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An Arima doubles vendor who was
reportedly kidnapped was found alive
in Arima on Saturday.
Brandon Sandassie was reported missing
by his wife on Friday after she received a text
message on her phone that her husband was
The woman told police a ransom demand
of $200,000 was demanded for her hus-
band's safe release.
Sandassie's wife made a report to the
The report was circulated on Missing Per-
sons Trinidad and Tobago's Facebook page.
Insp Wilson, Cpl DeLeon and officers from
the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and Arima CID
conducted inquiries which led them to a
house in Arima where Sandassie was found.
Officers said they found Sandassie in com-
pany with a woman in a house at Longden
Street in Arima on Saturday and he did not
appear to be in any harm.
They were taken to the Arima Police
Station where they were questioned by the
police and released.
Detectives said they could not charge San-
dassie because he did not make any report
and his wife was acting on the information
she received via a text message from an
Family members said yesterday
"everything is okay and we do not wish to
comment at this time."
Within the past few months, several oth-
er citizens claimed to be "kidnapped" have
been charged with wasting police time.
In May, Reshma Maharaj, a doctor's sec-
retary, claimed she was kidnapped by three
men and managed to escape from a locked
car trunk at M2 Ring Road, Debe.
Maharaj, 30, of Penal, was charged with
wasteful employment of the police by know-
ingly making a false report. She was released
on $20,000 bail.
Last December, Heather Barriteau was re-
ported missing by her husband, Devon Paul.
She claimed she was abducted, brutally
assaulted and dropped off at a parang party
Barriteau, the woman at the centre of a
fake abduction, has confessed that she lied.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian,
she said, "I was not abducted, I went on
my free will and had a time for the weekend
and that is it."
Paul made a missing person's report to the
Southern Division police after his wife went
missing. He said Barriteau, 35, disappeared
after leaving their Sobo Village, La Brea home
to do some shopping in San Fernando.
She was last seen drinking at the Edge Bar
on Mucurapo Street, San Fernando, with a
male companion that same day.
Monday, June 26, 2017 guardian.co.tt
The mother of a child diagnosed with
cerebral palsy was found murdered at
her home in Gasparillo yesterday.
Ornella Philip, 28, was found sprawled
on the living room floor of her home on
Thompson Street, with a single gunshot
injury to the chest.
Philip lived in a ground floor apartment of
the building with her eight-year-old daugh-
ter, Kayla, who has cerebral palsy.
Kayla was left with her grandmother,
Joanne Seepersad around 11.30 pm on Sat-
urday to spend the night.
Seepersad lived in an apartment to the
back of the building and the family has
two groups of tenants who also live in the
Police reports stated that around 10 am, a
man from the area went to purchase a cig-
arette from one of the tenants and noticed
the front door to Philip's apartment was ajar.
He called out to her and saw her body on
the floor in the living room area. The man
told his friends who were nearby and they
then alerted Seepersad who was upstairs.
When Seepersad entered the apartment,
she discovered her daughter's body.
At the scene yesterday, neighbours report-
ed hearing a loud bang around 1 am on Sun-
day but said no one investigated the noise.
Philip's relatives were hesitant to speak
to the media and a relative would only say
that Philip was a full-time caretaker for her
Insp Ramkhelawan of the Gasparillo Po-
lice said Philip's murder was the fifth in the
district for the year.
He said although the district's homicide
rate is relatively high, other serious crimes
PC Noyan is continuing investigations.
Philip's death brings the number of people
who have been murdered for the year so far
In an unrelated incident, Siparia Police are
investigating a possible homicide in the area.
According to reports, Miguel Lalman, 26,
was hunting at Location #119, Range Re-
sources, Quinam Road, Siparia, on Saturday
when he called his father-in-law around 10
pm and told him he had been shot.
Lalman lived in Mendez Village, Siparia.
The father-in-law and another man went
into the forest to search for Lalman and
brought him out to a clearing and called the
police. However, by the time officers arrived,
Lalman had died. He had been shot once in
the upper right shoulder.
Siparia police are continuing investiga-
vendor found safe
A 25-year-old man was killed after he
was struck by a vehicle while attempting
to cross the Beetham Highway near the
Port-of-Spain market yesterday.
The pedestrian was identified as James
Layton, 25, of Anchor Drive, Westmoorings.
He died on the spot, police said.
A report said around 1.25 am, Layton was
crossing in a southerly direction when he
was struck by a passing vehicle.
Officers said they were still conducting
inquiries. They questioned and released
Officers from the Besson Street Police
Station are continuing investigations.
According to statistics from road safety
watchdog group Arrive Alive there have been
over 30 fatal accidents so far this year and
pedestrians account for 13 of those deaths.
The Ministry of Works and the Port-of-
Spain City Corporation last month began a
project to construct a walkover at Sea Lots.
The $10m project was launched four years
after Sea Lots residents, 28-year-old Haydee
Paul and her two daughters Akasha, seven,
and Shakira, eight, were killed after a car
ploughed into them while walking along the
west bound lane of the Beetham Highway.
Vendors at the Central Market will be re-
located to accommodate the facility.
The walkover is expected to be completed
Opposing gang members squared off in
Maloney Gardens yesterday trading a volley
of gunshots at each other.
Luckily no one was injured, police said.
Residents said several men from Building 12
opened fire on Building 13 and other men in the
car park returned fire at them.
A video circulating on social media showed chil-
dren from a nearby building looking outside soon
after the incident took place.
Lawmen said when they arrived at the scene
several spent shells were recovered but no one
Residents said the shooting was ongoing for the
past months following the death of 38-year-old
Suya was a reported gang leader from Maloney
who was hiding out in St Helena.
He was shot dead KFC's St Helena outlet last
month. Two men, whose images were captured
on CCTV cameras, remain on the run.
Northern Division's Senior Supt McDonald
Jacobs said officers will continue to be patrol in
the area together with the Defence Force.
Wallerfield man shot by police
A 43-year-old man remains under police
guard at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex after he was shot by the police at
Police said they executed a search warrant at a
house in Jacob's Hill, Wallerfield, when they were
confronted by the home owner.
A report said around 1 am, the officers went to
the house and the man attempted to run through
The police said the man then picked up a cutlass
and lunged at the officers.
One of the officers shot the suspect in the leg.
He was taken to the hospital where he was treated
Police said they searched the house and a quan-
tity of marijuana was discovered in small packages.
Investigations are continuing.
Doubles vendor Brandon Sandassie who
was reportedly kidnapped.
Ornella Philip who was shot dead at her
home in Gasparillo, yesterday.
Single mom shot dead
Pedestrian killed crossing highway
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