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Police officer robbed at gunpoint
Quick action by Black Rock
villagers and police from the Old
Grange station saved the life of a
Tobago police officer yesterday.
According to reports, PC Wendell
McPherson, of Black Rock, was in his
kitchen around 1 pm, when bandits
stormed his home and announced a
hold up. Sources say one man held
a gun to his head, while two others
ransacked his home in search of cash
and valuables. On realising he was
a police officer, the men demanded
he hand over his government-issued
firearm but he refused.
Police said the officer then fought
with the gunman and escaped
through a back door, jumping some
distance to get away. He injured his
leg in the process.
The T&T Guardian was told villag-
ers heard the commotion and called
Officers on patrol in the area at
the time responded and with the
assistance of the villagers appre-
hended the men.
McPherson was taken to the Scar-
borough General Hospital nursing in-
juries to his leg and was still warded
in a satisfactory condition last night.
Three of the four men, said to be
from Trinidad, were detained, while
the search is on for the fourth sus-
pect. Some $1,100 in cash and two
cellular phones were taken from
McPherson. The firearm used in the
robbery was also recovered.
Old Grange police are continuing
Man, 68, shot by cop aiming at bandits
A San Fernando City Police
officer in pursuit of two bandits
who were escaping with over $.2
million in jewelry from a robbery,
shot a Los Bajos pensioner twice
by mistake yesterday.
Samuel George, 68, is currently
warded in stable condition at the San
Fernando General Hospital (SFGH)
after being shot in the shoulder and
According to reports, the two men
entered Mohan's Jewellers on Mu-
curapo Street, San Fernando, around
11 am and announced a hold-up.
One of the men was armed with a
gun which he pointed at the store's
two proprietors. His accomplice then
pushed aside a glass display case, went
under the burglar proofing and began
snatching items off the top display
shelf of the showcases. He was able to
grab gold and diamond rings, watches
and chains before they both ran out the
store and onto the busy street.
Neither man was wearing a mask
and they were described as being of
African descent, both around five feet
ten inches tall and dark skinned.
The T&T Guardian was told that a
City Police officer on patrol saw the
commotion and fired two shots at the
men, but instead hit George who was
walking on the side-walk twice.
Up until late yesterday, police were
reviewing closed-circuit television
(CCTV) footage to try to identify the
men. ---Sharlene Rampersad
Traffic pile up as...
UNC protests for hospital
For the first time since it was
commissioned in 2015 the Couva
Children's Hospital was abuzz
with activity yesterday, as pro-
testers gathered at the entrance
calling on Government to open
the $1.5 billion facility.
Although the protesters marched
from the Preysal Recreation Ground
to the hospital under the close watch
of Central Division and Highway Pa-
trol officers, there was heavy "maco"
traffic congestion for over 90 minutes.
Leading close to 500 people during
the march, Opposition Leader Kam-
la Persad-Bissessar noted an excerpt
from the Welch Report on the region-
al health authorities which stated
the hospital was a "fact of life" and
should be utilised. As she called for
the report to be made public, she said
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh
must also state the cost of preparing
the document and list the members
of the Welch committee.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley said Government was
reviewing proposals for the opera-
tion of the hospital that could attract
Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar said
the Government must make a com-
mitment that no citizen would have
to pay to use the hospital.
"While the Government is speak-
ing of public/private partnership,
they must give the assurance that the
hospital, built with the money of the
taxpayers, the people of our country,
that it will be used for the benefit of the
people and children," she said.
She also said Rowley's labelling of
their protest for the hospital's open-
ing and against the Brian Lara Crick-
et Academy was nonsensical. Rowley
had labelled as "racial dotishness" the
Opposition's claim that Government
wanted to include Indian batting leg-
end Sachin Tendukar's name on a suite
at the facility as an attempt to sanitise
the controversy surrounding its open-
ing. But Persad-Bissessar said when it
comes to playing the race card, Rowley
"I have listened to the Prime Min-
ister on several occasions. It appears
that when the Prime Minster cannot
get his way we are reminded and guid-
ed by former prime minister Manning
what happens: He descends into pro-
fanity. It was really profane language
that he uses when he cannot get his
own way and so he is upset about what
"He is upset that there are people
who are against what he is doing or
not doing. Therefore what does he
do, he descends into some nonsensi-
cal statement about dog whistle and
racial dotishness, when in fact he is
the prime dog whistle-blower when it
comes to pulling the race card."
She added: "Our concern is with
that stadium and this hospital. The
stadium had nothing to do with race,
it was all about the safety and security
of that structure so I will not go into
the profanity as he had because we will
continue to use the power of the people
to achieve the end for the benefit of
the people of Trinidad and Tobago."
Woman with bag over head took own life
Sewhroni Mohan, the
38-year-old Mafeking Village,
Mayaro woman who was found
dead at her home on Thursday,
committed suicide, according to
Mohan was found dead on her bed
by husband Dave Rampersad on his
return from work around 10.30 am
Thursday. The woman had a gar-
bage bag over her face.
Speaking with the T&T Guardi-
an yesterday, pathologist Dr Valery
Alexandrov said he thoroughly ex-
amined Mohan's body for over an
hour, both internally and externally,
and concluded that she died from
He based on the fact that nothing
of value was missing from the home
and her body showed no signs of
struggle, coupled with the fact that
none of her valuables were touched
and her clothing was unflinched,
he believed her death was self in-
Mohan, according to relatives,
had recently rekindled her relation-
ship with her husband and had been
the sole survivor of an accident two
years ago which claimed the lives
of four people along the Naprima/
In an unrelated incident, the pris-
on officer found dead at his home
on Thursday afternoon died as a
result of a congenital heart disease.
Virgil Gooding, 40, was found
dead at his St James Street, Mar-
abella home around 3.45 pm on
Thursday. Gooding, who was
described to be in good physical
health, died shortly after exercising.
Alexandrov said his disease was
undetectable by clinical check-ups.
Video of couple having sex in car goes viral
I ran them 2 weeks
ago, land owner
A property owner fed up with
people using his premises for
their secret trysts confronted an
offender, filmed the confrontation
and posted the video on social me-
dia. Yesterday, he said frustration
made him do it.
The incident occurred on Thursday
around 9.30 pm on the compound of
Carl Hoi Pong's Nia Valley Estate in
Hoi Pong yesterday told the T&T
Guardian this was not the first time
he had caught people having sex on
He said the offenders do not only
trespass, they also litter - leaving be-
hind used condoms, sanitary pads,
toilet paper and empty food boxes.
"Every morning for the past few
years I have had to scour my property
and pick up used condoms, toilet paper,
pads...all kinds of things," an angry Hoi
"This has been going on for the long-
est while although I have signs up say-
ing 'Private property', 'No trespassing'
and nothing works."
On the comments which his post
drew on Facebook, he said: "I saw
people saying I should not have done
that to the man but they don't know
how many times this has happened
before. I am totally fed up now."
Hoi Pong rents his property for wed-
dings and other formal events and said
often times he has to leave meetings
with clients to run overly adventurous
couples off his land.
"Sometimes I have an evening meet-
ing and from my office I would see cars
drive up, take off their lights and just
remain parked up there," he said.
He admitted that on many occasions
he let offenders off with just warnings.
"If I come up on a young couple I
would talk to them and tell them about
the risks they putting themselves at by
doing these things out in open and on
private property and they would apol-
ogise and leave."
But the man in the now-viral video
is a repeat offender, Hoi Pong said.
"Less than two weeks ago, I meet this
same man and buff him and he leave.
And seeing him on my property again
just boil my blood. He is a grown man,
he supposed to understand he can't be
doing these things in people's place.
And the thing is there is a hotel just
three minutes from my compound."
In the video, Hoi Pong is heard firing
a string of questions at the man, who
in turn begs for a chance. The offender
says it is his first time on Hoi Pong's
land and admits the woman in his car
is not his wife, but the land owner re-
buffs this saying the offender has been
Hoi Pong posted the video and pic-
tures to social media shortly after the
incident. After he thought over his ac-
tions yesterday morning, he decided to
remove the post to save the man further
embarrassment. However, social media
groups had already saved and reloaded
the video. It has racked up thousands
of views, comments and shares.
"In hindsight, I probably should
not have done it in that manner, but
it was the frustration that made me
do it. You know how it feels to have
to pick up people's condoms and used
pads? I even buy one of those 'grabber'
things just to pick up condoms, I'm
probably the biggest condom cleaner
However, he said he hopes the video
will deter future offenders from mis-
using his property.
"Maybe when people see this they
will stop coming here and doing these
things. I have caught people in broad
daylight naked in their cars and this
has to stop at some point. My facili-
ty is one that promotes family values
and what these people are doing goes
totally against that."
Carl Hoi Pong, owner of Nia Valley in
Anti government protesters make their way along the Solomon Hochoy
Highway to the Couva Children's Hospital, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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