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Police yesterday recovered the body
of a man who was dragged out of a
maxi-taxi at Beetham Gardens during
a robbery submerged in a drain running
through the community.
The body of 24-year-old Kendell
Thomas was found the murky water in
the canal near Sixth Street after police
received information that Thomas body
may have been dumped there.
Police had been searching for Thomas
since early Wednesday after he was
Some 50 officers and sniffer dogs were
used during the four exercises conducted
by the lawmen between Wednesday and
Thomas, a passenger in a maxi-taxi
heading into Port-of-Spain, was dragged
out of the vehicle at 19th Street, Beetham
Gardens by gunmen when the vehicle
stopped to drop off two passengers around
Thomas sister Sheena Charles, who
was also in the vehicle, said her brother
was grabbed after he tried to protect her
from the bandits, one of whom broke an
arm in his bid to escape.
The two passengers who were exiting
allowed three gunmen into the vehicle
and robbed the passengers and driver.
Charles, who spoke with the T&T
Guardian at her Carenage home, said her
brother and friend Anna Lyons were in
the back seat of the maxi with her when
her brother began asking the bandits
"Wha is dah one?"
She said the men took her chain and
tried to take her brother s. Throughout
the ordeal Thomas, 24, a construction
worker, kept asking the same question.
One of the bandits ordered everyone
out of the maxi and Thomas, using his
body, protected her from being dragged
out. Charles said a man in the front seat
then told the driver to drive off and he
complied. One of the bandits, a teenager
now in custody, fell out of the moving
vehicle and broke his arm.
Five people, between the ages 14 and
23, have been held in connection with
the robbery and abduction of Thomas.
In an earlier interview at her Bagatelle,
Diego Martin home yesterday, the victim s
mother, Sheila Charles begged: "Remem-
ber you have parents too. Let my son go.
I would like to know if he is dead or alive."
She chastised both police and govern-
ment officials for not doing enough to
protect citizens from criminals who
pounce on unsuspecting citizens near
the Beetham Gardens.
There will be no Christmas
for two Couva families after a
23-year-old woman was brutally
beaten to death and a 39-year-
old father shot dead while driv-
ing near the Chaguanas Ceme-
tery on Wednesday night.
Reports are that security officer
Salisha Langtoo, of Jennifer
Street, Lisas Gardens, was bludg-
eoned with a car jack and father
of one Clifford George, of Car-
olina Village, was shot four times
in the chest after they were
ambushed outside the cemetery.
Two other occupants of the
car, 31-year-old Kwesi Brooks
and a woman identified only as
Carlene, were shot and beaten.
They were both warded in a crit-
ical condition at hospital up to
Three men suspected of com-
mitting the heinous acts were
held yesterday morning. They
were caught robbing a super-
market in Chaguanas.
The quartet was travelling
along the Petersfield Main Road,
St Thomas Village, Chaguanas,
around 6.30 pm in a red Nissan
Almera driven by George.
As they reached the cemetery,
gunmen opened fire on the car,
which crashed into a tombstone.
Witnesses said the victims
tried to run from the car after
the initial attack, but the gunmen
ran towards it and shot and beat
Police led by ACP Wayne Dick,
Snr Supt John Daniel, Supt John-
ny Abraham, Insp Williams and
Sgt Toolaram found George
slumped in the driver s seat while
Langtoo was lying face down at
the side of the car.
Carlene was found lying on the
back seat suffering from injuries
to the left side of her jaw, and
Brooks was in the drain with
injuries to his head.
All four victims were taken to
the Chaguanas Health Facility,
where George and Langtoo died.
Brooks and Carlene were then
taken to the Eric Williams Med-
ical Science Complex in Mt Hope,
but the latter was later transferred
to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital for emergency trauma
An autopsy by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Valery Alexandrov at the
Forensic Science Centre in St
James yesterday showed Langtoo
was struck five times on the head
with the car jack, causing skull
fractures and brain damage.
George was shot four times.
Bullets pierced his aorta and
lungs. Alexandrov said it was dif-
ficult to determine what types
of bullets were used as they were
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited George s home yesterday, his
family was distraught.
His aunt, Molly Samuel, said
the death was especially tragic,
since they were looking forward
to spending Christmas together
as a family. She said George and
his eight-year-old son, Omari,
were very close and he was work-
ing as PH taxi driver to buy
Samuel was baffled at the
killing, saying her nephew had
She said George was a part-
time electrical technician at D2F
Technical at Point Lisas, Couva,
but had not been employed for
the past few weeks and decided
to work a friend s car for hire.
When the Guardian news team
visited Langtoo s home, neigh-
bours said her family had gone
to the Forensic Science Centre.
They described her as a friendly
and respectable woman.
The killings took the toll for
the year to 373.
Brutal attack outside Chaguanas cemetery...
Driver shot dead,
...Two more critical at hospital
Beetham maxi abduction
Body found in drain
The body of Kendall Thomas, inset, is seen floating among garbage in a pond at
Beetham Gardens, one day after he was snatched from a maxi-taxi that had
stopped along the Priority Bus Route near 19th Street, Beetham Gardens,
Laventille, to drop off a passenger. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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