Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 17th 2014 Contents The talk of CrimeWatch this
week was a video aired by host Ian
Alleyne on the programme which
eventually went viral on Facebook.
The amateur video, shot by a
bystander, showed a fight between
two groups of women at the Queen s
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
Police said the incident started
after three carloads of women arrived
at the area where booths were being
painted for the forthcoming carnival
season, at the front of the entrance
to the Grand Stand, and attacked
some of the female workers.
The brawl quickly got out of con-
trol and a police unit on patrol
stopped and tried to intervene.
However, the police got more than
they bargained for as they women
continued to fight in their presence,
even attacking some of the police
as they got between them. Not even
a warning shot fired by one of the
cops brought calm.
Eventually, order was restored after
a group of soldiers, who were also
passing by and stopped to see what
the commotion was about, helped
The video received a great deal of
attention in the local media, as once
again the police were in the forefront
of a public bashing over the question
of how much force was used. In this
case, however, many agreed that the
police did well in the circumstances.
Alleyne also aired video of the
funeral service of murdered teen
Shabana Mohammed, who was laid
to rest at the El Socorro Cemetery
on January 10.
Mohammed, 19, was found buried
at the back of her house on January
3, having been reported missing days
before by her family. The autopsy
showed her jugular vein had been
crushed by strangulation. Despite
her injury, dirt found in her air pas-
sage suggested that she may have
been still breathing when her body
was dumped by her attacker in a
drain where she was later discovered.
The grief-stricken family spoke
to Alleyne and said they are still try-
ing to cope with their loss. The mat-
ter is still under investigation by
police and no arrest has been made.
In another story, Alleyne was sent
footage that captured the arrest of
58-year-old businesswoman by
police on Charlotte Street, Port-of-
Spain, on January, 12, 2015.
The footage showed onlookers
becoming highly annoyed over the
manner in which the police treated
the elderly woman, who was placed
under arrest and handcuffed as she
sat in her vehicle as the police were
attempting to tow it away.
Alleyne is investigating the matter
and has called on acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams
to investigate the matter, noting cit-
izens continue to lose confidence in
the police service when incidents
such as there occur.
Sr Supt Johnny Abraham and his
Central Division colleagues were also
praised for their swift recovery of a
vehicle that was stolen at gunpoint
along the Old Southern Main Road,
Chaguanas, this week. The vehicle,
a blue AD wagon, was recovered in
Edinburgh 500 within 30 minutes
of the theft.
Alleyne also aired footage of a lone
gunman storming into the Flirt
Restaurant and Bar in Chaguanas,
robbing the cashier and escaping
with over $13,000.
Alleyne was on scene and inter-
viewed the owners and employees,
who gave details of the ordeal. With-
in minutes, the Central Division Task
Force was able to locate the suspect
and arrest him.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 17, 2015
brawl goes viral
Ian Alleyne met with a mother who flew into Trinidad from St. Vincent
in search of her two missing children this week.
For three years the woman was unable to locate her children, aged
three and five respectively.
However, this time Alleyne had great news for the mother, as he had
located them within 24 hours. Alleyne and his cameraman were on
scene to film the heartwarming moment when the mother and her
children were finally reunited after three years. Visit the Ian Alleyne fan
page to see this video.
Sumariya Wilson, 60, of Waterloo, Central Trinidad, was knocked down
by a man on a motorcycle on November 29, 2014.
She sustained a broken hand and foot in the accident, but the biker fled
The incident was captured on a nearby video camera and Alleyne got
hold of it and has started investigations into the unfortunate incident. He
appealing to anyone with information to kindly contact Crime Watch.
Relatives of 15-year-old Lakeisha Thompson, who went missing from
her Sea Trace Circular, Bagatelle, Diego Martin home on December 21,
2014, also appealed to Alleyne for help this week.
The public is asked to visit Alleyne's fan page on Facebook to see
photographs of Thompson, and anyone with information is asked to
contact Crime Watch.
Relatives of Shabana Mohammed console each other during her funeral
service at Santa Cruz last Sunday. Photo: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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