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Abdul "Krysis" Wakeel, who is alleged by police
to be one of the members of the Unruly Isis gang,
was last evening granted $30,000 station bail by a
Justice of the Peace.
He is expected to reappear before a Chaguanas mag-
istrate on Monday to answer two charges of obscene
language and resisting arrest.
Wakeel, 33, of Enterprise, Chaguanas, was represented
by attorney Fareed Ali.
He was arrested by police officers on Wednesday while
at Circular Road, Crown Trace, Enterprise.
It is alleged that Wakeel was beaten by police officers
then handcuffed and dragged on the streets. He was sub-
sequently detained at the Cunupia Police Station.
According to his attorney, Wakeel sustained lacerations
about the body and a broken nose and was treated at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope.
Shortly before 6 pm yesterday, Wakeel, who was being
held at the Cunupia Police Station, was granted station
bail by a JP.
After walking out of the station, Wakeel was met by the
head of the Islamic Front Umar Abdullah, who briefed him
and accompanied him to his Enterprise home.
Man finds 'police'
shirt near shack
A dealer searching a dere-
lict pick-up for parts near the
Chaguanas home of murder
victims Michael "Gaza" Ap-
plewhite, his common-law
wife Michelle Harrylal and
another man believed to be a
neighbour known as "Reddo",
discovered a blue shirt with
the word "Police" printed
The man told the T&T Guard-
ian yesterday that he found the
worn-out, blue shirt in a black
plastic bag that was tucked in
the wheel well of the pickup.
The word "Police" was printed
on the back and chest area of the
shirt and had a stain on it that he
believed was blood.
Homicide detectives and
crime scene investigators re-
turned to the Carlsen Field crime
scene and took the shirt into ev-
idence yesterday. However, the
officers said they will also have
to check whether the shirt was
planted there yesterday to throw
off their investigation.
Residents said yesterday that
the discovery had given credence
to the story given by a four-
year-old boy who escaped the
gruesome murders. They were
told by the child that a police-
man had dragged Harrylal, 27,
out of her house and beat her.
However, they said the murders
may not have been necessarily
committed by police officers, as
other individuals have access to
uniforms of the security forces
through different means.
A resident told the T&T
Guardian that a hit was called
from behind prison walls against
Applewhite, 35, a vegetable ven-
dor who had several previous
charges for drug possession. He
said the man was a former lover
of Harrylal and became enraged
last December when he was re-
leased from prison and learned
she had moved on and was living
with Applewhite. Neighbours re-
called that the man and Apple-
white had an altercation. With-
in two weeks of being released,
however, the man was arrested
on warrants and has been in pris-
on since then.
A few residents yesterday
contradicted initial reports that
the incident happened at night,
saying it was around noon on
Wednesday that they saw the
fire. However, they said it was
normal for people to burn gar-
bage outside their homes.
"Michelle came here to live
with this next man and the fella
in jail did not like that. The same
man who did this was tight with
the man in jail. It easy to under-
stand, the person who did this
knew exactly where to come be-
cause look how far they live in the
bush. The person who did this
even know that the people living
near the entrance here went to
church and that nobody else was
around," the resident said.
The charred bodies of Apple-
white, Harrylal and another man
were found on Thursday morn-
ing after a resident walking along
the road found the four-year-old
boy wandering the road. When
they reached further along the
road, the child met another
neighbour and allegedly told her:
"My mammy dead, my mammy
dead. A policeman kill she and
throw she in the fire."
Pathologist Dr Valery Alex-
androv yesterday could not de-
termine the cause of death after
testing the charred remains. This
means police will not list the
deaths as murder. Alexandrov
said based on the pelvic bones
two of the remains were male and
one female. He added that the
remains were essentially ash-
es, adding that the bones were
so brittle from the heat they
could disintegrate to ash when
touched. He added that there
were no bullets found in the re-
mains and there was no way of
knowing if the trio were stabbed
Alexandrov said he collected
bone marrow samples from the
remains and collected compara-
ble DNA samples from relatives
of Harrylal to confirm identity.
He added that while there is no
cause of death, it was most likely
that the trio were murdered and
the shack torched to destroy ev-
idence. The remains are being
kept at the FSC and should be
released when the identification
of the deceased are confirmed.
PATT clears air
on ferry talks
The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has
broken its silence on negotiations with Bridge-
mans Services Group PLC, admitting the Canadi-
an firm was not part of the tender process and the
first submission from the company for a vessel on
April 12 was made "via the Ministry of Works and
Responding to a Guardian Media exclusive with Bridge-
mans vice president Andrew Purdey yesterday, PATT for
the first time disclosed that "outside of the tender process
for a passenger and cargo vessel, among the offerings re-
ceived were four submissions from Bridgemans Servic-
es Group and two from Ken Shipping and Marine," the
company owned by Lester Kenny, who is Bridgemans'
The figure,however, is at odds with that given by Purdey,
who told GML they had made 13 submissions of vessels
In a response to the article, the PATT said it was at-
tempting to ensure "that there is no misinterpretation
and or ambiguity in the information disseminated." Re-
sponding to Purdey's claim that "we began first contact
from the brokerage group on April 10, the Authority said
"it is unaware of any discussions/communications with
Horizon, the brokerage company of Bridgemans Services
On Purdey's claim that from April 12, through the
broker, submissions were made to the Port, the PATT
said "Bridgemans' initial submission to the Authority
was made via the Ministry of Works and Transport and
a direct submission addressed to the Port Secretary on
April 28, 2017." It said all submissions "thereafter were
sent directly to the Authority."
PATT confirmed that meetings were held with Bridge-
mans and a team comprising members of the board and
Purdey had singled out vice chairman Adrian Beharry
and the Port's acting GM/CEO Charmaine Lewis in those
negotiations. PATT said Lewis was not the first point of
contact with Bridgemans, saying her "first conversation/
contact with any representative of Bridgemans Services
Group was via telephone on May 28, 2017, to arrange the
surveys for one of the ships."
Subsequently, the Authority said "the first face to face
meeting held with the managers of the Port Authority
was on May 31, 2017."
The Authority said it "had no intention to continue
these matters in the public domain given the ongoing
investigations, but felt compelled to provide these clar-
ifications to ensure that an accurate account of the events
Baker raped, strangled, stabbed
Leslie-Ann Gonzales was
raped, strangled and stabbed
at least 10 times in the face
with an ice pick after she was
attacked on her way to her Oro-
pouche Road, Valencia home
on Wednesday, her autopsy
The 38-year-old baker with
Linda's Bakery warehouse, El
Socorro, San Juan, was found
on Thursday after failing to re-
turn home the night before. Her
co-workers told relatives she left
work around 7.30 pm Wednesday.
Gonzales' body was found about
100 metres from where she lived
in a bushy poorly lit dried up river.
One relative who did not want
to be identified yesterday told the
T&T Guardian that the commu-
nity where they live consists of
approximately six homes and no
one there, in his mind, was "ca-
pable of killing a mosquito, much
less a human."
Gonzales, he said, had lived in
the area for 17 years after mov-
ing there from Penal and was a
conservative woman who had no
children and was single.
Relative told police that around
7.30 am on Wednesday, Gonzales
left for work but never returned
home. Gonzales, who lived with
her sisters, was reported missing
by them when she failed to return
home. She was found around 4.30
am the following day by neigh-
bours who noticed there was a
bushy area that had been beaten
down near her home.
Speaking with the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday, relatives said the killer
did not take any of Gonzales' jew-
elry or cash and other valuables
she had on her. The man, who
fought back tears, said Gonzales
was a respectful woman who never
complained of being harassed or
threatened. He added that on his
way to work he noticed the beaten
grass but assumed it was a make-
shift path to a nearby quarry or a
caiman had passed and cleared the
According to pathologist Dr
Valery Alexandrov, Gonzales was
sexually assaulted and the killer/s
was strong enough to fracture a
few of the bones in her neck. The
stab wounds to the face were non
fatal and superficial.
Co-workers of the deceased
described her as a "good worker"
and a "very nice person," adding
they were shocked by the incident.
Gonzales' killing has taken the
murder toll to 313 for the year,
compared to 298 for the same
period last year.
Autopsy on fire victims inconclusive
A piece of clothing with the police insignia which was found near
the crime scene yesterday. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
Dana Babwah recounts her last
moments with her sister
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