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Friday, January 5, 2018
Mom shot dead after
cryptic Facebook post
RADHICA DE SILVA
A Princes Town mother of two was
beaten and shot in the head, at point-
blank range, before being dumped
off a lonely track at New Colonial
Road, Barrackpore yesterday.
Vanessa Ali’s corpse was found
near the Barrackpore Police Station
around 11.05 am by a farmer who
went to feed his fish.
Ali who is believed in early 20’s in
last her Facebook activity posted an
weeping eye emoji.
Her friends on Facebook de-
scribed her as “care-free and loving.”
A photo of her corpse showed Ali’s
face was bloodied and her nose ap-
peared to be broken.
Her eyes were blue-black and
there was a hole in her forehead
from an apparent single gunshot
She was wearing a pair of short
jeans, a pair Jordan sneakers and a
black tank top. Her gold earings were
missing. A photo, apparently taken
hours before her death, began circu-
lating on social media after the body
The fish farmer told police he
went to feed his fish in his farm at
New Colonial Trace when he saw her
legs sticking out from the bushes.
She was lying partially on her right
Villagers gathered at the scene as
news spread about the body.
“When he saw it was a dead
woman he jumped on his bicycle
and start to peddle real fast back
home. He was shaking. He start to
call out a woman was killed and
dumped in the bushes,” a villager
Another villager said he saw two
vehicles speeding out of the road
around 11 pm on Wednesday.
Resident Ricky Bachan said New
Colonial Road was paved in 2015 but
started to disintegrate three months
after the paving.
“This used to be a busy road but
people cut up the bridge and steal
the iron. The road started to get lots
of potholes and now it is impassable
so people are using it for illicit activ-
ities,” Bachan said. He called on the
government to fix the road and the
District Medical Officer Dr Klem
Ragobar visited the scene and or-
dered the body removed to the Fo-
rensic Science Centre.
A party of officers led by Supt
Yusef Gaffar and including Sgt Ro-
land Ramlogan visited the scene.
Meanwhile, homicide officers say
they are yet to identify the nude mu-
tilated body of a woman found in
Santa Flora last week. The officers
have been using dental records to
identify the corpse which had no fin-
gers, toes or genitals.
Officers said they were awaiting
the results of a DNA test to deter-
mine whether the woman is missing
mother Anita Mohammed who was
last seen driving her Hilux in Central
Trinidad on December 20.
National footballer hurt in Claxton Bay shooting
T&T under-17 football defender Kya
Edwards was wounded while at-
tempting to escape after a gunman
opened fire just a few metres away
from where she stood at Springvale,
Edwards, 15, was at her uncle’s
house at Timbu East when a gun-
man walked up to an adjacent
house firing several shots.
His target, a man, who was
asleep in a one-bedroom wooden
house, was fatally shot in the head.
The victim has been identified as
Jeremiah Stephens, 23, of Lodge
Road, Claxton Bay.
Stephens was at his girl-
friend’s house at about 10.30
am when the incident occurred.
Police said they believe that Ste-
phens, who was also known as G5,
was killed by a man who was “jeal-
ous” over his relationship with the
Relatives at the scene said Ste-
phens received death threats a few
months ago. An arrest is imminent,
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Edwards’ father, Ena-
thus Barthol, 37, said his daughter
was standing in her uncle’s yard
together with him (her uncle) when
they heard gunshots.
“She ran down the hill to escape
the bullets and that was when she
fell and hurt her right leg. She told
me she was getting serious pain
from the hip, go down straight
to her knee. My brother, who
was there had to run and jump
over a fence to escape. He could
have been shot in the head. They
didn’t see any face, just heard the
gunshots and run,” Barthol said.
Barthol said that while he is thank-
ing God that his daughter and
brother are safe, it has left him
shaken as he, himself was shot and
wounded last year May. He was shot
four times and now moving around
in a wheelchair.
In that incident, Barthol and four
others were liming on the street
at Lodge Road when two gunmen
opened fire on them. One of the
men, Diego Forde, 41, died on the
scene. Barthol and three others
were shot and wounded.
He said his prayer now is for his
daughter to be in good health. “She
plays football very well and it is her
career and if something terrible hap-
pens to her leg football can be his-
tory for her and we don’t want that
so I am hoping to hear good news.”
Up to late last night, Edwards
was waiting to have x-rays
done to her right leg at the San
Fernando General Hospital.
Edwards last competed at the U-17
Championships in Haiti. She cur-
rently plays football for her school’s
club “Cap Off.”
Two men were shot dead Carapo,
Arima yesterday taking the toll to 14 in
four days. One of the men was iden-
tified as Shaquille Thomas, of Tuna-
puna, while the other victim remained
unidentified up to press time.
According to a police report, at
about 5 pm police officers from the
La Horquetta Crime Patrol Unit acted
on a tip-off went to a house at Pine-
wood where they found the bodies
of the two men. Thomas’ body was in
the front of the yard, while the other
man’s body was found to the back of
the house in some bushes. Investiga-
tions are continuing.
Two men shot
dead in Carapo
Police officers are asking members of
the public to help them identify two
bodies which were found in separate
incidents this week.
In the most recent case, at about 4
pm on Wednesday, officers went to the
Caura Royal Road where they found
the decomposed body of a man down
On Tuesday, at about 10 am the
body of another man was found off
Savary Road, Las Lomas No.1.
The body was clad in a pair of red
pants, pink jersey, yellow socks and a
pair of black rubber boots. The man
sported a Rastafarian hairstyle, which
was covered with a red head tie.
Both bodies are at the Foren-
sic Science Centre in St James.
Police seek help
to id two bodies
A police officer stands guard at New Colonial Trace, Barrackpore, where the body of Vanessa Ali (inset) was found
with a single gunshot wound to her head yesterday.
PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Pita Pit outlet
Police are investigating an armed rob-
bery at Pita Pit, at Starlite Shopping
Plaza, in Diego Martin on Wednesday
According to reports, shortly after
the store closed around 9 pm, two
armed gunmen forced their way inside.
The gunmen tied up the staff, robbed
them of their cellphones and valua-
bles, took the cash out of the register
and then ran away. The staff contacted
police after they managed to free them-
selves and officers from the Four Roads
Police Station, which is located mere
meters away, responded.
Police sources said that investigators
are reviewing CCTV footage from the
store and the plaza. No one was ar-
rested up to late yesterday.
Contacted yesterday, managing di-
rector of the Canadian franchise, Daniel
Fakoory said the incident was the latest
in a string of robberies at the store since
it opened in September 2012.
He said: “This is not the first time this
has happened to us but to be honest I
would not like to disclose anything be-
sides that nothing severe was done and
no staff member was injured.”
Fakoory also declined to disclose the
amount of cash that was stolen.
He also expressed optimism that the
case would be quickly solved by police.
“Unfortunately this is the nature of
the country we are living in it. It is a sad
state but we always have to be more
vigilant and allow the police to do their
jobs,” Fakoory said.
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