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Woman, 26, fatally shot
A romantic drive with his
common-law-wife of over
nine years ended tragically
for Mahase Latchman, 28,
as gunmen opened fire on his
vehicle, shooting his wife and
wounding him during the wee
hours of yesterday morning.
Latchman, in a bid to escape
from the gunfire, sped off.
Realising that his spouse
and mother of two, Dhanmatie
"Amanda" Bachan, 26, was
bleeding heavily, Latchman
drove straight to the Eric Wil-
liams Medical Sciences Com-
plex (EWMSC) in Mount Hope
for medical help.
However, Bachan later died.
Wheeling in grief at his Chandy
Lane home in El Socorro, Latch-
man said he was still in shock and
trying to come to terms with what
happened several hours before.
He said it was just after 1 am
he was driving his silver grey
323 Mazda car east along the
near Courts Megastore behind
a silver Audi car when its driver
suddenly applied the brake.
Latchman said he had to slam
on his brakes to avoid hitting the
back of the Audi. That was when
it all unfolded.
"When I slammed my brakes
I pulled onto the middle lane of
the highway and that is when
the Audi pulled alongside me
and opened fire.
One bullet went through the
trunk of the car and the side, on
Amanda's side was shot up with
bullets. That was when she was
shot. I didn't know at the time
she was shot I just went down on
the gas to speed off from the car,"
"It was only when I sped off I
realised Amanda bleeding and I
just drove straight to the hospital
for help. I didn't even realise that
I was grazed on my right arm. I
was trying to save myself and my
wife," he added.
Latchman told the T&T
Guardian that he wish he knew
why all this happened and added
that he hoped the police would
view footage from surveillance
cameras along the highway in
a bid to track down the car and
Latchman said he and Amanda
decided to leave their two chil-
dren home--- their six-year-old
son and 14-month-old daughter,
and go for a drive to Carenage.
"It was a normal thing for us
to do. We went to lime and then
we went to get something to eat
and we lime again and were on
our way home.
"In fact, I was driving slow be-
cause Amanda wasn't feeling too
well, she had a belly pain. Could
imagine if I was driving hard,
what would have happened? I
would have rammed the Audi
from behind but I feel whoever
was driving wanted me to hit him
in the back," Latchman said.
Latchman described Amanda
as a peaceful and hardworking
He said he promised to now live
for their two children, "I have to
keep strong for them and work
hard to take care of them. I live
for them now."
Officers of the San Juan Police
Station are investigating.
Gunmen open fire at couple in San Juan
Sando man shot
dead on birthday
While waiting for
his girlfriend's moth-
er to prepare a birth-
day lunch for him, off
shore worker Damian
Simmons decided to
pay a quick visit to his
mother's house. How-
ever, this decision cost
him his life.
While on his way to her
home at Union Park East Ex-
tension around 1 pm yesterday, a gunman opened fire on
Simmons at St James Street, Marabella, shooting him on
the head and back. He died instantly. Police said it was
possible that Simmons may have been lured to his death
and then robbed.
Speaking at the crime scene yesterday, Simmon's preg-
nant girlfriend, Megan Sanchez, said she did not know
who wanted him dead.
"He was at home good all the time and then he got a
phone call. I heard him say 'Dawg, ah coming' and then
he left. It was only an hour later that I saw on WhatsApp
that he died," Meagan said, clutching her belly and sob-
bing silently. She said none of Simmons relatives had the
courtesy to inform her that he had died.
Saying that Simmons was looking forward to the birth
of his daughter, Megan said it was possible that Sim-
mons was robbed and killed. She said he was wearing a
thick expensive gold chain before he left home but this
was missing when the police found the body. His wallet
containing his ID card,drivers permit and bank cards was
recovered and handed to relatives. Meagan said Simmons
was not afraid of anyone and did not have enemies.
"He had a good job as an offshore worker with Massy.
He was a good man and I don't know what I will do now
that he is gone," Megan said. She added that Simmons
had been living with her for two years but they were never
married. He had an eight-year-old son from a previous
Meagan's mother Ann Marie Sanchez said Simmons
celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday and wanted to eat
callaloo, baked chicken and potato pie.
"I had already made the callaloo and pie and he was
waiting for the chicken when he got the call," Ann Marie
said. She described Simmons as a hard worker who never
had any issues with others.Just before his death, Simmons
posted a photo of himself and three friends on Facebook.
"This has us shaken up because we do not know why
anyone would want to kill him," Ann Marie said. Police
recovered four spent shells and two live rounds of am-
munition on the crime scene.
The body was viewed by a District Medical Officer
and then taken to the Forensic Science Centre where an
autopsy will be done today. (RS)
RADHICA DE SILVA
Over 30 members of staff will be sent
for medical examination today after the
highly toxic asbestos material, a known
cause of mesothelioma cancer, was dis-
covered at President's House.
This was revealed by the Office of the
President in a media release yesterday, two
days after the Urban Development Corpo-
ration of T&T Limited (Udecott) alerted
President's House officials that asbestos
was found in the vinyl floor tiles within the
laundry lining fabrics storage room.
Despite the hazardous nature of the
asbestos, the Office of the President said
the authorities responsible for renovation
of President's House were tardy in alerting
the Office about the danger.
"What is of grave and critical concern is
that it appears that the authorities responsi-
ble for renovation of President's House have
been aware of this asbestos contamination
for some time but failed to inform and alert
the Office of the President of this hazard,"
the statement said.
As such, arrangements were immediately
made for all workers to be tested within a
three day period to determine whether they
were affected by the asbestos contamina-
Apart from chest x-rays, workers will
be given testing of their blood count, re-
nal function, liver function and possible
spirometry if available at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex.
"Those affected employees who came into
contact with the contaminated area on a
regular basis will commence medical tests
over a three-day period at the Industrial
Medical Unit at EWMSC," the statement
Udecott in a letter sent to the Office of
the President on Thursday said, "Records
provided by the previous Ministry assigned
with the Restoration of President's House
(Ministry of Works and Infrastructure),
indicated that the vinyl floor tiles within
the laundry lining fabrics storage room,
Specific procedures were outlined by
Udecott before the asbestos material could
"Udecott further advised that the logistic
for temporary relocation of affected staff
is being prepared for transmission to the
relevant authority. A specialist team from
Caribbean Industrial Research Institute
(CARIRI) held discussions with personnel
from the Office of the President following
the asbestos discovery and revelation," the
In the event that other parts of President's
House are affected by the hazardous asbes-
tos, the CARIRI team carried out a prelimi-
nary visit of the facilities and committed to
dispatch three technicians from the Indus-
trial Materials Unit -- Metallurgy, to carry
out a detailed inspection of compound.
"The three-member team will first car-
ry out a visual inspection of the different
materials present in the compound and de-
termine which may be a suspect for future
sampling," the statement added.
CARIRI noted that the team will need to
have access to all roofs and ceilings, "since
these materials are prime suspects of con-
taining asbestos fibres. Old visible water
pipes are also of concern."
The Occupational Health and Safety
(OHS) department is also expected to be
alerted about the danger today.
30 staffers to get medical tests
Dhanmatie Amanda Bachan
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos has been recognised for its heat
resistance and insulating properties but was
banned in over 50 countries after research
showed it contributed to cancer and other
The most common way for asbestos fibers
to enter the body is through breathing.
Asbestos containing material is not gen-
erally considered to be harmful unless it is
releasing dust or fibers into the air where
they can be inhaled or ingested.
Many of the fibers will become trapped in
the mucous membranes of the nose and
throat where they can then be removed,
but some may pass deep into the lungs, or,
if swallowed, into the digestive tract.
Once they are trapped in the body, the fibers
can cause health problems. (http://oregon-
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