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for 30TH JULY, 2015
Moments before being shot
dead with his own gun on
Wednesday night, prison officer
Robert Seecharan was seen
beating, kicking and dragging
three females outside a conven-
ience store along the Penal Rock
Police believe one of them
grabbed Seecharan s licensed .9
mm pistol and killed him in self-
defence. The three, including
Seecharan s wife Sherry-Ann and
a 16-year-old girl, were in police
custody up to late last evening.
Seecharan, 37, of Rochard
Douglas Road, Barrackpore,
joined the T&T Prison Service
ten years ago.
Officers said they were hoping
video footage obtained from a
nearby business would bring clar-
ity to the incident as residents
who witnessed the shooting have
not come forward.
According to reports Seecharan
was shot dead around 6.35 pm
on Wednesday during a fight
with his wife, Sherry-Ann, two
stepdaughters, ages 16 and 17,
and 12-year-old stepson.
They were returning from an
outing at Quinam Beach and rel-
atives said the couple were argu-
ing for most of the trip. Eyewit-
nesses said Seecharan stopped
at L&L Convenience Store at
Rock Road where he began beat-
ing Sherry-Ann and one of her
In an extremity of rage, he even
ripped off the trunk lid of his
Royal Saloon car. It was during
a scuffle that someone pulled the
gun and fired at him. Police said
Seecharan had given his wife the
pistol to keep in her bag but
information suggests that he may
have taken it back on leaving the
While in custody, Sherry-Ann
complained of pains and was
taken to the Siparia District
Health Facility where she was
treated and discharged.
Abuse not taken seriously
Speaking outside the Penal
Police Station on Wednesday
night, Sherry-Ann s sister Veena
Alladin said her sister had com-
plained of being abused before
but no one took it seriously.
Asked if the abuse was ever
reported to police, she said: "I
would not know because he is a
She said the children lived with
their father, Doodnath Ganase,
at Kanhai Road South, Barrack-
pore, but went for the trip on
"Yes, she used to tell us but
we never took it on. She used to
say they had a little falling out
and he hit her. Two or three times
she came by me when they had
now started off.
"How she happened to come
is that when he went on shift in
the prison, my son used to pick
her up and bring her and I used
to tell her well gyul yuh done in
it, you have to make it do, "
She said she believed if
Seecharan had not been shot,
her sister, nieces and nephew
could have been killed.
Ganase said he had told his
children to tell police the truth
about everything that happened.
"My children have to talk the
truth about what happened. The
three of them were right there
so they said they are going to
talk the truth about what hap-
At the Seecharan s home yes-
terday, his sister, Ria, said he and
Sherry-Ann were together for
four years and had been married
for just over a year.
She said they had marital
problems like most couples. She
said Seecharan was supposed to
work on Wednesday morning
and his lunch was already packed
when she left home.
It came as a shock to her when
a passerby called her and told
her that he had been shot. By
the time she and other relatives
arrived at the scene, he was
already dead. Ria said her brother
was planning to buy land to build
a house for his family.
She added that Seecharan
decided to get a gun after one of
his colleagues was murdered a
few years ago. She said inmates
also threatened to have him killed.
The T&T Manufacturers Association yesterday
called on the Government to give slain police con-
stable Sherman Maynard s family $1 million in
Maynard was on guard duty in a police vehicle
outside the prison on Frederick Street, Port-of-
Spain, last week Friday when Allan "Scanny" Martin,
Hassan Atwell and Christopher Selby shot their way
out, shooting him in the passenger s side of the
vehicle as they made their escape.
But on Wednesday, Police Social and Welfare
Association president Anand Ramesar said its queries
into the Government s announced plan to establish
a fund for family members of law enforcement per-
sonnel killed in the line of duty had revealed arrange-
ments were not yet in place.
The fund and payment was announced by Finance
Minister Larry Howai during his 2015/2016 Budget
Addressing the issue yesterday, the TTMA said:
"This TT$1,000,000 disbursement for families who
lost a member in the line of duty will serve to
alleviate financial constraints and emotional trauma.
"And so the association believes that this com-
pensation, whereas it is no substitute for the loss
of a life, will go a long way in assisting the grieving
family who is left to cope with the void of losing
a loved one.
"The TTMA thanks the Government for its ini-
tiative and hopes there will be no delaying or bureau-
cracy in meeting its promised obligation in this
The TTMA joined many others in extending con-
dolences to the family, friends, colleagues, loved
ones and Maynard s fiancée.
The association said the young officer s death in
the line of duty was a testament to his dedication
to T&T s peace and justice.
"The association applauds his courage, determi-
nation and fight to making T&T a safer place for
its citizens," it added.
Maynard, 27, was engaged to be married to Danielle
Huggins and lived with his family at their Edinburgh
500, Chaguanas, home. He was laid to rest following
a service at the Chaguanas RC Church yesterday.
He came from a police family. His father is retired
senior superintendent Stephen Maynard and his
brother, Sheldon, is also a member of the Police
Service. He was the nephew of Senior Superintendent
David Abraham, head of the Northern Division, and
cousin of the head of the Central Division, Senior
Superintendent Johnny Abraham. See Page A5
Award slain cop's
Argument after beach lime turns tragic...
Children act in
Relatives of Sherry-Ann Seecharan outside the Penal Police Station following the shooting death
of her husband, prison officer Robert Seecharan, on Wednesday night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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