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JENSEN LA VENDE
Relatives of murder victim Hassan John
thought he was at the home of his uncle. How-
ever, his body was lying in cold storage at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, awaiting iden-
Speaking with reporters at the centre yesterday,
his relatives said they had only been informed on
Monday that John had been at the morgue since
He was killed and his body found at Sogren
Trace, Laventille, on July 18. Police reports identified
him as Assad John, with no address. Police said
residents heard gunshots around 3 am and later
found his body.
John, relatives said, was 34 and lived at Chocolate
Alley, Laventille. He was
a bartender whom rela-
tives described as "a cool
fella" who may have
been killed as a result of
"Normally he would
go for two to three
weeks. I was watching
TV the night he got a call
and like the person
money finish so he ask
me to make a call. I hear
him tell the person he
will meet them by Inde-
pendence Square. When
he leave he say if he don t
come back he will be by
his uncle so when I
didn t see him I didn t
get worried," John s
grandmother, Janet, said.
In an unrelated killing
Teddy Nagai, the
brother of Ian
John, 29, who
was found dead
along the Paria
Main Road, Blan-
Monday said had his younger brother lis-
tened to their mother he would have been alive.
Nagai said his brother left their Little Cora Road,
Cunaripo, to attend the Blanchisseuse harvest on
Sunday night. He recalled on at least three occa-
sions on Sunday John was told by his mother to
He added: "Sunday, I don t know if it was vibes
or whatever but he was playing with his niece.
He never saw the child before or spoke with the
child but on Sunday told the child he was speaking
to her for the last time.
"He jump in the car and come back because
he forget a lighter. Then he left and come back
for his hat. He left and came back again because
he forget his keys. When he come back the third
time my mother hold onto him and told him you
not going. He told our mother that everyone was
at the harvest and he will be back soon."
John s father, Linus John, 78, said his son took
after him and loved hunting. His son, he said, was
not known to have any enemies and was loved
He said his son contacted his brother around
3 am Monday morning and told him he was shot.
According to police, John s body was found at the
side of the road around 6 am after residents report-
ed hearing gunshots.
Nagai said his brother s gold band and sneakers
were missing and believed he was robbed and
No end soon
QUESTION: Do you think the authorities will
ever be able to solve the security problems in
No. We have too many
loopholes in the system.
Imagine people who
commit petty crimes like
burglary going into the
prisons and interacting with
seasoned criminals. It is like
going in as babies and
coming out like adults. The
situation will not be changed unless the judicial
system finds a way to resolve ongoing matters.
No. I do not think the
prisons' authority has a
plan to keep things
under control. Crime is
out of control and they
would not admit it.
They can minimise
it but they cannot
solve it. There
are too many
They can do it but
it will take a long
time. With the
system we are
under, they cannot
solve it overnight.
No. Trinidad needs to call in
the United Nations
because we cannot handle
the crime problems in this
country. It is because of
the crime problem in the
country, there are security
breaches in the prisons.
Yes. We have a
Defence Force and
protective services that
uphold law and order.
Yes, by talking to all the
people concerned so that
they can get to the source of
the problem. You have never
heard them talking to the
Orisha people. They should
because it is mainly the little
black boys who are in jail.
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