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A National Gas Company (NGC) sub-
contractor was found dead at her home
on Friday afternoon by her husband,
stabbed several times about the body.
Angeline Ali, 56, of Papourie Road, Bar-
rackpore, was discovered by her husband
Raffick Ali lying motionless on the living
room floor and covered in blood around 3
pm on Friday.
Raffick, 55, told police he had last seen
his wife alive around 11 am when he went
out to run some errands.
Police suspect it may have been a home
invasion and robbery as $20,000 was also
reported missing from the house.
Angeline had had a sub-contract with
NGC to maintain the grass around NGC
pipelines for the past ten years.
Her eldest son, Alan Ali, told the Sunday
Guardian yesterday that he was working as
a tow-truck driver on Friday when he got
"I got the news and I came straight home
to find out what happened, but I wasn t
allowed to go nowhere near the crime scene,"
Asked about the suggested motive of rob-
bery for his mother s murder, Alan said: "It
seems it was something like that, but the
police are still doing their investigations and
haven t disclosed any information yet."
He described his mother as an angel and
a super mom for the way she took care of
him and his two younger siblings. He said
her murder had left him angry and scared.
"She was a very loving, caring person.
She had no enemies and to know that she
was at her home and something like this
happened? I am very scared and angry...I
hope the police find the people responsible
before I do."
An autopsy is expected to be done at the
Forensic Science Centre in St James tomor-
In an unrelated incident, a 29-year-old
man was gunned down in Belmont on Friday
Police said Jamal George was walking
along Joseph Trace, Upper Belmont Valley
Road, moments after dropping off his girl-
friend around 9.40 pm, when a gunman
approached him and shot him several times.
He died on the spot.
Meanwhile, a Jonestown, Arima man was
According to police, around 1 am residents
of King Street, Arima, heard a gunshot but
no one investigated. At about 7.30 am, how-
ever, the body of Makel Maljobe, 30, was
discovered in a pool of blood by a man
walking along a footpath near the King
The police were notified and a team of
officers from the Arima CID, Northern
Division Task Force and Homicide Bureau
responded. The man appeared to have been
shot in the head. Crime scene investigators
recovered one spent shell at the scene.
Investigations into all three incidents are
The murder toll for the year stood at 71
up to last evening.
CHARLES KONG SOO
A man exhibiting symptoms of the Zika virus was
sent home from hospital even after being told by
doctors that he may "unofficially" have the virus.
Speaking to the Sunday Guardian yesterday, the
Belmont resident, in his 40 s, said after having a per-
sistent fever for the last two weeks and other symp-
toms, including a measles-like rash, red eyes and pain
behind the eyeballs, he went to the Accident and
Emergency Department of the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital on Thursday evening.
The man said: "No blood samples were taken from
me for testing. The doctors told me that they didn t
have the capabilities to test for the Zika virus, they
can only test for dengue fever. They also cannot test
for the chikungunya virus and the doctors said based
on my symptoms, I obviously had the Zika virus.
"What they told me was that they were not too
familiar with the virus as yet. The doctors said they
knew that there is no treatment for the virus and
they can only treat the symptoms."
He said he was given Paracetamol, a pain reliever
and fever reducer, and his blood pressure was also
elevated. He said he was discharged from the hospital
early Friday and was given Piriton for his rash, Norgesic
for muscle pain and additional Paracetamol for his
He said the doctors told him his recovery time
could be a week based on his health condition, since
he had no health complications such as diabetes, was
not elderly and his immune system was strong.
The man said doctors might possibly be sending
patients home even though they might have the Zika
virus because they didn t want the disease to spread
in the hospital. He said he believed the doctors felt
he had the Zika virus because he also contracted the
chikungunya virus last year.
The man said this time around he had a high, per-
sistent fever for which the Paracetamol only provided
temporary relief. He said when he had the chikungunya
virus, he didn t have red eyes or pain behind the eye-
balls, and now he has to take eye lotion every six
The man said a rash broke out with chikungunya
but it was not severe and lasted three days; now he
was taking fluids and the rash was clearing up. The
man said he was also experiencing pain in his joints,
muscles and knuckles, just like the chikungunya virus,
with a lingering fever, dizziness and headaches.
This incident follows confirmation this week of
the first recorded case of the Zika virus in the coun-
try---a 61-year-old woman from Victoria Gardens,
Diego Martin, who tested positive for the virus on
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Clive Tilluckdharry
announced on Friday that there were also two new
suspected cases, a 60-year-old teacher and her son
from the Freeport area, who both exhibited symptoms
of the virus, including fever, headaches and a measles-
Tilluckdharry said their blood samples had been
taken for testing and the Ministry of Health was
awaiting the results.
Contacted by the Sunday Guardian yesterday, Dr
Tilluckdharry said if the account was true, the patient
should not have been sent home without samples
taken for testing.
"The policy is blood samples have to be sent to
Carpha (Caribbean Public Health Agency) through
public health labs. You can t say orally he has Zika
without confirmation," he said.
He said at a media conference at the Health Min-
istry s office on Friday that the Zika virus presented
symptoms similar to dengue and chikungunya.
Tilluckdharry reiterated: "That s why we need to
do blood tests. No one should be going around saying
that they have Zika without confirmation by Carpha."
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A last-minute decision by Vanessa Per-
sad to leave her three-year-old son at home
on Friday night may have saved his life.
Persad, who celebrated her 22nd birthday
on Friday, was supposed to take her son
Elijah Aidan George out to dinner with her,
but changed her mind at the last minute.
Persad s boyfriend, a police officer
attached to the Penal police station, lost
control of his Nissan Frontier pickup and
crashed into a concrete embankment as
they were returning home from the restau-
The accident took place shortly after 10
pm on Friday along the M1 Ring Road, Gol-
conda. The truck flipped onto its side after
hitting the embankment. No other vehicles
were involved. The police officer s name
was not given.
The couple both sustained broken legs
and Persad, the manager of a furniture store
in Penal, has been bleeding internally since
Her mother, Hemwatie Lumlock, said it
was fate that kept her grandson home that
"She was going to carry Elijah with them
for dinner and last minute she came and
told me she don t think she should carry
him again," Lumlock said.
"It was meant to be that way, because
he so small and tiny I don t think he would
have survived that crash."
Lumlock said Persad s right leg was broken
in the accident, while her boyfriend s left
leg was broken and his shoulder dislocated.
Lumlock said she was waiting for an
update from doctors at the San Fernando
General Hospital on her daughter s condition.
Cop, young mother injured in accident
Man with Zika-like
home from hospital
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Little Elijah George gives his mother Vanessa Persad a kiss as she lay on the side of the M1
Ring Road, Golconda, following an accident on Friday night. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Home invasion, robbery suspected as...
NGC contractor stabbed to death
Angeline Ali...found dead in her home at
Papourie Road, Barrackpore, on Friday.
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