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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Bullets fly under
cover of rain
Imani Blackett’s ambition of be-
coming a cattle farmer and pur-
chasing his own car died with him
yesterday as he was gunned down
while working at his cousin’s par-
Blackett, 22, of Thornhill Drive,
Cocoyea Village, San Fernando
was said to be loving and kind-
hearted towards his family and
never got involved in altercations.
It was why relatives were con-
fused as to why he met such a vi-
olent demise. Rain was pouring
around 12.30 pm when a silver
pick-up truck stopped in front of
the parlour at the corner of Forres
Avenue and St Andrews Avenue,
Eyewitnesses said that a gun-
man jumped out the van and
opened fire on Blackett. The
youngster was only able to reach
just outside the door before he fell
into a clump of grass and died.
San Fernando CID, Mon Repos
Police and the Homicide Bureau
of Investigations, Region III, in-
cluding Insp Gajadhar, Insp Cor-
rie, Insp Figaro, Sgt Ramlogan
and Cpl Bacchus responded.
Searches were made through-
out the community for the sus-
pect and the pickup. Up to late
yesterday, neither was found.
Police said Blackett was not
known to be involved in crime.
As friends, family and relatives
gathered near the crime scene,
tears flowed openly while some
others stood in disbelief.
Blackett’s father, Francis Black-
ett, said that he was at home
when he heard the gunshots.
When he looked out, he saw a
pick-up driving off. It was only
when a neighbour came to him
that he found out that his son
“He didn’t use to interfere with
anybody. He never used to look
for trouble. I know some people
don’t like to see other people
progress and they would fight
you down but I don’t know if that
was the reason,” Blackett said.
In a separate incident, po-
lice are also investigating the
shooting of three men in Point
Fortin on Sunday night. Reports
are that Glenroy London, Ri-
cardo Mohammed and another
man who was identified only
as Turbo, were gambling at a
house in Warden Road.
Around 11 pm, gunmen
opened fire on the house,
wounding all three men. The
men were taken to the Area
Hospital, Point Fortin and trans-
ferred to the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital where they were
warded in serious conditions.
Fisherman killed over missing boat light
An argument between two fish-
ermen over a missing boat light
ended in murder in the fishing
village of Cumana near Toco on
David Callender, 38, fisherman
of Unity Lane, Anglais Road,
Cumana was shot repeatedly
and died while being treated at
the Toco Health Centre.
The 30-year-old suspect of the
nearby L’Anse Noire Village was
detained during a roadblock in
Matura hours after the incident.
Police reported that around 6.25
pm on Sunday, an argument be-
tween Callender and the suspect
escalated over a missing boat light.
Callender was accused of
stealing the light and was shot,
Villagers took the injured man
to the nearby Toco Health Centre
but he died within an hour.
Eyewitnesses told police that
the shooter left in his Nissan
Navara vehicle. Hours later he was
stopped in Matura.
The driver was detained and po-
lice later released a woman who
was also in the vehicle.
Cpl Kent of Matura police fol-
lowing instructions handed over
the suspect to homicide officers
attached to Region 11, Arouca.
Ag ASP Etienne and other po-
lice officers attached to Toco Po-
lice Station, Cpl Mohammed, PCs
Lewis and Ramdial of Homicide
Bureau, Region 11, Arouca were
among the officers who visited the
Body found wrapped in sheet at Mt Lambert
Police are seeking the public’s as-
sistance in identifying a murder
victim, whose body was found in
Mt Lambert yesterday.
According to reports, around
10.30 am residents of Mt Lam-
bert Circular contacted police
after they noticed the body of a
man lying in a bushy area off the
The victim’s body was partially
wrapped in a sheet and his head
was covered with a T-Shirt.
The body was taken to the Fo-
rensic Science Centre in St James,
where an autopsy will be per-
formed as soon as it is identified.
Homicide detectives declined
to comment on if the body bore
marks of violence as they said
they would wait for the autopsy
to confirm the cause of death.
Anyone with information which
may help police solve the case is
asked to call 555 or 800-TIPS.
Detectives of the Region Two
Homicide Bureau are continuing
Two held, gun,
Two men were arrested and a
revolver and ammunition seized
by officers of the Point Fortin
Police Station during an
anti-crime exercise over the
At around 11 am on Saturday,
during the officers went to
Pundit Street, Cap-de-Ville,
where they saw three men
seated on the steps of a
dilapidated house. The men ran
off but two were subsequently
held. The area where the men
were seated was searched and
the revolver and one round of
.38mm ammunition were seized.
The suspects, from Tobago and
Cap-de-Ville, were arrested and
the search continues for the third
Cpl Naresh Bajan and PC
Arnold Maharaj, along with of-
ficers of the Point Fortin CID, took
part in the exercise
illegal fiream found
Officers from the Central
Division Operations Unit arrested
a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old
and seized a revolver and a
quantity of ammunition in
During an exercise
spearheaded by acting ASP
Richard Smith which included
the Driving Under the Influence
Task Force, officers stopped and
searched a silver Kia Rio with
two male occupants at corner
of Pierre and Cacandee Roads.
The revolver and three rounds of
.38mm ammunition were found
and the suspects, both of Dow
Village, California, were arrested.
Officers of the Northern Division
Area Central Task Force arrested
a 17-year-old and seized a pistol
and a quantity of ammunition
during a search of an apartment
The officers executed a search
warrant at Apartment #2,
Oropune Circular, Oropune, and
found Ruger pistol loaded with a
magazine containing 16 rounds
of 9mm ammunition being
discovered in a bedroom. The
teen suspect was detained.
The exercise was co-ordinated
by acting Assistant
Commissioner of Police
McDonald Jacob and
spearheaded by acting Snr
Supt Michael Daniel.
In a separate case in
Pleasantville, officers of the Mon
Repos Police Station, Southern
Division Task Force and Rapid
Response Unit arrested an
18-year-old teen during a search
of an apartment at Building D,
Orchid Gardens after they found
a Beretta pistol and 12 rounds
Gloria Simon and Francis Blackett, right, parents of murder victim Imani Blackett, inset, at the crime scene
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