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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 29, 2014
CrimeWatch host Ian Alleyne
visited the family of police shooting
victim Ray Phillips, 19, in Diego
Martin this week.
Phillips was shot and killed by
police on November 20, after the
police claimed he shot at them at
Rich Plain, Diego Martin. However,
the killing sparked immediate
protests from the community and
members of the Muslim faith, who
all said the police had killed Phillips
in cold blood.
Alleyne interviewed one of the
members of the community who
witnessed the event and got a
detailed account of the killing.
The man told Alleyne that Phillips
worked as a painter with a contractor
and was returning home from a job
when he met armed police in the
“track” he was using to go home.
The man said the police shot an
unarmed Phillips several times then,
as he lay on the ground, turned him
over and allegedly began taunting
Phillips, still alive after he was ini-
tially shot, begged and pleaded with
the police to spare his life, the man
said. However, the police fired more
shots at Phillips, killing him on the
spot. The police then dragged him
from the “track," put him into a
police van and drove off. Police
reported that Phillips was taken to
the St. James Medical Center after
he was shot, but was pronounced
dead on arrival.
But the community is crying out
for justice as yet another youth has
fallen victim to gun violence, this
time at the alleged hands of police.
Family members told Alleyne that
a cover-up is already afoot, as when
they went to the Forensic Science
Centre to identify Phillips and view
his autopsy they were initially refused
entry by police.
When they were finally admitted
to see Phillips he was covered and
they were only allowed to briefly
view his face, but not the extent of
the injuries he had sustained. Alleyne
is currently investigating the matter.
In another story, Alleyne is inves-
tigating a Housing Development
Corporation fraud case in which
Mala Deosaran claimed she was
conned of $163,000 by two men
who said they could secure a house
Immediately after the show aired
several calls came in from over 10
people who claimed they had also
been conned by the two men. The
following day a total of 13 people
appeared on the show to give their
stories about the men.
Alleyne advised the victims to go
to Fraud Squad to build a case against
the men so they could be arrested.
Alleyne also called on others who
may have been conned by the men
to contact Crime Watch so he could
assist them with building their cases
with Fraud Squad.
The men subsequently appeared
on the show and admitted to being
involved in a scheme with a con-
tractor where they got a cut for every
person they got to pay to acquire a
house. Alleyne contacted the Fraud
Squad and two policemen arrived
on the set and took the men into
Alleyne also appealed to the public
to help in the case of the murder of
Seema Balkaran, 33, of Tewarie North
Circular, Arima, who was shot several
times near Tom’s Bar in Arena,
Freeport. The motive of the killing
is still unclear and the matter is still
Police killing angers community
Members of the Rich Plain, Diego Martin Muslim community during their protest over the police killing of Ray
Phillips last weekend. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Alleyne aired exclusive footage
of a man with a broken hand who
robbed a known Chinese grocery
in Enterprise, Chaguanas.
The suspect is of African
descent with dreadlocks.
Alleyne is asking anyone who
may know the identity of the
man to call Crime Watch with the
information that can assist police
in the arrest of the suspect.
Premchand Sookraj came to
the Crime Watch set seeking
help to recover $10,000 owed to
him by electrician William King,
of Carlsen Field, Chaguanas.
Premchand claimed the work
was incomplete and he wanted
the balance of his money back.
Alleyne contacted King who
came to the show to give his
side of the story. After Alleyne
intervened an agreement was
reached where King agreed to
complete the work for Sookraj.
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