Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 29th 2016 Contents A 46-year-old biker
was killed yesterday
when he slammed into
a pedestrian trying to
cross under the
walkover at El Socorro
along the Churchill
According to police
reports, around 7.15 am
yesterday George Wen-
dell Forde was heading
west along the highway
when he slammed into
Forde was thrown off
his motorcycle and
landed several feet away
from the accident.
He died at the scene
while Samuel was taken
to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Com-
plex where he is warded
in a serious condition.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Bullet to the head
Bar owner killed in
An influx of "shady characters" in
the once quiet community of Califor-
nia, Central Trinidad, is what residents
are blaming for the murder of busi-
nesswoman Anisha Ali, who was shot
dead by bandits who raided their bar
Despite the tragedy, Ali's husband
Mustapha said he plans to keep the bar
open, saying that it was what his wife
would have wanted.
The Ali's and their 22-year-old
daughter were working at the Caldrac
Recreational Club Sports Bar and
Lounge along Railway Road when,
around 12.15 am, four men armed with
Speaking at the Forensic Science
Centre yesterday, Mustapha said they
were about to close up and he went
outside to check on an employee who
was loading crates of empty bottles
onto a van.
His wife, 40, went to check on their
daughter. As he opened the door, he
was approached by a masked bandit
who grabbed on to him.
Another began cuffing him on the
side so he held on to both of them and
began shouting "Gunman, gunman."
Two other gunmen were already inside
stealing cash and other items.
However, when one of them came
outside and trained a gun on Ali, he
said he pulled one of the unarmed ban-
dits in the way to shield himself.
"He shot once, but missed and when
she (Ali) opened the door, the bandit
fired at the door and hit her in her
temple. That was the end of the road
and the bandits just ran away. I realised
she got hit so I let go of the bandits so
I could see about her. It was an instant
death," Mustapha said.
The saddened father said despite his
efforts to protect his family, the bandits
were too many to handle alone.
He described Ali's murder as the
worst situation in his life, having been
married to her for 22 years, raising two
daughters, ages 22 and 12. His elder
daughter was not coping well and he
said he was clueless as to how to break
the news to his 12-year-old daughter.
The Ali's live three minutes walk
from the bar, which they leased on Jan-
uary 15, and had never been robbed.
"We will still keep the bar open
because that was what she wanted.
Everyone thought we would have failed
and but we stayed with the bar because
bartending was always part of us. We
used to do it for events and only this
year decided to open the bar."
A resident said yesterday that the
Ali's were warned about the "shady
characters" in the area, adding that a
drug block had developed at the back
of the community centre. He said crime
in the community was definitely on
the increase, despite the many police
patrols by Couva police.
"We have been warning certain peo-
ple of the shady characters they encour-
age in their business places, but some
prefer to look only at making a dollar
rather than the safety of their patrons
"We warned people at the club of
the shady characters going there," the
He said that after Government illu-
minated the recreation ground so that
people could exercise at nights, no one
uses it because it shared a premises
with the bar. He said there was a squat-
ting area in the community and within
recent times, a lot of new people have
moved in, at the same time the crime
rate has been increasing.
"I don't want to blame squatting for
crime, but there is a connection here
with squatters gravitating to area."
Four more murders take toll to 378
JENSEN LA VENDE
An out-patient of St Ann s
who relatives said might have
been killed for "giving talks"
was one of five people murdered
between Thursday night and
According to police reports,
around 11.50 pm Thursday night
residents of Knowles Street,
Curepe, heard gunshots and later
found Shervon Sampson, 28, an
outpatient of St Ann's Psychiatric
He was taken to the Eric
Williams Medical Science's Com-
plex where he died early yester-
Speaking with the media at
the Forensic Sciences Centre, St
James yesterday, Sampson's aunt,
Beverly Maryoung, said her
nephew was discharged about
two months ago from the mental
She said the father of a five-
year-old girl was originally from
Coconut Drive, St Joseph, and
worked as a salesman peddling
pastries and drinks.
In two other unrelated murders
which took place in the Central
Division, police are seeking the
public's assistance to identify one
of the victims, while the other
was described as a "shooter" for
an Enterprise, Chaguanas, gang.
According to police reports,
around 7 am yesterday residents
of Chin Chin Road, Cunupia,
drain. The man had what
appeared to be a bullet wound
to the back of the head. His
hands were tied behind the back
and his feet were bound with a
black cord. In the other killing,
Kerron "Panther" James was
found murdered in his Bhagaloo
Trace, Enterprise, home Thursday
Police said around 7 pm
Thursday residents heard gun-
shots and later found James, clad
in his boxers, dead in his home.
Police said James was a known
shooter for the Unruly Isis Gang
operating out of Enterprise,
His relatives, when approached
at the Forensic Sciences Centre,
were overcome with grief and
could not speak.
And in South Trinidad, a 62-
year-old man died while under-
going emergency treatment at
hospital yesterday after being
shot by bandits at a bar yesterday.
Police said Mohandas Ramasir
of Balisier Avenue, Pleasantville,
was a patron at Sajudeen's Bar
along the Cipero Road, Retrench
Village, San Fernando.
Around 4.30 pm, three gun-
men stormed the bar, looting
cash and other items. It was while
running out of the bar that one
of the bandits fired a shot behind,
hitting Ramasir in the hip.
Police responded and took the
injured man to the San Fernando
General Hospital where he died.
The four killings and that of
businesswoman Anisha Ali, have
taken the murder toll to 378 for
The Caldrac Recreation Club at California, Central Trinidad, where bar owner
Anisha Ali (inset) was killed. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
George Wendell Forde
killed in crash.
Kerron James shot dead.
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