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The bullet-riddled body of a man was found
in a drain in Mt Hope yesterday.
Dead is 25-year-old Kofi Goodridge.
According to reports, residents of Mendoza Lane,
Mt Hope, heard loud explosions on Friday night,
however they did not go out to investigate.
Around 9 am yesterday, Goodridge's body was
found. He sustained gunshot wounds to his chest.
Homicide detectives are continuing investigations.
Unidentified woman struck dead
An unidentified woman believed to be homeless
died after she was knocked down by a car while
crossing on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway near
the vicinity of the Aranguez flyover, yesterday.
Her body lay on the east-bound lane of the highway
for a while before it was eventually removed by the
According to reports, around 4.30 pm a black Nis-
san Tiida was heading east along the highway when
the woman who was attempting to cross the road
was struck. The accident occurred near the walkover.
Police officers said they believe she is in her 50s.
Officers from the Barataria Police Station are con-
After the Children's Authority
was condemned for putting an
abused eight year old in the care
of a relative who could not attend
to her needs, the child has now
been moved to a safe house.
The child was rescued from her
seaside home which she shared
with her grandmother and uncle on
Thursday evening by the Children's
Authority after she admitted to be-
ing sexually molested over the past
year. An 18-year-old woman who
complained about physical abuse
was also removed from the house.
Medical examinations confirmed
the eight year old was sexually mo-
lested and police are now searching
for the suspect.
A team from the authority went to
the house on Thursday and removed
the child when the T&T Guardian
exclusively highlighted her plight.
An anonymous informant report-
ed alleged abuse of the child to the
authority since January 14, but it was
only on Thursday that they visited
After learning that the child was
placed in a safe house yesterday, the
child's grandmother called on the
authorities to return the child to her.
In an interview with the Sunday
Guardian, the 68-year-old woman
wept, saying she cannot imagine
what would have led the child to
keep such a secret from her.
"I used to ask her all the time, if
he (suspect) touching her or inter-
fering with her because I know he
had a case for something like that a
while aback with another relative.
But she always saying no, he never
do anything," the woman said.
The woman said she took care of
the child since she was a day old.
"I used to buy things for she with
my pension, making sure she always
have food and clothes and shoes for
school. She is a child like to eat and
I always used to keep snacks in the
house for her. I don't know if I will
ever get her back. They (police) told
me to pack up her clothes and things
and they would come for it but no
one has come yet."
She said she was concerned that
the child may face an even worse
fate if she is placed in a children's
home or in foster care. "Now I know
I could do better for her, but I don't
know what will happen to she if they
put she in a home...she used to sleep
on my bed every night even though
she have her own room and bed. I
don't know how I going to cope
without this child."
The grandmother said the man
suspected of abusing the child was
a family friend who would visit the
house twice a week "just to check in"
But a source close to the family
is alleging the child may have been
abused by more than one person.
The source said that in addition
to the man pinpointed by the child's
grandmother, a male relative was
also abusing the child.
The Sunday Guardian contacted
the Child Protection Unit but were
told they could not release any in-
formation on whether the suspect
was held. However, a reliable source
told the Sunday Guardian the man
was seen liming in the area on Friday
night and visited the house yester-
AL-RAWI DEFENDS CHILDREN'S AUTHORITY
Speaking to the media at the launch of the Local Government clean-up
campaign in San Fernando yesterday, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said
he found it difficult to believe the Children's Authority had a report of abuse
since January without acting on it.
"Well, I would find it very unlikely that the Children's Authority would be
aware of something and not deal with it.
"And let me tell you why I would say that---firstly, I don't know the facts
of the issue, secondly I am always very cautious to accept stories like that
without a proper investigation," Al-Rawi said.
He also defended the authority, saying a more diligent team could not
He said that no type of abuse must be tolerated.
found in drain
Tribe masqueraders enjoying themselves in the last lap party at the Socadrome yesterday. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
Abused child, 8, sent to safe house
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