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JENSEN LA VENDE
Relatives of the country s most wanted man,
Azmon "Pappi" Alexander, are urging him to
surrender to police before he is killed. Alexander,
28, is wanted in connection with the disappear-
ance and death of two members of a Brasso Seco
family and murder of the family s neighbour.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at her Sunset
Drive, Malabar home yesterday, Alexander s former
girlfriend Ameilia Hosein, the mother of his 17-
month-old son Antonio Hosein, cried as she called
on him to surrender.
She said during their six-year relationship she
never thought he was capable of kidnapping and
murder, especially the murder of a child, since he
too was the father of a child near the same age.
"I didn t believe it, I am still shocked, but he
have a son," Hosein said, holding their child and
wiping away tears.
The 22-year-old expectant mother added: "He
have a son, how he could do a child that? He
(Alexander) never see him (Hosein) and can t give
"Give up yourself, if he isn t thinking about
himself he should think about his son and the
family he hurt. It makes no sense."
On October 26, Irma Rampersad, 49, and her
daughters Felicia, 17, and Jenelle Gonzales, 19, and
Janelle s 14-month-old daughter, Shania Amoroso,
were abducted from their Bleu Road, Brasso Seco
home. One day later they were reported missing
by Felix Martinez, 52, who said he awoke to find
a kitchen window broken and the women and
child missing. A few days later, Martinez went
missing and was believed to have been hunting.
Martinez s body was found along with baby Shania
wrapped in a sleeping bag on November 8, while
kill a child
Wanted man's ex-girlfriend in shock
Rampersad s body was found on November 11.
An autopsy done on the bodies revealed Martinez
and Rampersad were strangled while the autopsy
on Shania was inconclusive because of the
advanced state of decomposition.
The two Gonzales sisters were rescued by police
at a makeshift camp in the Brasso Seco forest last
Friday, following a shootout with two men who
escaped in the bushes.
One of them, a 17-year-old, surrendered to
police the following day and is assisting them
with their investigations.
The teens are now under police guard at the
Eric Williams Medical Science Complex, Mt Hope,
and are said to be traumatised by the events. The
sisters have since been told that their mother and
baby Shania are dead.
Residents in the flood-ravaged vil-
lage of Mafeking spent the better part
of their day yesterday cleaning up and
throwing out flood-soaked furniture
Some of them washed and scrubbed
their walls and floors themselves, while
others were assisted by CEPEP crews.
But even as they washed away the
remnants of three days of flood waters
from their homes, they kept an eye on
the weather patterns, fearing a repeat
of a diasterous flood of seven years ago.
Their fears were magnified as the
area remained under Level Two alert
as issued by the Office of Diaster Pre-
paredness (ODPM) on Sunday, when
rising flood waters washed away almost
four miles of the Mayaro/Manzanilla
The ODPM also issued a release yes-
terday saying teams will be sent in to
assess the damages today and there
will be additional resources sent in to
assist the residents.
The T&T Guardian visited Mayaro
residents yesterday and witnessed some
of the clean-up efforts from scores of
residents marooned since last Thursday,
when the Ortoire River burst its banks
after days of persistent rainfall.
"In 2007 we had a flood something
like this, after three days the water went
down," Chrysostom Trace resident Dale
"But the rain keep falling and falling
and two days later it was flood again."
Mohammed and his neighbours
looked up at the dark skies with worry
and fear as he spoke.
Over in Inner Mafeking Village, 62-
year-old Stanley Myler also recalled
the floods of 2007 as he went about
his clean-up activities.
"We did get it back-to-back that
time. It wasn t so high like this time,
but we only hoping the rain ease off a
little this time," Myler said.
His wife, Angela, lamented the late
response of emergency personnel, say-
ing, "They come quite Saturday and
water, what that could do?"
Several other residents, including
mother of four Annmarie Serano, also
complained about the lack of assistance
her family received.
"I buy that two months now, you
know how hard that is for me?" she
asked as she looked at the living room
set she had purchased two months ago
as it lay water-logged in the yard.
"And we not seeing nobody to help
we, to tell we what we could get help
to get back."
Mafeking clean-up in full swing
Krishna Gangadeen, a resident of Inner Mafeking Village, Mayaro, carries his
washing machine to the home of Angela Myler, left, yesterday. Myler's machine
was destroyed by flood waters which ravaged the community.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Mayaro MP Winston Gypsy
Peters yesterday questioned the
ODPM's decision to heighten the
alert level for flood-stricken areas in
his constituency, noting waters had
receded and clean-up efforts were
underway in the eastern coast
Speaking to the T&T Guardian at
the regional corporation sub-office
in Radix Village, Mayaro, Peters
said residents no longer need to be
evacuated from their homes.
The ODPM issued a release
yesterday saying the area was
under Level Two alert and more
resources would be sent out to
Tunapuna, Sangre Grande and
Mayaro/Manzanilla, following the
collapse of almost four miles of the
Mayaro/Manzanilla roadway on
Sunday. The release also said
teams will be sent in to assess the
"What they want to take people
to the Civic centre (emergency
shelter) now for?" Peters asked.
"People homes don't have water
anymore, they have been given
mattresses and will be given more."
Peters was responding to
statements by incident manager of
the Diaster Management Unit
(DMU), Earl Hernandez, that
residents will not be given any
more meals or mattresses, but
could be evacuated to the shelter
because the alert was now level
"I understand what they are
doing, but I am MP for the area and
I will continue to give out whatever
assistance to people that I can.
'LEVEL 2 NOT NEEDED'
Yesterday, Hosein said she was told by police
on Saturday that Alexander may be heading her
way and she should be careful, since he
threatened in the past to kill her and her new
A two-minute drive from Hosein's home, at
Ackbarali Street, Malabar, Alexander's sister,
Vanessa, said her elder brother is no monster
and could not possibly hurt a child.
She said her brother told her years ago that he
would never hurt a child and was loved by
She said the last time she spoke to him was
on November 6, his birthday, which he shares
with his niece Amia. She said he called just to
"He would never hurt a baby. I don't mind they
say he kill the woman or man, but not the baby, I
don't believe that," Vanessa said.
"He liked decorating and going in the bush to
hunt, that is why it hard for them to ketch him,
he know the bush.
"Everybody have their good and bad ways and
no one would think he was capable of what he is
accused of if they met him."
She added: "I find he should just give up so
they wouldn't shoot him to kill him, even if he
there until he is an old man, I rather that then
they riddle him up (with bullets)."
Alexander's mother Mary said her son began
acting delinquently after her husband Emmanuel
died in 2000.
Two years after his father's death, she said,
Alexander was arrested for the first time.
She said when her son escaped from the
Mayaro Magistrates Court on January 31, after
he had appeared on charges of kidnapping and
robbery, she told him not to come back home.
She said she was surprised about what she
was hearing her son being accused of.
She said last week she tried to convince him
to surrender but he said he was not ready.
Her son, she said, used to attend church
regularly and when she saw his picture in the
media all she could do was say, "Oh God!"
SISTER: HE'S NO MONSTER
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