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Enterprise teen shot dead
Police are investigating two
more gun-related murders
which took place over the last
In the most recent incident,
police said, an 18-year-old Crown
Trace, Chaguanas man was gunned
down yesterday while a teenage girl
standing next to him was injured
and warded in critical condition
According to police reports
around 5.45 pm Nicholas Simon,
was at Easle Avenue, Enterprise,
near a playing field known as Af-
rica Grounds when he was am-
bushed and killed.
Police said Simon and the un-
identified girl and other men
were chatting when two men ap-
proached and opened fire.
In the second murder, which
took the murder toll to 20 for the
year, the dead man, identified as
Anthony Sammy, was cornered
and shot repeatedly by his at-
Sammy was at Bourg Mulatresse
around 2.30 pm on Sunday with
a group of women when three
gunmen approached the apart-
ment complex where they were
On seeing the men, Sammy ran
and was pursued. The men cor-
nered Sammy in an apartment and
Police have labelled the killing
Husband collapses at wife's autopsy
in a flash
RHONDOR DOWLAT &
On viewing the body of his
common-law wife at the Fo-
rensic Science Centre yester-
day, a tearful Mahase Latch-
man collapsed in disbelief and
had to be assisted by relatives.
Up to late yesterday, Latchman,
28, said he was still trying to come
to terms with the fatal shooting of
Dhanmatie Amanda Bachan, 26.
Latchman said he has not slept
since the incident.
Just after 1 am on Sunday,
Latchman was driving his silver
grey 323 Mazda car east along the
Churchill Roosevelt Highway,
near Courts Megastore, behind
a silver Audi car when its driver
suddenly applied the brake.
Latchman had to slam on his
brake to avoid hitting the back
of the Audi.
On swerving to the middle lane
of the highway the Audi drove up
alongside him (on the left lane)
and its occupants opened fire.
In a bid to escape the gunfire,
Latchman accelerated and drove
to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex after he re-
alised Bachan was shot.
Latchman was also grazed by
a bullet on right arm.
"I don't really know what is
happening to me," a distraught
Latchman said in a telephone
He said he could not bear the
sight of Bachan's body and col-
"We were driving back from
Carenage talking about money
for sou sou and money to send
our six-year-old son to school.
And just like that life changed for
me," Latchman said.
Asked how his two children,
his son and 14-month-old baby
girl were coping, Latchman said
"Well my daughter is too young
to understand what is going on
while my son is okay but knows
his mother is not around."
Latchman said his son's teach-
ers visited him and extended their
In giving on update on the
police investigation, Latchman
said he was again interviewed by
investigating officers, however,
the police are yet to make any
breakthrough in the case.
Funeral arrangements are yet
to be made.
Meanwhile, president of Ar-
rive Alive Sharon Inglefield said
they were "deeply disturbed by
the tragic criminal incidents of
She said our "once peaceful
country is plagued by lawless-
ness and people who think they
have a right to commit deeds of
wrongdoing with impunity."
Inglefield said Arrive Alive will
continue to support the T&T Po-
lice Service and the Ministry of
Works and Transport in their in-
itiatives of increased road blocks,
the computerisation of the li-
censing office and the penalty
point system and the installation
of cameras on all the nation's
highways and main roads.
"We support zero tolerance to
any form of breaking our laws
since no one is above the law. Of
note, is the lack of literacy of too
many of our drivers witnessed in
our drivers in educational class-
es, which, no doubt adds to the
frustration and social issues as
well as the delinquent behaviour
being witnessed nationwide," In-
Mahase Lutchman, centre, common-law husband of Dhanmatie Amanda
Bachan assisted by family members after leaving the Forensic Science
Centre yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Another fire at
WASA head office
RHONDOR DOWLAT &
Eleven days after the first an-
niversary of a major blaze that
destroyed the Records Depart-
ment at the headquarters of the
Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA) in St Joseph, another fire
broke out yesterday.
No one was said to be injured.
According to a fire report, at about
1.30 pm workers were conducting
works on the second floor when a
spark from a cutting torch ignited
documents causing a small fire.
According to a release issued by
WASA's Communications Depart-
ment, over the weekend workers
were engaged in clearing debris.
"Even though every precaution
was taken, some combustible ma-
terial was affected by heat from
equipment being used during the
clearing exercise and ignited today
(yesterday)," the release stated.
The building's fire alarm was
sounded and everyone was safe-
ly evacuated while the minor fire
which erupted was quickly extin-
guished using on-site extinguish-
Yesterday, when the T&T Guard-
ian visited the compound workers
were seen leaving --- some walking
out, while others left in their re-
One employee said that she pan-
icked when she heard the blaring of
"When the alarm went off we
heard the words 'fire' and we just
quickly left the building. When I
got outside the building I realised
that the fire broke out on the same
floor that had the major fire last
year around this time. It brought
back horrible memories and panic
I must say," the employee said.
WASA's chairman Romney
Thomas described the blaze as a
"small fire" that occurred as a re-
sult of workers removing debris from
the second floor where the first fire
occurred last year.
"What happened there was cabi-
nets that were filled with some burnt
documents (front the first fire) and
for them to remove (dismantle) the
cabinets they used a cutting torch to
cut open the cabinets," Thomas said.
The sparks from the torch was
what triggered the fire, Thomas said.
He assured that nothing major was
destroyed, "There was no further
damage to what happened last year.
The workers extinguished the blaze
before the fire officers responded."
Thomas said there was still work
to be done on that floor which will
In a T&T Guardian article dated
January 11, 2016, acting Deputy
Chief Fire Officer Kenny Gopaul
indicated that they did their in-
vestigations with the first fire and
realized that it was not accidental.
The Fire Division has since for-
warded their findings to the St Jo-
seph Police Station.
Three months after the first fire
the police received the Fire Services
report and had said then that their
investigation was near completion.
WASA employees walk off the compound after a fire at the Records
Department at the headquarters in St Joseph yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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