Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 19th 2017 Contents he had left his bag. When Rodri-
guez realised the door was locked,
Thomas said, he began hitting the
glass and was asking loudly for his
bag. He said that triggered the en-
tire incident because the car either
belonged to the policeman or his rel-
ative. The officer, who was dressed
in a three quarter pants and jersey,
came from inside the bar. Thomas
said Rodriguez and the policeman got
into a heated argument and when he
(Thomas) tried to part them, the po-
liceman collared him and allegedly
whipped out his gun.
During the melee, he said, the of-
ficer pushed Rodriguez and Rodri-
guez slapped the officer. "Like he
did not like how he get slap in front
of everybody. The officer shoot and
I just push my brothers away. He
(Rodriguez) hear the first shot and
he run and my next brother get shoot
in his hand."
Thomas said his brother was shot
about eight times. "I was shouting
call an ambulance and people were
laughing. My brother was bawling in
pain. He tell me 'don't leave me, stay
Thomas claimed the officer nev-
er identified himself as a policeman.
When the other police officers ar-
rived, he said they took his brother to
the hospital in the police vehicle. He
said the officer who shot Rodriguez
was allowed to leave, but he returned
20 minutes later.
Rodriguez's father, Patrick Wick-
ham, called for justice. "He was my
nicest son. He was a real loving
person, a girls man. We want to see
justice, but I know we will not get
no justice. This going to dead just
like how he dead," said the father
of ten. An autopsy is expected to be
performed tomorrow at the Foren-
sic Science Centre in Port-of-Spain.
Moruga police are investigating.
Claxton Bay man shot in head
A young man was shot twice in
the head after being chased by two
gunmen in Claxton Bay yesterday
morning. Hours later, Keith Fran-
cis, 20, succumbed to his injuries at
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex in Mount Hope.
According to a police report,
around 10 am, Francis was at his
workplace at a scrap iron yard near
Lodge Road when he was accosted
by the two men. He ran onto the
main road while being chased by
the gunmen, who followed him into
a resident's yard where they shot him
twice in the head.
When the Guardian visited his
home, no one was there as they had
all gone to the hospital. San Fernando
Homicide Bureau detectives are
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'Colm must explain
Minister Colm Imbert owes
a duty to the population to say
what he intends to do with the
$ 1.7 billion (TT) that was re-
moved from the Heritage and
Stabilisation Fund (HSF).
This is the view of former ener-
gy minister Kevin Ramnarine in a
brief statement yesterday.
Yesterday, the Ministry of
Finance announced that Gov-
ernment was making its second
drawdown in less than a year from
The ministry assured that the
financial standing of the fund is
sound, as in the ten months since
money was first withdrawn, the
fund had been able to recover to
close to its original value.
Ramnarine said while the release
indicated the money would be used
to support the Public Sector In-
vestment Programme (PSIP), there
was no explanation of what spe-
cific projects would be supported.
"Given that drawing down form
the HSF is tantamount to decapi-
talising the country, the Minister
of Finance should say what new
capital stock would be created
using this TT $1.7 billion."
In an interview yesterday
evening, former trade minister
Vasant Bharath expressed con-
cern over the decision to draw
down from the fund.
"The HSF is a last resort as far
as any country is concerned. It was
set up to set aside funds for future
generations. You would have to ex-
haust all other possibilities before
you dip into the fund," Bharath said
in an interview.
Bharath said drawing money out
of the fund sent a signal to the in-
vesting international community
that T&T was having problems.
"I don't believe it is the proper
thing to have done. They have not
demonstrated to the population
that they have a plan to attract
local and foreign investment or
to lend a level of confidence to
the investing community."
Bharath said drawing down from
the fund was an "easy thing to do".
The family of a 24-year-
old man who was fatally shot
by an off-duty police officer
during an altercation near a
Moruga bar yesterday morn-
ing is calling for an investi-
gation. Relatives are claiming
that Miguel Rodriguez was
running away when he was
shot, while the police officer
is claiming that he was at-
tacked by Rodriguez and his
brother Saran Thomas, 29,
who was injured in the melee.
This incident comes less than
48 hours after the police shot
and killed Paul Marchan, 30, a
mentally ill patient, after he re-
portedly attacked a family mem-
ber and tried to stab two police
officers at Richplain, Diego
According to police reports,
around 2.30 am yesterday, an
off-duty special branch police-
man attached to Prime Minis-
ter's escort, was liming at a bar
when he got into an altercation
with Rodriguez and another
man. The men, the report al-
leged, began beating the officer
who became fearful for his life
and discharged his gun.
Rodriguez, a lorry loader at
the San Fernando City Corpo-
ration, died at the San Fernan-
do General Hospital while his
brother, who was shot on his
arm, remained warded in a stable
condition up to late yesterday.
Speaking at his Fifth Com-
pany, Moruga, home, Allister
Thomas, 28, who witnessed the
shooting incident, said he and
his brothers were liming on the
He said Rodriguez, who had
been drinking, mistakenly took
a car for his friend's car in which
Newborn baby girl
thrown over wall
The T&T Police Service (TTPS)
is asking for the public's help after
an El Socorro family discovered
the body of a newborn baby girl
in their yard yesterday morning.
Members of the TTPS is seeking
help to find the baby's mother.
Reports are that shortly after 8
am, residents living at an apartment
building on El Socorro Road Exten-
sion, discovered the body of the baby,
which was unclothed, laying on the
grass at the back of the building.
The residents contacted the police,
who later arrived at the scene along
with the District Medical Officer who
pronounced the baby dead.
Despite attempts to get informa-
tion, residents at the house refused
to speak to the media.
Police confirmed to reporters that
the body was that of a newborn fe-
male, with an estimated birth time
of a few hours.
They dismissed questions that
someone at the house was responsi-
ble, adding that none of the residents
had been recently pregnant.
Police believe the baby had been
thrown over the wall sometime during
the night or during the early hours of
Investigators went to the Barataria
Health Centre to ascertain if there
were any pregnant women from the
area attending clinic so that people
could be interviewed.
Off-duty cop kills one, injures another
Police are expected to ap-
proach Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) Roger
Gaspard with evidence they
have gathered in connection
with the murder of Woman
Police Constable Nyasha Jo-
Gaspard is expected to peruse
the evidence and make a deter-
The main suspect is a 39-year-
old labourer who is believed to
have been in a close relationship
Police have until tomorrow to
lay any charge against the prime
suspect, who has been in custody
since last week Friday. His law-
yers have argued a habeas corpus
motion, which prevents him from
being detained for an unspecified
period without charge.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old-
man, who surrendered to police
on Wednesday night, has denied
any involvement in the murder of
the young police woman.
Sources also revealed yester-
day that a 36-year-old Carenage
woman and another Sea Lots man
have also denied any involvement
in the killing. Two other people
who had been detained were re-
leased on Friday.
Joseph, 22, who was assigned
to the Morvant Police Station,
had only been working in the
Police Service for four months
at the time of her death. She
went missing on March 9 after
leaving her home at Marie Road,
Morvant, reportedly to attend to
The mother of one never re-
turned home and calls to her
cellphone went unanswered.
Cops to go to DPP with
evidence in WPC murder
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