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Erica Joseph, 56, cried hys-
terically after she was told: "I
don't care if you get wet and
get pneumonia and dead but
this tent must come down
Joseph spoke to the T&T
Guardian yesterday at the
Queen's Park Savannah, the
place she and her husband,
former heavyweight boxer,
Wendell, are calling home.
She said that at about 9 am
she was approached by offi-
cials, including two armed uni-
formed officers of the Horti-
culture Services Division who
told that they were there to
break down the tent from over
Joseph and her husband have
been camping in a makeshift
tent in the Savannah since Sep-
tember 27 opposite the exit
from President's House.
She said yesterday when she
told them her husband was not
around, the men left but
returned at about 1.44 pm.
"When they first came I told
them my husband went down-
town to buy clothes for me to
put on. The man said he come
to remove the tent. I told him
to do what he want, but I can-
not move from lying here on
"I was shocked to see that
the same man, along with
some others, come back and
telling me he don't care if I get
wet and get pneumonia and
dead, that he was going to
remove the tent.
"I keep telling him that I will
get wet if he moves it but he
kept telling me the same thing
over and over."
But after a few minutes, the
four men left without removing
Joseph had her left leg
amputated from just above the
knee in November 2012.
In August this year, she had
emergency surgery at the San
Fernando General Hospital and
one of her kidneys and her
appendix were removed. She
also suffers from brittle bone
disease. Pieces of bone can be
seen penetrating through her
skin along her right leg and
home." she begged. "My health
is in jeopardy because my only
kidney could stop on me. My
bones breaking on me and
showing through my skin.
"They only giving us tem-
porary housing but I need a
permanent home to spend my
last days here on earth.
"At times like this I wish I
was never born here in T&T.
My husband made T&T proud
and this is the treatment he is
getting. This is just sad and I
don't know what to say or do
again," she added, again crying
Son gunned down
at mother's wake
JENSEN LA VENDE and YVONNE BABOOLAL
Two days after he reportedly killed his own
mother, 30-year-old Jason Nero was gunned down
after attending his mother's wake.
Police claimed Nero had killed his mother Patricia
Spinks, 52, on Friday night at her home at La Solita
Road Kelly Village Caroni. Police said when the word
spread that Nero killed his own mother gunmen
went looking for him and caught him at his mother's
wake. Police said at least 38 varying spent shells
were recoverered. Nero was shot at least 20 times
his autopsy revealed.
Family members, however, have dismissed the
According to police around 9.20 pm on Sunday
Nero, an employee of KFC, Piarco, was at the wake
when he was called out by a man on a bicycle. On
his way toward the cyclist a car pulled up and the
two gunmen opened fire on him.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, yesterday, Nero's older brother
Vaughn described his brother as "no Mother There-
sa."Nero said his younger brother was the father of
two children and took care of his children.
"You live one way you will go out that way. It
is unfortunate he had to meet such an end though.
I hope people take note, if you live your life in crime
it will end up like this" Nero said.
Nero said his brother had a fascination with the
criminal kind of life and although he would not
label him a criminal he did have friends who were
He added his brother's wayward lifestyle began
after he completed secondary school and could not
find a job. He hoped people looking on would learn
from his brother's life and death.
Other relatives of the dead man said they were
in a state of shock and confusion when the T&T
Guardian spoke to them yesterday in central Trinidad.
"Nobody was expecting this. We were organising
the wake and preparing for the funeral when this
happened. The wake and funeral is now for two
instead of one."
Asked if they knew why Spinks and her son were
shot, the relative, who requested anonymity, replied:
"We do not have a clue."
Asked where he worked, she said: "I'd rather not
say but he was employed. We are trying to come
to terms with this. It's very difficult."
Yesterday, Central Division head, Senior Supt
Johnny Abraham, said the police have no definite
leads but were working along a certain line.
Also speaking with the media was Carol Castle,
Spinks pastor, who described the partially blind
woman as very humble. She added that her killer
would be justly rewarded as "what goes around
In an unrelated murder 43-year-old Margaret
Alleyne was found strangled in her Valsyn Road, St
Joseph, home around 1 pm yesterday.
No motive has been given for the killing. The
murder toll is now 312 according to a T&T Guardian
tally, seven more than the corresponding period last
Savannah squatters plea for home
Erica Joseph, wife of former national boxer Wendell Joseph,
weeps as members of the Horticultural Services Division arrived
to demolish their tent at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-
Spain yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Minister of Food Production Devant Maharaj commended
the Horticulture Services Division for its action.
"The QPS has always been prone to squatters setting up
shop and instructions have been given to the ministry, its staff
and security personnel to ensure that nobody squats there. So,
they were just doing their job and I commend them for that,"
The Housing Development Corporation's managing director
Jearlean John, according to media reports, said the couple was
well known to her and that the HDC and its predecessor, the
National Housing Authority, had been accommodating them
for a number of years but they never seemed satisfied.
The couple last occupied an HDC apartment at Embacadere
in San Fernando in 2013.
Joseph and her husband have been relocated five times in
apartments belonging to the HDC across the country since
This is not the first time the couple has opted to live in the
Savannah. In 2004, they moved there and sought help via the
media, after their home was destroyed by fire.
Wendell Joseph explained why they kept asking to be
relocated, saying the apartments were not appropriate for his
"They first put us on a three-storey building, which I told
them my wife is on a wheelchair and cannot access the
apartment. They still left us there.
"We moved again and put us in an apartment that was too
small for my wife to move around in a wheelchair. She had to
drag herself on the ground.
"This was the type of runarounds we had to deal with over
the years," Wendell said.
"They quick to say that we are being pests but what they
fail to realise is that my wife is a woman with special needs
and now all our monies are now gone with renting apartments
privately, only because the HDC told us to go privately and
rent," he added.
WHY DON'T THEY HAVE A HOME?
The "Vikings of Soca" couple---Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez and
Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez---participated in a walk around the QPS
on Sunday in recognition of Mental Health Awareness during
which they met with the Josephs and had a brief discussion.
Lyons told the T&T Guardian that seeing the couple at the
Savannah was heart-breaking.
She said: "We were shocked to see them there. We stopped
"It was just so heartbreaking for myself and Bunji because
homelessness is something that I don't want anybody to go
"Homelessness can happen to anyone but it's something we
have to be aware about. I really hope that the situation is
rectified and they soon have a roof over their heads."
BUNJI, FAY-ANN SYMPATHETIC
""I was shocked to see
that the same man, along
with some others, come
back and telling me he
don't care if I get wet and
get pneumonia and dead,
that he was going to
remove the tent.
AMPUTEE ERICA JOSEPH, 56
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