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Frankyln Mayhew believes that
his 30-year-old son s life might
have been saved if his neighbours
had called for help instead of
gawking at him as he lay on the
ground, gasping for breath, after
he was shot and had his throat
Mayhew said his son Adim,
which means first-born son, was
shot at in 2008 but survived the
attack. In that shooting the bullet
missed the bone in his chin and
exited through his neck. He was
also shot in the right forearm, as
he attempted to flee, and again the
bullet missed his bones and exited.
He spent seven days hospitalised
On Thursday night death came
calling again and this time there
was no escape.
Police said they received a call
around 8.40 pm about a man lying
in a drain along Basillon Street,
Laventille. Members of the Inter-
Agency Task Force (IATF) respond-
ed and took the bleeding man to
hospital. He died shortly after.
Before slitting his throat, Mayhew s
killers shot him in both legs, police
Mayhew told the media outside
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday that he was
returning to his St Thomas Street,
Laventille, home after a week in
Tobago when people who were sit-
ting along the roadway calmly told
him that his son was on the ground
not too far away dying.
"I said, You not serious right?
She said, yes. So I turn back with
my bags still on me and walk down
to where she said he was and when
I reach I saw him in the drain still
alive gasping for breath. I see his
throat was slit but he was gasping
for breath. But his eyes was still
open and he was breathing heavily.
I try to close the wound by his
neck there and saw a set of blood
in the drain," Mayhew said.
"My whole thing about it is the
person or persons who called me
to give the info that he was dying
in the road. You mean to tell me
no one made an attempt to save
him? You didn t call the police,
the ambulance, nothing? The IATF
respond in three minutes. But I
believe he could have been saved.
I not saying I know definitely but
I saying he would have had a better
chance if they had just called
instead of leaving him there."
Mayhew said his son, a skilled
labourer, was a fun-loving person
who liked making people happy.
He admitted that his son had skir-
mishes with the law in the past
but that did not warrant his killing.
Police said they had no motive
for his killing. Investigators said
Mayhew had a robbery matter
before the court and a previous
matter for indecent assault.
Police say they believe Mayhew
may have annoyed criminals in the
area as he did not associate himself
with them. Mayhew said he last
saw his son before he left for Toba-
go last Friday. He said his son was
not a violent man and had no chil-
dren. He said his son never com-
plained about threats.
"Most you could do is try to talk
to the children because right now
in T&T the African males at risk
through the different influences.
I don t want to hear anything about
absentee parent," Mayhew said.
'They could have
saved my son'
Father of murder victim blasts neighbours
Managing director of FireOne Fire-
works, Andre Abraham, is calling on
the Government to bring legislation
urgently to regulate the fireworks
Abraham, who has been in the fire-
works business for the past 20 years,
spoke to the T&T Guardian yesterday
about his concerns over recent inci-
dents where a toddler and a Freeport
man both lost fingers while using fire-
works during Divali celebrations.
The toddler, identified as Joshua
Rufus, of Debe Trace, Debe, was
reportedly holding a firework in his
hand when it came into contact with
a lighted deya and ignited on Wednes-
day night. He is listed in stable con-
dition at hospital.
Arjune Maraj, 54, lost three of his
fingers when a firecracker he was hold-
ing reportedly blew up in his hand on
Divali night. There have been calls for
fireworks to be banned during religious
festivals because of the negative impact
on sick people, children, the elderly
The sale and use of fireworks for
occasions such as Divali, Eid, Inde-
pendence Day and Old Year s Day have
mushroomed over the years and
unregulated merchants are bringing
in cheaper goods from Venezuela and
other countries undetected.
Abraham, whose livelihood is sus-
tained through the sale of fireworks,
said he would support stricter reg-
ulations for the industry.
"In our operations over the last 20
years, we have adopted the guidelines
of the National Fire Prevention
Authority (NFPA) which is an inter-
national body that governs the fire-
works industry in the Americas,
Europe, etc," said Abraham.
"Although we don t have those
guidelines in T&T, we self-regulate.
This is the kind of legislation and
framework that needs to be put in
place to ensure we have a safe indus-
Abraham said illegal firecrackers,
like scratch bombs, were more popular
because they made louder explosions.
"The illegal items are more pow-
erful, because they are overpowered
and not made to comply with regu-
lations. But people don t seem to care
the risk they are putting their lives
Abraham said scratch bombs were
brought to T&T on the same fishing
boats that brought illegal guns and
"The scratch bombs come in on
boats with guns and drugs, then the
dealers stick boxes of them on the
streets. The people who bring in these
things are only interested in turning
He said along with the illegal
, there were also fireworks
which seemed legal, but were not
manufactured by recognised manu-
facturers in China.
"There are dealers who bring fire-
works that look like the legal ones,
but are overpowered and make louder
noises when set off. These are not
made within NFPA guidelines and
could cause serious harm to people
He said in addition to paying close
attention to the manufacturers of fire-
works, the legislation should also out-
line specific days and times fireworks
should be set off.
"Although this is my business, it
does become a nuisance when people
are setting off fireworks at all hours
of the morning, so I think that a time
regulation should be a part of the leg-
islation as well."
However, he said, some incidents
occurred simply because of mishan-
dling of fireworks.
"There are people who take the per-
fectly legal fireworks, disassemble it
and create their own bombs. Some
people ignore all the safety warnings
and labels and give fireworks to chil-
dren as well. These things need to
stop. Safety must come first in this
Urgent laws needed
to regulate industry
FireOne boss admits
Maria Hernandez, right, mother of
murder victim Adim Mayhew, inset,
is consoled by a friend, after the
autopsy of her son, yesterday.
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The family of a Freeport man who
lost three of his fingers while setting
off fireworks on Divali night is
threatening legal action against the
San Fernando General Hospital
(SFGH) after photos of the victim's
mangled hand was posted on social
Medical director of the hospital, Dr
Anand Chatoorgoon, said he was
contacted by relatives of Arjune Maraj
yesterday, who demanded to know
why the photos were taken and how
they got online.
But Chatoorgoon said pre- and
post-operation photos were regularly
taken, especially to document the
work of plastic surgeons.
"Doctors frequently take photos for
teaching purposes and I know that
doctors did have the picture on their
cellphone, but they do it for teaching,"
Chatoorgoon said. "It is not a new
practice, we even have a department
of photography now.
"I did not give instructions for it to
be taken but plastic surgeons
especially like to take before and after
photos to show improvements and
the impact of their work."
As for the photos ending up on
social media sites, Chatoorgoon said
he was not sure how the hospital
could prevent anyone from posting
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