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A witness in a murder
matter was shot dead on
Thursday night and police
believe the hit on Jason
"Feto" John may have come
from within the prison.
John, a father of three, was
under a tree at his home on
Sunrees Road, Penal, around
7.10 pm with his three-year-
old daughter Jaycee John and
brother Amanike Codrington
when a man approached and
asked for drugs.
Police said the man then
Hearing the gunshots,
John's common-law wife,
Joanne Peschier, went outside
and grabbed the child, while
Codrington ran into nearby
John's neighbour, 58-year-
old Glenn Roberts, was struck
in the abdomen by a stray
bullet. He was taken to the
San Fernando General Hos-
pital and warded in stable
Police said John was a wit-
ness to the May 8, 2010,
murder of Penal labourer
Michael Jacob, also known
as Michael Ramsaran. Ram-
saran was shot dead while
with friends at Beckles Street,
He was expected to testify
on Tuesday in the prelimi-
nary inquiry against the mur-
der accused, Travis Ali, also
known as Alex Lewis, at the
Siparia Magistrates Court.
Standing over the spot
where his brother was shot,
Codrington said the gunman
walked into the street. He
said he came for the sole pur-
pose of executing his broth-
"When he watched up the
hill he noticed it was my
brother and it was like that
was the man he came for. He
walked back up the hill, took
out his gun from his black
Jansport bag and started to
shoot my brother.
"I ran in the bushes behind
the house and as I watched,
I saw the gunman standing
over my brother and
squeezed. I don't know how
much shots he bust, but he
just squeezed and made sure
he was dead...After that the
gunman just walked up the
John's sister Amanda
Codrington said it was not
the first attempt on her
brother's life, as he had sur-
vived being shot nine times
by a former brother-in-law.
In 2010, shortly after he
witnessed Jacob's murder, a
gunman held his mother and
nephew at gunpoint at their
Fazal Trace, Penal home as
they searched for John.
Codrington, then 18, was
instead shot several times,
leaving him with a damaged
State witness murdered
....police believe hit ordered from prison
During a UNC Monday Night Forum in Gasparillo on May
6, the PM said prisoners were using cellphones to order
murders and other criminal acts. She said it was confirmed
by the National Security Council after a probe into the
claim, which was first made by former national security
minister Martin Joseph almost five years ago.
She said plans were afoot to implement mobile phone
signal jammers which would locate the phones and block
calls and text messages within the prisons.
The move was also welcomed by Prison Commissioner
Martin Martinez, but has not yet been put into effect.
Jason John's common-law wife, Joanne Peschier holds two of
their children Jeheim John 9 and Jacey 3 as she weeps outside
their home in Penal. PHOTO:RISHI RAGOONATH
Kavita Sieunarine, 15, looked on in
horror as a gunman shot her father
on Thursday night.
Police said 39-year-old Sarram Sie-
unarine was shot dead as he walked
up the steps to his home on Khadan
Trace, Libertville, in Rio Claro.
His killer remains anonymous as
investigators said no one knew where
the shot came from, but they suspect
the gunman hid in the bush at the back
of the house.
Reports stated that around 8 pm,
Sieunarine had only just returned from
the supermarket in Rio Claro with a
neighbour. As he was entering his
house, he was shot more than eight
His daughter-in-law Kennisa Woods
said Kavita and her mother Davey
Padarath hid in the bedroom until the
However, no one broke in or tried to
enter the house to attack them.
Relatives said they are puzzled over
the killing because Sieunarine had no
known enemies nor did he receive any
Woods said, "Before this thing hap-
pened, we were hearing the dogs bark-
ing at something behind the house, but
at the back there is only bush.
"Kavita went downstairs in the back,
but she did not see anyone and as she
went back into the house, same time
her father came home.
"He had a short conversation with
his neighbour and as he walked up the
steps, shots started to fire."
Woods said Sieunarine lived a private
life and was a quiet person who did
not reveal much about himself.
She said over the past few days, he
had begun to work as a taxi driver on
the San Fernando to La Romaine route
after losing his job as a straightener.
Woods said, "Honestly, we don't why
anyone would have wanted to kill him.
Right now his daughter is not coping
good at all.
"He has another daughter at the St
Jude's Home for Girls and she too is
not coping well."
She said it was equally hard for
Padarath, who lost her mother four
months ago and was hoping to celebrate
her husband's 40th birthday on
Woods said crime was stretching to
all areas of the country, as Rio Claro
was usually a peaceful place where
murders were rare.
She said it was even more shocking
that the murder took place at 8 pm,
when many people were up and around
Rio Claro man
shot dead at home
A police constable was yester-
day arrested in a sting operation
for soliciting and receiving a
The constable, of Lowlands,
Tobago, was arrested yesterday
afternoon by officers of the Pro-
fessional Standards Bureau led by
ACP Deodath Doolalchan.
Police sources said the unit
recently received a report from a
woman who claimed that the offi-
cer was soliciting the bribe to forgo
criminal prosecution against one
of her relatives.
Detectives of the unit advised
the woman to arrange a meeting
with the officer to conduct the
transaction. The meeting took place
in Belmont yesterday morning dur-
ing which the officer was arrested.
The officer was later escorted to
his home where the detectives con-
fiscated his uniform and other
The officer is expected to be
charged with two offences under
the Corruption Act and will appear
before a Port-of-Spain magistrate
early next week. (DA)
Tobago PC caught taking bribe
A policewoman yesterday
appeared in court charged with
beating the wife of a policeman
who is charged with murdering
three friends in Barrackpore.
WPC Judith St Louis, who is on
suspension, appeared in the San
Fernando Magistrates Court.
St Louis, who was attached to
the Ste Madeleine Police Station,
pleaded not guilty to the charge of
assaulting Derica Rivero by beating.
It is alleged that St Louis struck
Rivero in front of her workplace
on High Street, San Fernando, last
Cpl Jason David laid the charge.
St Louis, who has about seven
years' service, was represented by
attorney Keith Beckles.
Magistrate Rae Roopchan told
St Louis she did not have to return
to court until her matter was fixed
for trial and the complainant would
notify her when she has to return
to court on July 29.
Rivero's husband, Renaldo
Rivero, is jointly charged with Cpl
Khemraj Sahadeo, PCs Antonio
Ramdhin, Roger Nicholas, Safraz
Juman and Glen Singh.
They are before a Princes Town
magistrate charged with the mur-
ders of Abigail Johnson, Kerron
"Fingers" Eccles and Alana Duncan
on July 22, 2011.
WPC charged with beating cop's wife
Suspended WPC Judith St Louis leaves the San Fernando Magistrates
Court after appearing before a magistrate charged with beating a
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