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When taxi driver Sunil "Bobby"
Mathura told his family he was on
his last trip, little did they know
his life was going to end that night.
Mathura, 39, of Sookhoo Trace,
Claxton Bay, was shot five times
while driving home on Wednesday
along the Macaulay Road Extension.
Police said around 5.50 pm, the
father of two was near the Junior
Sammy Limited stockyard when a
man in a pick-up pulled alongside
his blue Nissan Sunny B-14 and shot
Residents in Macaulay who heard
the shots checked the area and found
Mathura slumped behind the steer-
ing wheel with gunshot wounds to
the face, jaw, neck and chest.
By the time police, led by Snr Supt
Cecil Santana and ASP Zamsheed
Mohammed, arrived at the scene,
he was already dead and his killer
Both police and family members
believe a hit was placed on Mathura s
life and he was lured to the lonely
road by two women who pretended
to be passengers.
His aunt, Paramdai Ramadhar,
said the murder had the family baf-
fled since he was a quiet, yet friendly
"We don t know why but we are
thinking that he was lured into that
area by the women," Ramadhar said.
Based on the information she
received from another relative who
worked taxi on Wednesday evening,
she said Ramadhar was approached
by the women who asked to be taken
Explaining that Springvale/Forres
Park taxis would not usually go to
Macaulay, she said Mathura was on
his last trip and decided to help the
women by passing through the con-
Police believe on his way back,
his killer flagged him down and shot
him five times with a .45 pistol.
Ramadhar said it was strange that
the women came to the
Springvale/Forres Park taxi stand
when the Macaulay taxi stand was
a short distance away.
Police have ruled out robbery as
Mathura s fares, wallet, cellphone
and other items were in the car.
His mother, Cathy Mathura, said
he would usually have his children---
Chris, 8, and Christalie, 6---in the
car after school.
"I was home when I heard Bobby
got shot so I called his father and
told him. I did know if he had died
or if he just got shot but later I heard
he had died," she added.
She said Mathura was a fishermAn
but because he wanted extra money
to buy items for his children he
decided to work as a taxi driver.
She added: "He said he was not
making much in the sea. He had the
car so he said let him run a little
taxi so he will have a bit of extra
money because the children needed
"When I saw him last and I asked
him where he was going. He told
me he was going to work taxi and
that was it," his mother said.
Almost three weeks after her son
was shot dead, 54-year-old Zita
Wilson was gunned down inside
her living room yesterday morn-
Wilson s death is believed to be
the tenth in a series of reprisal killings
in Rio Claro related to a five-year-
old Wilson/Garcia family feud.
According to reports, Wilson was
at her Sukrey Street home around
9.55 am when a man walked into
her open house and shot her multiple
Police have not established a direct
motive for Wilson s killing but have
linked it to the murder of her sons
Sherwin Wilson and Marcus Gar-
cia.On September 30, Sherwin, a 42-
year-old mechanic was in his garage
working on a vehicle when a gunman
shot him several times.
Sherwin was accused of the mur-
der of Peter Garcia outside the Rio
Claro Magistrate s Court in 2009.
Garcia, a murder accused himself
and one of T&T s most wanted men,
was being led out of court when he
In 2009, when Sherwin appeared
before the court for Garcia s murder,
Wilson and other family members
held a placard protest after police
debarred them from entering the
Sherwin was eventually freed due
to a lack of evidence.
Marcus, Wilson s other son, was
killed after being acquitted of the
2009 double murders of his step-
father Arnold Nelson and his cousin
National Security Minister Gary Griffith
said yesterday his ministry was still com-
piling a list of gang leaders and gang mem-
bers so information could be passed on to
other ministries and taken into consider-
ation when state contracts were being
"I have been liaising with the relevant min-
isters and we are putting mechanisms in
place. It is a very delicate, a very sensitive
"What I can say is this Government will
not aid and abet criminal elements in trying
to acquire state funds," Griffith added.
He was speaking at the handing-over cer-
emony of the $2 million police post at Duncan
Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The building, he added, was believed to be
the first solar-powered public building in
It also will serve as a mediation centre and
has also been outfitted with a flat-screen tel-
evision and a homework centre, catering to
about 30 students.
"In keeping with its function as a police
post, this building has been outfitted with
advanced surveillance technology," Griffith
Saying Government was aware of the rising
crime in certain areas, he said the Duncan
Street community was stigmatised on the
basis of crime statistics.
"The opening of this police post would
go a long way to take away this perception
and hopefully turn what has been deemed
a hot spot to maybe a lukewarm spot to
hopefully a soft spot in the near future,"
He also urged citizens not to be apprehen-
sive when they saw police officers in their
community but rather to feel safe.
"We need to change that culture that when
you see a roadblock or hear a siren, it should
not be seen as something that would affect
you but something that will instill a sense of
comfort, to act as a deterrent and to provide
your most fundamental right, which is safety
and security and by and large your right to
survival," Griffith added.
He said the Government was exploring the
idea of having similar posts in other com-
He added: "This is just one of the many
initiatives we intend to push forward. It is
important we see the value of these assets.
"A police post is there to protect and assist
the community. See it for what it is."
Taxi driver lured to his death
Two women passengers linked to killing
Woman, 54, shot dead in 10th reprisal killing
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, centre seated, greets Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald during the opening of the Duncan
Street police post yesterday. Looking on, right, seated, is acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams. Among those who atended the
opening were from left, standing, managing director HDC Jearlean John, National Security Minister Gary Griffith, Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal and HDC chairman Rabindra Moonan. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Sunil Mathura 39, of Claxton Bay
killed in his taxi on Wednesday.
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