Saturday 24 October, 2020

TTPS defends cops accused of inaction in lead up to Penal mom's murder

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is seeking to clarify media reports which state that Reshma Kanchan made several formal complaints to the Penal Police Station before she was killed by someone she knew.

Kanchan was beheaded at Laltoo Trace, Penal on Tuesday.

Her relatives told the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Newspaper that her plight to law enforcement fell on deaf ears since the accused was only warned

In a statement on Wednesday, The TTPS said no one made any domestic violence report to the Penal Police Station with respect to  Kanchan. Instead, the TTPS said only one report of disturbance was made at 5:40 pm on September 16, 2020.

According to the release, Kanchan told responding officers that it was her mother who did not want her spouse appearing at the front of her house where he had been making allegations against her.

"PC Rock enquired from her if she had a protection order and she replied NO. PC Rock then spoke to both parties and advised them to seek counselling at the Victim and Witness Support Unit at the Penal Police Station and they both agreed."

The TTPS did not indicate if a follow-up ever occurred. However, they maintained that Kanchan did not ask for assistance.

"Investigations revealed that No Police Action was requested for any breach of the peace, and there were No Protection Orders served at the Penal Police Station in respect of Ms Kanchan and her spouse. With respect to the one report made on September 16, no police action was requested, other than a warning which was given by PC Rocke on the said day."

The Gender-Based Violence Unit was formed in January 2020 to deal with domestic violence cases.

The TTPS said the Unit has so far been successful in educating people but called on persons to report such incidents so that the appropriate action can be taken.

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