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Teacher killed by bus on PBR
Aspiring soldier gunned down in front of his son
JENSEN LA VENDE
Before snuffing his life out,
the killer of a Maloney man
granted him one last merciful
act by allowing him to put down
his 13-month-old son.
Police said the child stood crying
after hearing the shots that ended
Daniel Voisin's life and was picked
up by neighbours who after hear-
ing what they presumed were fire-
crackers heard the child screaming
and saw him standing near his slain
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited Building 19, Maloney Gar-
dens, yesterday, the child, Daniel
Voisin Junior, was in the arms of
his grandmother, Kathy-Ann Mor-
ris-Nottingham, smiling, playing
and sipping on orange juice.
Police said around 7 am they re-
sponded to a report of a shooting
in the area and when they arrived
found Voisin murdered just out-
side his apartment located on the
Police said Voisin, 21, an aspiring
soldier following in the footsteps
of his father, was killed after a man
from the area threatened him and
a group of other men last Thurs-
day for an incident that took place
Police said the suspected killer
attacked Voisin yesterday because
he knew he was a soft target. Voisin,
who police admitted was not in-
volved in criminal activity, was
with a group of men liming when
two of the men pulled guns for the
relatives of the suspected killer.
Last Friday, police conducted a
six-hour lockdown of the Maloney
area and arrested eight people.One
of them was said to be a known
gangster who lived in the same
area with Voisin and who police
suspected is the "protector" for the
area against warring neighbours.
With the man in custody the kill-
er took the opportunity to attack
Voisin who was conducting his
morning ritual of walking his son
before he left for work.
The bad blood between the killer
and Voisin began in August, police
said, as the shooter suspected that
Voisin witnessed the killing of fel-
low resident, Akile Garcia, 26, who
died at hospital after being shot on
August 15. Police believe Voisin
was first targeted because he was
not one to be known to have a gun
and most likely unable to defend
Speaking with the media yester-
day Voisin's mother, Gisele Mo-
hammed, said her son was awaiting
a court matter to be dismissed so
that he would be accepted into the
Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.
She added that her son was in-
volved in a fight nearly two years
ago and the matter was before the
court. She said the victim did not
want to pursue the matter and
they were just awaiting the offi-
cial dismissal so he could move on.
Outside of that her son has a clean
record and was a member of the
Maloney Pacers in the Hoop of Life
Voisin's coach, Christopher
Jackson Charles, who visited the
scene also confirmed that he was a
basketball player who put practice
and playing on pause after the birth
of his son.
A 47-year-old pre-school
teacher from Arima died after
she was knocked down by a
Public Transport Service Cor-
poration (PTSC) bus in an early
morning accident in Tunapuna
At around 8 am, Sita
Yorke-Warner, of Pinto Road,
Arima, was attempting to cross
the Priority Bus Route (PBR) near
St John's Road, St Augustine, when
a PTSC bus driving in the east-
bound lane knocked her down.
Yorke-Warner was on her way
to the pre-school in St Augustine
where she taught. She was pro-
nounced dead at the scene by a
district medical officer (DMO).
The driver of the buswas in-
terviewed by police before being
allowed to leave the scene. Investi-
gators seek guidance from Office of
the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) on whether charges should
be laid in the matter.
In an interview at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yes-
terday morning Yorke-Warner's
former husband, Ian Warner, said
relatives were still trying to find out
"From what was explained to me,
she was crossing in between two
parked cars and as she stepped out,
the bus hit her," he said.
Warner described his former
wife, with whom he had three
children, as kind and good spirited.
"Even though we were not to-
gether anymore, she is still one of
the best woman I have ever known,"
PTSC general manager Ronald
Forde said the corporation's board,
management and staff were all
"taken aback" by the "very un-
"PTSC has arranged for the driv-
er to receive counselling from our
Employee Assistance Programme
As we speak, a representative
from the PTSC is trying to locate
her family to express our condo-
lences," Forde said.
Yorke-Warner's death raised the
road fatality toll for the year to 112.
for slain teen's
Officials of the Police Com-
plaints Authority (PCA) want to
contact relatives of teenager Jo-
siah Ramsahai in connection with
an investigation into his death.
The PCA confirmed in a statement
yesterday that an investigation been
launch into the incident last Friday.
Ramsahai, 15, of Dookie Trace, Tuna-
puna, was reportedly killed in an al-
leged shoot-out with police at Main-
got Road. However, his relatives have
disputed these reports and claim the
teen was murdered.
Police said officers responded to re-
ports that a man with a gun was seen at
Maingot Road at around noon. There
was a shoot-out ensued and Ramsahai
was injured. He later died at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
(EWMSC), Mt Hope.
Police claimed a 9 mm pistol recov-
ered at the scene belonged to Ramsa-
hai who was out on bail from the St
Michael's Home for Boys for several
offences, including possession of arms
and narcotics, rape and larceny.
His family claimed reports had been
made to the PCA but threats made
against the teen by two police officers.
In response, the PCA wrote: "The
PCA wishes to advise that to date, no
complaint has been lodged in regard
to this incident.
"The PCA has initiated an investiga-
tion. We ask that Ms Ramsahai come
into the PCA to provide any infor-
mation relevant to the investigation.
Additionally, we are asking for any wit-
nesses to or persons with information
on or regarding the incident to kindly
contact the PCA."
No breaches will be tolerated
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams is warning the
public that they will not tolerate
any breaches of the law during the
rallies and meetings being held in
the run-up to the Local Govern-
ment elections next Monday.
Speaking with reporters at the Po-
lice Administration Building, Sackville
Street, Port-of-Spain, Williams gave
the commitment that the TTPS would
continue to support all political parties
participating in the election campaign.
He added: "We provide a police
presence and support at every single
event that we are aware of and we will
continue to so do. We extend ourselves
over the period of election and will
continue to do that."
Warning that "we are not changing
the policing posture that we would
have adopted for Local Government
elections," Williams said part of the
challenge was "about reaching out."
He said: "Political parties have a re-
sponsibility to address issues around
their supporters and they must be
responsible enough to publicly tell
their supporters that they expect a
certain kind of behaviour at political
Adding that they were looking for-
ward to hearing this clear position in
the coming days, Williams said the
message ought to be that "T&T does
not condone any form of violence or
threats in elections. It is not our tradi-
tion and should not be in our present
Addressing officers and civilians
during a cheque handing-over cer-
emony, Williams urged both catego-
ries of persons to join hands and work
together to promote peace and unity
Applauding the North West Region
for its foresight in introducing the
fundraiser, dubbed "Police Men Can
, back in 2014, Williams said
the annual event had ballooned into a
popular offering which had served to
break down barriers among the various
ranks of personnel.
Confident that next year's edition
would feature more innovative ad-
ditions, Williams said policing also
required innovative solutions.
Proud that the men and women
serving under him had sought to "re-
distribute" the wealth they had real-
ised from the venture, Williams said
the goodwill gesture was testament to
the TTPS' efforts to always support
each other and the more vulnerable
Ten police youth clubs, four
non-government organisations and
two female officers were presented
with cheques totalling $44,000 yes-
ACP John Richardson who heads
the North West Region praised his
predecessor, ACP Vincent Edwards, for
conceptualising the idea and pushing
to have it materialise into reality.
He said the venture could be used
as one way to bridge the gap between
lawmen and the public, as well as im-
prove the networking skills of officers
both internally and externally.
The youth clubs that received
cheques included Goodwood, Guai-
co, San Raphael/Brazil, Maracas Bay,
Maraval/Paramin, St Clair, St Marga-
ret's, Morne Diablo, Enterprise and Las
Organisations included the Lady
Hochoy Home, St Mary's Children's
Home, Vitas House Hospice and the
Sylphil Home of Love in Tobago.
Two female officers who lost their
homes during separate fires earlier
in the year were also presented with
cheques. (Anna-Lisa Paul)
(See PageA 6)
Acting CoP on election rallies, meetings:
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