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Relatives of 19-year-old Ray
Phillips of Richplain, Diego Mar-
tin, claim he was ambushed and
killed by police.
However, police say Phillips and
other members of a gang opened
fire on them so they had to return
Police said officers from the
Western Division were on patrol
near the hills at Upper Richplain
at about 11.30 pm on Thursday
when a group of men started
shooting at them. They fired back
and Phillips was later found lying
in the bush nearby.
He was taken to the Seventh Day
Adventist Hospital, Cocorite where
he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said Phillips had a 9 mm
gun and a walkie-talkie. They also
said Phillips belonged to a gang in
the area and was known to them.
Speaking with T&T Guardian
yesterday at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, one of Phillips'
close relatives, who wished not to
be identified, said Phillips was
approached by a police officer and
shot in the leg.
"While he was the ground he
began begging the police not to kill
him because he have a child and
then the police walked up to him
and shot him twice in the chest.
They then dragged him away, put
him in the police vehicle and drove
The relative insisted Phillips did
not have a gun and did not shoot
at the police.
He added: "It have eyewitnesses
who see everything and willing to
come out and talk. I saw the officer
talking to the senior and everybody
saw it was him who pull the trig-
The relative said he believed
Phillips was killed because he asso-
ciated with the wrong company.
"He tried to be good and to make
himself someone. He got a job and
was working and sacrificing to build
up a house for his family. He was
a very straightforward person," he
The relative said the family was
now seeking justice and would be
getting legal advice on their next
step against the police.
Investigations are continuing.
Jelani Arthur, 19, appeared before
Magistrate Michael Broomes in the
Scarborough Magistrate s Court yes-
terday charged with rape and grievous
sexual assault. He was released on
He is accused of sexually assaulting
an eight-year-old female pupil of the
Scarborough RC School on Tuesday.
The court was told Arthur had no
pending matters before the court but
he was convicted in 2010 for a similar
offence. The prosecution did not object
to bail yesterday.
Arthur's release came with three
conditions. He was ordered to stay at
least 20 metres from the victim, he
could not make any contact with the
victim through a third party and must
report to the Scarborough Police Station
every Tuesday and Friday between the
He is expected to reappear in court
on December 18. Arthur was repre-
sented by Attorney Devonne Miggins.
Acting Cpl Quamina of the Scarbor-
ough Police Station laid the charges.
After losing all her possessions
in a fire six months ago, mother
of one Michelle Francis has been
depending on the kindness of
strangers, begging for money on
the streets of San Fernando.
While she says she is willing to
work, circumstances have driven
her to beg for help to feed her 18-
month-old son Daniel.
Yesterday Francis, 40, of Arouca,
clutched her son to her chest as she
approached the T&T Guardian on
Chancery Lane, San Fernando, for
Her pants legs were wet from
walking in the rain and she had put
a washrag over her son's head to
keep him dry. She said she was
looking for work or any money the
T&T Guardian could spare.
"I want to work. I used to work
before but after I lose everything in
the fire I had to depend on the kind-
ness of others," she said.
Francis said in June she lost her
home in a fire and a friend put her
on to Robert Baptiste, who offered
her a place to stay in Gasparillo.
She lives in a one-room apart-
ment at Bocas Road, St Charles
Street, Gasparillo, owned by Bap-
tiste, who allows her to stay rent-
free when she cannot afford to pay.
The 51-year-old Baptiste said he
helped Francis out because "she has
nowhere to go. She needs the help.
She is a good girl and she have a
Francis said all she wanted was
to be able to sustain herself and her
son so she could give Daniel the
things he needed.
"Sometimes I do not eat but I
make sure I have enough money so
I could make tea for him.
"It has been really bad for me.
I have no one and nowhere to go,"
she said in an interview at the T&T
Guardian's San Fernando office.
She said she had applied for social
welfare but was told she had to take
Daniel's father to court to get main-
tenance first and bring the court
documents before she could get
She lost all her belongings and
documents around the second week
in June when her Arouca home went
up in flames.
She said she left for work one
day and when she returned she dis-
covered everything had been
destroyed in the fire.
"My neighbours said there was
nothing they could do. They tell me
they did not know how the fire start-
ed. The house burned fast and they
could not save anything," she added.
She said she did not to expect to
have a good Christmas because she
did not have money but is hoping
members of the public will be gen-
erous when they see her begging
on the streets.
Francis, who appeared close to
tears, said she did not want to beg.
"It is not a nice feeling, knowing
I can make sure he has milk, cereal
and (disposable diapers)," she added.
During the interview Daniel
tugged at Francis's collar, asking for
food. She opened her bag,
unwrapped a piece of foil and broke
off a piece of bread and jam which
she fed to the child. She also took
small nibbles from the single sand-
She said she survived on help
from churches in the area which
give her clothing and food.
Francis is hoping she will get the
help she needs to care for her son
whom she carries with her when
she sets off to beg for help.
Anyone who wants to help Francis
can contact her at 389-6124.
Relatives of shot Diego man:
Ambushed by cops
Fire victim takes to streets for help
Michelle Francis and her one
year old son Daniel sit on a piece
of foam which they use as a
mattress at the wooden
structure which she calls home
after a fire destroyed her home.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Bail for teen accused
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