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Soca superstar Machel Montano meets a group of children at the Open Bible Church, Sea Lots,
Thursday. Montano was a guest motivational speaker at a four-day outreach programme titled Time,
Love and Care, which was organised by Pearl James, the mother of accident victim Ryan Rampersad,
who was crippled in an accident on the Beetham Highway earlier this year in which a mother and her
two daughters lost their lives. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
MACHEL MOTIVATES YOUTHS
Businessman Doodnath Steve
Sirju, who was burnt beyond
recognition when his car crashed
in Beetham, early Monday morn-
ing, was given a grand send-off
with a street procession at his
Tarouba home yesterday.
With chutney music blaring,
mourners, including Ramleela
characters, followed the casket
bearing his body through the
The casket was also placed on
a concrete slab on the corner of
the street where he frequently
hung out with friends.
The 34-year-old father of two
was dressed in the gorilla costume
which he wore when partaking in
Ramleela celebrations. A photo of
him was placed on top of the cas-
In paying tribute to him, Pastor
Paul Bobcombe of the Indian Walk
Open Bible Church said Sirju s
death was so unexpected that
many would have questions.
He did not have the answers but
advised, "The love of God is
He encouraged mourners to
make their mark in life just as Sirju
His niece Rachel Toolsie said he
was her strength.
"You were more than my uncle,
you were my daddy."
His wife Sharlene recalled that
she met Sirju when she was 17 and
it was love at first sight.
He always put his family first,
she said in her remarks which were
read by a relative.
His body was cremated at the
Shore of Peace, Mosquito Creek.
Sirju, a director at Dhanesar Sirju
and Sons Ltd, was driving along
the Beetham Highway around 3.20
am Monday when he fell asleep,
The car ran off the road, hit a
tree and burst into flames. An
autopsy revealed that he died
before his body was engulfed in
Burnt car-accident victim laid to rest
A 19-year-old Pashley Street
man was shot dead on Thursday
night at Boot Hill, Trou Macaque,
Kriss Martin of Francis Lane,
which is off Pashley Street, was
found lying on the ground with
multiple bullet wounds to the body.
Police said around 7.45 pm, res-
idents heard loud explosions and
when they checked, they discov-
ered Martin s bullet-riddled body
lying on the side of the road.
The residents immediately noti-
fied the police.
The district medical officer
viewed the body and ordered its
removal to the Forensic Science
Centre for an autopsy.
Homicide officers are continuing
Laventille teen shot dead
An El Socorro man was killed yes-
terday morning while attempting to
cross the Churchill-Roosevelt High-
way in El Socorro.
Andy Emmanuel Mark, 35, of
Hindu Lane, died on the spot after
A report said around 7.40 am,
Mark was attempting to cross the
highway when a vehicle collided with
Acting Cpl Mangalsingh of the
Barataria Police Station is continuing
Fatal accident in El Socorro
Police are investigating how an
explosive device came to be in a police
station in northern Trinidad on Thurs-
Police received information and offi-
cers of the North Eastern Division Task
Force went to the San Juan Police Sta-
tion and searched the compound.
The officers found a gas canister in
the dormitory area of the station.
Insp Roger Alexander and a party of
officers from the Bomb Squad and other
crime scene units were called out to
investigate the device.
Police said the device releases a gas
and is capable of creating an explo-
Senior officers said they did not know
how the device came on the compound
and nobody was injured.
When contacted, deputy police com-
missioner (DCP) Mervyn Richardson
said he was informed that there was a
device found at the station but he has
not been briefed on it.
In an unrelated incident, a police
officer is now in custody after he
allegedly sold a stolen vehicle from the
compound of a police station in north-
Police said the officer allegedly sold
a Mazda vehicle that was reported
stolen and was kept impounded at the
Morvant Police Station.
Up to late yesterday evening, the
officer was being interviewed by col-
leagues from the Professional Standards
Bureau and other units.
When contacted, DCP Richardson
said he will not comment on the issue
until he was briefed.
device found at
Arima residents can
expect an adequate
police presence during
today s Borough Day
events in Arima.
In a telephone inter-
view yesterday, Arima
mayor Ghassan Youseph
said, "I expect it will have
a contingent of police
presence and starting at
five or six (am) but won t
have any boomboxes. It
will only have steelbands
and J Ouvert."
why there will be no
music trucks or music
boxes on the roadside this
"It has been the cause
of many problems and
we are not allowing no
boom boxes this year," he
Youseph said there will
be a compilation of 24
steelbands, pan around
the neck and tassa drums
performing at the annual
The Arima Velodrome
will also be the venue for
a "Wet Fete" hosted by
the Boom Champions
Arima mayor expects
calm Borough Day
Northern Division Snr
Supt David Abraham said
there will be a heavy
police presence during
events this weekend.
"In the past there was
some violence but not
under my watch. Last
year was incident free,"
Abraham said they will
be assisted by officers
from the Guard and
Emergency Branch, East-
ern and North Eastern
Division Task Forces. (CC)
A couple wearing masks lead the funeral procession of businessman
Doodnath Steve Sirju from his Tarouba home yesterday. Sirju, who
died in a car crash on the Beetham Highway, last Monday, used the
masks to play one of the characters during Ramleela celebrations
earlier this year. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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