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While party-goers were bringing in the
new year with revelry, yesterday, a six-
year-old boy and a 68-year-old woman
were shot dead by gunmen at Phase One
in Beetham Estate, Beetham.
The year opened with the deaths of Jodal
Ramnath, a student at Eastern Boys Primary
School, and pensioner and mother of two,
Both of them died at the Port-of-Spain
Residents claimed it was because of the
ongoing war between Muslims and Rastacity
over control of the community.
They said they had to run for cover as
gunmen lined up across the road at Prizgar
Lands and on the roof of a nearby school
shooting at them with high-powered rifles.
They claimed the gunmen opened fire
on the residents around 12.10 am when the
fireworks were going off.
When the Guardian visited the family
home at Third Street, Jodal s mother,
Kedesha Ramnath, who was surrounded by
relatives, was overcome with grief.
Kedesha said her son had begged warring
factions to stop the war.
"They need to stop this stupid war. People
want to live in peace. Stop it. My only child,
my six-year-old," she said.
She said he was an aspiring veterinarian
and was infatuated with dogs.
"Everything is dog, he loves dogs."
One of his aunts said Jodal was outside
with his aunt bringing in the new year at
Fifth Street when he complained that he
felt a stinging in his foot.
A relative said: "She then lifted him up
and saw the hole in his back."
He was taken to the hospital where he
died while undergoing surgery.
Warner s daughter, Fernella, said her
mother suffered two heart attacks while
being treated at the hospital.
"Everybody was outside watching the
fireworks. We saw people running and we
started to walk. The next thing I know I say
is that my mother who get shoot? " she
Fernella said she attempted to save her
mother by putting a jersey around the
wound. "There was blood coming from her
neck and I took a jersey and wrap it around
her neck. She fell foward and I saw she had
a hole in her mouth and her teeth done fall
out. I ask the neighbour to take us to the
hospital and we called an ambulance. I saw
how to do that on documentaries and
movies," she said.
She said around 6 am she was told her
mother was "doing fine" and then she suf-
fered a heart attack.
However, around 9.35 am, her mother
Fernella said she celebrated her birthday
the same day her mother did on March 21.
"If you see her you would fall in love with
her. She was loved by all," she said.
Residents said that Warner and Ramnath
were innocent by-standers.
"All of them go dead. Beetham can t go
across there. When last you hear Beetham
in anything said it was an act. Them want
to control here. Is like if they see this house
they want it. If they see this they want it,"
one resident said.
He said this was not the actions of mem-
bers of the Muslim society.
"Is two innocent people they kill. Is Mus-
lims but that is not the act of Muslims.
Muslims don t act like that," he said.
He said members of the Beetham com-
munity were not going to stand for the
The residents said the police who were
usually on duty were not there.
They also said the security guards at the
school have to give an account as to why
gunmen were permitted at the school.
Homicide officers are continuing inves-
As a tradition, every Old Year s night,
Zwade Taylor would leave his Sudama Alley
home and venture a short distance away
to his brother s home to ring in the New
Year surrounded by family.
But on December 31, 2015, the trip would
be Taylor s last, as he was shot while walking
through a short cut to his brother s house.
His sister-in-law Keisha Taylor told the
T&T Guardian, yesterday, Taylor was walking
through Dandy Lane around 10.15 pm when
he was shot.
Bleeding profusely, Taylor managed to run
approximately 200 feet, before collapsing
in his brother s arms.
His brother was too distraught to speak
to members of the media yesterday, but
Keisha recounted the events of the night.
"We heard some sounds, but we thought
it was just fireworks," Keisha said. "Then
we heard a little noise and I saw my broth-
er-in-law come in the door, gasping for
"We thought it was an asthma attack or
something and we called the ambulance,
but then when we moved him we saw there
was blood on the ground, he had been shot
in the back. He got shot in the next street,
ran through the track and came straight by
us."When an ambulance responded a short
while later, Taylor was taken to the Siparia
Health Facility, where he was pronounced
Keisha said she did not know why anyone
would want to kill Taylor, but noted that his
gold chain was missing.
"I don t know why anyone would do that.
He had on his gold chain earlier that day
and it was missing, so it could have been
a robbery." She said Taylor lived alone and
worked at LNG in Point Fortin.
WPC Serioux of the Siparia Homicide is
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says his
ministry will revert to Nipdec (National Insur-
ance Property Development Company Limited)
to procure medication and pharmaceuticals and
will return to doing so on an annual contract
Deyalsingh was speaking with members of the
media after viewing the birth of newborn babies
at the Mt Hope Women s Hospital, yesterday.
"We inherited a messy situation when it came
to the procurement of pharmaceuticals. Tradi-
tionally, Nipdec is the procurement agency with
the Ministry of Health and has been for many
years," he said.
He said the last administration went to Parlia-
ment and gave the regional health authorities the
authority to purchase their own drugs.
Deyalsingh said Nipdec was then placed on a
monthly contract to procure pharmaceuticals.
"That is not good policy. National Health Serv-
ices never got off the ground. We are going to
revert to the old system and put Nipdec back on
a yearly contract," he said.
He said that he would go to Cabinet soon with
"It has been already rectified to a certain extent
and we have gone to suppliers on the private
market and took pharmaceuticals from them," he
Concerning other health issues, Deyalsingh said
the major concern right now was the H1N1 virus,
as well as dengue, chikungunya and mosquito-
borne Zika which was coming to T&T, he said.
He said Zika was in other parts of the Caribbean
and was probably already here.
"The best line of defence is the individual home
owners, the community, to eradicate the breeding
sites," he said of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Deyalsingh said there had been no increase in
the number of fatalities due to H1N1. (CC)
A 56-year-old hunter of Matura, who left his
home on Boxing Day in company with two dogs
to hunt in the Matura Forest, is missing.
Dennis Mitchell, 56, who left his home on
December 26 telling his family that he was going
to hunt, has not been seen since, despite efforts
to find him by hunters, villagers and members of
the protective services.
Relatives said neither of the two dogs with
which he left home could be found. The dogs
would normally return home after hunting,
Joint search efforts carried out by Eastern police
and soldiers in the Matura Forest have proved
The worried Matura family said it was six days
since Mitchell went missing.
A party of police officers, led by ASP Joseph
and including Ag Insp Lutchman, Sgts Mickey
Williams and Ramkissoon, Cpls Moses and
Osouna, PCs Seenath Kheerai and Blake, and
WPC Hamid, accompanied hunters and relatives
into the Matura Forest where they searched for
the missing man and his dogs.
Shera Mitchell, a relative of Mitchell, reported
that he suffered from epilepsy.
Police said they have not given up the search.
Boy, 6, and pensioner shot dead
Old Year's murder in Siparia
Kedesha Ramnath, left, mother of 6-year-old
Jodal Ramnath is comforted by a relative at
her Third Street, Beetham Gardens home
yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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