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Man pleads guilty to killing dentist
Almost a decade after dentist Dr Rus-
sell John was shot dead while protecting
his wife and daughter from armed ban-
dits who raided their practice, two men
were allowed to plead guilty to the crime
Daniel"Boom" Robertson,32, of L'Anse Mi-
tan Road in Carenage and 30-year-old Dwayne
"Fighter" Hamilton were initially charged with
John's murder but were allowed to plead guilty
to the lesser offence of felony murder before
Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas in the Port-
of-Spain High Court.
Under the felony murder rule, established by
a landmark Privy Council ruling in 2011, per-
sons who commit murders during the commis-
sion of lesser criminal offences are spared the
death penalty and are given sentences based
on the circumstances of their crimes and their
The Office of the Director of Public Prose-
cutions (DPP) determines if their crimes fall
under the rule.
After St Clair-Douglas accepted the men's
pleas, he ordered that bio-social reports be
produced by the Prisons Service in time for
their sentencing hearing on September 27.
As they pleaded guilty to the crime and
avoided a trial, both men would be entitled
to a one third discount of their sentence.
John, the son of former trade unionist Sel-
wyn John, was wounded during the shooting
on May 21, 2007 and died several days later.
According to the evidence in the case, John
was at the clinic with his wife and fellow den-
tist,Ella-Mae,their five-year-old daughter and
several patients, when two gunmen entered.
John reportedly attacked the gunmen as
they pointed their guns at his wife and was
shot twice in his chest and stomach.
Despite being shot, John still managed to
draw his licensed firearm and shot one of the
gunmen, forcing him and his accomplice to
flee the scene.
John,36, of Chico Ave, Santa Cruz, was taken
to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where
he spent four days undergoing three surgeries to
attempt to save his life. However, he eventually
succumbed to his injuries as several of his vital
organs including his pancreas, stomach, heart
and liver were damaged by the bullets.
Halls of Fame to be
Four community centres are to each install
a Hall of Fame to honour members of their
The North Diego Martin Community Centre
at Church Street in Diego Martin on Friday last
received a mural at the front of the building, with
photographs of the heroes of the district.
Photographs of Slinger Francisco, better known
as Mighty Sparrow, Aldwyn Roberts, known as
Lord Kitchener, Wendy Fitzwilliam (Miss Universe
1998), calypso icon David Rudder and calypso ar-
chivist Shawn Randoo are among the pictures now
on the walls at the entrance of the centre.
At a small ceremony at the centre, National co-
ordinator for the Caribbean Association of Local
Government Authorities (CALGA), Rubari Victor,
said it was important to introduce a Hall of Fame
to the community.
Victor is already in the process of setting up
Halls of Fame at other communities in Tunapu-
na, Piarco, San Juan/Laventille, Chaguanas and
He said the initiative was part of a three-year
project which involved four countries as a Com-
monwealth funded project.
"Heroes are an important resource and setting
up Halls of Fame in the community centre is im-
portant because it is owned by the entire com-
munity," he said.
Victor said it was important for young people
to honour members of society.
Sandra Singh, programme officer for the Com-
monwealth Local Government Forum, said the
programme was designed to foster democratic
culture in schools and local communities.
She said several schools in Tunapuna, Diego
Martin, San Juan/Laventille, Point Fortin and
Chaguanas took part in the initiative.
"The training was about the democratic cul-
ture and we interfaced with the student council in
the schools recognising they are the first level of
governance in the school system. We train those
students in the principals of democracy, commu-
nications and culture and contributions it could
make to the culture and engagement," she said.
The Hall of Fame falls within the cultural seg-
ment of the training which reaches the students to
do culture mapping from the community, she said.
She said the programme for the Caribbean cost
altogether 90,000 pounds sterling which benefited
Trinidad, Bahamas, St Lucia and Guyana.
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