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Lennox Roach knew he was
marked for death but even though
he was fearful, he continued to live
On Sunday about 8.15 pm, Roach s
predictions of death materialised when
two masked men stormed into his
Edward Trace, Moruga, home, plan-
nassed his girlfriend Allana
Mohammed, 36, and then pumped
four bullets into his body.
Police said Roach, 41, aka Bo, was
also chopped across the face and shot
in the head, chest and neck.
Investigators reported that
Mohammed told them she was
upstairs when she looked out and
noticed a man coming towards the
house. As she went to investigate, the
assailant hit her with the flat side of
Ordering Mohammed to "hush her
mouth" the assailants pushed
Mohammed towards the stairs and
then ran into the living room where
Roach was watching television.
As Mohammed fled to get help from
the neighbours, four gunshots rang
out. Mohammed s sister, Beverly Mor-
gan, said: "My sister called me to say
they now shoot Bo. I told her to go
and see if he was really dead and she
said the neighbour already checked."
Morgan said Roach had predicted
his death. "He said they shoot his
friend and he would be next," Morgan
said. Asked whether Roach took any
additional precautions, Morgan said
no. Another relative who requested
anonymity said Roach had a dispute
with a group of men two years ago
in which he chopped a man on the
head. He was later charged.
The men retaliated a week later,
smashing Roach s vehicle and chop-
ping him several times.
The father of six spent a few days
in the hospital. Police said it was pos-
sible that Roach s death was a reprisal
He had a criminal record and had
several pending cases in the Princes
Town Magistrates Court for marijuana
possession and assault.
Anyone with information on the
killing can contact the Princes Town
police at 655-2231 or call Crime Stop-
pers at 800-TIPS.
Highway Patrol Branch police
officer Adrian Mohammed and
Point Lisas port worker Anthony
La Foucade were granted a total of
$200,000 bail when they appeared
in court yesterday charged with hav-
ing sex with two underaged girls.
Mohammed, 24, and La Foucade,
22, were not called upon to plead
when they appeared before Deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington in
the San Fernando Magistrate s Court
According to the charges, on
August 5, Mohammed allegedly
picked up the two girls---a 16-year-
old and a 14-year-old---at Claxton
The men are charged under the
Children Act of 2014 with having sex
with the two girls who are children.
They are also charged with sexually
molesting a child under the age of
16.Mohammed was slapped with two
additional charges of misbehaviour
in public office, failing to act during
a commission of a criminal offence.
Both men were represented by
attorney Subhas Panday.
Panday applied for bail for them,
telling the court La Foucade lives in
Claxton Bay and is permanently
employed with the Port of Point Lisas.
Mohammed lives at Bronte Village
with his parents.
Neither men have any pending or
previous matters before the court.
Wellington granted La Foucade
$90,000 bail to be approved by a
clerk of the peace. Mohammed was
placed on $110,000 bail, also to be
As a condition of their bail, both
men were ordered to stay away from
The matter was adjourned to Sep-
Cop and port worker on child sex charges
Hours before he was expected
to appear at the Siparia Magis-
trates Court on firearms
offences, Fyzabad coconut ven-
dor Negus Mc Meo was gunned
down near his home yesterday.
Mc Meo, 23, was found dead
in some bushes off Sewlal Trace
around 6 am by sanitation workers
of the Siparia Regional Corpora-
tion who went to empty a bin.
Police believe his murder was
a hit and said he was known to
them for drugs and firearm pos-
They said he left home around
9 pm to go to Siparia and was
shot dead while walking home
early yesterday morning.
Fyzabad CID, led by Snr Supt
Patsy Joseph, Asp Beverly
Rodriguez and Insp Anderson
Pariman, searched the area and
found a pair of gloves which they
took as evidence.
Speaking at their home yester-
day, his brother, Nouredine Brown,
18, said all he knew was that Mc
Meo went to a sports day at New
City Avenue, Fyzabad, yesterday.
He said that around 6.30 am, his
mother Becky-Ann Mc Meo got
a phone call about his brother s
Neighbours said Mc Meo
escaped death last year when he
was shot at but no one could say
who wanted him dead.
However, they said he was sus-
pected by police of being involved
in the robbery of a Chinese super-
market a week ago. They said he
was eventually arrested and
charged for wearing a camouflaged
pants. The latest killing has taken
the murder toll to 250 for the year.
Marked for death...
Moruga man shot, chopped in attack
President of the T&T Chamber
of Commerce Robert Trestrail has
defended the T&T Debates Com-
mission against claims of bias made
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Trestrail in a statement yesterday
renewed his call for Persad-Bissessar
and Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley to participate in the leaders
debates being organised by the TTDC
later this month.
Trestrail s defence of TTDC came
after Persad-Bissessar said on Friday
she would not participate in any
debate organised by that entity. She
quoted radio show host Isha Wells
who said the Syrians were the fin-
anciers of the PNM to support her
Andrew Sabga, is chairman of the
TTDC. The PM said she was certain
the debate would not be fair to her.
Trestrail, in a media release yes-
terday, said: "I have remained decid-
edly quiet on the issue of the Leaders
Debates, hoping that good conscience
"It is also my understanding that
debates commissions the world over
often encounter similar challenges
in attempting to establish a culture
of electoral debating.
"I now find it necessary to com-
ment on recent developments and
have noted statements by both Mr
Larry Lalla and the Prime Minster,
in respect of a perceived bias on the
part of the members of the TTDC.
"The T&T Chamber does not
support these views and deems the
developments most unfortunate.
"As president, I have full confi-
dence in the members of the TTDC,
some of whom are members and
officers of the T&T Chamber and
are independently-minded citizens
of T&T." The TTDC is a creation of
the T&T Chamber.
Trestrail renewed his call for the
leaders to participate in the debates
which have been scheduled for
August 17 and 20.
He said at this time it was unclear
who would form the next govern-
ment or who would be the next
"The economic uncertainty that
T&T faces further reinforces the
need for the potential prime min-
isterial candidates to make them-
selves available for public debates,"
The Prime Minister at first had
agreed to a debate on July 30 but
Rowley insisted that the debate could
only go ahead after Nomination Day
(August 17) as had been proposed
by the TTDC. The TTDC subse-
quently admitted that the July 30
date was due to an administrative
The PM went ahead and appeared
on a separate programme aired on
Caribbean New Media Group on July
30, where she was interviewed by a
panel comprising Wells, former gov-
ernment minister Dr Morgan Job and
political analyst Derek Ramsamooj.
Rowley did not respond to invi-
tations to attend and Persad-Bisses-
sar alone fielded questions from three
The TTDC said earlier if the PM
did not participate in its August
debates it had contingency plans in
place but declined to give details.
Trestrail said the TTDC has
admitted it was an unfortunate
administrative error regarding the
date for the debate in the correspon-
dence to the two main parties.
"The T&T Chamber suggests that
all stakeholders accept that a genuine
error was made and move forward
for the betterment of our electoral
process and the benefit of the people
of T&T," he added.
TTDC defends itself against bias claims
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