With seven murders recorded over the long Carnival weekend, attacks on two police officers, and numerous shootings and stabbings, Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon has thanked members of the Defense and Protective Services for their efforts in making Carnival 2017 “crime free.” Are you serious Minister?
The Minister’s comments come despite high reports of violence on Carnival Monday, with a stabbing incident in Port of Spain which left an ex-soldier dead, another in Sangre Grande which left one man with a punctured lung, a shooting incident in Port of Spain where a man was shot in the right knee, and a shooting incident in Tunapuna where a man and woman were shot in the arm and hand respectively.
In a statement issued on Ash Wednesday, the Minister said the high presence and visibility of officers on the streets during this Carnival period contributed to safer festivities and minimized crime.
In the same “crime free” statement, Dillon also extended condolences to the family of former soldier Sgt. Dexter James, and PC Sherwin Cedeno who both passed away after separate incidents on Carnival Monday.
The Minister extended condolences to the family of Ambrozina “Baby” Bernard and her daughter Cathy Ann Bernard, who decomposed bodies were found in their home at De Gannes Village, Siparia, on Monday night.