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Despite neighbours climbing a ladder
and hosing a raging fire, pensioner Fyzool
Mohammed suffered a cruel fate when he
burned and died inside his Diamond Village
home on Thursday night.
Mohammed, 73, who suffered from
Alzheimer s, was last seen standing in the
middle of his bedroom, trapped by the fire
which residents believe started in the kitchen.
His son, Marlon Mohammed, 39, tried
desperately to get him out of the house, but
according to their neighbour Ramesh Ram-
charitar, the fire was too intense.
Reports stated that the father and son
were asleep at their Picton Road, Picton
Settlement, home when around 10.30 pm,
Marlon, a machinist, was awakened by a
On realising the house was on fire, he
rushed to his father s room but was blocked
by the flames.
Mon Repos Fire Services were called in,
but by the time they arrived the house was
already gutted. Cpl Ifill, CSIs Mohammed
and Goolcharan also visited the scene where
they along with fire fighters found
Mohammed s burnt remains among the
When the T&T Guardian visited yester-
day, Marlon was asleep at a neighbour s
home. Ramcharitar said Mohammed, a for-
mer truck driver at Caroni (1975) Ltd, stood
little chance of surviving the fire.
Ramcharitar said he was at home watch-
ing wrestling on television when he heard
an explosion and looked across to saw the
back of Mohammed s house on fire. He said
he rushed out to call Marlon, who was
already searching for his father.
"He was looking for his father in the
building but when the fire spread, he ran
out. He really tried to get his father out but
the fire was too much. Neighbours came
with a ladder and hose to try to get him
out because he did not know where to go.
"When the guy climbed the ladder, he
saw him (Mohammed) standing in the bed-
room. He was awake but we could not reach
to him. Fire services came within 25 minutes
but the building was already gone," Ram-
Mohammed s tenant Franklin Ramdhan
also lost everything in his ground-level
apartment. In fact, the only items that were
not destroyed were a washer, dryer and a
few clothes that were hung on a line under
More than 30 people, including parents
and students, were taken to the St Joseph
Police Station following a brawl between
female students of the St Joseph Secondary
School outside the school yesterday.
Around 8.30 am the police responded to
the report of a brawl outside the school.
There they found a large group of people
screaming and students fighting.
The fight, which happened between Form
Four and Form Three students, apparently
started when a student s phone was stolen.
One group of students beat up another female
student, and her friends joined in the fight.
Meanwhile, the police stated, the parents
were all arguing. In total 32 people were taken
to the St Joseph Police Station---nine students
and 18 adults.
Two of the adults, including one 20- and
one 22-year-old woman, were physically
involved in the fight, police said.
Five students were suspended for the fracas,
and school officials are still carrying out their
All the other people were released, but they
may still be charged pending the completion
of the school s investigation, the police probe
and the submission of medical reports.
After a man had bitten off
a piece of his landlord s ear
on Wednesday night, he
reportedly dangled the bloody
part in front of neighbours
telling them he was going to
"Ah feel I would eat it yuh
know. Ah wonder if it taste like
chicken," he asked.
Up until yesterday, the trou-
blesome tenant that landlord
Edmund Sinanan had been try-
ing to evict remained at large.
The landlord is still warded at
the San Fernando General Hos-
pital, in a stable condition.
According to a neighbour,
the tenant who lives with a
woman and two children sold
illegal drugs on the premises
and had been ordered to leave
several times by the landlord.
However, they said each time
he would threaten to kill the
landlord. On Wednesday
evening, Sinanan returned
home and saw the suspect
standing in the yard. An argu-
ment broke out between them.
Sinanan s wife rushed out to
calm the argument but the
suspect pushed her to the
ground and then floored
Sinanan, beating him on the
After holding onto Sinanan s
head and biting off some of his
ear, he held the piece of ear in
his hand and threatened to eat
it. He then picked up a shovel
and charged towards Sinanan,
threatening to kill him.
But then he turned instead
and ran towards the woman
who ran into her home and
locked the door.
When he could not reach
her, he went across to a neigh-
bour, showing off the ear like
Police said the man seems to
be mentally unstable and they
will arrest him soon. (KF)
as fire guts home
Ramesh Ramcharitar looks at the ruins of the home where pensioner Fyzool Mohammed died in a fire at Picton Settlement, Diamond
Village, San Fernando, on Thursday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Police hunt ear biter
detained by police
over stolen phone
A 39-year-old man of San Fernando was shot
and wounded outside a known brothel, in Chase
Village, Chaguanas, early yesterday.
Reports indicate that Sherwin Hazelwood, of
Cocoyea Village, San Fernando, was coming out of
his vehicle around 2 am, when he was accosted by
two men armed with guns.
They demanded the keys to his vehicle and when
he resisted he was shot on the left side of his chest.
The men escaped in a waiting vehicle. Hazelwood
remains warded at the Mt Hope Hospital.
Chaguanas police are continuing investigations.
Man shot outside brothel
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