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Woodbrook resident Shastri Sook-
nanan broke down in tears before a
room filled with neighbours and
police officers as he spoke of con-
stantly being terrorised by bandits.
Sooknanan, one of the many res-
idents of Scott Bushe Street who
attended Wednesday night s police
town meeting at Queen s Royal College,
said he feared for his life every day.
Speaking before acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams and
Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim
Kee, Sooknanan said he received no
help from the police when he made a
With a tremor in his voice, he said:
"There is a guy who rides a bicycle,
he sells drugs in Victoria Square. Please,
I don t want to talk too much because
I don t want to be killed."
He paused and tried to compose
himself as a fellow resident handed
him a tissue to dry his eyes.
He said: "On Saturday morning I
got up to go to the Central Market. He
climbs over my neighbour s fence. He
stole my 24 plants from under my
"I went to make a report at the Cen-
tral Police Station, the corporal who
was there was in plainclothes. I asked
him what was his name he said that s
not my business.
"I know there are a lot of good
policemen and he could have been the
bad apple that spoils the whole bunch.
"Now, he was in plainclothes so I
did not get his badge number or any-
thing. I told him let us go to my prem-
ises and he said no, he has no one to
send and he has no vehicle to go.
"I said I came with a vehicle and
he could send whoever he wants. He
said no, he can t do anything about
Sooknanan said there were other
times when the same bandit stole items
that he kept in his porch. Although
making reports, he said the man had
not been arrested and police said they
could not find him. He said the man
also sells drugs in the community,
which was bad for the children around.
"I am pleading with you to do some-
thing about it," he said sorrowfully as
he walked off.
It was not a one-off instant as sev-
eral other residents of Scott Bushe
Street also shared their experiences of
Another man called on police to
investigate people living and hiding in
the Lapeyrouse cemetery who would
jump over their walls of residents to
steal their belongings.
The residents said the bandits have
become so desperate that they even
stole an open padlock off his gate.
After an outpouring of complaints,
Williams instructed senior policemen
from the Central Police Station to
increase police presence in the com-
Williams promised to work with
Sooknanan to find the officer who he
said failed to provide proper service
so he could be investigated.
The commissioner said the Police
Service was working to remind officers
that they were employed by citizens
to provide a service. See Page A6
JENSEN LA VENDE
With their hairnets still on, two Japs
Fried Chicken workers were among
the crowd at St Helena who took turns
trying to get the best vantage point
to view the bodies of father and son
---Devanand and Jeremy Gokool---who
were executed yesterday.
Around 5.30 pm, police said a man
dressed in black approached the duo
who were seated on white plastic chairs
facing an empty lot of land behind their
St Helena home.
Police said the 52-year-old Gokool,
a money-lender and an employee of
the Ministry of Works, was approached
by the man who pretended he wanted
to borrow money.
As the two discussed the terms of
agreement, the shooter, who police
believe was a paid assassin, shot both
men once in their heads and walked
He then got back in his car and drove
off. The make and model of the car
along with the licence plate was cap-
tured on camera and police say they
would review the footage.
Jeremy Gokool, police said, was shot
in the chest on January 18 after he got
into an altercation with a man allegedly
over a Government contracting deal
that went sour.
On April 10 Siewdath Ragbir, man-
aging director of RS Pavers Limited,
appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate
charged with shooting Gokool. Police
are not linking the two incidents.
At the double murder scene yester-
day, a crying relative said there were
three police officers living in the area
and they all failed the family.
Another woman screamed that the
men should have had guns to protect
She added: "This is not real. Why
would they want to kill them? He was
not a threat to anyone. The only weapon
was his tongue."
Meanwhile, in an unrelated murder,
police of the Valencia Police Station
were called to the Quarry Road, Valen-
cia, murder scene of Anthony de Ver-
De Verteuil, police said, was a known
criminal with a history of convictions
for robberies and gun-related matters.
Police said around 6.35 pm on
Wednesday residents heard gunshots
and discovered his body on the roadway.
De Verteuil of Cassandra Boulevard,
Valencia, was shot eight times in the
chest and arms. Police said despite his
criminal history they have no motive
for his Killing.
hand, who police
described as a gangster,
escaped gunmen three
times in six weeks but
on Wednesday night he
was not so lucky after
he was shot dead in front
of his common-law
Manichand knew he
had been marked for
death since early last
month and even told his
family he was being tar-
Reports were made at
the Gasparillo Police Sta-
tion and Manichand was
advised by police to leave
his home at First Street,
Harmony Hall, Gaspar-
illo, and seek refuge else-
remained in the house.
Around 8.15 pm on
was playing cards with
his common-law wife,
Lashell Foster, and several
friends when two gun-
men walked into the
One wore a bullet proof
vest, a black cap, marked
"Police", a pair of black
gloves and a holster on
his waist. The other wore
The gunman, dressed
as a police, forced Manic-
hand to lie face down on
the floor before firing a
single shot to his head,
killing him instantly. The
bullet pierced a hole in
the wooden floor.
The men then ran
through a track and
escaped in a white Nissan
Almera. Manichand s
uncle, Boyon Latchman,
who live in a house in
front of Manichand s
wooden shack, said he
was fearful for his life.
"We going to nail up
the door. Nobody can
stay here," Latchman said
as he helped to load fur-
niture and appliances
onto a van. He said when
the first death threat
came six weeks ago, he
grew worried and moved
out of his house.
"He was never disre-
spectful but when you
live by the sword you die
by the sword. Gangster
don t sleep.
Manichand had two
children --- Tefari, 10, and
seven-year-old Shania ---
from a previous relation-
Dad and son
Crime victim cries at town meeting
A relative is consoled at the scene of last evening's murder at St Helena, where
Devanand Gokool and his son, Jeremy, were shot dead.
Woodbrook resident Shastri Sooknanan became emotional as he recounted his
encounter with bandits during Wednesday's Police Town meeting at Queens
Royal College. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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