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Scores of youths in several
hotspot communities in Port-
of-Spain yesterday rejoiced
over the passing of police
inspector Sahadeo Singh.
Sea Lots residents, who held
a block party, dedicated it to
Singh s death.
Singh, 58, who was assigned
to Besson Street Police Station,
succumbed to a stroke on Sun-
day while at Medical Associates,
He was described as an excep-
tional officer by acting Police
Williams, and an ace crime
fighter by all of his colleagues.
However, while the T&T
Police Service (TTPS) was
plunged into deep mourning
over Singh s death, there was a
vast contrast among the resi-
dents of Sea Lots, Beetham Gar-
dens and comminutes in the
Laventille hills, including Canada
and Beverly Hills, which fell
under Singh s jurisdiction.
Many of them described
Singh as a wicked man, who
often came into their commu-
nities armed with a sledge ham-
mer and crow bar which he used
to break down the doors to their
homes during police raids.
Sea Lots resident, Harvey
Adams, 49, said he was one of
the many of Singh s victims.
"Singh real advantage poor
people. He came to my place
and mash it up for no reason
several times. The kind of things
Singh did to me personally, he
lucky he died such an easy
death. Last night (Sunday) the
DJ made announcements all
night that Singh died. We cel-
ebrated his death that he was
no longer here to harass us," he
added. At Beetham Gardens
youths there described Singh as
a pest. Beetham resident Curtis
Alexander, 22, said it is not good
when someone die but did not
hesitate to describe Singh as an
"outta timing police".
"He used to come in Beetham
and break up all of our stuff in
of times. I heard that he had
died three times before by bullets
but now I know that he is surely
dead," Alexander said. Commu-
nity activist Kenneth "Spanish"
Rodriguez extended condolences
to Singh s family and the TTPS.
"I was held for seven days
during the State of Emergency
but I don t have any bad com-
plaints about Singh," he said.
While at Beverly Hills, the
youths shared similar sentiments
as those of Sea Lots and
Beetham. Some claimed that
Singh was very close to Dillon
"Bandy" Skeete who was
gunned down on Thursday night
at Desperlie Crescent, Laven-
They claimed Skeete was one
of Singh s informants. Skeete
had been identified as a suspect
in the murder of Lance Cpl Kay-
ode Thomas who was killed in
Laventille on July 29.
Death of crime-fighter Sahadeo Singh...
Beetham, Sea Lots,
JENSEN LA VENDE
who was shot and
killed by the bullet
from a police officer s
gun at a Chaguaramas
party on Sunday was
shot once in the back,
with the bullet exiting
his chest, an autopsy
Pathologist Dr Valery
Alexandrov, who performed the examination at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, on the teenager s
body said Mohammed bled to death, despite arriving
at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital within 30
minutes after being shot.
According to police reports, a uniformed police
officer saw two men and a woman smoking mar-
ijuana near the Military Museum, Chaguaramas,
around 5.30 am on Sunday shortly after a party
The officer seized the marijuana and was speaking
to the men when another man grabbed his service
pistol. During a struggle for the gun, it went off
hitting Mohammed who was taken to the hospital
where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Senior police officers attached to the Western
Division told the T&T Guardian yesterday the matter
was being investigated. They denied reports that
the police officer had shot at a man who escaped
from his custody.
A 23-year-old man
from Santa Cruz was
gunned down yester-
day during a drive-by
shooting in the area.
Police said around 5
pm, Rene Cruick-
shank, also known as
"Minor", was liming
with a group of friends
as Bass Street, Can-
taro, when a white
Toyota Corolla motor-
car drove past.
One of its occupants, police said, pointed an
automatic weapon in the direction of the group,
fatally hitting Cruickshank. He lived at Sam Bou-
North Eastern Division Task Force officers, led
by Sgt Cornelius Samuel, visited the scene and
are carrying out enquiries. (RD)
in the back
Police shooting at Chaguaramas...
allegedly shot and killed by
a police officer at
Chaguaramas on Sunday.
Santa Cruz man
Sea Lots resident Harvey Adams welcomed the news of acting Inspector Sahadeo Singh's (inset) death during an interview with T&T
Guardian yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
In 2009, subsequent to a stand-
off between residents of Picton
Street and police, residents praised
Singh and his officers for keeping
the area in order.
Singh, residents said, was a man
who never cursed or harassed
anyone. They said he was a man
who would come into the area and
do his job, without fear and failure.
The youths of the area had called
on Singh, during that time, to
accompany them to Block Eight so
that they could negotiate and end
the gang war in the area. They
believed in him, as he was also well
respected by all.
TTPS' communications officer,
Joanne Archie, in her immediate
reaction to Singh's death on Sunday,
wrote on her Facebook wall: "We
have just lost a devoted and
committed trooper. This officer was
dedicated and loved his job with a
passion. You were one of a kind."
On hearing the news messages
poured in from officers who worked
A military funeral service will be
held for him at 9.30 am tomorrow
at 168 Main Road, Caparo. The
cremation will be at the Waterloo
Murder victim, Rene
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