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Two handguns --- a Perfecta Luger 9mm and a
Blazer Luger 9 mm --- were recovered by Crime
Scene Investigators outside the 5k Mini Mart and
Car Wash in Enterprise, Chaguanas, where reputed
gang leader Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, one of his
assailants, Thomas "Hamza" Sharpe and his cus-
tomer Kevin Escayg were killed last Sunday.
This was revealed to the T&T Guardian by a police
source who referred to the official police report on
the killings. It is believedthe handguns belonged to
Alexis and Sharpe, the source said.
However, the police source explained although the
guns and several spent shells (from bullets from the
handguns), castings, projectiles and fragments were
recovered on the scene, it was not possible to do
ballistic testings as yet.
"According to the type of crime and the high profile
nature of the case and considering other factors of
the volume of previous crime cases and the backlog
of work, ballistic testings could take a while. The
results could be longer, from days to weeks or to
months, to be obtained," the source added.
Asked how Alexis and Escayg were killed, the police
source said it was believed they were by a high velocity
military assault rifles believed to be an AR15.
The theory that Alexis and Escayg were killed by
a military assault weapon was also backed up yesterday
by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, Alexandrov said
his forensic investigations had found that Alexis and
Escayg were hit by one shooter, who Alexandrov said
had to be "a very good marksman." He said Alexis
was shot just above the right eye and Escayg was
shot in the left eye.
"Robo was shot one time. A very small exit just
to the corner of the right eye and where the bullet
exited it caused the head to explode in pieces, which
tells me it was from a high velocity military assault
rifle. He was killed instantaneously, part of his brain
was simply blown away," Alexandrov said.
He added: "Kevin was shot in the left eye. One
wound. The bullet entered but did not exit. It was
fragmented into 14 small fragments. I know because
I conducted an X-ray. The fragments were impossible
to recover. To shoot so precisely to the heads of Robo
and Kevin, the shooter would have taken target prac-
"All focus were in front of the face which tells me
that his shooter was in front of him, which means
the bullet travelled face-to-face in front of him. Only
one shooter, which was Robocop", for him to get six
to the head and one to the neck... seven in front...
I would think that when he (Hamza) turned around
he was again shot in the left leg and buttock and he
fell right there and died.
"In my opinion, Robo shot Hamza but Robo
and Kevin were shot by someone else who maybe
was in a car close by, to the side of them."
There were three men in a car which pulled up at
the scene as members of the Unruly ISIS gang staged
an ambush against Alexis.
It is believed one of the men in the car shot Alexis
and Escayg. Sharpe was said to be a senior member
of the gang and had walked into the carwash before
his crew to distract Alexis who recognised him.
Asked if any ballistic testings of the evidence gath-
ered at the scene were done at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, Alexandrov said: "I don t know.
I m shocked myself. They were killed on Sunday and
today there is a report saying that ballistics testings
were done which is impossible. It wasn t so."
Imbert again pledges sensible Gate cuts...
Finance Minister Colm
Imbert says the Government
just cannot continue to spend
$700 million on the Govern-
ment Assisted Tuition for
Expenses (Gate) programme.
Speaking during yesterday s
post-Cabinet news conference
at the Office of the Prime Min-
ister, St Clair, he insisted: "We
have to reduce that figure."
Imbert reminded that Gate
was introduced by the People s
National Movement (PNM) in
2004 when he was minister of
science and tertiary education.
He said the Cabinet would not
be uncaring to the needs of stu-
dents and the country when
dealing with the issue.
"We are going to be practical.
We are going to be sensible. We
are going to be compassionate.
We are not going to do anything
whimsical, we are not going to
do anything irrational, we are
not going to do anything that is
going to hurt anybody."
He said the review by the Gate
Task Force was intended "to
bring the programme back to its
original moorings, make it fit
for purpose while ensuring that
no one is disadvantaged as a
result of the final decision of
Confirming he read the report,
Imbert said among its recom-
mendations were that all qual-
ifying students pay one third of
the economic tuition cost, post-
graduate programmes should be
excluded and an age limit and
means test should be estab-
He reiterated Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley s claims on
Wednesday that the entire
review was "aimed at trying to
cut out over-expenditure, waste,
mismanagement and abuse
within the programme."
He said another recommen-
dation was that people should
only be allowed funding for one
degree programme and should
not be allowed to move from
programme to programme.
"These are simply recom-
mendations. We are going to
look at them very carefully. The
objective of the reform is to cut
out the abuse and the waste but
to ensure that no one is denied
tertiary education simply
because of their inability to pay
for it," he said.
"So if it is determined that
someone would not be able to
study if they did not get financial
assistance, then arrangements
will be made to accommodate
that person," he added.
Imbert said the Cabinet
should make its decision in the
next two weeks with the hope
changes would be implemented
in the new academic year.
He said a statement on the
level of expenditure the country
could afford to spend on Gate
would also be made in the 2016
Imbert also said Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi s claim
that the State was being owed
$12 billion in taxes by businesses
was not correct. He said the fig-
ure being owed was about $2
billion and the Government
hoped to collect about $500 mil-
lion in the tax amnesty this year.
Imbert also said the legal
requirements to pay the $1 mil-
lion to the beneficiaries of mem-
bers of the protective services
and Defence Force who have
died on duty is almost complete.
one of his pan
classes at the
Arts Camp, St
Nobody will be hurt by action
yet on guns
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