December 3, 2004

Youngsters of slain cop get scholarships

Constable Elson Richardson will have lasting memories within the constabulary, as from next year the son or daughter of a police officer will attend secondary school with assistance from the government.

The establishment of the Elson Richardson memorial fund was announced during Wednesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly. {{more}}Richardson was buried in full military style in his hometown of Barrouallie last week Saturday after his body was found in the area of Belle Vue the previous Sunday morning, while his burnt out car was discovered between the villages of Clare Valley and Chauncey some 25 miles away.

Richardson’s death sent shock waves throughout the society and six youths have been charged in connection with the incident.

Tributes to the fallen policeman came in the House from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, Deputy Prime Minister Louis Straker, National Security Minister Sir Vincent Beache, and Senator St. Claire Leacock.

Richardson’s three children, a boy aged 16 and girls 14 and 12, will be taken care of by the government, a situation for which Eustace expressed appreciation.