February 15, 2021

Young Concerned Over Alleged Tape Of Police Beating, Urges Sources To Come Forward

By Newsroom

National Security Minister Stuart Young held a meeting on Monday morning with Top Cop Gary Griffith, in which the Minister sought answers about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two suspects in the Andrea Bharatt murder case, while in police custody.

Andrew Morris and Joel Balcon died one week at hospital apart after they were taken into police custody for questioning in Bharatt’s  kidnapping.

At a press briefing on Monday afternoon, Minister Young said he was informed by Commissioner Griffith, that at least 12 reports from investigating officers have been forwarded to the Police Complaints Authority.

Young also said he was “deeply concerned” about to a newspaper article over the weekend which detailed video footage of SORT officers dealing blows to Morris and asked for those in possession of the clip to have it submitted to aid in the investigation.

“Obviously, the allegations that we’ve seen swirling around in the public are matters that concern me, as the Minister of National Security, that concern me, as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. 

“If what is said in that newspaper report yesterday, that there is a video or video recordings of what may have taken place with respect to Mr Morris while in police custody, I would expect that whoever is in possession of that video recording or recordings would take it to the relevant authorities for a proper and thorough investigation,” he said.