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An eyewitness to the killing
of three men, among them a
reputed gang leader and mur-
der suspect, says she is fearful
the killers, whom she believes
are members of the Trinidad
and Tobago Regiment, will
return to execute her.
Speaking hours after the
killings yesterday, the young
mother of two said she was
with Dillon Skeete, 30, Joel
Tash, 22, and Jamaican Sherwin
Thomas when they were killed
on Thursday night.
She recalled she was with
nine men liming near Skeete’s
office at Desperlie Crescent
when two vehicles passed
The woman said a marked
police vehicle passed first, then
an unmarked Nissan X-Trail
passed. She said she then saw
the drivers of both vehicles
speak to each other before the
marked police vehicle left.
“‘Ay police, everybody go up
on the wall,’” she said were the
first words out of the mouths
of the masked men when they
returned and approached the
The woman said she asked
to see identification but instead
one of the men placed a gun
to her chest and said “‘It have
no gyal thing here, I would kill
She said she was ordered to
kneel and one of the killers told
her he knew her face and could
come back for her.
While the two were arguing,
she said, the other men were
beginning to kneel with their
hands in the air. One the
masked men then stepped
away from the group to answer
a call. He then returned and
shot Skeete, signalling the oth-
ers to “spray down” (shoot)
the other men.
She ran at this point, leaving
behind her friends as they were
riddled with bullets. She said
the killer/s shot at her but
missed. The woman said she
saw Thomas, an actor who
came to film a movie, titled
“You Ain’t No Killer”, gasping
for breath as one of the killers
tried to remove Skeete’s gold
She added: “I have two chil-
dren to live for. They does
always come and kill people in
here and get away with it.
What they does do about it.
This is not the first time.
“That was execution, I must
be frightened after I nearly see
death. I know they would come
and do me something because
they telling me ‘I marking your
face, you is the one who see
“That is a threat, so I know
if I dead today or tomorrow I
know is either a police or a sol-
dier kill me.”
Although she didn’t see the
shooting, she said the way the
killers operated and the heavy
weaponry they had suggested
they were military.
“Oh no, it wasn’t bad boys.
The van went in and come out
and people see the van. I hear
the shots. I had to ban up my
knees because when I heard
the shots I dropped to my
knees and bawl. Up here quiet
and nice,” she said.
Speaking with the media at
the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, yesterday, Tash’s
father, Noel, said his son would
have celebrated his 23rd birth-
day next month and was an
He said his son was killed
for visiting his friends.
“He used to go and visit rel-
atives in Laventille because he
moved out and I always warned
him about going to Laventille
in the night,” Noel said.
He said his child had signed
up to become a special reserve
police officer but became ill
for one week and had to restart
Skeete’s relatives, who were
also at the FSC, said he was
hunted by soldiers and even-
tually killed because he was
labelled a suspect in the June
29 murder of Lance Corporal
They were firm in their con-
viction that he was murdered
by those sworn to uphold jus-
tice and the law.
They said he had had a pre-
monition he would be killed
soon. The men’s killing have
taken the murder toll to 300
for the year, ten more than last
killers will return
JENSEN LA VENDE
Members of the protective services
and Desperlie Crescent, Laventille, res-
idents are pointing fingers at each other
following the killing of three men in the
area on Thursday night.
Residents yesterday claimed reputed
gang leader Dillon “Bandy” Skeete, 30,
Joel Tash, 22, and Jamaican national Sher-
win Thomas were killed by well trained,
masked soldiers acting under the guidance
Skeete was a suspect in the murder of
regiment officer Lance Corporal Kayode
Thomas. Thomas, 32, was shot dead on
June 29 while on his way to his home at
Beverly Hills, Laventille.
Sherwin Thomas was the cousin of
Jamaica reggae singer Lewin “Louis Cul-
ture” Brown. Thomas and Brown were
in T&T for the past two weeks wrapping
up filming of a movie in Laventille, but
the T&T Guardian was unable to confirm
if Brown was still here. (See other story)
However, the police denied any mem-
bers of the protective services were
involved in the killings.
At a press conference at the Police
Administration Building, Port-of-Spain,
hours after the killings, acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams was
adamant that the killers were not law
enforcement officers but could not give
any motive as to the killing of the three
Williams denied residents’ claims that
the men’s killers were members of the
regiment. Asked how he was certain, he
said police had interviewed witnesses
during their initial investigations and they
revealed the killers were not law enforce-
However, eyewitnesses told the T&T
Guardian earlier the killers identified
themselves as members of the protective
services and were wearing all-black cloth-
ing with a monogram on their tops resem-
bling that of the regiment’s special forces
Contacted on the allegations yesterday,
the regiment’s public liaison officer, Capt
Stefan Affonso, said the statements were
unfortunate and not true.
He said the deaths of the men were
a loss and any loss of citizens’ lives was
a loss to the country.
Affonso denied Skeete was being pur-
sued by the regiment in connection with
Thomas’ killing and called on members
of the public who may have information
on criminal activity to come forward
rather than take matters into their own
hands and attack the police.
Shortly after Thomas’ killing, members
of the regiment searched the homes of
Skeete’s relatives at Laventille, Champ
Fleurs, Toco and Couva, seeking him out.
CoP denies law officers killed Laventille men...
Our hands are clean
Members of the Defence Force patrol along Laventille Road yesterday following
Thursday's triple murder at Desperlie Crescent. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Skeete’s brother, Duane, was also
placed under scrutiny in Grenada and was
held there for two days without charge
and released without a proper explanation
as to why he was detained.
His attorney then told the T&T
Guardian that Duane was being held on
the request of the T&T authorities.
Skeete visited the T&T Guardian’s
offices on July 14 to tell his side of the
story. Moments after the interview was
conducted, members of the Defence
Force visited the T&T Guardian’s offices
looking for Skeete.
They left after being told he was not in
the building but moments later the
company received a call saying there was
a bomb in the building. That matter was
still under investigation up to yesterday.
During the press conference, Williams
said Skeete was one of the suspects in
Thomas’ murder. This differed from
information the police gave the media on
Skeete soon after Thomas was killed.
Asked when Skeete became a suspect,
since police had repeatedly denied he was
wanted by them, while Skeete’s relatives
had also made allegations that soldiers
were “hunting him down,” Williams said:
“I am surprised you are looking for an
answer to that question but you will not
get it from me.
“At the time of his death (Skeete) he
was a suspect as many other persons
have been a suspect in that investigation.”
Asked if Skeete had ever sought police
protection from the regiment because he
was fearful they wanted him dead,
Williams said he was unaware and
passed the question to his Deputy
Commissioner (Crime) Glen Hackett who
denied any knowledge of that.
T&T GUARDIAN VISIT
STATION SHOT UP
Police said around 10 pm Thursday,
Skeete, Tash and Thomas were with a
group of men when a black Nissan X-Trail
approached the group and five heavily-
armed men got out and ordered the men
to kneel down. When they complied the
gunmen shot them.
Following the men’s killings, Williams
said there was a shooting in Lodge Place,
Laventille, where the Besson Street Police
Station came under fire from gunmen
but, he added, contrary to reports the
station was not damaged by gunfire.
He said as a result of the shooting
incident his officers would increase their
presence in the Laventille area.
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