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The on-again off-again gang war between
Block 8 and Beverly Hills, Laventille, claimed
another life on Sunday after some months of
relative calm in the area.
The latest victim was 32-year-old Emmanuel
"Iron" Pauline, who was shot while washing his
girlfriend s car on Sunday. Pauline, his girlfriend
Sunshine Sobers said yesterday, was a labourer
who loved his two-year-old son. Sobers said at
the time of the shooting, around 5.25 pm, there
were children playing nearby.
"Friday had an incident with a shooting up
there where a man collect three shots. He is
recovering at the hospital. The area where they
shooting from is on a hill and the shooters could
see straight down inside Beverly Hills, so is not
to say is somebody who walked up to him and
shot him," Sobers said.
"He was washing the car and the shot came,
then others came after that. I think he got the
first shot because I think that is what alarmed
everybody that they were shooting. The children
had to run. My ten-year-old child was with him.
I had to run in somebody else s building," she
She urged the gang members to stop the war-
ring but says all appeals go to nought, as at best
they "cool it down" for a while only to start up
"It have no way I think this is going to stop,"
Sobers, a corporal in the T&T Regiment, said.
"Police are a waste of time. They just come
in the area, they drive through and they drive
back. We don t have a police post. They don t
have any respect for police either because they
shooting back at the police and all. Is soldiers
alone that they respect. You see when the soldiers
intervene is a different thing. The place calms
Pauline died at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital while being treated after he was taken
there by Sobers.
Eyewitnesses said gunmen from neighbouring
Block 8 opened fire indiscriminately at Beverly
In an unrelated killing, meanwhile, police
believe the decomposing body of a man found
in Diego Martin on Sunday is that of Devon
Harewood. Police said they were not 100 per
cent sure, however, as the body was in an
advanced stage of decomposition. (JL)
JENSEN LA VENDE
Grieving relatives of at least 12 people
killed over the weekend were turned away
from the Forensic Science Centre (FSC),
St James, yesterday after being told that
no autopsies would be done until tomor-
row since none of the two contracted
pathologists were available.
While most of the relatives who were
given the bad news took it in their stride,
one funeral agency, St Rose Funeral Home,
was upset by the delay.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian after
getting the news, St Rose Funeral Home
director Nicholas St Rose said such delays
should not be happening in an oil rich coun-
"We need to treat the bereaved with more
respect. What about the Muslims who want
to bury today, they can t now? Spiritually
that s not right and the system not right.
"The powers that be need to do some-
thing. Let somebody come in and do some-
thing. It is embarrassing. On top of that no
reason was given why all the post-mortems
were put off until Wednesday, that wrong
man," he said.
One such affected member of the Muslim
faith was Danny "Fats" Siewnarine, whose
wife Ashanti Debidin was chopped to death
on Saturday at their Princes Town home.
Siewnarine told the T&T Guardian he
was told the autopsy would be done on
Wednesday and was disgusted by this.
As a practicing Muslim, he said the Sanat
al-Janazah (Muslim funeral last rites) is sup-
posed to take place as soon as possible and
the delay in the autopsy was preventing
An agent of the Shyam Funeral Home,
which mostly conducts Muslim funerals,
said if the bodies were of accident victims
they could have organised to transfer them
to a hospital and have a mortician there
conduct them, rather than waiting a further
two days but because they were the bodies
of murder victims nothing could be done.
Other funeral homes questioned whether
there was sufficient room for the bodies
piling up at the facility yesterday.
By noon there were 12 bodies, two decom-
posing, at the centre awaiting post-mortems
while three more were said to be on the
The FSC has been understaffed since the
contract of forensic pathologist Dr Valery
Alexandrov expired in January.
Upset relatives turned away
No pathologist to do autopsies, so...
Gang war claims
BEAUTIES IN A ROW
In an interview last month,
Alexandrov told the T&T Guardian that
he was told that the delay in hiring
another pathologist to perform
autopsies was adversely affecting the
other two pathologists --- Dr Hughvon
des Vignes and Dr Eastlyn Mc Donald-
Burris --- who now work every other
Dr Mc Donald-Burris, the T&T
Guardian was told, has been the only
pathologist assigned to the FSC for the
past month as Dr Des Vignes was on a
Questioned about the lack of
pathologists at the FSC yesterday, line
minister Justice Minister Prakash
Ramadhar said he was not sure what
was the reason behind the two-day
delay in conducting autopsies.
He said, however, that the
instructions had been given to find a
replacement pathologist in the wake of
"I know they have gone through the
process and we have to respect the
process and it has to be sorted out,"
Ramadhar said, adding the re-hiring of
Alexandrov has been agitating his mind
for some time as the selection of a
pathologist, Alexandrov or otherwise,
should have been completed by now.
Miss T&T World 2015 delegates sit in the public gallery to observe yesterday's sitting of the Senate. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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