Two former sol­diers ar­rested fol­low­ing ar­son, mur­der at­tempt

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): TWO FORMER Spe­cial Force mem­bers of the Trinidad and Tobago De­fence Force (TTDF) were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day af­ter po­lice in­ter­cepted a ve­hi­cle in which they were trav­el­ling con­tain­ing a quan­tity of arms and am­mu­ni­tion.

Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Harold Phillips, who ap­peared at a news con­fer­ence with Chief of De­fence Staff Bri­gadier Rodney Smart said that the men, Devon Ed­wards and Steven Dou­glas, were also linked to an ear­lier in­ci­dent where a man had been shot in the leg.

The act­ing top cop said res­i­dents of a house in Princes Town, had been awaken by the smell of gaso­lene.

“One of the oc­cu­pants came out of the house to check and sev­eral ex­plo­sions were heard. There were three oc­cu­pants in the house, and the oc­cu­pant who ex­ited the house was shot on the up­per part of his left leg,” he said.

Phillips said that while the per­pe­tra­tors left the scene driv­ing two ve­hi­cles, they were in­ter­cepted along the Uriah But­ler High­way, where the am­mu­ni­tion, four firearms and also false num­ber plates were dis­cov­ered.

He hinted that the men could likely be charged with at­tempted ar­son, firearm-re­lated charges, as well as wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Smart con­firmed that the two men had re­cently been dis­charged from the TTDF, adding that he was “dis­ap­pointed that men al­lowed them­selves to be used by crim­i­nal el­e­ments”.

Smart said that the men with 18 and 14 years ser­vice, had been dis­charged from the army on mis­de­meanour and other charges.

So far, more than 330 peo­ple have been mur­dered this year, and the po­lice said they have re­trieved more than 500 guns.

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