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Unaware that her husband had been
stabbed to death by bandits, a wounded
Dolly Sooknanan sat on the floor next
to his body waiting for him to awake
from his sleep.
Police said Sooknanan, 86, was in a state
of shock after bandits broke into their
Spring Trace, Siparia home, sometime
between Saturday night and Sunday morn-
ing and stabbed both she and her husband,
Balkaran Dookie, 76, before ransacking the
Up to yesterday she was being kept
under police protection while undergoing
Dookie's son, Mukesh, who lives a few
houses away, said he was working at Quar-
ry Village, when around 11.30 am his wife
called and said the neighbour had not seen
his father and stepmother for the morn-
Knowing that the elderly couple rou-
tinely sit in their porch for breakfast every
morning, he said he immediately went to
check on them.
"I went by the house and I called out
mammy' and she answered and said come
inside and see if I could wake up the old
man, she don't know what wrong with
him. I went inside the living room and I
saw him slumped in a recliner with a stab
to his chest. He was already dead and she
had blood on her face and like she got
stabbed on her back and chest too. I went
outside and called 999 and the police
came," Mukesh said.
He said when he asked Sooknanan what
happened, she first replied "It was a lady
and two men," but later on, she said someone
just dropped him (Dookie) there. Although
the house was ransacked, Mukesh nor the
police were able to say whether anything
was stolen. Mukesh said his father had no
quarrels with anyone, adding that Dookie
lived with Sooknanan for the past three
Confused over the killing, he said even if
bandits wanted money they could have got
it easily from two elderly people.
"Yesterday morning I shaved his head
because tomorrow was their big day. They
had to collect pension so both of them would
have gone to do that."
killed in crash
Sean Julien, the
brother of former
Sherwyn Julien, was
killed instantly when
he was flung through
the windscreen of his
car after it crashed into
a utility pole in Erin on
Police said that
around 10.15 pm, Julien,
35, of Ramsaran Settle-
Point Fortin, was driv-
ing his blue Nissan Sunny B-13 along the SS
Erin Road with his friend Adrian Bridgewater.
On reaching Arena Village, Erin, while
attempting to negotiate a curve, the car skidded
off the road and crashed into the pole, eyewit-
Residents who responded found him already
dead while Bridgewater, of Soomai Trace, Cap-
de-ville was taken to the Siparia District Health
Facility for treatment.
Julien's sister, Ann Marie Joyeau, said he went
to a car show at Los Iros junction on Saturday
night and just left for a gas station in Santa
Flora when the accident happened. She said
they got the news shortly after when someone
called his wife Anika. Ann Marie's husband,
Louis, said they went to the scene and the body
remained there until 2 am yesterday.
They said Julien was a father a three children:
Jasean, 16, Shanique, eight and Sean, two.
Ann Marie described her brother as the darling
of the community and an avid football fan.
Mukesh Dookie displays a photograph of his father, Balkaran Dookie, in happier times
hugging his granddaughter Samara Dookie, outside the Siparia house where the pensioner
was found dead yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Jamaican artiste arrested after Redemption concert
Jamaican reggae artiste
Anthony B was arrested after his
performance at a concert in Port-
of-Spain early yesterday but sub-
sequently released after he
agreed to paid a local promoter
part of an outstanding debt.
The artiste, also known as Keith
Anthony Blair, said yesterday the
incident arose from a "simple
contractual matter" which had
since been ironed out.
The promoter, Barry Lewis,
went to the High Court on Sat-
urday, hours before the Redemp-
tion: The Concert at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, and obtained
an order for the performer's arrest.
Police and court marshall arrived
during his performance and they
along his Lewis and his agents
had a discussion back stage and
he was arrested after his perform-
ance and taken to the High Court.
Lewis claimed he was owed
$78,126 for failure of the artiste
to perform at the Good Life con-
cert at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium in August 2013. Blair failed
to attend the concert as he had
been charged for possession of
marijuana with intent to distribute
in Georgia, USA, and could not
leave the country.
Represented by Fitzgerald
Hinds, Blair of Trelawney, Jamaica,
was released around 4.15 am yes-
terday and ordered to pay Lewis
US$7000 forthwith and the bal-
ance of $27,976 and legal costs of
$5,000 by June 30.
Blair said yesterday he spoke
to the promoter and was "pre-
pared to give him back his money,
but he didn't want the money, he
wanted the show."
Earlier in the day Lewis' attor-
neys Michael Rooplal and Carina
Jailal filed an application in the
Hall of Justice pursuant to Section
3 of the Absconding Debtors Act.
in home invasion
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