Senior cop probes granny’s death

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Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams has appointed a senior officer to investigate the killing of 80-year-old pensioner Sona Lalloo.

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon made that announcement in the Senate Thursday in response to a query from Opposition member Wade Mark.

Dillon said Williams has named Assistant Superintendent Samaroo to conduct the enquiry.

Samaroo would be assisted by the police Professional Standards Bureau “to ensure transparency,” the minister said.

He stated that an earlier investigation had been launched by the south-western division, in which community Lalloo was killed through “an accidental discharge” of a police officer’s gun.

Also in the Senate Thursday, Health Minister said that no one has died in Trinidad and Tobago since 2006 as a result of scorpion stings.

Deyalsingh was fielding questions from Mark on the scorpion sting of three-year-old Nicola Dyer.

Deyalsingh said the Eastern Regional Health Authority has dealt with 52 scorpion stings in recent years and that there is a high success rate “once treatment starts early.”

He stated that anti-venom drugs are not required.

There are some 17,000 species of scorpions, the minister said.

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