Wednesday, May 28, 2008


We'll stick with the story of Hope for now.
In the Express, Richard Charan writes that "Last Saturday night, Ranjoon said she went to work at a supermarket in Chaguanas and left Hope in the care of a male companion. She said Hope called her at 9 a.m. to say the man was preparing a meal of chicken and fries. Ranjoon said when she reached home at 11 a.m., the apartment was empty....That tenant said she locked her doors at 8.30 p.m. Ranjoon panicked."

While in the Newsday story written by Rhondor Dowlat, "The man was taken into custody early Sunday morning, after Hope’s mother Sherma Rajoon, 48, reported to the Freeport police that she did not find Hope at home when she got in after work at about 11 pm on Saturday." (,79651.html)

The Guardian's Camille Clarke and Rhondor Dowlat spell the mother's name as "Rajoon", but Richard Charan spells it as 'Ranjoon'.
And both Miss Dowlat and Mr Charan give the suspect's age as 28, but Miss Clarke gives his age as 30.

At the end of Miss Clarke's story, she adds this piece from the Chaguanas Mayor. "Mayor of Chaguanas Dr Surujrattan Rambachan said Central was under siege by the criminal elements. “We are concerned about the bodies. Central is a hotbed of crime. There are robberies of families and murders,” Rambachan said. He added that 100 central police officers had been relocated to Port-of-Spain Division. “Central is suffering from political vindictiveness when they should be here,” he said."
What does this statement have to do with the death of a child at the hands of a relative?

Richard Charan on the other hand writes "Chaguanas Mayor Suruj Rambachan joined the mourners behind the crime-scene tape yesterday. He said crime was out of control, the State was powerless, and all hope was lost."