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Two more murders take toll to 218
Two men were murdered
in separate incidents in Mor-
vant and Carenage between
Tuesday night and yesterday
morning, raising the murder
toll for the year to 218.
According to reports, the first
incident took place around 4 pm
on the Indian Arrival Day public
holiday in Morvant.
Police responding to a report
of gunshots in Never Dirty, Mor-
vant, found Rondell Applewhite
lying at the side of the road with
gunshot wounds. Applewhite
was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital where he died
while receiving treatment.
Residents claimed they saw
two men running away from the
scene of Applewhite's shooting
and gave their descriptions to
police. No arrests had been made
up to late yesterday.
The other incident took place
hours later at Fitz Alleyne Street
Police said around 2 am yes-
terday, they received a report
of gunshots in the community.
When residents checked they
found 20-year-old Tyler Alexis
dead in his apartment. He was
pronounced dead on the scene
by a District Medical Officer
Autopsies were performed on
both men at the Forensic Science
Centre in St James yesterday.
Their relatives refused to speak
to media personnel when ap-
proached at the centre.
Detectives of the Region One
Homicide Bureau are continuing
Man killed by police
After pulling gun on relative at family day
A 20-year-old man from Bon Air Gar-
dens, Arouca, was shot dead by police
during an incident at a family day in
the community on the Indian Arrival
Day holiday on Tuesday.A police officer
was shot in his leg in the same incident.
According to reports, around 6 pm Keegan
"Smalls" Jones was liming at a sports and
family day at the Bon Air West Recreation
Ground when he had an argument with a
close female relative.
Police on duty at the event reportedly
spoke to Jones and asked him to leave. He
complied, but returned a short while later
and immediately began arguing with the
woman. Jones reportedly then drew a fire-
arm hidden in his pants and fired a gunshot
in the air.
Police responded and chased after Jones.
He reportedly fired at the officers, hitting
acting Inspector Keavin Greene once in his
leg. The officers returned fire and Jones was
shot in his head. He died on the scene and
was pronounced dead by a District Medical
Greene was taken to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope,
where underwent surgery yesterday and
Contacted for an update on Greene's
condition yesterday, head of the Northern
Division, Senior Supt McDonald Jacob, said:
"He is doing good. He is warded and sched-
uled to undergo another operation soon."
The T&T Guardian received a voice note
recording from Jones' relative, who wit-
nessed the incident. The relative did not
deny police claims that Jones was a member
of a gang in the community.
"He had his gun and thing. You could call
him a shooter. I know that is wrong but that
is not the side of him we know," the relative,
who did not identity herself, said.
She also claimed that Jones appeared
intoxicated before the incident.
"Like he was drunk and he take out his
gun to try and dispel the situation. He fire
a shot in the air and ran off," the relative
said, as she claimed Jones did not aim at
The woman said the family was still in
shock by the incident and "taking it hard".
Jones is the 16th person to be killed by
police for the year. Investigations are con-
PH driver shot
by cop kept
Barry Seepersad, the PH taxi driver who
was shot by a Woman Police Constable six
days ago, has been discharged from the In-
tensive Care Unit of the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital and taken into police custody.
In a brief interview
wife Merissa said he
was discharged by
doctors and handed
over to police some-
time around 4 pm
"I was going to see
him this evening for
visiting hours but
when I got there I
found out that the po-
lice had taken him to
the station," she said.
"I don't know anything else so far, I am just
here at the station waiting for the attorney to
come," she said.
Seepersad had been warded at hospital since
May 24 after he was shot by the WPC.
According to reports, Seepersad, 34, parked
his car on the San Fernando-Diamond Village
taxi stand on Lord Street, San Fernando and the
WPC had ordered a wrecker to take the vehicle.
Seepersad had gone to a nearby parlour to buy
a soft drink and told relatives when he got back
to the car he tried to drive off and the officer
Police had said Seepersad reversed off the
wrecker, tried to run the WPC over with his car
when she fell to the ground, but she got up and
then shot him. Seepersad underwent emergency
surgery on Wednesday night to repair damage
to his intestines.
The T&T Guardian was told that Seepersad
was expected to be placed on an identification
parade last night.
ASP Neptune is continuing investigations.
$.1m bail for man
charged with rape
of daughter, 18
A 56-year-old man charged with raping
his teenage daughter was granted bail with
a surety in the sum of $150,000 when he ap-
peared before a Couva magistrate yesterday.
The man, who is not being identified to protect
the victim, was also granted a cash alternative of
$50,000 when he went before Magistrate Siumon-
gal Ramsaran. He was charged by WPC Andrews
of the Couva Police Station. The charge was laid
indictably and he was not called upon to plead.
As a condition of his bail he cannot visit the
home where the girl resides or have any contact
at all with her.
According to police reports, the incident alleg-
edly happened at the man's Couva home around
8 pm on Mother's Day (May 13).
It was reported to the Couva police a week later
on May 20 after the victim broke down and told
other relatives of the incident.
Police have, however, removed the young wom-
an from the home and placed her in protective
The matter was adjourned to June 27. (SR)
A policeman searches on top a wall for illegal drugs and ammunition along Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain, during an exercise in the area
which also included soldiers yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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