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T&T Futsal player and Jabloteh winger, Noel Williams, charged with robbing Chinese businessman 

Trinidad and Tobago National Futsal player and San Juan Jabloteh winger Noel Williams was charged today at the Port of Spain Magistrates Court with the armed robbery and assault of Chinese businessman Wei Hui Zhu at the latter’s Claxton Bay home on the night of 11 November 2016.

Williams allegedly robbed Zhu of $406,000 plus two iPhones collectively valued at TT$13,000 and an FX Revolution air rifle valued at TT$20,000.

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United midfielder Densill Theobald (centre) tries to hang on to San Juan Jabloteh winger Noel Williams during Pro League action at the Morvant Recreation Ground on 16 October 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Morvant Caledonia United midfielder Densill Theobald (centre) tries to hang on to San Juan Jabloteh winger Noel Williams during Pro League action at the Morvant Recreation Ground on 16 October 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

The 32-year-old Williams, a talented utility player, was believed to be one of six officers involved in the robbery. He was already suspended from the police service at the time after being charged for stealing TT$80,000 in goods from a businessplace in Tobago last year.

Williams made bail, earlier this year, and returned to the football where he helped Jabloteh to a second place finish and a spot in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League qualifying campaign.

He also represented the Trinidad and Tobago National Futsal team in a CONCACAF Play Off fixture against Honduras in Costa Rica. Williams and his teammates famously received a paltry US$10 per diem and no match fee from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) for representing their country.

At present, the utility player—a former Pro League champion with Jabloteh—is one of 22 players and five technical staff members who sent a pre-action protocol letter to local football president David John-Williams for financial compensation.

However, Williams’ problems with the law continued.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh utility player Noel Williams (right) is fouled by Morvant Caledonia United forward Sheldon Holder during Pro League action at the Morvant Recreation Ground on 16 October 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh utility player Noel Williams (right) is fouled by Morvant Caledonia United forward Sheldon Holder during Pro League action at the Morvant Recreation Ground on 16 October 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

On Friday 11 November, the Pro League took a break for international football as the Soca Warriors hosted Costa Rica in their first game of the CONCACAF Hex at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. The Warriors lost 2-0.

Williams allegedly headed to Claxton Bay that night with five other lawmen to assault and rob Zhu. He is the second policeman charged with the incident after Special Reserve Policeman (SRP) Sean Joseph was arrested and alleged confessed to the crime in mid-November.

Port of Spain Deputy Chief Magistrate Nanette Forde-John set bail at TT$250,000 for Williams—to be approved by a Clerk of the Peace—on the condition that he surrender his passport, have no contact with the alleged victim and report to the San Juan police Station three times weekly.

Williams is one of two Pro League players behind bars at present, as Club Sando captain Kemuel Rivers was also charged with robbery earlier this month. Thus far, Wired868 understands Rivers has been unable to post bail.

In September, former Caledonia AIA defender and Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 player Damani Richards was charged in the Port of Spain Magistrates Court with possession of a loaded firearm and marijuana.

Photo: Club Sando flanker Kemuel Rivers (centre) celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during Pro League action against W Connection at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 14 October 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Club Sando flanker Kemuel Rivers (centre) celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during Pro League action against W Connection at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 14 October 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

Defence Force winger Ross Russell Jr and former attacker Balondemu Julius were also charged for murder in June 2016.

Club Sando and Morvant Caledonia United are seventh and ninth respectively in the 10-team Pro League standings at present while Jabloteh, who were whipped 3-0 by W Connection today in Santa Cruz, are third.

Pro League results

(Tuesday 22 November)

Ma Pau Stars 1 (Jerrel Britto 84), Morvant Caledonia United 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Defence Force 0, Police FC 2 (Todd Ryan 38, Elijah Belgrave 42) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Friday 25 November)

San Juan Jabloteh 0, W Connection 3 (Hughtun Hector 20, 59, Andre Toussaint 29) at Santa Cruz Recreation Ground;

Photo: W Connection playmaker Andre Toussaint (left) holds off North East Stars captain Anthony Wolfe during the 2016 Pro Bowl semifinal on 13 May 2015 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. Connection won 4-2 on kicks from the penalty spot. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection playmaker Andre Toussaint (left) holds off North East Stars captain Anthony Wolfe during the 2016 Pro Bowl semifinal on 13 May 2015 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
Connection won 4-2 on kicks from the penalty spot.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

Upcoming fixtures

(Tuesday 29 November)

Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Central FC vs St Ann’s Rangers, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

Photo: Ma Pau Stars winger Hayden Tinto (left) takes on Morvant Caledonia United defender Seon Thomas during Pro League at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 22 November 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Ma Pau Stars winger Hayden Tinto (left) takes on Morvant Caledonia United defender Seon Thomas during Pro League at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 22 November 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

First Citizens Cup semifinals

(Sunday 27 November)

Morvant Caledonia Utd v Defence Force, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Police FC v Ma Pau Stars, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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92 comments

  1. All things in the dark …………..

  2. what is the underlying issue here with all these talented guys . really $10 US perdiem. If this is true, slavery is alive and well. tell me it ain’t so

  3. Don’t blame no damn PNM they didn’t know he steal stueps

  4. Let dwn himself….disappointing if he was indeed involved

  5. People hmmm , if all your know eh hmmm . according to the saying, your know my name but your don’t know my story

  6. How is this PNM pressure? I really can’t understand some people. I’m a Cop, every day I thank God for the teachings, I received from my parents and the Community of Toco. Work hard, be honest and live within your means. Always had my priorities. Rims for $20, 000, gold chain for $100, 000, every boat ride, brands wasn’t any of them. No house, No land, only bling. I hope the dishonest cops are arrested and prosecuted, so the dedicated , honest and hardworking Cops, can Protect and Serve with Pride.

  7. Foot ball not paying so they thiefting big up fellas jajaja

  8. Christian Ransome lmao watch who ??

  9. A police officer / a person. .. a person who is allegedly involved in criminal activity. Well, I guess the political parties don’t urge the citizens to put them in power because they each have the solution to the crime problem. My bad. ..

  10. Richard K Mason I petty your statement. Here we have police officer, footballer who receives moneies on both sides of the table in this mess. And you want to talk about “political entities are without meaninful solutions”? The thing is look how gullible some of us can be? Smdh.

  11. Pnm pressure, signs of the times are every where shameful

  12. Yes. Ross Russell Jr, Jimi. Big difference.

  13. Ross Russel too for army is also before the court .

  14. Sigh, the crisis facing the nation seeps into football. Where are the solutions to the crime problem? It seems as though the political entities are without meaningful solutions.

  15. WELL. Well. If. He. Is. Guilty. Along. With. The. Next. So. Called bandit. Police. Him mm. I. Hope. They. Get. Some long. Years

  16. Be sure your sins will find you out…..when you are not satisfied with your wages….you’ll look to steal…..his family, friends, relatives,police service and the football fraternity are shocked and ashamed. Banditry is the norm it would seem.

  17. TTFA seems to be be biggest bandit here to me.

  18. Don’t want to generalize, but the Pro League should be concerned that its players are involved in such high profile crimes.

  19. Don’t believe everything people say you need the facts

  20. The way things going we might have a pro league team from inside the prison

  21. Hope they can get this entire football culture correct because it’s shameful, from primary school level where my son is playing to senior team it’s total garbage

    • The next thing that’s huge we don’t have a youth development program,especially for the training of youth coaches, youth coaches should have a license to work with kids and have a style base,identity to our football and the worst thing is for summer trying to find a good football camp for your kids not the week long shit that cost $1500

    • Dexter Cyrus, a voice from the trenches. Very true Abu.

    • Lasana Liburd, my son has plenty promise in him as an athlete and I am not make him be like another player that has been,the world of sports is amazing now where in real time we have world class training, videos, article, etc about any and every thing,then for me to settle for this it’s hard can see another Trotman,hardess,PAPA,and many other fall through the process of TTFA

    • What’s going on Abu? Why do you say that?

    • It’s like this when you have around 12 or more primary about Arima and only two or four schools have a football team that’s not good then they all have to go down Eddie Heart to play their games because it doesn’t have the correct size field for under twelve, this supposed to be foundation grass roots development for our future star and the administration that runs the league well that a whole mess by it self

    • Hmmm. Excellent point. Lisa Morris, does Arima need more playing areas? Arima Boys RC is one of the most successful schools in the country at that level.
      Peter Joseph what do you think?

    • We have many areas each secondary school has a field plus the Larry Gomes enclosure opp fcb, the velodrome itself , princess royal grounds and the Larry Homes stadium has several spaces.

    • Lasana Liburd what exactly is a correct size field for 12 yr olds?

    • Real talk eh Abu, but is not just the fields, etc…..that’s just a start. It’s conditioning the minds, grooming on life skills- not just football skills. It’s what happens after training that counts. At home, in the village, on the block…but we need to start somewhere. Lisa is a gem and a great foot in the door for this to become a reality. All the best to you all in these endeavors.

    • The field size for 12 and under needs to b accompanied by the correct size goals…..also we need the Coach to b able to recognise what is necessary to do at the time….some Coaches spoil children so badly….by the time tge reach 14 to 16yrs its a headache to even attempt trying to make them unlearn certain bad qualities….which is absolutely no fault of the kid

  22. It looks like policemen who play football are the bad ones. Lol

  23. So if you thought that sports holds a simple answer to our crime problems and that the Policeare here to protect and serve, think again. National players facing criminal charges is an embarrassment.

  24. Buh wah trouble is this eh I now looked at his picture eh, and realized that he also represent my team “Frontline” and yuh mean that I was supporting a team with a bandit on it eh, and alyuh see what Peter C Lewis made happened eh because if he had paid the team the $ 50,000 monies eh, he wouldn’t have to go and rob no china man eh Them really good yes. steeuuppss.

  25. Many talented players have always come from at-risk communities. I supposed the law of averages says some will have these problems.
    Although remember innocent until proven guilty…

  26. Hmmm, speaks to a wider issue.

    Sports men resorting to other avenues for ching ching

  27. I am lost for words,I taught I knew Rivers to be a honest hardworking person,very strange path to choose

  28. What is really going on with some of these footballers eh well I guess if there were getting the real professional thousands of monies from their clubs and also representing the futsal team eh, they wouldn’t have to go and rob people, sell drugs, and continue to do other set of madness to make ends meet eh. Them really good yes.

  29. Loss dey ass in jail, flipping pests. Plenty balls in prison to play football.

  30. I thought sports is promoted as a way to stay out of crime 🙁
    A police officer and footballer!