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Guapo man seeks return of beloved cow
Grieving for Girly
Frustrated by police inac-
tion to solve the case of his
stolen cow, a Guapo man
yesterday turned to the me-
dia for help.
Percyval James, 59, said the
loss of his beloved animal has left
him disenchanted and grieving.
He said just over three months
ago, someone drove onto his
property, bundled one of his be-
loved cows, Girly, into a wagon
and took it away.
And although the 59-year-old
man has been trying since then to
get Girly back, he says he is only
being met by brick walls and has
now reached his breaking point.
James said he even took his
complaints to the Office of the
Commissioner of Police in Port-
of-Spain, before being referred
back to the Office of Assistant
Commissioner of Police in San
During an interview at the San
Fernando Bureau of the T&T
Guardian, James said he always
had a love for animals.
Life changed six years ago
when he found a calf barely alive,
still wrapped in it's umbilical
cord, on the side of the road close
to his Parrylands Guapo home.
He said he took the animal home
and was able to nurture it back
to good health. He named that
Morris became a faithful com-
panion, trekking after him as he
did his daily chores and greeting
him everyday when he returned
home from his job as a mud plant
operator at Petrotrin.
In 2013, he saw Girly on a farm
in Penal and after paying $3,000
for her, he took her home to join
James said he was at peace
living with his animals, his wife
and his young son until Decem-
ber 7, 2016 when he got a call that
someone was pushing Girly into
"The same person called the
police and by the time I got home,
the police had made the men take
Girly out of the car and were talk-
ing to them. Then they said they
had to do an investigation as one
of them was claiming ownership
of her and they told the men to
put her back in the car and take
The last time he saw Girly was
on January 7, when he drove past
where she was tied out to graze.
"The police telling me that
my cow lost, that I should go
look for the animal, all kind of
run-around stories and nobody
seems to care that these people
have my cow. She is a member of
my family, I don't mind cows for
meat or to sell; I just prefer their
company over people's."
He wants the police to make
a greater effort to get his Girly
"They (police) could go into
his village and simply ask his
neighbours if he ever has cows...I
feel like they are doing nothing
because I was told he is some
ranking officer's nephew and
they said if he take the cow, it
must be his. I just want Girly
returned home safely."
Percyval James displays photographs of his missing cow 'Girly'
during an interview with the T&T Guardian, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
after shot in head
RADHICA DE SILVA
Already struggling to make ends meet, a family in
South Oropouche is now hoping for a miracle after
the sole breadwinner in their family was shot in
the forehead during a robbery at Ramkal's Roofing
in Penal yesterday.
With a bullet lodged in his head, Rakesh Ramkaran,
27, remained clinging to life at the San Fernando General
Hospital up to late yesterday. Ramkaran was employed
with Travtech Security Services and was only armed
with a baton when he was shot.
Police said around 2.10 am, he was on duty at the
business place at Katwaroo Trace, Penal when a black
B-13 Sentra pulled up.
A witness, who requested anonymity, said two men
came out. They spoke briefly with Ramkaran and then
one of them hit him on the head with a brick. They stole
his wallet and then walked off. As Ramkaran fell on the
ground, one of the men walked back, pointed the gun
at the guard's head and fired. The attacker escaped in
the car. Video surveillance of the shooting was handed
over to police officers.
About half an hour later, a security supervisor came
to the compound to check on Ramkaran and found him
lying on the ground in a pool of blood. Ramkaran was
taken to the Siparia Health facility and then transferred
to the San Fernando General Hospital.
His mother Indra and sister Leena spent most of the
day at his bedside. Leena said doctors could not oper-
ate on Ramkaran immediately and the bullet was still
lodged in his head.
"He is not doing so good. The doctors said he has to
get a brain wash to take out all the clad blood and to-
morrow they will try to operate on him to take out the
bullet," Leena said.
The Ramkarans live in a wooden house at Red Brick
Trace, South Oropouche. Leena said Ramkaran was the
Their father, Rajnanan Ramkaran, suffers with heart
disease while his mother Indra and elder brother Shiva
Ramkaran are unable to work because of disabilities.
Indra was too distraught to speak yesterday.
Chief Executive Officer of Ramkal's Roofing Sterling
Persad said Ramkaran was employed at the facility for
the past year. He said he planned to boost security at
the compound after the shooting.
One of Ramkaran's colleagues described him as a
hard-working and dedicated officer.
"He took his job seriously and he never shirked his
duties," the officer said.
charge for ex-lover
JENSEN LA VENDE
A 22-year-old Lopinot man will re-appear be-
fore an Arima magistrate today charged with
attempting to murder his former girlfriend on
International Women's Day.
Clinton Changar, of Burnley Street, Lopinot, Arou-
ca, was arrested on Tuesday after he boarded a flight
to London on a one-way ticket.
He is accused of beating, choking, stabbing and
throwing Sterla Yorke off a precipice on March 8, off
Senior magistrate Gillian David-Scotland remanded
Changar into custody until today pending a back-
ground check to determine if he had a criminal record
locally or internationally.
It is alleged on the night of March 8, 33-year-old
Yorke, of John Lane, D'Abadie, climbed up a precipice
along the Blanchisseuse Road.
She reported that she had an altercation with a man
she knew who choked her until she became uncon-
scious. She told police she woke up in a precipice.
She managed to make her way up and stopped a
passerby for assistance just around 11 pm, one hour
after she had the heated argument. Yorke police said
remained hospitalised up to yesterday.
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