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JENSEN LA VENDE
Three men were shot dead in separate
instances and the handless body of a man
was found under a burning heap of tyres
as the murder toll galloped to 29 in just
For the comparable period last year the
murder toll stood at 24.
In Chaguanas, within a space of six hours,
two families were left grieving after gunmen
struck in unrelated shootings. One of the
victims was mentally ill, police said.
According to police reports, around 12.20
am yesterday, Lisimba Daniel, 34, was walk-
ing along Mc Carthy Street, Chaguanas,
when neighbours heard gunshots and called
the police. Residents later found Daniel's
The resident of Chrissie Terrace, Enter-
prise, was a plumbing student at the Multi-
Skills Training (MUST) programme. He was
shot in the head and right leg.
His father, Simon Daniel, speaking with
the media at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, said his son was mentally ill and
never troubled anyone.
"That's so senseless. This morning I met
a big man who crying more than me because
he (Daniel) don't interfere with anyone. So
everyone want to know why. We don't know
if it was the wrong place or what. He said
resident nicknamed his son "mad child".
"Life and death is two friends walking
together. It shocking and senseless to me
but I have to take it. The men who kill him
have to die just like I will have to die. I will
leave it up to God. I not on earthly justice."
Five hours earlier, Maurice Douglas was
killed just outside his home at Hummingbird
Drive, Edinburgh 500.
Police said around 7.30 pm on Monday,
Douglas, 28, was at his home when he
walked to the front of the house.
A short while after gunshots were heard.
His mother, Janice Douglas, 54, found her
son dead on the ground.
The shooter, eyewitnesses reported, was
a slim-built man who was masked and wore
a red and white jersey and grey three-quarter
The mother was too overcome with grief
yesterday to speak. A female relative
described Douglas as "a very quiet man."
Later that night at Princes Town, gunmen
shot and killed Jeremy Hernandez, 31, and
wounded his former girlfriend, Tia James.
The attack took place hours after Her-
nandez was released from jail.
Police believe the gunmen followed him
to his former girlfriend's home in Princes
Town. According to reports, around 10 pm
Hernandez and James, were at her home
located a short distance away from the Iere
Village Branch Road.
Two gunmen, who are believed to have
followed Hernandez to James' home, began
James' screams prompted neighbours to
call police. Hernandez died at the scene and
James, who was also shot several times, was
taken to the San Fernando General Hospital
where she is warded in a stable condition.
The T&T Guardian understands that Her-
nandez was originally from Henry Street,
Port-of-Spain, but moved to the area during
the state of emergency in 2011.
His mother, Hazel Guerra, said her son,
a father of three, knew his killers but could
give no insight into why they wanted him
She said her son was shot in the shoulder
Hernandez became involved with a then
15-year-old James, who would drop out of
secondary school within months.
When her family disapproved of the rela-
tionship, James left with Hernandez and
lived for sometime in Port-of-Spain.
However, a close relative told the T&T
Guardian that James was abused by Her-
nandez and lived her life in fear of him.
"She used to be pulling out her hair when
she knew he was coming. For the last few
days she was jumpy and uneasy but we
didn't know he was coming out of jail," the
The relative, who asked not be identified,
said James was tormented by Hernandez.
"Even when he wasn't here, he had people
looking over her all the time. She wanted
to get a job and work but he would always
make her leave after a few weeks. When he
came yesterday (Monday) he was cursing
and saying he would burn down her house.
"Later in the night, we heard Pax, pax,
pax!' and then we heard her screaming,"
the relative added.
Police say Hernandez had previous con-
victions for narcotics possession and driving
without a permit and insurance.
There were also several warrants out for
his arrest for armed robberies.
A murder suspect with a gunshot injury to the
leg overpowered his police guard at the San Fernando
General Hospital, says the Police Service public infor-
mation officer ASP Michael Pierre.
He said the suspect, who is wanted in connection
with the shooting death of Michael Patterson and
shooting of one of Patterson's relatives, who is warded
in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital nursing gun-
shot wounds to the head, "used the ruse of wanting
to use the washroom and executed his escape plot."
Pierre said he outwitted and overpowered the young
officer who was keeping watch over him.
Since then police have increased security on the
compound of the hospital.
Pierre said the Southern Division Police had launched
a manhunt to recapture him.
Police are working on several theories for the murder
of Patterson, as well as his cousin Alfredo Patterson,
who was shot dead on King's Wharf on Sunday and
later died at the hospital.
One of the theories is that Patterson and the suspect
had an altercation at a casino on Coffee Street recently.
Micheal Patterson, 27, was shot dead last Friday around
4.30 pm on Mucurapo Street, San Fernando.
The suspect was shot by one of the dead man's rel-
ative on Saturday during a shootout at his home.
Both men were injured in that shooting and taken
Fitness Instructor Anna Lisa Smith leads off a Zumba session during fast food chain McDonald's Carnival workout at the Queens
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Cops: Murder suspect
3 shot dead, burnt body found
Murder count now 29 in 19 days
CORPSE FOUND IN BURNT TYRES
In another unrelated incident, the partially burnt
body of a man was found covered in burning tyres
in Tortuga on Monday.
According to reports, around 9.40 pm, passersby
observed a light coming from some bushes at
Garden Trace, Tortuga.
On checking, they found a human body on fire,
partially concealed by the tyres.
Police say the body was badly burnt and could
not be identified but they were able to determine
it was that of a man.
There were pieces of wire from the tyres around
the neck and on the body.
Both of the man's hands were severed, police
said. Southern Division police are continuing
Two shot in ambush
Two men remain warded at the San Fernando
General Hospital in critical condition after they
were both shot several times in Gasparillo on
Keron Archer and Damian Mottley were sitting
in Archer's car in front of Mottley's home at
Caratal Road, Gasparillo, around 10.45 pm when a
vehicle pulled alongside them and two men with
guns began shooting at them.
Archer was hit on his shoulder and stomach and
Mottley was hit on his stomach and leg.
Residents alerted the police and the men were
taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where
they both underwent emergency surgery.
Simon Daniel, father of Lisimba Daniel who
was shot dead at along Mc Carthy Street,
Chaguanas, on Monday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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