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Monday, April 03, 2006
Trinidad Teens In Murder/Sodomy Case For Court Today

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Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Mon. Apr. 3, 2006: Two Trinidad teenagers, who police claim are responsible for the shocking sodomy and murder of an American-born child, are set to appear in court in south Trinidad today.

The teens, both minors at 16 and 14-year-old, respectively, will appear in court Couva, the same area where 6-year-old Sean Luke lived and died.

Police late Friday night formally charged the two with the horrific murder of the Portage, Michagan-born kid. The teens, from Port of Spain and Carli Bay were arrested in Orange Valley at around 11 o’ clock on Tuesday night, March 28th. Police said the two are school dropouts and one of them has a criminal record of sexual offences.

The gruesome murder has rocked the small fishing village of Orange Valley, just North of the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, where many of the large energy companies have their offices. Sean's body was found a few hundred feet from his home, in a canefield in Central Trinidad on March 28. He had reportedly been sodomized prior to his death. The Trinidad Express quoted pathologist Dr Eastlyn Mc Donald Burris as saying that a preliminary examination found “… that the killer inserted a sugarcane stalk into the boy's rectum, and pushed it until it reached the child's throat.” The cause of death has been initially blamed on internal bleeding.

Sean’s mother, Pauline Lum Fai is trying to come to grips with her loss. “Evil…Pure evil,” was the way she has described the perpetrator of the crime while warning parents to keep a close watch on their children to ensure that they know who they’re with at all times.

Child Rights Activist Gregory Sloane Seale has joined those nationwide in expressing shock at the murder, adding that it brings the issue of a sex offenders’ registry into question. The Sexual Offences Act, which provides for the setting up of such a registry has been passed since 2000, yet no list has ever been established.

“We have to look at setting up measures to monitor and keep tabs on sexual offenders who have already gone through the system,” he said. “It’s a new phenomenon, and it’s something that the police force would have to be trained in dealing with.”

Seale added that the DNA legislation is critical in cases such as these in finding the culprits and bringing them to justice.

Criminologist Professor Ramesh Deosaran agrees that a registry of convicted sexual offenders must be established. “I thought with the technology being brought here, millions of dollars being spent, what is the use?” he asked.

Professor Deosaran, who also heads the Joint Select Committee of Parliament to look into the Police Service Commission, promised to take the authorities to task on allegations made by Sean’s mother that the police did not respond to her report that the child was missing.

“We are going to initiate action by the power of Parliament to get some fuller accountability and to help prevent such incidents from occurring,” he said, while slamming the government for failing to set up the Sex Offenders Registry and to enact the DNA legislation, which he said would help detect and prosecute the offenders. –