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A crippled gang member
and a 26-year-old taxi driv-
er were murdered in two
shootings in Port-of-Spain
between Tuesday night and
The two murders, plus that
of Police Cpl Terrance Abra-
ham, raised the murder toll
to 141 for the year.
In the latest incident, 40-
year-old David Bishop, of
Lower Dibe Road, Long Cir-
cular, St James, was shot
dead near his home.
Police said Bishop was
partially crippled from a
shooting he survived several
years ago and used a wheel-
chair to move around.
Police said despite his dis-
ability, he was still involved
with a gang which operated
in his community and had a
long criminal record which
included convictions for drug
His relatives told police
that around 9 am yesterday,
some of his friends visited
his home and left with him
at Upper Dibe Road.
Almost two hours later,
police received a report of
gunshots in the area. Officers,
led by Inspector Henry Dann,
responded and found Bishop
lying on the roadway with
several gunshot wounds to
his upper body. He was pro-
nounced dead on the scene
by a District Medical Officer
Police believe while liming
the group was attacked by a
gunman. The men scattered,
leaving Bishop behind and
he was shot several times.
Homicide detectives listed
his murder as gang-related.
A little over 12 hours before
Bishop was killed, 26-year-
old taxi-driver Quincy Martin
was shot dead while plying
his car for hire near Inde-
pendence Square, Port-of-
According to reports,
around 7.15 pm on Tuesday,
Martin, of Springville
Avenue, Picton Quarry,
Laventille, was driving his
Nissan B13 along Duncan
Street when he stopped near
Independence Square to pick
While he was waiting a
gunman, pretending to be a
passenger, walked up to him
and shot him several times
in his chest. The gunman
then ran away. Martin
attempted to drive away but
crashed into two vehicles
parked at the side of the road.
He died on the scene.
Officers from the Port-of-
Spain CID, led by ASP Ajith
Persad and Insp Sahadeo
Singh, visited the scene and
searched the area for the sus-
pect but was unsuccessful.
In an interview at the
Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, Martin s
girlfriend, Candace Simon,
said he had been plying his
taxi for nine years.
"He bought his own car
and the next step was to have
a child. We spent time
together on Sunday and I
spoke with him Monday. We
ate and hung out clothes as
normal," she said, adding he
was a person who was "lov-
able to everybody."
His aunt, Lynette Barker,
said Martin was not the vic-
tim of an attempted robbery
because all the money was
left in the pocket of the dri-
ver s door.
A motive for his murder
has not been determined.
Detectives from the Region
One Homicide Bureau are
probing both murders.
--- With reporting by
National Security Minister
Emmanuel George says the brutal
murder of acting Cpl Terrence
Abraham has only served to
strengthen the national security
forces resolve to fight crime.
Abraham s murder comes just two
months after the slaying of Sgt Hay-
den Manwaring, who was gunned
down by bandits when he attempted
to arrest them in San Fernando.
George, who visited Abraham s
Battoo Avenue, Marabella, home yes-
terday, said citizens and law enforce-
ment officers are now faced with the
constant prospect of being targets of
"I think with what is happening
outside on the streets, we as ordinary
citizens and members of the protec-
tive services are all at an increased
risk," George told the T&T Guardian.
"That is why the Ministry of
National Security and the national
security forces have to be even more
alert and determined to put up a fight
against the criminal elements.
"That fight is ongoing and we hope
that over time we will begin to make
inroads and insights to reduce the
number of crimes and the number
of murders in particular."
The minister said he was upset by
the level of anger he has been seeing
"Sometimes we don t understand
how people lose their lives over a
game of cards, over a cellphone," he
"I mean one would think that peo-
ple would reflect and be less prone
to taking this drastic action for minor
"I urge that we as a country sim-
mer down a bit. There is need for a
lot less noise, everyone is shouting
at each other and we need to just
simmer down a little bit and listen
to each other rather than be shouting
at each other."
Abraham, 39, a father of two, was
gunned down in Couva around 9 pm
on Tuesday night, while taking his
girlfriend, Rosa Hosein-Shah, to her
Police reports stated that Abraham,
who was off duty, was driving along
Milton Road, Couva, when the side
mirror of his Mazda 3 clashed with
the mirror of a Nissan Wingroad.
Abraham and the other driver got
out of their cars and an argument
took place. The man then pulled out
a gun and shot Abraham several times
about his body. The suspect then
jumped back into his car and sped
off.Investigators suspect that Abraham
was gunned down because of his
involvement in an upcoming court
case and are working on the theory
that the accident may have been a
ruse to execute a hit on Abraham.
The excessive shooting of the
Chaguanas Traffic Branch officer, who
has 17 years service, was not consis-
tent with killings related to arguments,
An autopsy performed by Dr Eastlyn
Mac Donald-Borris at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday,
determined that Abraham died of
shock and hemorrhaging as a result
of multiple gunshot wounds to the
Central, Southern and Northern
division officers found a Nissan
Wingroad wagon abandoned in Clax-
ton Bay several hours after the shoot-
ing. Later inquiries revealed the wagon
was not the one used in Abraham s
shooting, but instead in a robbery in
ACP Donald Denoon and Insp Chu-
nilal Bedassie joined friends, relatives
and fellow officers who gathered at
Abraham s home to comfort his moth-
er, Doris Simon, yesterday, as she
struggled to make sense of his death.
Simon said although she knew her
son had a dangerous career, she never
thought he would have suffered such
a horrific death. She said if he had his
service revolver, he may have been
able to overcome his attacker.
She said: "I never thought anyone
would shoot him like that, but I know
the person he was and if he was work-
ing and armed, no one would have
been able to shoot him like that. He
would have fought back."
The death has left his children, Jay-
den, 10, and Kalif, five, traumatised,
Simon said she and other family
members went to the Couva Hospital
where they met with former national
security minister Jack Warner, who
tried to console the family.
Holding on to a newspaper clipping,
a letter to the editor where someone
had commended Abraham for his
work as an officer, Simon said her son
was a hard working and likeable person
who fulfilled his childhood dream by
becoming a police officer.
She said Abraham had been accept-
ed to the Prisons Service around the
same time as was accepted into the
police training academy, but he chose
to be a police officer.
"He liked his job and he was always
happy doing what he was doing," she
He never complained and he liked
to walk so he work in traffic. I never
heard him complain. Since he was
younger he always wanted to be a
George said Abraham will be given
a military funeral and he will meet
with his permanent secretary to see
what other assistance they could offer
The minister said the murder was
particularly sad, since a young officer
who dedicated his life to protecting
citizens was taken away.
Public Information Officer of the
T&T Police Service, Sgt Wayne Mystar,
yesterday urged his colleagues to be
vigilant after one of their own, Cpl
Terrence Abraham, was shot dead on
Tuesday night in Couva.
"On behalf of the Police Service, I
want to extend condolences to the
family and urge officers to be highly
vigilant when on and off duty," he
"Every murder is a great concern
and we will do all things possible to
bring the perpetrators to justice."
--- with reporting by Camille Clarke
Just weeks after a 45-year-old
Chaguanas man was cleared of mur-
der charges, he was shot dead during
a robbery on Tuesday night.
Cyril Saldenha, of Montrose, died
on the spot after an off-duty police
officer opened fire on him as he tried
to rob KFC s Point Lisas outlet.
The failed robbery took place while
police were carrying out heavy land
and air patrols after the murder of
their colleague, PC Clarence Abraham,
According to reports, Saldenha
entered the restaurant, near the Point
Lisas roundabout, shortly before mid-
night and ordered the cashier to hand
over the night s sales.
While waiting, Saldenha was chal-
lenged by an off-duty Anti-Kidnap-
ping Unit officer who was eating
there. Saldenha reportedly instead
turned his gun at the officer, who
responded by firing several shots at
He was hit several times in the
chest and died before police and an
ambulance could arrive. His body
was taken to the Forensic Science
Centre, St James where an autopsy
was to be done yesterday.
Police said Saldenha, who had no
fixed address, was released from
prison last month after he was arrest-
ed for murder, kidnapping and other
among two killed
Cop killed in front girlfriend
Security Minister hopes to get handle on crime as...
Police move along a hillside track in their search for a second body at Dibe, Long Circular,
St James, following reports there was more than one murder victim following a shooting.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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