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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Four shot to death
Over the past four years, the
month of January was proven as
the bloodiest month in each year,
and this year seems to be follow-
ing the same trend as four mur-
ders were committed in first nine
hours of the new year.
The victims were identified
as—Brandon Khan, also known
as Chinee and Jundallah, of En-
terprise, Chaguanas; retired po-
lice officer John Ramkissoon, 59,
of Gopaul Trace, Longdenville;
Miguel Simmons, 20, a man only
identified as Nic and Mark Bas-
ACP Crime Irwin Hackshaw,
in an immediate response to the
bloody start of 2018 said “The
boots are on the ground.”
He assured that the police will
continue to keep working on
trying to keep the murder rate
“Our vision for 2018 is that, as
it was last year, but we will put
in that extra effort this year. We
didn’t do too well last year but we
will keep on pushing...the boots
are on the ground and the police
are on the ground,” Hackshaw
The first incident took place
shortly after midnight while Khan
was liming with friends at Good-
will Street when when gunmen
opened fire on the group.
Khan and five others were
shot. Khan died while undergo-
ing treatment at the Chaguanas
Health Facility. Police said he was
shot six times. The names of the
five wounded people weren’t re-
leased up to press time.
At the scene yesterday young
men in the area were reluctant
to comment on the incident but
admitted that this was a “sign for
them to look at protecting them-
selves by whatever means neces-
Neighbours, who asked not to
be identified, described the scene
as the “wild, wild west.”
A resident said that Khan, who
was often involved in confronta-
tions with police officers, was the
Another resident said she re-
turned from church shortly after
midnight and saw people lying
on the road, “just blood every-
where. The men came shoot up
the group and Chinee attempted
to run home but collapsed.”
Hours later, police were called
to the scene at Gopaul Trace,
Longdenville, where retired po-
lice officer, John Ramkissoon, 59,
was found dead in the garage area
of his home. He was chopped to
death around 3.30 am after an
argument with a neighbour. He
was repeatedly chopped to the
face and his skull was fractured,
A suspect, in his early 30s, has
been detained is said to be assist-
ing police in their investigations.
The man, a father of three, is
a mechanic and electrician by
trade. His relatives described him
as a “hard worker and friendly
Shelly Anne, 35, said her father
was visiting neighbours wish-
ing them a Happy New Year.
“We really don’t know what hap-
pened but there was an argument
and when my mother and brother
came out daddy was already on
the ground. He spent the night
going around and just drinking
and liming,” Shelly Anne said.
She said her father worked in
the T&T Police Service’s for 30
years and retired from the Guard
and Emergency Branch. “My fa-
ther was a good person to every-
one and he was just enjoying his
retirement,” she said.
The third murder occurred
at about 7 am after Miguel Sim-
mons, 20, was shot dead at Sev-
enth Avenue, Malick, Barataria.
The fourth murder occurred two
hours later at Upper Mendez
Drive, Champs Fleurs.
The man, who was only identi-
fied as “Nic,” was driving a grey
B-13 when gunmen opened fire
on the vehicle.
The driver crashed into a con-
crete embankment. Police said
the injured man got out of the
car and attempted to run but was
chased and shot dead.
Relatives at the scene said that
it was not a good time for them
and did not comment further.
Bascombe was killed outside
a children’s party in Bagatelle,
Diego Martin shortly after 5 pm.
He was shot by the occupants
of a passing car and was taken
to the St James Medical Centre
where he died.
Police said an automatic
weapon was used in the attack.
Retired police officer John
Ramkissoon who was chopped to
man dead after
A woman from Caroni remains
warded in hospital in a critical
condition after her two hands
were severed in a cutlass attack
by her husband during a domes-
The attacker drank a weedicide
after the incident and was found
dead near his home.
According to reports around 9
am, Bishnu and Drupatie Sankar
had an argument at their home at
David Trace, Kelly Village, Caroni
Bishnu grabbed a cutlass and
chopped his wife several times.
Two of the blows almost com-
pletely severed her hands from
her arms, police said. He ran
away from their house as his wife
screamed for help, investigators
Residents contacted the police
who took the injured woman
to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
She remained warded in a crit-
ical condition at the hospital’s In-
tensive Care Unit (ICU).
Police and residents later found
Bishnu lying unconscious in some
bushes near to their home. A bot-
tle of a chemical believed to be
poison was found near his body.
He was pronounced dead by
a District Medical Officer (DMO)
and his body was taken to the Fo-
rensic Science Centre in St James
where a post-mortem is expected
to be performed today.
When Guardian Media visited
the community yesterday no one
was at the couple’s home.
Neighbours were reluctant to
divulge any details.
“We does try to mind our busi-
ness here. We don’t know what
does be going on in that house.
They have cameras all over so
the police should be able to fig-
ure it out,” the couple’s next-door
Investigations are continuing.
The area where Enterprise resident Brandon Khan was shot dead at Goodwill Street, yesterday. Five others sustained gunshot wounds.
PICTURE MICHAEL RAMSINGH
National Security Minister Ed-
mund Dillon told the T&T Guard-
ian that his New Year wish is to
“shut down or perhaps elim-
inate the factory that contin-
ues to produce the criminal
minds that plague our society.”
He said that everyone has their
part to play in treating with crime
violence and criminality.
“Citizens must approach 2018
with aspiration, hope and an
overwhelming desire to influence
change in our lovely country. The
single traumatic issue facing us is
crime and in particular murder.
We may ask ourselves how did we
get to this point? Certainly, it did
not occur overnight.”
Last year, closed with 494 peo-
ple being killed, the third highest
in this country’s history.
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Dillon: ‘Crime factory’
must shut down
Ex-cop chopped, killed after argument
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