Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 2nd 2015 Contents SASCHA WILSON
A Flanagin Town labourer died after he
was doused with gasoline and set on fire
by a 47-year-old woman, who has a pro-
tection order against him, after he allegedly
entered her house armed with a cutlass.
However, villagers and relatives at the
tranquil village of Brasso Piedra where
Churchill James, 54, and the woman lived
expressed shock over the incident. They
described James as a good and helpful man.
He was employed at the Chaguanas Borough
Yesterday the woman, a labourer, and a
man who was with her when the incident
took place were interviewed at the Brasso
Police Station. The woman remained in
police custody last night.
Police said around 10.30 pm on Saturday
the woman was at her home in company
with a man when James jumped her front
gate armed with a cutlass.
Police said he opened the front door and
attempted to enter her house.
Investigators said the woman then emptied
the gas from a brushcutter into a container
and threw it on James before she took a
lighter and set him ablaze.
James who was still at the front door ran
into the yard and fell into a drain. The woman
then threw a bucket of water on him to
douse the fire.
The injured man was taken by ambulance
to the Chaguanas Hospital where he died
while undergoing emergency surgery.
When Guardian visited the district yes-
terday, James relatives said they only found
out about the incident when the police came
to their home yesterday morning.
And as word spread through the village,
residents said they were shocked.
Wiping tears away, a villager said the
woman moved into the village less than two
years ago, but James, who has one child,
lived there all his life.
"When he drink he is be a little miserable,
but he was not violent. People said they saw
him on the road with a bottle of rum in his
hand, he was drinking, just before the inci-
dent. He did not have a cutlass on him."
"Nobody knew anything. I ask the neigh-
bours if they hear anything, any bawling,
and they say no," one villager, who asked
not to be identified, said.
She said James and the woman shared
a close relationship but they broke it off
about four months ago and she took out a
She said the villagers were preparing to
hold a wake for him last night.
His cousin, who lives abroad and did not
want to give her name, said the family was
She said James lived alone but over last
few days he spent a lot of time with her.
"I don t know my cousin to be violent,
My cousin was the most gentle, warm, caring
person, a soft person. He was always nice
and kind to people."
"Except when he drink and he had a few,
and he had a few yesterday," said another
She said her cousin picked oranges and
brought coconut water for her and they were
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The 70-year old father of Arouca South MP Ali-
cia Hospedales was killed while crossing the road
in Port-of-Spain last night.
Police said Sydney Hospedales, was crossing
South Quay, after returning from National Panorama
semifinals, at the Queen s Park Savannah, when he
ran across the road.
He was struck by a vehicle travelling west and
died while undergoing surgery at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital hours after.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated road fatality a Penal
man was killed after his car collided with a truck
in Penal yesterday evening.
The deceased was only identified as Pecky, a
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure employee, of
Molai Trace, Quinam Road.
The vehicles collided around 5 pm along the SS
Erin Road, close to Matura Avenue, Penal, police
Human fireball GET IT RIGHT
The name of a school in a photograph,
depicting school violence, published on Page A14
of Friday's edition erroneously identified
Barataria North Secondary. The girls were
wearing uniforms of Barataria South Secondary.
The error is regretted.
MPs dad killed in
Police are continuing investigations into the
shooting death of an ex-convict on Saturday. The
dead man was identified as John Kalicharan, 62, of
Maturita Extension, By-Pass Road, Arima. Kalicharan
was shot multiple times by a lone gunman in his
yard. A post mortem will be done today at the
Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park, St James.
MAN SHOT IN MATURITA
for 30TH JANUARY, 2015
going to make pastelles.
She said she was worried all night because she had
not seen him and she knew he had been drinking.
Visiting the scene were Snr Supt Johnny Abraham,
Supt Adams, Sgt Jitendra Toolaram and other officers
of Homicide Bureau.
An autopsy is expected to be performed today at
the Forensic Science Centre, Port-of-Spain.
QUEEN OF ST ANTHONY'S
from the band Carnival
Mumtaz Mahal which
earned her the top
prize in the St
Carnival Parade of
Bands at St Anthony's
yesterday. Photo: JEFF
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