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A Penal father who attempted to protect
his friend from gunmen who were hunt-
ing him by hiding the man at his home
was himself gunned down yesterday.
Although Nigel Cornwall, 34, was
charged for robbery back in 2008, police
said, he had kept himself out of trouble
Police said he was harbouring the 28-
year-old Arima man suspected of being
involved in criminal activities.
They said the man had a dispute with
known criminals in Penal and had been in
hiding ever since as a hit was taken on his
Police said around 1.20 am, Cornwall
was asleep at his Lowkie Trace home with
his common-law-wife, Miranda
Mohammed, 26, and their son, Junior
Cornwall, five, when he was awoken by
someone knocking on his back door.
As he opened the door, Cornwall was
shot several times in his chest and
abdomen. Police believe the shooter came
looking for the Arima man who was not
at the house.
When Mohammed awoke and went to
the back door, she found him lying faced
down in the yard. Cornwall, a mason, died
Penal Police responded and searched the
area for the suspect but no one was found.
A relative told the T&T Guardian yes-
terday Cornwall s murder was a shock to
the community as he was well known and
liked by everyone.
She said although her family lived in
the same neighbourhood, they did not
know he was harbouring a friend at his
She said relatives were yet to get the
full story as Mohammed had been assisting
police with enquiries all day.
"There was nothing that we knew of
that would have gotten him killed because
we knew him to be a fun-loving, family
type of person. He was always friendly, so
to say he had a mishap with someone, we
don t know.
"He got along well with everybody.
Almost everybody in Lowkie Trace was
outside when he got shot because nobody
believed that had happened to him.
"They knew him as a loving, friendly
person and they are still in shock because
they cannot believe that this could have
happened to him. Just so out of the blue
this just came along," the relative said.
His killing has taken the murder toll to
390 for the year.
Gunmen raid 'safe house'
JENSEN LA VENDE
An Arima street vendor who had threat-
ened to kill his estranged lover and then
himself, committed suicide on Tuesday
after chopping the woman, who survived
The incident took place around 8 pm,
police said, after the man, Narine Singh,
of Matura, attacked Marilyn Gallan, 56, as
she walked along Pro Queen Street in the
heart of the eastern borough, metres away
from the police station.
Police said after chopping the woman
Singh ran west along Farfan Street and
collapsed on Woodford Street where he
Police said the woman was chopped four
times and remains warded in a serious
condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
An employee of Circle Square Recre-
ational Pub, where Singh was once
employed, said yesterday Singh had threat-
ened to kill the woman and then himself
in the past.
She said the man, who she described as
"jolly and a little ignorant," had a temper,
was warned against such violent threats
and would calm down. She said on two
previous occasions Singh attempted to take
his life, once by ingesting poison and
another by jumping off a building.
Another employee said Singh met Gallan
at the bar and the two began a relationship
which lasted two years.
"We talk to him about it, other people
talk to him but we didn t think he would
do it but it wasn t a surprise per se," the
woman interrupted, adding that the couple
had broken up about two months ago.
She said Gallan, who is married, ended
the relationship because of Singh s erratic
Another street vendor, who asked not
to be identified, said after seeing Singh
chop Gallan he and other men chased after
him. While running behind Singh they saw
him pelt away the cutlass.
When he was confronted the men began
beating Singh who denied chopping the
woman. During that struggle, police said,
Singh drank poison and collapsed.
"He was just walking down the road
with his bag and then start to pelt chop.
It s when we see it we intervene. I used to
see them talking normal," the vendor said.
A passerby who saw a stack of cash in
Singh s pocket took it and left, one eye-
Other street vendors said Singh was
gambling earlier in the day and believed
he had the entire attack planned.
The chopping took place just outside a
shoe shop as Gallan made her way to the
San Rafael taxi stand on her way home.
Man kills self after
Victim warded in serious condition
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife Sharon, seated on the right and left respectively, of Mr and Mrs Claus, Minister in the
Office of the Prime Minister, Ayanna Webster-Roy, seated next to the Prime Minister, together with the cast of DC Shell Family
Theatre's production of Frozen. Also sharing the spotlight are sport celebrities, Keshorn Walcott, Ria Ramnarine and Jehue Gordon,
seated behind Mr and Mrs Claus, and Shanntol Ince, seated right, during the PM's treat for children's homes at the Diplomatic Centre, St
Ann's, yesterday. PHOTO: COURTESY OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
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