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A pregnant woman was robbed and then
gang raped while a nine-year-old schoolgirl
escaped a man she believed was about to
abduct her on Tuesday evening.
The schoolgirl was forced to jump
through the window of a moving red-band
maxi-taxi on Tuesday after the driver left
the route in Mt Lambert.
The Standard Three student told police
she ended up being the only passenger in
the maxi-taxi at one stage as it was heading
west from the east shortly before 4 pm.
The girl said she became frightened when
she realised the driver had turned the maxi
onto a "strange" road.
She said she told the driver he was going
the wrong way but he kept on driving. She
then asked him to stop but again he ignored
her and continued on. She told police she
then began desperately pleading with him
to stop but he still refused.
Fearing she would be harmed, the little
schoolgirl said she managed to open one
of the windows and jumped out. Although
she fell very hard on the ground and rolled
to the side of the road, she said she man-
aged to get up and run for her life.
The girl told police the driver stopped
and turned around the maxi taxi in and
attempt to pursue her but she said she hid
in an abandoned container on a piece of
The girl was later found screaming and
crying uncontrollably by two passers-by
who took her to the St Joseph Police Sta-
She was then taken to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC),
Mount Hope, where she was treated for
injuries, mostly cuts and bruises, sustained
during her escape. The girl was said to be
severely traumatised and is expected to
receive professional counseling.
In the aftermath of the incident, the
school s principal reportedly had a talk
with pupils at the school yesterday during
assembly, where she warned them of the
dangers that existed and advised that they
should take extra precautionary measures
while travelling to and from school.
Police are continuing investigations and
a report has been filed with the Ministry
Contacted yesterday for comment, pres-
ident of the Route Two Maxi Taxi Asso-
ciation, Linus Phillip, said he was stunned
but said he hoped the police investigated
He said while there was no foolproof
plan to ensure incidents like that were not
repeated, the travelling public, adults and
children alike, should exercise extreme cau-
tion when travelling on maxis.
"From the time you stop a maxi, take
its name and/or number plate. When you
enter take a good look at the driver, look
around to see if there are any specific
posters, paintings, or specialised upholstery
so that a proper description can be given
in the event that something happens and
it reaches to the police.
"It will be good that all these things are
done when one is in a composed state so
it can be remembered when needed," he
Asked if more stringent measures could
be taken to stamp out drivers with criminal
intent, Phillip said: "Well, it is already in
place. In order for anyone to earn a badge
a certificate of good character must be pre-
Also contacted yesterday, Association of
Maxi Taxis president Eon Hewitt said in
the coming months security would be
beefed up in all maxis, including PTSC
buses, where surveillance cameras would
be installed. He said for the past two days
they had been in talks with Minister of
Transport Fitzgerald Hinds on traffic alle-
viation and security measures.
In the other unrelated incident, police
have launched a manhunt for three men
who robbed and sexually assaulted a preg-
nant Chaguanas woman.
According to a police report, the 24-
year-old woman boarded a black Nissan
Almera, PCJ 4282, at Roopsingh Road,
Couva, around 8.30 pm on Tuesday. Includ-
ing the driver, there were two other male
passengers in the car.
Police said the woman asked to be
dropped in Chagauanas but instead was
taken to Cunupia where the driver and the
other men sexually assaulted her. The
woman was also robbed of $1,000 in cash
and her cellphone.
A report was made to the Cunupia Police
Station. She was taken to the Chaguanas
Health Facility where she was medically
Schoolgirl, 9, jumps out maxi to escape abductor
Manhunt for 3 gang rapists
A 42-year-old man is dead after
ingesting a poisonous liquid following
a domestic dispute on board a PTSC
bus on Tuesday morning at Oropune
Ricardo McNicolls reportedly drank
the poisonous substance after he doused
his former lover with a flammable liquid
and attempted to set her alight on board
the bus shortly before 6 am. However,
he was overpowered by the bus driver
and another passenger.
The 49-year-old victim, who asked
not to be identified, yesterday thanked
God for the bravery of strangers, noting
they saved her from a fiery death. She
said she always feared her attempts to
end their year-long relationship would
The altercation with McNicolls, she
said, which started outside her Oropune
Gardens home ended up on the bus at
the entrance into the HDC residential
The woman said she did not commute
by bus regularly but ran into it after he
threw the liquid on her. She said she
begged the driver to close the door but
he did not react quickly as he was not
aware it was a domestic dispute.
According to an eyewitness, McNicolls
ingested a liquid after he was overpowered
and before the police arrived and arrested
him. The victim said she was contacted
by the man s relatives early yesterday with
the news he had passed away.
When contacted yesterday however,
McNicolls relative refused to comment.
The victim said she had been trying
to end the relationship since last year but
the man refused to accept that.
Last November, she said, she sought
the advice of officers at the Maraval Police
Station, which is a building away from
where she works. She also produced a
slip, confirming an official report for
harassment on December 28, 2015.
She said officers even called his cell-
phone and cautioned him to stop harassing
her but he continued waiting outside her
apartment and left countless voicemail
and text messages on her phone.
PTSC deputy general manager, Carl
Ramdeo, yesterday confirmed the incident.
He said following the incident the driver
continued with his scheduled trip but
later made an official report at the Arouca
Bus driver saves
woman from attack
Reigning Extempo Monarch Joseph "Lingo" Vautor-La Placeliere, second left, shares a photo with some of
his challengers following the qualifying round in the National Extempo Competition at Kaiso House,
Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Monday. From left are Dion Diaz, Phillip "Black Sage" Murray
and Neil "Abebele" Baptiste, who all qualified for the February 4 final. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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