Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2015 Contents Two months after he
was shot several times
leaving him paralysed,
a Diego Martin man
was yesterday killed by
men who police say
wore police and regi-
According to police
reports, around 3.35 am
Kerwyn Scott was at his
home at Field Trace,
Blue Basin Road, when
three gunmen came in
and shot him while he
was on his bed.
Police said the gun-
men told Scott "we
ketch yuh" before open-
Scott s killing pushed
the murder toll to 20 up
to late yesterday.
Scott, police said, was
killed for one of two rea-
sons---to silence him as
the main witness in the
attempt on his life last
year---or to ensure he
was dead after the first
Speaking with the
media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St
James, yesterday three
female relatives of Scott
said his killing has left
the family without a
The women, who
asked not to be identi-
fied, fearing they will be
targeted by Scott s
killers, said he was a
outspoken man who
might have been killed
because of it.
The women said
Scott, a father of three,
never changed his out-
spokenness even after he
was left in a paraplegic
They added that Scott
would come across as
rough to some but it was
not, as "deep down he
meant well." The women
said his killing was a
result of the bad com-
pany he kept.
Speaking at the mur-
der scene Scott s girl-
friend, Tishan John-
Baptist, questioned how
the killers were able to
access law enforcement
"The gunmen run in
the yard bawling Police!
They came in our side
and that s where they
did it. Thank the Lord
nothing happen to me.
Their faces were covered.
"They had on army
and police clothes. The
police simply said gang
related so I don t expect
much but I hope the
people and them who do
it give up themselves.
Please stop the war," she
Sgt Elvin of the
Region One Homicide
Bureau is spearheading
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
JENSEN LA VENDE
Atiba Pantin was no gangster
his parents told the media yes-
terday at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James.
The 29-year-old father of two,
described as a "hustler", left his
home on Tesheria Street, Diego
Martin, on Sunday without saying
goodbye to his mother and head-
ed to Laventille where for the
third year straight he was hired
to carry Witco Desperadoes
steelpans from the hills to Bel-
While his voice cracked and
his lips trembled, Pantin s father
Rawlin called on the authorities
to do more in the fight against
Both Rawlin and his wife, Ruth,
spoke of their son as being saintly.
The couple said Pantin was the
type of young man that would
have done anything to earn an
honest dollar. Rawlin said the
only vice his son had was smok-
ing marijuana on his birthday.
"He wasn t in any gang. The
only thing my son was in as a big
man would smoke a ganja for his
birthday. He was everybody s dar-
ling on the street. People who I
barely know coming and passing
by me last night for the wake and
crying like it was them child,"
Pantin said of his son.
A grieving Ruth said: "He was
Just on a job. He was in the back.
Is work he went to work. He was
the assistant cook for me. New
Year s (Day) is our big bash and
everybody does come down. I just
have to tell him what and he
would say this is the way I doing
it. He didn t deserve to die like
that at all."
According to police, around 11
am on Sunday Pantin, who was
hired by a contractor, was moving
pan racks along with four other
men when they were shot at.
Chavez Best, the driver who
employed Pantin, was also shot
in the upper right side of his body.
In 2009 after being faced with
high crime and violence in the
Laventille community the steel-
band fled from its panyard s
Auditorium and Theatre Centre,
Laventille, to practise in Belmont
for the Panorama competition.
Since then every year they move
their equipment from Laventille
to Belmont where it is safer for
both the panmen and the sup-
An autopsy done on the body of pen-
sioner Claudius Joseph said he was stabbed
to death on Sunday.
According to police reports Southern
Homicide Division officers were alerted to
the discovery of Joseph s body. Police said
he had a wound to the back of the head and
were awaiting the autopsy report before they
could classify his death.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday two of
Joseph s four children---Micah and Marvin---
said they received a call about 10 am on
Sunday telling them their father was dead.
The brothers said their father left his Her-
cules Avenue, Point Fortin, home about two
hours before his body was discovered. The
duo said Joseph drank alcohol and might
have been lured to his death by it. They
described their father as "a cool and normal
man." His funeral is tentatively set for Thurs-
In an unrelated matter, the skeletal remains
found in Sangre Grande on Saturday is that
of Darryl "Slimmy" Ramnath.
Ramnath, 29, of Ojoe Road, Sangre
Grande, was identified by his cousin Stacy-
Ann Auguste by his teeth, a belt she bought
him and new work boots.
Auguste said the last time she saw her
cousin was December 13 when he came
home from work. The labourer, who worked
at Ramco Gas Company, was paid the day
he went missing. Augustine said she thought
nothing of his disappearance as he was
accustomed to him leaving for days.
A Port-of-Spain City Corporation
worker was killed yesterday by gun-
According to police reports, around
10.15 am residents of Observatory
Street, Port-of-Spain, heard gunshots
and found Daynelle Phillips bleeding
from gunshot wounds when they
went to investigate. He was taken to
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
where he died about 30 minutes later.
Initially, police had identified the
victim as Donell Phillips, known
throughout the city as the "walking
driver" who would "blow his horn"
for pedestrians and imitate the reverse
sensor noise when he was "reversing"
his imaginary vehicle.
However, when media houses
reported the death on social media,
people responded with information
that he was not the victim.
On December 10 last year, 32-year-
old Rene La Fleur, of Waterhole,
Cocorite, was killed in the same area
Phillips was shot.
According to police reports, res-
idents of the Observatory Street plan-
nings heard gunshots around 12.30
pm when they searched they found
La Fleur s body on the ground. JLV
Parents of shot Despers hauler:
He was no
Atiba Pantin who was shot dead in
Laventille on Sunday while hauling
ALIVE AND WELL: Mentally ill Donell Phillips, who initially mistakenly identified
as a murder victim, driving along Observatory Street, Port-of-Spain, recently.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Autopsy: Pensioner was stabbed
Paralysed man killed in his bed
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