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Cutlass-wielding man killed by cops in Grande mosque
Police shot and killed a cutlass-wield-
ing man who ran amok in a Sangre
Grande mosque on Thursday.
Ashrudeen Hamid, 46, of Coalm-
ine, Sangre Grande, was pronounced
dead on arrival at the Sangre Grande
Hospital after being shot hours ear-
Police said around 7.15 pm, Hamid,
who has a history of mental prob-
lems, ran into the Sangre Grande
Masjid while prayers were going on
armed with a cutlass and looking for
one of the brothers. Several broth-
ers scampered for safety and Sangre
Gande Task Force police were called.
However, when police arrived Hamid
refused to drop the cutlass and tried
several times to chop them as they
drew near to him. Female Sgt Lopez,
who was attempting to get him to
drop the weapon, slipped and fell
during the negotiation and he lunged
at her firing chops. However, officers
The imam of the Cunapo Southern
Main Road mosque, who preferred
not to be named, said the incident
was unfortunate. He said he knew
Hamid had mental issues, but was
not expecting such violent behaviour.
The female officer was later treated
for minor injuries and was said to be
still traumatised last night.
Relatives told the police the man is
an out patient of the St Ann’s Hospital
and has been attending clinic for the
last 15 years.
PCs Ramnarine Charles, Williams
Phillip and WPC Berkley also re-
sponded to the scene and ASP Reva-
nales is investigating.
Mom: I begged her to leave him
RADHICA DE SILVA
Deomatie Madoo begged her daugh-
ter Rachel Madoo to leave an abu-
sive relationship with a man she met
when she was 16, but Rachel always
lived in the hope that one day her life
would get better.
On Monday, Rachel lost that hope.
Desperate and depressed, Rachel
drank poison to escape her abuser
and she died on International Wom-
en’s Day (March 8). Before dying, Ra-
chel left a note begging for help. The
note went viral.
Grieving relatives said her 17-year
relationship was a turbulent one and
the simple note she left while she lay
on her death bed had dug a hole in
The note read, “I live in an abusive
relationship with (name called) for 17
years. I have a 13-year-old daughter
whom he abused as well. He would
beat me and tell me I always have a
man until on Monday he came home
cursing and beating me until I got
fed up and drank poison. I am pres-
ently in Mount Hope and I need help.
(Name called) works in the army and
I fear for my life. Please, help me
please. R Madoo.”
In an interview yesterday, Deo-
matie said both her daughters were
victims of physical abuse, as a male
relative took out his frustration on
them as children.
“When Rachel was 16 years old
she met the man who made her life
a living hell. He had two young chil-
dren of his own but their mother was
never in their lives, so my Rachel took
care of his two children like her own,”
She explained that it was sometime
after the relationship got serious that
she realised the man was beating
her daughter. Describing Rachel as
a pretty girl, Deomatie said the man
was very jealous.
“He would blame her with every
man who spoke to her. She lived in
fear. I told her this was not the kind of
life I wanted her to live because I my-
self was abused. I wanted what was
best for my daughter,” Deomatie said
in an anguished tone.
She said Rachel summoned up the
courage to leave the abusive relation-
ship on three occasions, but each
time “that man would fool up her
Deomatie said Rachel’s children
loved her immensely and stood up
for her when she was being kicked,
dragged and cuffed.
“They would come home and tell
us what was going on. But my daugh-
ter always said thing will get better, he
would change,” Deomatie recalled.
She said last Saturday she invited
Rachel and the family over to her
home for a cook.
“They all came and we had a good
time. I told them my heart not good
and all I wanted was for them to live
good. She told me that they sorting
things out. I told them I don’t want
bacchanal and trouble. He promised
me that he will make her happy,”
Deomatie said. However, she said the
man would drink often and during
bouts of anger would blame Rachel
for any man that came around, even
her own son and her own brother.
“It was a bad situation. I didn’t’t
think she would commit suicide. I
wish I could have helped her,” Deo-
She recalled that last September,
the man gave Rachel a beating and
told her to pack up her belongings
and leave. Deomatie said her daugh-
ter packed up, but a few weeks later
returned to the man, only to die a few
Women in bloody fight over man
A confrontation between a woman
and her husband’s alleged mistress
ended in bloodshed yesterday, after
one of the women was stabbed during
a fight in a pharmacy on High Street,
The commotion drew a crowd out-
side the pharmacy, Bartlett Drugs,
who waited to see the women in-
volved in the “fight over man.” The
incident took place after 1 pm.
However, pharmacy owner Daphne
Bartlett said a woman came into the
store to purchase something. Shortly
after, the alleged horner woman and
her friend entered the pharmacy.
They began arguing and it escalated
into a fight, during which time one of
the women was stabbed.
“I did not really see what took
place, but I was hearing while I was
doing the prescription and I heard
screaming and a knife and different
things took place. Apparently some-
one got stabbed as you see a lot of
blood in the store.”
Bartlett said she saw the woman
who appeared to be the wife bleed-
ing from the stab wound lying on the
ground with another “half naked”
woman on top of her. The other
woman was standing nearby.
“I did hear her saying to girl that
she was married to the man for 20
years and you friendly with my hus-
band,” said Bartlett.
However, she was disappointed
with the police response.
“I have to say the police station is
just two minutes away from this estab-
lishment and it took them at least half
an hour to arrive here. They could
have run 20 times back and forth. If
it was a gun-play many more people
could have injuries, some could have
even died, because the three people
involved were very upset with each
She said what happened was a re-
flection of what was happening in
“It is just the society, everybody has
anger and hate, tempers flare easily,”
She said her staff was in shock over
the incident. Blood and goods were
spilled on the floor of the business
place following the incident and they
were forced to close for the rest of the
The injured woman, who had
blood over her face and clothes, was
attended to by EHS technicians and
taken to the San Fernando General
Hospital. The other two women were
taken into police custody for ques-
tioning. San Fernando police are con-
The Anti-Gang Bill, 2018 was unan-
imously passed in the Lower House
with a vote of 37 for and none against
at 8.20 pm last night.
All 21 Government and 16 Opposition
members who were present at the time
of the vote backed the bill.
The only absent members were
Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe, Com-
munications Minister Maxie Cuffie and
Opposition members Dr Tim Gopees-
ingh and Dr Lackram Bodoe.
When Attorney General Faris Al-
Rawi piloted the bill yesterday, he said
it was “déjà, déjà vu.” He described the
bill as a critical piece of law that would
benefit the country in its fight against
The bill makes it an offence to be a
member of a gang, to be in possession
of a bullet-proof vest, to participate in,
or contribute to, the activities of a gang,
to support or invite support for a gang,
or to harbour or conceal gang members
or recruit persons to a gang. Because
the bill is inconsistent with Sections
4 and 5 of the Constitution a special
three-fifths majority of the members
was required for it to be passed. The
Government did not get initial support
for the bill and it failed on on December
7, when 21 Government MPs voted for
but 12 Opposition MP’s voted against it,
with one abstention from St Augustine
MP Prakash Ramadhar.
Yesterday, Al-Rawi said the T&T Po-
lice Service deserved the law to help
them in their crime fight. He, however,
warned that it will not be a “panacea”
or a cure all for all of this country’s
crime woes. Since December 7 when
the last bill was defeated there had
been 131 murders recorded, he said,
but only 39 of those were classified as
being gang related.
Al-Rawi said when the Opposition
initially failed to support the bill it was
one of his “worst days in parliament.”
Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bis-
sessar was the only Opposition mem-
ber to speak on the bill last night. Since
the TTPS was adamant that the bill
would assist, she aid the Opposition
agreed to find a way to make it happen
in a bi-partisan approach.
“When we did not support it, it was
not out of spite, it was not out of malice,
it was not out of ill will, it was always
in the best interest of the country. And
I want to make it very clear that when
we did not support it, it was not that we
were being unpatriotic, that was not
the issue at all. In fact, we were being
patriotic to protect the rights of the
majority of the citizens of our country,”
One of the concerns the Opposition
had was the bill’s sunset clause.
The Government originally sug-
gested a four-year sunset clause while
the Opposition said a two year sunset
clause would be better.
They agreed on the two-year period.
The sunset clause means that the legis-
lation will automatically expire after the
two-year period and
an extension will have to be sought
in Parliament. The bill now goes to the
Senate for a vote.
Two of the women involved in the fight enter a police vehicle.
PICTURES RISHI RAGOONATH
Abused woman takes own life
Deomatie Madoo, mother of Rachel
Madoo who committed suicide.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
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