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Friday, January 19, 2018
Midday murder on
busy Duke Street
JENSEN LA VENDE
A gunman yesterday opened fire on
the occupants of a car stuck in traffic
along Duke Street during the lunch-
time rush hour, killing a passenger
and injuring another.
According to police reports, Luke
Adams, 19 who was seated in the
front passenger seat of a blue Mit-
subishi Lancer was shot repeatedly
around 11.30 am.
Police said CCTV footage showed
Adams greeting his intended killer,
who was standing at the corner of
George and Duke Street shortly after
the car left Mango Rose housing
After the car drove past George
Street, the killer ran up to the car
and began shooting through the back
glass of the car. A man seated in the
back seat was shot in the buttocks
and Adams was hit several times in
the upper body.
Both Adams and the injured back
seat passenger, who was not iden-
tified by police, were taken to hos-
pital. Adams was pronounced dead
on arrival. The driver escaped unin-
In an attempt to escape the
shooter, the driver crashed into a
light pole on the corner of Duke
and Charlotte Street. The gunman
escaped after he ran into the com-
pound of the George Street build-
An eyewitness to the shooting told
the T&T Guardian she thought at first
that someone’s tyre had blown out.
“It all happened so suddenly,”
said the woman, who was driving
through the area at the time. She de-
scribed her harrowing experience as
too close for comfort, since her vehi-
cle was damaged in the incident.
“I just did not want to think that
someone could be so uncaring
She said the victim was in a car
that slammed into an electricity pole.
“I saw the young man. He was just
gasping for his breath, then he took
about two more and died.
“I did not see the gunman. I just
know there was about six shots very
close to me. It was so loud people
were just screaming.”
The shooting took place near the
Maraval taxi stand and many onlook-
ers questioned if anywhere else was
safe in the country.
Police said Adams was not
known to be involved in criminal
activity and they had no motive for
The midday killing in the city was
reminiscent of similar incident two
On December 23, 2016, Sean
Thomas, 33, of Francis Road, San
Juan, was shot as he was stuck in
traffic along Queen Street, Port-of-
Spain. Two police vehicles on pa-
trol, were stuck in traffic, behind
and in front of Thomas’ vehicle. In
that case, the shooter also escaped.
Carmona: Public pressure does not influence justice
Justice is when you act on evidence
alone and not public opinion or
pressure, President Anthony Car-
mona has said.
Carmona made the statement as
he delivered an address as guest
speaker at the inaugural ceremo-
nial opening of the International
Criminal Court’s judicial year at the
Hague, in the Netherlands yester-
His attendance at the ICC yester-
day was the reason Carmona missed
the State funeral for his immediate
predecessor George Maxwell Rich-
ards on Wednesday.
Carmona was in the country
when Richards died but left on Fri-
day to head to the Hague. He did
not mention Richards’ death in his
Carmona, however, was full of
praise for another one of this coun-
try’s former presidents, Arthur NR
“President ANR Robinson was a
statesman who is universally recog-
nised for his unrelenting advocacy
and political work at the interna-
tional level to reactivate what had
become by 1918 a dormant idea for
the establishment of a permanent
international criminal court,” Car-
Robinson is internationally recog-
nised for his proposal that eventu-
ally led to the founding of the ICC.
When Robinson passed away in
2014 then ICC President Sang-Hyun
Song said he (Robinson) would al-
ways be remembered as the “grand-
father” of the ICC.
Carmona who served as an ICC
judge from 2012 to 2013 before being
named this country’s president said
his attendance at the Hague yester-
day felt “like a homecoming”.
His wife, Reema, and children,
Christian and Anura, were in the
front row of the audience while he
“Indeed there are times when as
a court you may have to let some-
one go who is guilty on paper, but
innocent on the basis of the evi-
dence proffered, it is what justice
is all about, it is a fortifying feature
of justice when a court acts on evi-
dence and evidence alone, not pas-
sion, public perception, opinion or
pressure,” Carmona said.
“In other words ladies and gentle-
men the court of public opinion is
not a court of law, the court of pub-
lic opinion may be a social barome-
ter that tests the tenacity of a court’s
judgment but it does not represent
the law. The adjudication of matters
and issues fall within the juridical
dispensation of judges who have
been elected as persons of integrity,
independence, probity, impartiality
and competence in accordance with
the code of judicial ethics,” he said.
Justice Paula-Mae Weekes is ex-
pected to replace Carmona as pres-
ident. Weekes will be this country’s
first female President.
loses home in
Sea Lots blaze
A local government councillor
and his family are now homeless
after a fire gutted his Sea Lots
Speaking with the T&T Guard-
ian yesterday, Cordell Prescott,
the wife of St Ann’s River, South
councillor Allan Samuel, said the
only clothing she has remaining is
her work uniform.
She said she was at work when
a neighbour contacted her and
told her home was on fire.
Samuel, who was not at home
when the T&T Guardian visited,
said he was more concerned
about his documents being de-
stroyed than anything else as
everything else was replaceable.
The couple has been living in
the house for the past eight years
after a mysterious fire destroyed
the house that once stood in the
Residents said they tried in vain
to douse the fire using a bucket
brigade and hoses.
The fire gutted four homes and
left seven people homeless. Res-
idents said the fire began at the
councillor’s home and spread to
Fire officials could not give a
cause for the fire yesterday. Pres-
cott and her family said they will
be staying by either family or
friends in the area while Samuel
said friends of his will help him
with a place to sleep, clothing,
food and money until he rebuilds.
President Anthony Carmona during his address at the ceremonial opening
of the International Criminal Court’s judicial year at the Hague, in the
Investigators at the scene where 19-year-old Luke Adams (inset) was shot dead at the corner of Duke and Charlotte
Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
Teen sisters found
Sisters Aleana, 15, and Alissa St
Louis, 14, who were reported
missing from their Oropune Gar-
dens, Piarco last month, have
The teens were reported
missing by their mother, Alicia
Yearwood, on December 20.
Yesterday the TTPS said the
sisters have been found and
thanked the public for its assis-
tance in ensuring their safe re-
Police are still searching
for another teenager, Natalia
Thomas, 17, who went missing
from on December 27, at her
home at Tomato Drive, Diego
Anyone with information on
the whereabouts of the missing
teen is asked to contact the po-
lice at 999, 555, 911 or any police
station or call 800-TIPS.
KILLING AT ARANGUEZ SAVANNAH
In an unrelated killing which took place
Wednesday night, police are yet to
ascertain a motive for Dave Babwah’s
Police reported that around 8.30 pm,
after the 37-year-old man was parked
his white Mitsubishi Lancer, near the
Aranguez Savannah he was shot dead.
The killing took place while there
were people jogging and footballers
using the savannah. The killer escaped.
Police said the dead man from El
Socorro south was not robbed.
In June 2015, his brother, Mickey
Babwah, 37, of Parray Lane, El Socorro
Extension, was shot dead near Chanka
In 2011, their father, Basdeo “Dragon”
Babwah, 58, was shot dead in a guard
booth, at Chanka Trace.
To date, 37 people have been
murdered this month.
Natalia Thomas ...still missing
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