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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 06TH JANUARY, 2015
Despite National Security Minister Gary
Griffith s decision to place the law enforce-
ment agencies on high alert, the criminal
element s attack on law-abiding citizens
continued unabated across T&T yesterday.
Most of their crimes were committed with
guns as three people were murdered, taking
the toll to 14 for the year, a toddler and two
women were shot and a security guard shot
a bandit dead after he and an accomplice
had committed a brazen daylight robbery
at a roti shop in Barataria. (See Pages A5
In the latest incident, 18-month-old Imani
George is today fighting for his life in hospital
after he was shot in his mother s arms in
a mid-afternoon shooting in east Port-of-
According to reports, around 2.45 pm,
Lichel Francois, 29, of Trou Macaque Road,
Laventille, and her son, Imani George, were
seated in a taxi near the corner of Prince
and Nelson Streets, Port-of-Spain.
As the driver was awaiting other passen-
gers, a heavily-tinted car with five men inside
stopped alongside the passenger side of the
taxi. One of the men then lowered the win-
dow, pointed a gun through it and fired sev-
eral shots at the taxi. The men then drove
off.Francois was shot in her left hand while
George was struck in his head. The taxi
driver, who was not identified by police,
The driver drove to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital where Francois and her
son were stabilised and then transfered, via
ambulance, to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.
Francois non-life threatening injury was
treated but she was warded overnight for
However, George remains warded in a
critical condition at the Wendy Fitzwilliam
Pediatric Hospital. Doctors were said to be
closely monitoring the toddler s condition
due to his age and the location of the wound.
San Fernando police spent last evening
searching drug blocks around Mucarapo
Street and Paradise cemetery for the suspect
who hacked a homeless man to death a
stone s throw away from the police station.
Around 4 pm yesterday, passersby saw the
victim, known only as Barry, running down
Harris Street bleeding from wounds to his
He eventually collapsed on the sidewalk at
the corner of Court Street where he bled until
police came and took him to the San Fernando
General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at
the Accident and Emergency Department of
Police said Barry was in an abandoned lot
of land along Harris Street where he was
involved in an argument with another man
behind a wall. It appeared he and the suspect
had a fight and he was chopped several times.
Police learned the suspect was seen running
away with a bloodied cutlass and was also
wounded. He was identified as a former convict
from Siparia who was recently released from
jail on shooting and robbery charges.
A team of police, including Snr Supt Cecil
Santana, Insp Don Gajadhar, Sgt Toolah Julien,
processed the crime scene and co-ordinated
a search for the suspect but he was still on
the run up to last night.
Two homeless men who slept nearby said
Barry was a drug peddler who often did odd
jobs at Ali s Doubles, Harris Street. They said
Barry was seen at a drug block near the San
Fernando Market earlier in the day.
"He was running down the road and he col-
lapsed, bleeding on the ground. It was a lawyer
who came and told us, Look a man bleeding
on the ground. We only know him as Barry.
He does be by Ali s washing clothes," one
homeless man said.
He added: "He was on the ground there
asking for water so I took some water to give
him but the police said not to give him cold
water and they gave him warm water. They
were already on the phone with someone from
"Then we saw him start to beat up on the
ground and hit his head and that was it. He
just stopped moving. The police put him in
the van and carried him to hospital. I hope he
ain t dead because I don t like to hear people
There were several CCTV cameras on nearby
buildings which police hope will help them to
capture and charge the suspect.
hacked to death
Criminals continue rampage...
shot in drive-by
Police have not established a motive for the
shooting but are working on two preliminary
theories: That the taxi driver may have been
the intended target or that the gunmen
mistook Francois for someone else.
The shooting caused instant pandemonium
with pedestrians seeking refuge inside nearby
When a T&T Guardian team visited the area
within half-an-hour of the shooting, the crime
scene was cordoned off by heavily-armed
police and crime scene investigators who
were retrieving spent shells.
Several limers at a bar on Prince Street said
they heard the gunshots but refused to
comment on the shooting.
"I don't really want to say anything right
now. I don't live too far from here and you
know how the situation is right now," one
His response was echoed by commuters
waiting at the Laventille taxi stand, as well as
patrons of a shop metres away from the
WOMAN IN STALLED CAR SHOT
Francois was the second woman shot in
east Port-of-Spain in less than 24 hours.
Around 8 pm on Monday, Murlesha Majid,
32, of San Francique, was travelling home
with her friend, Rajpath Balgobin, when he
stopped along the shoulder of the Beetham
Highway to check on a mechanical problem
with the car.
Before he could get out they heard several
gunshots, one of which hit Majid on her left
arm. Balgobin contacted police as he drove
Majid to the hospital.
Although police responded within minutes
and searched the area where the shooting
took place, no one was arrested. Majid
remained warded in a stable condition at
hospital up to late yesterday.
Insp Etienne and Sgt Spence of the
Besson Street Police Station are continuing
investigations into both incidents.
Policemen search for bullet casings at the scene
of yesterday's incident in which Lichel Francois
and her son, Imani George, were shot while
seated in a taxi at the corner of Prince and Nelson
Streets, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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