Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 22nd 2015 Contents JENSEN LA VENDE
The man who is now a per-
son of interest in the murders
of teenaged mother Salma
Chadee and Sherlene Mahan-
goo-Charles yesterday was
described as a quiet, fun-loving
man who never displayed any
violent tendencies, by Chadee s
mother Waheida Khan-Chadee.
According to police, the man
is wanted for questioning in
connection with the killing of
his estranged wife, Mahangoo-
Charles, who was shot multiple
times on May 8 last year. The
man, who goes by the alias
"Goat", is still on the run and
has been deemed as the Central
Division s most wanted man by
the divisional head Supt Johnny
Abraham. It is alleged following
an argument on Saturday night
the man shot Chadee twice in
the chest and escaped.
Khan-Chadee spoke to the
T&T Guardian yesterday at her
Chadee Street, La Paille Village,
Caroni, home. She said the man
was respectful to the family and
at no time were they ever sus-
picious of him.
She dispelled reports by the
police that the villagers as well
as the family knew the man was
wanted by them.
"How would we have known
that he was wanted by the
police? We was not suspecting
anything. We used to look at
Crime Watch and Beyond the
Tape and I never see anything
about him. Who suspecting
anything if he out in the public?
It s not like his picture was post-
ed all about," Khan-Chadee said.
She added: "Before he broke
the foot he was walking around
normal, going to the bar all over
the place like normal. What was
left for me to do? I could not
have dreamt he was so. They
never called no names when
they said he was living with a
woman in Caroni so how I was
He told us he was Joe
Mohammed. Only when I was
in that station that the police
told me who he was and he did
so and so."
The man, following an acci-
dent in November last year broke
both of his legs and uses a
wheelchair to get around. His
legs from just beneath the knees
to the toes are in a cast.
"If he had gotten in an acci-
dent how he reach in the hos-
pital? Why didn t the police
arrest him when he got in the
accident? So if police didn t
know who he was, how will I
know who he is?" Khan-Chadee
Asked about her interactions
with the man Khan-Chadee
"He was so pleasant and
quiet, he only started to stay
here when his legs were broken.
He was doing good. We didn t
have a problem, not until that
day. He never acted violently.
"I don t know if he thought
he had a future or wanted a
future with my daughter. He
used to sleep on my couch. I
think my daughter felt sorry for
She said the man she knew
as Joe Mohammed used to lime
with her daughter and other
mutual friends at various bars
in the area. When asked what
might have triggered him, Khan-
Chadee said she was not sure.
"I don t know what trip him off.
Maybe she tell him she can t
take care of him anymore. He
was getting possessive of her.
She couldn t go out with who-
ever she wanted and he didn t
He should have said he don t
want to stay here no more and
get up and go but don t shoot
She didn t do him anything
wrong" she said. Khan-Chadee
said she was standing next to
her daughter and holding her
grandson Noah, Salma s 11-
month-old, when the shooting
took place. She said her daughter
was shot twice in the chest.
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After police criticised villagers of La Paille Vil-
lage, Caroni, for harbouring the man wanted in
connection with two murders including a teenage
mother, the Police Service yesterday apologised
for offending the community.
On Monday and Tuesday during his Beyond the
Tape airings, vice president of the Police Social
Welfare Association Insp Roger Alexander chastised
the villagers for hiding the suspect and feeding him
sada roti and tomato choka.
He said the community should bow its head in
shame and were the ones to blame for failing to
report where the man was located. He said they
should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the
suspect to live in their area without contacting the
But speaking at the weekly press briefing yes-
terday, public information officer Supt Joanne Archie
said: "If we have offended anyone, in anyway, we
"Members of the public in that district if you
feel offended by anything said we do apologise.
However please do your part and let us do ours.
"I will repeat while the police have a job to do
you the public have a responsibility. We have a job
to do and we need you to help us tohelp you."
When asked yesterday about criticisms levelled
against the lawmen for not doing their duty resulting
in the murders of Salma Chadee, 19, and Sherlene
Mahangoo-Charles, both women who had a rela-
tionship with the man, Archie said police were fol-
lowing all leads but were unable to make an arrest.
She called on the public to partner with the police
and give information about the whereabouts of
She quoted sections 5:3 and 5:1 of the Criminal
Law Act which lists the punishment for aiding and
abetting a fugitive.
Those found guilty of such charges can face a
maximum of ten years in jail depending on the seri-
ousness of the offence.
Chadee was killed at her Chadee Street, La Paille
Village home on January 17. On May 8, 2014, Mahan-
goo-Charles was killed at her Ste Madeleine home.
Police say the man can assist them in their enquiries
with both murders.
Archie yesterday dismissed claims that there was
a "death squad" targeting the man. She said: "We
are conducting an investigation in a murder. We
are looking for someone with a particular description.
"Our purpose is to arrest the suspect and accord-
ing to evidence let the courts decide on guilt or
innocence. We do not set out to kill anyone. Our
purpose is to apprehend anyone who broke the
Head of the Central Division Supt Johnny Abra-
ham told the T&T Guardian yesterday that the hunt
for the man was still continuing and he had released
12 men from his division to help the Southern Divi-
sion and other divisions in arresting the man.
Up to yesterday he was still on the run.
He was a good boy'
Members of the
Police Service give
a 21-gun salute to
PC Ganga Persad
Sookhai at his
funeral service at
the Shore of Peace,
Sookhai, 38, a
senior instructor in
department at the
after suffering a
stroke on Saturday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE
Murdered teen's mom on wheelchair killer:
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