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Eight months after her husband
was shot dead at their Barrack-
pore home, a 37-year-old traffic
warden appeared in the Princes
Town Magistrates Court charged
with his murder.
Amelia Maharaj is accused of
murdering her husband, Ramcha-
ran Maharaj, 45, a truck driver, on
June 15 last year at their home at
Cunjal Road, Barrackpore.
Initial reports had stated that
Ramcharan Maharaj was at home
with his wife and son when two
masked bandits stormed the house,
robbed them and shot him as they
Last week the accused was
detained by the police and on Mon-
day instructions were given to
charge her with her husband's mur-
der. WPC George laid the charge.
After First Court Senior Magis-
trate Debra Quintyne read the
charge to Maharaj, attorney Martin
Jadunanan informed the court he
and attorney Subhas Panday were
Jadunanan asked for disclosure,
including all statements, interviews,
documentary evidence and infor-
mation about the identification
Maharaj was remanded into cus-
tody at the Women's Prison, Gold-
en Grove, Arouca, to reappear in
court on March 15.
Fiery protest in Moruga over shooting...
killed by cops
Blaming police s "reckless shooting"
for the death of Princes Town cashier
Kenton Keevin Williams on Sunday,
outraged residents demanded justice
as they blocked the Moruga Road with
burning debris yesterday.
Scores of villagers, family and friends
formed a rhythm section as they gath-
ered in the middle of the road at Indian
Walk from 5 am, angered by a news-
paper report in which police identified
Williams as one of the gunmen who
fired shots at them on Sunday.
They said police were not telling the
truth and Williams, 22, of Ramdhanie
Trace, had just left his home in apparent
frustration after it collapsed with him
and his family inside.
His mother, Ann Marie Wells, said
on Monday that her son was shot dead
while on his way to deliver chocolates
to his Valentine.
Villagers said Williams was inno-
cently shot by police after gunmen
opened fire on a neighbour's home.
Speaking at the protest, Williams'
mother said police were yet to meet
with her about her son's death. She
plans to visit the Police Complaints
Authority (PCA) as she called for a
"Nobody has come to notify me on
his death. He was shot from behind,"
Wells said. She also called for assistance
from Moruga/Tableland MP Dr Francis
Williams' cousin, Princess Madina,
said their protest was also to clear his
name. Madina said police saw when
Williams walked by but when gunmen
began shooting, one of the officers ran
behind a parlour and fired a shot.
She added: "I was right there talking
to the police officers and when we heard
the shots, everybody ran. The police
officer ran behind the parlour and start-
ed to shoot. He shot once and the bullet
stuck. He cracked it back and the next
shot fell out on the ground right there
and they found it.
"About 13 jeeps came here the same
night when that incident happened and
they never searched behind the parlour.
The next morning we found the two
Residents of Ramdhanie Trace, Moruga, protest yesterday the killing of Kenton Keevin Williams, inset. PHOTO:
Traffic warden charged with husband's murder
"Keevin walked right behind the
jeep and when he passed the police
were standing right there. The
police saw him pass, I saw him
and they shot him for nothing. He
was just walking and the police-
man thought he was a bandit. On
the papers they said he shot back
but where is the gun?" she asked.
Residents said police came into
Ramdhanie Trace with a man who
had rented a car from a villager
and forgot his wallet in the vehicle.
Madina said after Williams was
shot, the officers got into their
vehicle and drove further into the
trace. They returned 15 minutes
later with their headlights switched
off.Another witness, Davey James,
said they stopped the vehicle and
asked the officers what happened
but they claimed not to know. He
said: "Had we not blocked the
vehicle, they would have escaped
and said bandits."
According to VS Sankar the
gunmen who opened fire while
Williams was passing were shoot-
ing at his house and not the police.
Sankar, who lives near Ramdhanie
Trace, said his wife and a man had
an altercation on Sunday after-
noon. When he approached the
man, he was threatened.
He added: "My wife was drink-
ing and she got a little tipsy. A
man came around my wife and I
put him in place. I told him, Do
not come around my wife, don't
be on that.'
"He said he was coming back
for me in 20 minutes. He left and
within the space of ten minutes,
I heard shots ringing out."
Sankar said when he opened the
door, he saw Williams dead in front
of his house. On Monday, crime
scene investigators removed bullets
from inside his bedroom which is
believed to be from the men who
shot at his house.
With him being labelled a crim-
inal, residents said Williams was
an honest, hardworking young man
who worked at Market City, a pro-
duce depot, to support his mother
and younger siblings. His employer,
Siddiq Mohammed, said he worked
with them for the past three years
and was well liked by customers.
"All I can say about him was
that he was a very good person.
He cashed for us and he worked
with us everyday for the past three
years. It was not to say he had a
bad character. He worked with us
right through. You are hearing that
he was a bandit and that is real
hard to believe. That could never
be possible," Mohammed said.
His co-worker, Kevin Williams,
described him as a respectable and
loving young man. Standing on
the road yesterday, his cousin,
Anton Wells, said: "Look here is
the establishment where the young
man worked. If he was a bad young
man, he would have never had this
support here for him today.
"I am telling you Keevin was an
innocent young man who got shot
behind his head. You know what
they are doing? They are twisting
it in the media, saying he was a
bandit. We wish to clear his name
and his reputation because he did
not deserve to die like that."
Around 8.30 pm Sunday, St
Mary's Police Constables
Rajkumarsingh and Horsford
were on enquiries at
Ramdhanie Trace when they
heard several explosions. The
officers observed three men,
dressed in dark clothing,
pointing guns in their direction.
Fearful for his life, Horsford
fired a shot at the gunmen
who ran into some bushes and
escaped. On checking, the
officers found Williams lying
dead on the roadside with a
gunshot wound to his head.
head of the T&T Police Service,
Ellen Lewis, said the incident
was not yet determined as a
Police said a ballistic test on
the bullet that killed Williams
would determine if he was
shot by police. An autopsy on
Williams revealed he was shot
once from the back of the
The bullet fragmented with a
piece exiting through his eye.
The rest lodged in his brain.
Contacted yesterday, PCA
director David West said once
the family makes a complaint
to them, they would look into
the matter. West said the PCA
also had the power to monitor
police investigations but
wanted the family to give a
statement at its Tower D office
at the International Waterfront
Centre, Wrightson Road, Port-
of-Spain, before the authority
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