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Deputy CoP: Duane Skeete is not a wanted man
After spending two days in the custody of Grenadian police, T&T national Duane Skeete was released without charges on Friday after Grenadian police said he was no longer being sought in T&T. This, however, contradicts what local police are saying. Relatives of Skeete both in T&T and Grenada said Skeete was being targeted by local soldiers who are looking for his brother Dillon Skeete in connection with the June 29 shooting death of Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas.
In searching for Dillon Skeete, soldiers have reportedly searched the homes of relatives in Toco, Laventille, Champs Fleurs and Couva. But while soldiers are looking for Dillon, police have denied he is wanted in connection with Thomas’s death. In a brief telephone interview, Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of crime Glen Hackett said at no time were the local police seeking Duane Skeete, who has been in Grenada since July 3.
Hackett said, “The T&T Police Service did not make any request to the Grenadian Police Force to arrest anyone, particularly Dillon Skeete, in connection with the killing of Kayode Thomas or anything else.” Hackett said he would look into the matter because he was unaware of any such request. He said such request had been made it would have had to pass through him at some point.
In a telephone interview, Duane Skeete’s attorney, Peter David, said his client was picked up last week Wednesday after a document was supposedly faxed to Grenada. He was released at 2 pm on Friday after another document was supposedly faxed to authorities there. David said the document was never shown to him. David said his client was held at the St George CID, on Green Street, St George’s. Relatives believe he was held in connection with Thomas’s death.
Selma Skeete, aunt of the two brothers, said Duane was arrested some time after 10 am on Wednesday. She added that the 29-year-old only ventured outside to play football, go to the panyard and the local grocery. It was at a grocery, Food Fair, that he was held. After arresting him police went to where he was staying and collected his personal belongings, including his clothes.