Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 12th 2014 Contents A5
Friday, December 12, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Downtown Owners and Merchants
Association (Doma) president Gregory
Aboud says more could be done to prevent
the ongoing spate of crimes this holiday
He was speaking in the wake of three
murders in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday.
The latest was clothing vendor Stephen
Pollard who was shot dead in front of wit-
nesses in a brazen attack.
In a phone interview yesterday, Aboud
said: "It seems to us, from the reports com-
ing in, that the country is experiencing
another low point in the state of law and
order, and that from the incidents that are
occurring in east Port-of-Spain, in Petit
Valley and areas of San Fernando and else-
where in the country, that there is another
seasonal rampage taking place."
He said the current shootings were occur-
ring in broad daylight and in front of many
witnesses which was a testimony to the
arrogance of the criminals.
"We do not want to make any comments
about the same services that give rise to
this sort of disrespect which is being exhib-
ited by criminals and thieves, but it is obvi-
ous that something more can be done at
the time of year like Christmas," he said.
He said, unfortunately, people were now
forced to rethink helping people or taking
assistance to them, since the mere act of
going to your gate could cost you your life.
Aboud said every game required a referee
and the game of life in T&T was now crying
out for a strong impartial referee to blow
his whistle "when an infraction is committed
and this is simply not happening. This is
the root of the problem."
As killers return to the scene of the crime,
eyewitnesses said, so did Stephen "Tee Tee"
Pollard s attacker yesterday morning at
Vendors along Broadway said hours after
the murder, Pollard s attacker visited the area
early yesterday as if he was an ordinary
onlooker curious about what had occurred
at the scene.
One of the vendors said they saw Pollard s
assailant asking questions and having con-
versations with people who were milling
"Like he was looking for somebody. He was
asking people questions," the vendor said.
"I am not afraid of him. All this happen
because of some war going on here over
somebody thieving some orange or fruit. I
believe somebody hired him to get rid of Tee
Another vendor, who was liming with Pol-
lard at the time of the shooting, said intuition
may have saved him from death.
He said he and Pollard were liming and
taking a drink when he saw a car slow down
and pull up in the middle of the road where
people park their vehicles along Broadway.
"Nothing happened for a while," he said.
But, he said, he then began to have a "bad
feeling as if something was going to happen."
"So Tee Tee said, Nothing s going to hap-
pen to me. Then I saw the back door of the
car open and somebody raise something silver
in their hand to me. So I ran across the road
and I heard the shots fired and then he (the
gunman) get out and shoot him again," he
Other vendors on Broadway described Pol-
lard "as a nice man who did not get into trou-
One of the female vendors said Pollard was
busy daily running two clothing stalls.
"He owned two clothing stalls and he would
run back and forth to each one. He was very
nice and I never know him to be in anything
with anybody. I wasn t here when it happened.
He was quiet," she said.
A 25-year-old sidewalk
clothing vendor was gunned
down in front of his store in
yet another brazen attack in
Downtown Port-of-Spain on
Wednesday night, a short
distance from the mobile
police post on Independence
The incident that occurred
around 9.30 pm and pushed
the murder toll for the year
to 389, is the latest in a series
of shootings this week, which have prompted
police to review their security measures in
Police said Stephen Pollard, of First Street,
Phase One, Beetham Gardens, was standing
on the sidewalk along Broadway after closing
his clothing store when a car with two men
Eyewitness told police two men---one
armed with a sub-machine gun and the
other a pistol---got out and began shooting
He was shot several times and as he col-
lapsed his attackers returned to the car and
Police responded to the scene soon after
and the father of one was taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital.
Pollard was stabilised by doctors but died
three hours later while undergoing emer-
gency surgery to treat the serious interal
injuries he got after being shot over ten
In a interview at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, moments before Pollard s
autopsy, his mother Nola
Wilson denied his son s mur-
der was due to being involved
in illegal activities.
She said her son owned
two successful businesses
which he started by selling
clothes, shoes and household
items to help support her and
his seven siblings while he
was still in school.
"People watching his
things and think that he in
drugs or do something to get
it but that is not true. He
work hard since he is a little boy," Wilson
She admitted that police had recently
raided his house and business in search of
"They come and they search and search
and they didn t get nothing so they leave
it like that," Wilson said.
The grieving mother also claimed Pollard s
murder may be due to "jealous" rival store
owners. She said her son s store was
destroyed in an arson attack three years ago.
"My son was a good person. It didn t
matter if he driving the biggest ride or living
in a big house, he was still down-to-earth.
That is why they jealous of him," Wilson
Wilson expressed optimism that police
would solve the crime as it occurred along
a busy thoroughfare.
"I really hope somebody see something
or one of them cameras on the buildings
pick it up," Wilson said.
Homicide detectives said they were
exploring the possibility that Pollard s murder
MAYOR: SPORTS THE KEY
Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim
Kee said yesterday the answer to solving
crime was getting youths involved in
sporting activities because jail was no
longer a deterrent.
He added: "Sometimes I wonder where
our country is, with people killing in front
of a police station and all kinds of illegal
"I hope we see a change. That is the
function of education and a lot of
conversation. The nation seems to be
"I don't know if jail is a deterrent
because crime is committed every day
and it seems not to be the impact with
what we are looking for."
Rene La Fleur, a labourer at the city
corporation, was shot dead on
Wednesday on Observatory Street, Port-
of-Spain. He was one of three people
killed in the city.
Tim Kee said sports seemed to be the
alternative for the young people.
"A lot of nations have that as an
initiative in their economy. I see how
sports impacted on communities. It
occupies their time and people following
instructions. It is more effective than
what a police gets out of them," he
Also contacted yesterday, chief
executive officer at the T&T Chamber of
Industry and Commerce, Catherine
"I don't know what else to add and in
2015 we will like to see some serious
changes to the administration of justice
in the country. Everything starts with
Pedestrians walk past the closed clothing shop of Stephen Pollard along Broadway, Port-
of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Vendor killed in brazen Broadway attack
Doma's Aboud on PoS killings:
was connected with two others in Port-of-
On Tuesday night, Simba La Roche was
shot along Independence Square and 32-
year-old Rene La Fleur was shot dead on
Observatory Street around midday on
Wednesday. However, initial checks indicated
that all three may be unconnected.
to crime scene
Links Archive December 11th 2014 December 13th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page