanwhile, on Thursday night an opposition legislator called for fresh general

elections to deal with the rising crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago.

Opposition legislator, Dr Roodal Moonilal, said the country is very unsafe and

claimed that the Keith Rowley government which came to power in September

2015 is incapable of handling the crime situation.

His comments came in light of the murder of another three people who were

shot and killed at a bar in Debe, on Thursday night.

Police said that Kevin Fuller, 31, Terry Edwards, 34, and Sanjay Mahabir, 42,

were killed as the gunmen entered the Runway 69 Shorts Restaurant and Bar. A

fourth patron, a 19-year-old youth, has been hospitalised.

Media reports said that Mahabir, who may have thought it was a robbery, ran

from the bar and lay on the road. The killer ran up and shot him in the head.


“I’m Not Going Anywhere!” T&T Top Cop Tells Those Who Want Him To Resign 


Some 128 Trinidadians have been linked to terrorist activities in other countries, but Trinidad and Tobago is no terrorist state, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon has declared.

Dillon made the comments in Senate yesterday as lawmakers raised concern about the issue on the heels of charges levelled by a United States commentator on MSNBC network last weekend, that the radical group ISIS, had dozen of members in the twin-island republic.

Malcome Nance, referring to US President Donald Trump’s recent visa ban for seven majority Muslim countries, said the US “hadn’t banned terrorists from Brazil and ISIS which has dozens of members from Brazil or Trinidad or the Bahamas, who have more terrorist members than any of those (seven countries).”

Dillon, who condemned the statement, one day after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley slammed Nance, said “based on our information at this point in time, there are almost 130 nationals who have left T&T involved in terrorist activities in countries away from T&T.

“Information at hand right now reflects about 70 adults and roughly about 58 family members.”

The Minister admitted that the issue was a challenging one but he assured that the Government was working with partners to crack down on the problem.

“It’s [Government] working closely with international partners – the US, Canada, UK – on strategic areas such as intelligence sharing, concerning nationals found to be associated with any terrorist group, whether locally or internationally.”

Prime Minister Rowley was not so measured in his response to Nance in a statement issued Monday.

“Mr Nance’s broad and simplistic statement is not supported by fact and ignores the robust and substantial national security cooperative partnership between T&T and the US,” he said.

Dr Rowley insisted that Trinidad and Tobago’s effort to combat terrorism could not be called into question, maintaining that his Government would continue to partner with the international community to tackle terrorism.

Nance had also charged that ISIS had significant numbers in the Bahamas but Prime Minister Perry Christie had denounced the claim as false.

“I was astonished by it. In the region we have heard from time to time of the people going to the Middle East in connection with the fighting going on there, but never have Bahamians been named as being a part of that. And so I was astonished to hear the claims…because it is not true,” he said.


"Why is Trinidad Exporting Isis Fighters" {VIDEO} 182 Trinidadians suspected of terrorist activityTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S ACTING COMMISSIONER OF POLICE STEPHEN WILLIAMS

Trinidad and Tobago has unveiled tough new strategies to arrest spiraling crime, but they will not involve the resignation of Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.

The crime chief served notice he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, despite concern about his track record at a time when the country has recorded more than 30 murders already for the year.

Williams slighted a strong statement from outgoing United States Ambassador John  Estrada that if he was in charge of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) he would “fire himself” in the face of spiralling crime.

Williams hit back, saying: “I will be the first person to walk if I am dissatisfied with the effort that I am putting in and the results that I’m getting. If murder was the only crime which occurs in T&T, I would have resigned,” he told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.

Armed with evidence, Williams maintained that the data showed  that the level of serious crime was at its lowest in the last 33 years, and accused the media of ignoring that fact.

“Shootings and woundings in 2016 went down and I have presented that information and the data to the media…You have to judge on the whole violence listing.”

Flanked by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon, Williams said the safety and security of citizens were priority and the TTPS would be enlisting the Special Reserve Police to protect all communities across the twin-island republic.

He outlined that special attention will be paid to crime hotspots, including an increase in police patrols.

Dillion assured all agencies will be mobilized ahead of Carnival and members of the Special Reserve Police will also provide additional support.

Meanwhile, Al-Rawi announced that measures will be taken to overhaul the justice system.

A major initiative is the establishment of a criminal DNA register to aid in solving crime.

“Having a proper functional DNA register gives a better chance at detection prosecution and conviction because the evidence will be available,” the Attorney General explained.


Trinidadian ISIS Soldier Admits To Local Killings, Urges Muslims To Wage Jihad In Homeland

This YouTube video grab shows an ISIS terrorist identified as Abu Abdurahman al-Trinidadi (L), an apparent reference to his Trinidadian heritage, along with another Trinidadian identified locally as Shazam Mohammed 

There are 182 Trinidad and Tobago nationals suspected of being involved in terrorist activities, according to a Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) report.

This was revealed on Thursday by minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young during the post cabinet briefing, the Trinidad Express reported.

Young said that, when parliament resumes on January 6, the minister of finance will disclose the 2015-2016 report from the FIU, and outline several issues, including financing of terrorism, money laundering, private members club and financial institutions.

He said the FIU, which is an independent international monitoring body, reported that Trinidad and Tobago has received a total of 739 suspicious transaction reports (STRs) and suspicious activity report (SARs), a 21.3 percent increase from last year's report.

Young noted that, of the 739 suspicious transaction reports and suspicious activity reports received, 670 were related to suspected money laundering while 69 were related to suspected financing of terrorism.

“For the review period the FIU completed an analysis of 533 STRs and SARs of which 490 were related to suspected money laundering activities and 43 related to the financing of terrorism. The analysis of these STRs and SARs generated 209 intelligence reports of which 170 related to suspected money laundering and 31 related to financing of terrorism. Of the 209 intelligence reports which were generated 150 were sent to local law enforcement agencies, 59 were spontaneous disclosures which were disseminated to foreign law enforcement agencies, foreign FIUs and local competent authorities,” Young said.

Young said that the total monetary value of the 739 suspicious transaction reports submitted to the FIU was TT$805.5 million (US$119 million) for 2016, a 127 percent increase over 2015.

In relation to financing of terrorism, Young said it was a global concern that had significantly increased.

He said: “The global landscape with respect to terrorism and the financing of terrorism continues to evolve with a phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters whose local impact was evident in a significant increase of 331.3 percent in suspicious transaction reports. So what we found between the period last year to this year's period, we've had an increase in what appears to be the financing in foreign terrorism fighters of over 331 per cent. So it's increased from 16 into 2015 to 69 in 2016, and at the end of the 2016 reporting period FIUs intelligence has revealed 182 citizens of Trinidad and Tobago being suspected of being involved in terrorist activities.

“So for the period of 2016 what the FIU has picked up in their STRs and SARs is that approximately 182 Trinidad and Tobago citizens may be involved we suspect they are involved in the financing of terrorist activities.”



It’s no secret that several Trinidadian Muslims have left the country to join Islamic group ISIS. But in a candid interview, one of them, a sniper in the organization, admitted to killings in his homeland and urged Muslims still living there to wage jihad in the twin-island republic.

Abu Sa’d at-Trinidadi, one of the first three Muslims to leave Trinidad and Tobago to join the jihadist organization, told ISIS magazine Dabiq about why he rejected his family’s Baptist Christian faith and embraced Islam, and even went as far as urging Muslims who live in the twin-island republic to “terrify the disbelievers in their own homes and make their streets run with their blood”.

No dates were given in the interview but at-Trinidadi, whose birth name is Shane Crawford, spoke about his own “jihad endeavour” in his homeland. He admitted that he and a few of his Muslims brothers to took revenge “whenever the disbelievers in Trinidad would kill or harm a Muslim”.

“We would work to accumulate money in order to buy weapons and ammo. . . .We were successful in many operations, and this was only by Allah’s grace. Abu ‘Abdillah, my wife, and I were arrested at one point, but the police weren’t able to make a case against us. We were nonetheless charged for possessing guns and ammunition,” he recalled, adding that his computer and phones were seized and police found the videos, books, and lectures on jihad.

at-Trinidadi said the government claimed they were planning to assassinate the prime minister and a number of other ministers. He said while it would have been an honour for them to have done that, they had not.

It was in 2011 that a state of emergency was declared by the People’s Partnership government, during which several suspects were arrested for allegedly plotting to kill then prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.



“We were imprisoned for terrorism along with some Muslims who merely knew us as well as others whom we had never even met before. Alhamdulillah, they planned and plotted but Allah is the best of planners. They were unable to make a case against us and we were freed, by Allah’s permission, and despite being placed under surveillance, we went back to doing what we knew we had to do, commanding the good and prohibiting the evil,” at-Trinidadi said.

The Muslim went on to disclose that before he and two of his closest friends Abu ‘Abdillah and Abu ‘Isa – who were killed in the ISIS war, or “attained martyrdom” as at-Trinidadi put it – left the country to join their ISIS colleagues in the Middle East, they killed two men whom they had been hunting. He said the killing occurred in the middle of the city in broad daylight and was caught on camera. Even though his two friends were arrested, they were eventually released and eventually left Trinidad and Tobago.

The guerrilla fighter was highly critical of Muslims remaining in Trinidad and Tobago, saying they “clearly have some weakness in their faith which they have to correct”.

He chastised them for choosing to remain in a place where they “have no honour and are forced to live in humiliation, subjugated by the disbelievers”. But, at the same time, at-Trinidadi told them they could take the “golden opportunity to do something that many of us here wish we could do right now”.

“You have the ability to terrify the disbelievers in their own homes and make their streets run with their blood. Where is your jealousy for the religion? They are bombing your brothers and sisters day and night in the land where Allah’s law is supreme. It is an obligation upon you to act and force them to think thrice before bombing the Muslims. Therefore, terrorize the disbelievers and make them feel fear everywhere, even in their own bedrooms. Due to their mere disbelief, their blood by default is lawful to spill,” he said in a message to the Muslims.

“Attack the interests of the Crusader coalition near you, including their embassies, businesses, and civilians. Burn down their government institutions just as they try to bomb our buildings where Allah’s law is upheld.

“Follow the example of the lions in France and Belgium, the example of the blessed couple in California, and the examples of the knights in Orlando and Nice,” he added, clearly referring to the terror attacks in those locations.

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Comment by Sando Warrior on March 21, 2017 at 11:12pm

All those Muslims who are going to Syria and fight for ISIS are just going to make it harder for T&T nationals to get Visas to go to the US and other superpower nations. The Govt have to be blamed and should have gotten a sound awakening after the 1990 Coup.Too much infighting going on amongst the two top political parties and not enough attention is being paid to high crime that have people living in constant fear.   

Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 20, 2017 at 3:55pm
@,David cathey
Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 20, 2017 at 3:54pm
Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 20, 2017 at 3:54pm
@david catheter, and the white cops, in the U.S. kill innocent black people, not just men but black women as well. The white police reason for killing innocent black people, " we saw a gun" of course they found no gun. They reach in their pocket, they grabbed my gun, we gave him over 2000, volts of electricity, cause he would not stay still. He kept coming forward when we told him to stop.
Comment by Samantha on March 17, 2017 at 3:23pm
The government in Trinidad is to slack on the crimes bring back the death penalty and start hanging some asses.
Comment by David Cathey on March 15, 2017 at 4:35pm

Now you understand why Trump says we can't just let every Muslim in to the country; because some of them would kill us in a heartbeat and call it martyrdom.

Comment by CALEE on March 14, 2017 at 9:41pm
I'm going to agree with AfricanGodess on this one. What people need is Christianity. Yeshua itn their heart mind body and soul.
Comment by AfricanGoddess on January 3, 2017 at 12:35am

Reliegion nutzies...

Dumb,dumber and dumbest!

Comment by mr muzik on December 12, 2016 at 6:28pm
Wow, I really hope that this craziness doesn't happen anywhere in Trini. Enough craziness!!!
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on December 12, 2016 at 5:24pm
The USA embassy gonna start your banned the visas. Watch n see

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