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A 46-year-old man from Mor-
vant was stabbed to death during
a domestic dispute with his wife
on Wednesday night.
According to reports, around
10.40 pm Andre Sandiford arrived
at his Clarence Circular, Mon
Repos Village, Morvant, home.
Neighbours told police within
minutes they heard Sandiford
arguing with his 36-year-old wife,
Police said the argument turned
violent when Sandiford allegedly
grabbed a cutlass and began
"planassing" and chopping his
wife on her head.
Investigators said his wife man-
aged to reach for a knife and began
stabbing her husband several times
in his chest until he collapsed. She
then sought help from her neigh-
bours who contacted the police.
Police arrived on the scene
shortly after and rushed the couple
to the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital. Sandiford died while receiv-
ing treatment while his wife
remained warded in a satisfactory
condition up to late yesterday.
Both weapons were recovered in
the house by crime scene inves-
A post-mortem at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yester-
day morning showed Sandiford
died from multiple stab wounds
to his chest. It also showed he had
stab wounds to other parts of his
body, which police said he may
have sustained while defending
himself against his wife s attack.
Investigators were unable to
confirm the nature of the argu-
ment. The couple did not have
any children but Sandiford had
two from a previous relationship.
Homicide detectives said the
woman would be interviewed after
she is discharged from hospital
but said that from initial reports
it seemed that she acted in self-
Investigations are continuing.
Wife kills husband
after cutlass attack
are investigating the
murder of a man, only
identified as "Fish", who
was gunned down in a
drive-by shooting yes-
the man, who was said
to be from Arima, was
lured into Couva where
his killers waited on him.
According to reports,
the victim was standing
outside Angel s Touch
Hair Salon, Roops Junc-
tion, around 3 pm when
three men in a Nissan
Almera pulled alongside.
They opened fire on
the victim who collapsed
and died at the scene.
Man gunned down in drive-by shooting
A 42-year-old prison
officer was killed in an
in Malabar, Arima, yes-
According to reports
shortly after 10 am the
officer, Andy Rogers, of
Arouca, was standing
near a construction site
along Daniel Trace, Mal-
Police said he was
approached by two men,
who drew guns and
began shooting at him.
He was shot several times
in his chest and died from
his wounds at the scene.
His attackers ran away
through a nearby track.
had not established a
motive for his murder up
to late yesterday but were
said to be working on a
number of theories.
One is that a prisoner
may have ordered a hit
on his life. The other is
that he may be a casualty
of an ongoing gang war
over construction con-
tracts in Malabar which
saw seven people being
murdered in less than two
killed in Malabar
weeks between late Sep-
tember and early last
After that spree of
murders, police and
Defence Force members
joined together to conduct
an extensive anti-crime
exercise which was super-
vised by National Security
Minister Gary Griffith and
some of his Cabinet col-
Police sources said
since then, the area has
been relatively quiet
because of an increase in
police presence coupled
with community policing
Detectives of the
Region Two Homicide
Bureau are probing the
A former police corporal, charged
with human trafficking, rape and
serious indecency was granted
$100,000 bail yesterday.
David Rattan, 50, of Cocoyea Vil-
lage, allegedly committed the
offences against a 25-year-old
In September Rattan was granted
$150,000 bail by a San Fernando
magistrate after he also pleaded not
guilty to sexual assault and having
a police uniform.
On Tuesday, Rattan was arrested
on a warrant and charged with the
three offences by WPCpl Hector of
the Counter Trafficking Unit.
Acting Cpl Rawle Burke of the
Mon Repos Police Station assisted
in his arrest.
Yesterday Rattan, an estate agent
and used car dealer, appeared before
San Fernando First Court Magistrate
Annette McKenzie who read the
charges to him.
It is alleged that on July 9 he
recruited the woman into the coun-
try or transported or harboured her
for the purpose of exploitation.
The charge was laid under the
Trafficking in Persons Act.
He is charged with raping the
woman on July 10 and committing
an act of serious indecency on her
on August 1.
The offences allegedly took place
at Cocoyea Village, San Fernando.
He was not called upon to plea to
the indictable charges.
His attorney Subhas Panday said
Rattan had no previous conviction
and was a former police officer.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan noted
he had a pending matter.
Panday, however, said that matter
was connected to those charges.
Seedan did not object to bail but
asked for him to surrender his pass-
port and report to the police station.
He said Rattan was a possible
flight risk because he travelled fre-
quently to Guyana where he placed
advertisements and it was in relation
to that transaction that the charges
The magistrate ordered him to
surrender his passport to the Clerk
of the Peace; he is not to apply for
or be granted a passport by the
Immigration Division and is to report
to the San Fernando Police Station
on Wednesdays and Sundays.
She adjourned the matter to
$100,000 bail for
ex-cop charged with
They then sped off along
the Southern Main Road.
However, within five
minutes a party of offi-
cers, including Supt John-
ny Abraham, Insp Ter-
rence Williams and Sgt
Toolaram, cut off the
vehicle at Perseverance
Three men from Mal-
oney were arrested and
were assisting police with
their investigations up to
"Fish" was wearing a
yellow T-shirt, grey jeans
and his hair was plaited.
Homicide detectives are investigating the murder of
a man, who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting
yesterday evening outside Angel's Touch Hair Salon,
Roops Junction in Couva. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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