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push toll to 142
JENSEN LA VENDE
Three more men, including a
Guyanese national and a Maraval
man who was reported missing
last month, have been killed,
taking the murder toll to 141 in
less than 100 days.
In the first case, relatives of
missing electrician Shawndell Glo-
don said he was chopped and shot
and his body wrapped in a sheet.
The 22-year-old father of a two-
year-old son was reported miss-
ing on March 10. On Wednesday,
a fisherman at Paragrant Beach,
off the north coast near Paramin,
found a decomposing body which
was recovered by police on Thurs-
day afternoon. The body was later
identified as Glodon by his mother
through his clothing.
Speaking to the media at the Fo-
rensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday, Glodon's father, Curtis,
said it was prayers from the fam-
ily which helped them get some
He said since his son went miss-
ing he had been praying for his safe
return and while his death was not
what they had prayed for, at least
the family was able to retrieve his
"Prayer does move mountains.
Where that body was, if that fish-
erman didn't go to fish we would
have never find him," the senior
"Last time I saw my son was a
few days before he went missing.
He left by me in La Fillet to look for
a job in Maraval and to stay with
his mother in Paramin."
Glodon added that one of his
son's arms had been hacked off
and he was beaten. Police also told
relatives he was shot in the head.
He added that his last born son
was not involved in anything ille-
gal that might have triggered his
death and a marijuana case he had
was insignificant to suggest he may
have been killed because of drugs.
He said he felt his child may have
seen or heard something that he
should not have and paid with his
In the second killing, a relative of
murdered Guyanese national Raph-
ael "Boy" Collins said his killing has
hastened her decision to return to
The woman, who did not want
to be identified, told the media
that she had spoken to her neph-
ew about his involvement with a
teenage neighbour several times
but Collins ignored her.
She said Collins had been in the
country for just about a year before
he was killed.
According to police reports,
around 9 pm on Thursday, resi-
dents of Old St Joseph Road heard
gunshots and later found Collins
dead in a neighbour's yard. He had
gone there to get his hair combed by
a female neighbour when they were
attacked. The teenage neighbour
told police she ran for her life when
she heard gunshots and returned
later to find Collins dead.
The relative said the killing took
place opposite her home, but she
was only informed an hour later by
She said she had dreamt that two
men and a woman were shooting at
her on Sunday, but it only after her
nephew was killed did she realise
the dream was a premonition of
what was to come.
According to the relative, police
said based on the varying spent
shells, two gunmen attacked her
She is also curious about how her
nephew was killed while seated be-
tween the teen's legs, getting his
hair combed, but the teen escaped
One house away from where Col-
lins was killed, 20-year-old Ayinde
Williams, of Patna Road, St Ann's,
was killed yesterday.
Police said the two killings are
most likely linked but could not
Police said around 2.45 pm a car
drove along Old St Joseph Road and
stopped outside a house Williams
was in. A gunman then opened fire,
killing Williams on spot before the
car sped off.
In the third shooting on Thurs-
day night, which took place around
the same time Collins was killed,
police said they had two possible
motives for the killing of 41-year-
old Mukesh Pooran.
Police reports state that around 9
pm, Pooran, who was released from
prison about three weeks ago, was
approached by a gunman while lim-
ing near his Freeman Street, St Au-
gustine home and shot in the head.
Police said Pooran was involved
in a dispute over land and was also
involved in the illegal drug trade,
adding that one of these may have
led his death.
Pooran's relatives were too dis-
traught to speak with the media
yesterday, but residents told the
T&T Guardian that Pooran had
been warned about selling drugs
in the area as there were "new drug
blocks," but he refused to take heed.
Another resident claimed Pooran
was in a lengthy battle over a piece
of land and suspected this led to his
killing , since his release meant he
would return to occupy the land.
Homicide detectives said they were
working on both theories.
Relatives of Ayinde Williams console each other following his murder at
Old St Joseph Road, Laventille, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Rape suspect to appear in court Monday
A 45-year-old Longdenville,
Chaguanas man who was being
sought by the police for the rape
of a 16-year-old girl has surren-
Police said on March 31 at around 2
pm, the man, a taxi driver plying the
Chaguanas to Port-of-Spain route,
reportedly told the teen, who he had
been hired to transport to school,
spare part for his car.
When he arrived at his home,
however, he grabbed the girl and
forced her into the house where he
He then ordered the teen to get
back into his vehicle and dropped
her off in Port-of-Spain.
The teen reported the matter to
her parents, who took her to the
Chaguanas Police Station.
The man is also being questioned
in relation with other sex crimes, in-
cluding sodomising a 20-year-old
A tracing on the suspect has since
revealed he had five other matters
before the court, including other sex
crimes and a DUI charge.
He is expected to appear in court
Two brothers from Barrack-
pore were yesterday charged
with the murder of former Ca-
roni1975Limited worker Deoraj
Bedassie,52, who went missing
on March 26.
A third suspect, a 20-year-old
woman who had been detained for
questioning, was subsequently re-
Investigating officers from Hom-
icide Bureau in South were also ex-
pected to visit Bedassie's family at
their Black Street, Reform Village,
Gasparillo home last evening.
On Tuesday, Homicide officers
found the charred remains believed
to be that of Bedassie and piece of
a skull in a latrine at the back of a
dilapidated wooden house at Black
But investigating officers re-
quested DNA swabs from siblings,
which will be used to match DNA to
be extracted from the bones found
to determine if the remains are of
Shortly after 11 am on Tuesday,
Homicide officers called in sewer
truck to pump out a latrine and a
nearby cesspit in a neighbour's
yard as they searched for Bedas-
sie's body. The officers said they
were acting on information they
On Monday night, officers from
the Anti-Kidnapping Squad and
Homicide Bureau in South detained
a 24-year-old man for questioning.
His brother and his girlfriend were
On the night of his 52nd birth-
day on March 26, Bedassie had a
confrontation with a man and was
badly beaten. But he was not missed
from the area until Sunday by one
of his nieces.
lor of the Princes Town Regional
Corporation, Chris Hosein, says
he is now making arrangements
to set up neighbourhood watch
groups throughout the district in
the wake of the tragedy.
Hosein urged members of the
community and the public by ex-
tension to "not to remain silent" on
"Don't remain silent if you see
something or strange people com-
ing into the community, or strange
things happening. There are many
avenues to pursue, such as the
police, Crime Stoppers, etcetera,"
He said several weeks ago he
held a meeting with Crime Stop-
pers officials, municipal police and
officials from a private security firm
to discuss the way forward in set-
ting up the neighbourhood watch
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