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Christian Huggins, a survivor of last Thursday's shooting in which three people were killed at Desperlie Crescent, Laventille,
remained warded at hospital yesterday. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
JENSEN LA VENDE
An eyewitness to the killing of three
men, including a Jamaican national and
a murder suspect, says she fears for her
life after witnessing what she describes
as executions carried out by men who
appear to be members of the T&T Reg-
The young mother of two, who spoke
on condition of anonymity, said she was
with Dillon Skeete, 30; Joel Tash, 22; and
Jamaican Sherwin "Crime" Thomas when
they were killed. She said she was with
nine men liming near Skeete s office at
Desperlie Crescent when two vehicles, a
police vehicle followed by a Nissan X-
Trail, drove past. She said she saw the
drivers of the two vehicles speak briefly
before the police vehicle drove away.
She said the next thing she heard was:
"Ay police! Everybody go up on the wall!"
She said a gun was pointed at her chest
by one of three masked men who came
out of the X-Trail. The woman said when
she asked for identification she was told:
"It have no girl thing here. I will kill you."
She was then ordered to kneel. She said
one of the masked men told her he knew
her face and could come back to harm
her. She said she heard the masked men
speaking roughly to the three men who
had been made to kneel down with their
hands in the air.
The woman said one of the masked
men stepped away from the group to
answer a call, then returned and shot
Skeete, signalling the others to "spray
down" (shoot) the others.
The woman said when she heard the
gunfire, she ran. She said she narrowly
escaped being shot and as she fled she
saw Thomas, an actor who had come to
T&T to film a movie, gasping for breath.
"They does always come and kill people
in here and get away with it," the woman
said. "This is not the first time. That was
execution. I must be frightened after I
nearly see death.
The woman said she believed the
masked men to be soldiers because of the
heavy artillery they used.
"Oh no, it wasn t bad boys. The van
went in and come out and people see the
van. I hear the shots," she said.
"I had to band up my knees because
when I heard the shots I dropped to my
knees and bawl." "
Tash s father Noel, who spoke with
reporters at the Forensic Science Centre,
said his son would have celebrated his
23rd birthday next month and was an
aspiring policeman. He said his son was
killed for visiting friends.
"He used to go and visit relatives in
Laventille because he moved out and I
always warned him about going Laventille
in the night," Tash said, adding that his
son had signed up to become a Special
Reserved Police officer but after he
became ill for one week he had to restart
Skeete s relatives, who were also at the
Forensic Science Centre, claimed he had
been hunted down by soldiers and even-
tually killed because he was considered
a suspect in the June 29 killing of Lance
Cpl Kayode Thomas.
Witness to Desperlie
killings living in fear
Crime fighter Insp Sahadeo Singh died yes-
terday of a suspected heart attack at Medical
Associates in Chaguanas. Singh, 58, was rushed
to the private facility from his Caparo home early
yesterday morning after he complained about
Several police officers gathered outside the facility
to pay their respects after hearing of Singh s death.
The well-known senior policeman, who was
assigned to the Besson Street Police Station and
had received a commendation award in 2013, was
responsible for numerous stop-and-search exercises,
seizure of illegal firearms and the arrests of scores
of suspected gang members. He had also spear-
headed investigations into illegal bunkering of diesel
at Sea Lots, where five 1,000 gallon tanks were
found inside an abandoned house.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams
said he had just returned from a police church
service when he was told about Singh s death.
"This is shocking news to me," he said. "He was
an active officer and beyond active, an exceptional
officer, one of the few frontline officers taking to
the fight against crime."
Williams said with the loss of Singh there is now
a major gap in the police.
"I want to express my condolences to the family.
Singh spent his entire career in the service. He had
reached his compulsory retirement age but he
wanted to work because of his passion and love,"
Also paying tribute to Singh was National Security
Minister Gary Griffith who said the police service
"could do with the discipline and character of
many more Sahadeo Singhs."
President of the Police Social and Welfare Asso-
ciation Anand Ramesar said: "Our last memory of
him was when we met with him on Friday. Singh
said he was going to visit the families who lost
their lives on Desperlie Crescent on Thursday night.
His death is a significant loss. Singh was a leader
in a lot of areas. It will be difficult to find someone
to fit in his shoes as life goes on with the TTPS."
Singh leaves behind his wife Janine and two chil-
crime fighter dies
died of a heart
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