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Teenager among 3
wounded in San Juan
A teenager was among three men who were wound-
ed during a shooting incident in San Juan early yes-
According to police reports, around 2 am, the victims,
who remained undefined up to late yesterday, were
liming at the roadside near their homes at La Mango
Road, San Juan, when residents heard gunshots.
After waiting a couple of minutes, neighbours went
outside and found the three wounded men, ages 17, 34
and 34, lying on the ground.
Emergency Health Services arrived soon after and
took the men to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mt Hope. They underwent emergency surgery
yesterday morning and remained warded in a stable
condition up to late yesterday.
A motive for the shooting is yet to be established by
police, who are expected to interview the victims today.
Investigations are continuing.
In an unrelated incident, police destroyed over
$300,000 in marijuana during a drug eradication exercise
in the Santa Cruz on Saturday.
An illegal plantation was discovered by officers of
the North Eastern Division while they were hiking in
a forested area located almost two miles from the nearest
Police found over 30,000 marijuana plants, varying
from seedlings to fully matured trees. They also recovered
15 pounds of marijuana which was being cured by the
cultivators. The trees were cut down and burnt by police
and the cured marijuana seized, but no arrests were
The exercise was led by Supt Radcliffe Boxhill and
included ASP Ali and Sgt Maraj.
Leader of the watchdog group Fixin T&T, Kirk
Waithe, will today deliver a letter to acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams, requesting that a
police investigation be launched to determine whether
any person(s) had broken money laundering laws in
this country as it relates to the Proceeds of Crime
In a release yesterday, Waithe said in light of
the claims being made by former national secu-
rity minister Jack Warner that he funded the
political campaign of the People s Partnership
in the run-up to the 2010 general election, it
was necessary to ascertain what and if any
crimes were committed.
Among the situations he is suggesting be
probed, is the PP s campaign in the run-up to
the 2010 general election and the campaign in
the run-up to the Tobago House of Assembly
elections in 2013; the Independent Liberal
Party s campaign in the run-up to the Chagua-
nas West by-election of 2013; the ILP s cam-
paign in the run-up to the Local Government
elections of 2013; and if monies were allegedly
paid to Ross Advertising in respect of the afore-
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has
publicly said that she never received any money
from Warner to fund party campaigns. However,
Warner has countered these claims by indicating
that he has provided at least fours attorneys with
evidence that will link Fifa to the PP s campaign
finances. (See Page A9)
Waithe said Persad-Bissessar, against the advice and
insistence of many, appointed Warner as a government
minister and member of her Cabinet; appointed Warner
to act as T&T s prime minister on numerous occasions;
elevated Warner to National Security Minister and the
National Security Council after the alleged cash for
votes debacle at the Hyatt Regency Hotel; and led a
political party and a freshly formed coalition that, it
is alleged, knowingly and willingly accepted and used
possibly ill-gotten monies from Warner in
spite of the many and serious allegations
that plagued him for many years.
Noting that they were saddened and extremely
angered by the damage done to this country s reputation
by Warner s claims, Waithe said as long as Persad-
Bissessar and Warner remained as members of par-
liament the damage was "irreparable." As a result, the
group is also demanding the two permanently retire
from public office.
A management consultant has died in a Florida
hospital almost exactly four months after he sustained
severe burns in an explosion at the El Pecos Restaurant
John Soo Ping Chow, who was the worst injured of
the 11 victims of the freak accident, succumbed to his
injuries at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami,
Florida, on Friday morning.
Soo Ping Chow was transferred via air ambulance
to the facility after undergoing preliminary facial recon-
structive surgery at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
The explosion at the fast food chain s Maraval branch
at Royal Palm Plaza took place on February 4 as an
LPG truck was replenishing the restaurant s cooking
gas supply. A leaking hose has been identified as the
All of the other victims of the explosion, which also
caused significant damage to two neighbouring restau-
rants, have since recovered from their injuries. However,
El Pecos restaurant is yet to reopen.
The explosion took place almost exactly one year
after the chain s branch at Ariapita Avenue branch was
damaged by a fire.
Several calls were made to the chain s owner, Richard
Camacho, yesterday but he did not answer his cellphone.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 8, 2015
police are investigat-
ing the circum-
the drowning of a
New York man at the
Bon Accord Lagoon
He has been iden-
tified as 48-year-old
Derek Alleyne, a ramp
with Jet Blue Airlines.
reports, the incident
occurred shortly after
2 pm on Saturday at
the Bon Accord
Lagoon, just off the
The T&T Guardian understands that Alleyne
was part of large group that arrived in Tobago on
Friday for a wedding scheduled for yesterday. Some
members of the group reportedly decided to go
on an excursion to No Man s Land. While waiting
for their vessel, the Tobago Princess, it got into
difficulty and became stuck some distance away.
The group was asked by the owner of another
vessel to leave the shore and assist in pushing the
Tobago Princess to dislodge it.
During that activity, the Tobago Princess allegedly
began to topple and people started jumping off
the boat. Police said many of the passengers jumped
off in the front of the boat in a shallow area, but
Alleyne jumped off in the back and landed in the
deeper part of the ocean and disappeared.
His body was recovered a short while later. He
was rushed to the Scarborough General Hospital
via a Community Comfort Patrol Police vehicle,
but was pronounced dead on arrival. An
autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
Crown Point police are continuing
Fixin' T&T wants
police probe of
El Pecos blast victim
dies in Miami hospital
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