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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wendy-Ann Huggins, mother of
Barataria resident Joel Apparicio who was
shot and killed by a Special Reserve
Policeman on May 21, says she fears the
police may be "getting away with mur-
Huggins, who held a solitary and silent
protest outside of both the Hall of Justice
in Port-of-Spain and the Parliament on
Wrightson Road, was close to tears as she
recalled the day her son was killed.
She expressed further frustration as she
spoke about the lack of information being
provided to her family by the police.
She said she found out her son was killed
by a police officer when she was watching
the news and claimed that police had not
"At least he (the police officer) own up
to the shooting but since the 22nd every-
body telling me investigations ongoing and,
investigations continuing. Nobody is telling
me he is going to be charged," Huggins
"I went to Police Complaints Authority
and they said they waiting on a report from
the police. I understand the frustration that
Gillian Lucky used to express. All this time
passed and nothing.
"I want justice. What was done was
street justice. I want justice. That was mur-
Huggins held up placards as she walked
back and forth in front of Parliament.
One read: "Mr DPP my son was mur-
dered by police."
The other read: "Justice for Joel Apparicio
and sons murdered by police."
"I am not denying that some police do
good work. I am not denying that but inves-
tigations...after three months I still don t
know who is the person that shot my son."
Huggins complained that justice in T&T
was too slow and police were trying to
protect their own.
"On that day, people showed me the
man who shoot my son and took the num-
ber of the vehicle. By the time they cor-
doned off, the policeman shrugged me
away and one set of police men around
him protecting him and up to now he knows
me but I don t know him, and that is what
Trinidad is about."
Huggins said she still felt immense pain
over her son s killing.
"I does feel it in my belly. Only a mother
could tell you that. Sometimes I fall down
and hold my belly, I does feel it here," she
said as she clutched her stomach.
While Huggins stood outside Parliament
with placard, she said several parliamen-
tarians had passed by and had ignored her.
"They don t have time for this. I got
advice to take it international and that is
what I intend to do. It is time to stop this
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A 32-year-old man
from Couva was yester-
day found dead behind
the steering wheel of his
white Nissan Almera,
having been shot twice
in the head.
Jerry Roberts, of Perth
Avenue, Perseverance, was
found around 4 am by a
passerby who saw his car
parked along the Couva
Main Road, near the
Couva Bridge and called
the police. When police
arrived, they found
Roberts slumped forward
wearing nothing but a pair
of boxer shorts.
Roberts is the father of
a two-year-old, Joshua.
An autopsy by forensic
pathologist Dr Valery
Alexandrov showed he
died immediately after
being shot twice in the
left side of the head.
that the killer was either
sitting in the front pas-
senger seat or was outside
and fired through an open
left-side passenger win-
Crime scene investiga-
tors cordoned off part of
the road, causing a pile-
up of rush hour traffic into
the Point Lisas Industrial
Estate for several hours.
Up to yesterday, no motive
was found for his death,
although police said he
left home around 4 pm
after receiving a phone
It was around that
time, while driving along
Carli Bay Road, that
Roberts called out to
Joshua who was holding
his mother Christine Fras-
er s hand as they left the
nearby Chin Supermar-
ket.Fraser, 19, said, "He was
driving out the road when
we were coming from the
shop and when he saw us,
he popped his horn and
called out his son. He said,
Small man, and then he
"Joshua is only two and
a half, he is too young to
understand what is hap-
pening," Fraser said,
beginning to weep as she
contemplated her son s
having to face life without
his father s love.
She recalled, "Minutes
to eight this morning, his
sister Josette called me
and asked if I heard the
news. When I said no, she
told me Jerry was shot and
had died. I started to cry
one time, because Joshua
shot dead in car
will have to grow up with-
out his father in his life.
I called my father on work
and he came and took us
to where the body was."
Although they had
been separated for the
past ten months, she said,
they maintained a healthy
relationship for their son s
sake. She said when she
saw Roberts on Thursday,
he wore a blue T-shirt and
earlier in the day when
they spoke on the phone
he appeared untroubled.
She said it was strange
that he was found semi-
nude, as he would never
leave home without being
Roberts, a labourer at
the Chaguanas Borough
appeared in the Couva
Magistrates Court on lar-
ceny charges on Thursday.
He and another man were
jointly charged with steal-
ing copper from Power-
gen s Point Lisas Power
Station in 2012.
They claimed they were
catching crabs and had
nothing to do with the
robbery. A warrant was
issued for his co-accused,
who was not in court.
Dead man's mom protests
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Wendy-Ann Huggins protesting the police
killing of her son, Joel Apparicio, outside the
Parliament Building in Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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