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"A drug deal gone sour" is one of the theories
police are probing in the murder of Anthony Mer-
rick Saroop, who was gunned down at a known
South Oropouche drug block on Wednesday night.
Investigators said Saroop, 25, of Circular Road,
Claxton Bay, frequently sold drugs to addicts in an
area where police had made several raids recently.
However, residents along Agriculture Road, where
he was killed, said no one knew him.
According to a police report, residents heard several
gunshots around 10.50 pm and on checking found
Saroop bleeding heavily on the road from gunshot
A team of South Western Division police, led by
Insp Anderson Pariman and Insp Peter Ramdeen,
District Medical Officer Dr Okwee examined the
body and found gunshot wounds to the head, neck
and groin area.
His body was taken to the San Fernando mortuary
for identification and it was only late yesterday that
relatives came forward.
It was then transferred to the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, where an autopsy is expected to
Triple murder accused Azmon Alexander s hopes
of obtaining permission to attend his mother s
funeral tomorrow appear to be diminishing.
Alexander, through his lawyer Fareed Ali, filed an
official application for the special permission at the
Golden Grove State Prison in Arouca yesterday. How-
ever, up to late yesterday acting Prisons Commissioner
Sterling Stewart had not received it.
Speaking with reporters after a passing out parade
for 189 newly-recruited prison officers at the prison
yesterday, Stewart said he could not make a decision
until he performed a comprehensive risk assessment.
"As we know this gentleman is deemed to be high
risk and as such a number of activities will need to
be put in place to ensure the safety of both the
inmate and the society," Stewart said.
Without revealing his opinion on Alexander's
chances of securing approval before the funeral
tomorrow, he said in the past only convicted criminals
who had already served significant portions of their
sentences were granted such permission.
"It has a lot to do with how long they have been
here and observations which would have been done
on them over a period of time. If the risks are too
high he will not be allowed to leave the confines of
the prison," Stewart said.
Alexander's mother, Mary, died at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, on Monday
after suffering a heart attack at her home on Sunday.
Her funeral is scheduled to take place at Myjireh
Ministries, Arima, at 2 pm tomorrow.
He and his 17-year-old relative face a combined
total of 64 charges related to the disappearance of
five members of a Brasso Seco family last year.
On October 26, Irma Rampersad, 49, her two
daughters --- Felicia, 17, and 19-year-old Jannelle
Gonzales --- Jannelle's 14-month old-baby Shania
Amoroso and their next door neighbour Felix Mar-
tinez, 52, were reported missing.
After days of searches by police and soldiers, Mar-
tinez's body was found on November 8, 2014. Three
days later police found Rampersad and Amoroso's
bodies in a duffle bag in a forested area of the com-
On November 15, 2014, police rescued the sisters
from a make-shift camp which they stumbled upon
while searching deep in the forest. (DR)
Drug dealer gunned
down in Oropouche
Azmon's hope of
funeral looks bleak
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police who were stuck in the mid-after-
noon traffic in Port-of-Spain yesterday ended
up being in the right place at the right time
as they saved the life of a woman who for
years had suffered abuse at the hands of her
The officers shot Christopher Reid to death
after he pulled a gun on Chinales Thomas
along Duke Street.
According to police reports, around 2.40
pm Reid was seen fighting with Thomas, his
former wife, along Duke Street, near Henry
During the fight Reid, 45, of Second Cale-
donia, Morvant, pulled out a gun and placed
it to Thomas' head.
However, the driver of an unmarked police
vehicle, who was stuck in traffic, jumped out
of the car and shot Reid.
Police said Reid was pronounced dead on
arrival at the Port-of-Spain General Hospi-
tal.According to eyewitnesses, Thomas had
only minutes before left Pancho's Snackette
on Henry Street, where she has been employed
for the past two months. She and another
woman were walking down Henry Street when
Reid came out of hiding and grabbed her.
Witnesses said Reid attempted to force
Thomas into a waiting car but she refused
and began fighting with him. During the fight,
men at a nearby bar sought to intervene but
were stopped short when Reid pulled out a
gun and pointed it at Thomas' head.
Thomas' friend became frantic and sought
help from someone.
But almost at the same time, the police
came and rescued Thomas.
"I give the police full respect. The police
man just jump out and hit him (Reid). I hear
about five shots," one man who wished not
to be identified told the T&T Guardian.
An employee at Pancho's, who did not want
to be identified, told the T&T Guardian
Thomas suffered years of abuse during the
20 years she was with Reid.
Reid, the woman said, would stalk Thomas
and beat her whenever and wherever he could.
The woman said during the last such incident
Thomas was beaten with a hammer.
Thomas, however, did not escape unhurt
as eye witnesses said she was grazed on the
head by the police officer's bullet and was
taken to hospital for treatment.
The T&T Guardian was told that on Tues-
day Reid had telephoned Thomas and accused
her of being unfaithful. Thomas, the T&T
Guardian was told, had recently applied to
the police for a restraining order.
Up to last evening she was being interviewed
4 COPS CHARGED
In an unrelated incident, four police
officers attached to the St Joseph station
have been charged with two counts of
misbehaviour in public office and the mis-
treatment of a prisoner.
The officers, constables Dave
Ramkissoon, 37, Sean Hutchinson, 29,
Gary John, 26, and Aquilan Baptiste, 26,
were charged by officers from the Profes-
sional Standards Bureau under ACP Har-
rikrishen Baldeo and Ag Supt Gregory
Renwick, following an incident at the sta-
tion on August 30. They are to appear in
the Tunapuna Magistrates Court today.
Cop kills man trying to grab ex-wife
Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh test rides one of new TTpost scooters following the commissioning of the postal service
provider's newest fleet at its Piarco headquarters yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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