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Hamid Rasheed still has
a bullet lodged in his left
arm after being shot on
Queen Street, Port-of-
Spain, last Saturday.
Police said around 7
pm, Rasheed, of Maraval,
and Alvin Maraj, 35, of
Valsayn, were standing
on the pavement at the
corner of Queen and
Henry Streets when a
gunman began shooting
at Maraj before running
off.One of the bullets
struck Rasheed while
Maraj was shot in the
right hand, said police.
Detectives do not
believe Rasheed was the
target of the gunmen.
A relative (who refused
It took a jury a little over half-
an-hour to return with a not guilty
verdict in favour of a Chaguanas
man accused of murdering a man
in front of his home in 2006.
Joel Shah, 30, of Goodwill Trace,
Enterprise, Chaguanas, walked out
of the Port-of-Spain High Court a
free man yesterday afternoon after
a 12-member jury returned with the
not guilty verdict.
In a short interview outside the
court, Shah said he was happy to be
acquitted. He added his first activity
as a free man would be to eat his
favourite meal, chicken and chips.
Shah criticised the police officers
who charged him with murder. He
said they should improve their inves-
"If they (the police) had done a
good job, I would not have spent
seven-and-a-half years in prison,"
During his trial before Justice Hay-
den St Clair-Douglas, Shah was
accused of murdering 23-year-old
Sheldon "Sugar Pie" James, of
The State s main witness, Shah s
neighbour, Shammi Jagroop, said on
June 1, 2006, he was returning from
work when he saw Shah speaking to
He said he went inside to change
his clothes and when he returned
shortly after he saw Shah pointing
a gun at James head.
Jagroop claimed he began to run
towards a neighbour s yard and while
doing so he heard a gunshot. He then
saw James lying unconscious at the
side of the road.
While being cross-examined by
Shah s defence attorney, Tristle
Khan-Leu, Jagroop admitted to vis-
iting Shah 13 times while he was in
prison. However, he denied being
coerced by police into testifying
Attorney Raphael Morgan also rep-
After seven years in prison...
Man freed of
to be named) said Hamid
was doing well and had
just had his arm band-
aged at the hospital.
In an interview yester-
day at Queen Street, the
relative said times were
bad and prayers were
"Don t you think
prayers are needed? He
is doing okay and he
came down here to help
(a relative). The bullet is
stuck in his muscle, that s
why the doctors did not
take it out yet," she said.
She said another rel-
ative would hold a
"prayers" soon in Port-
shooting victim, Ravindra
Beharry, 28, remained at
the Port-of-Spain Gen-
eral Hospital in a critical
condition up to last night.
He was shot outside
the Port-of-Spain State
Prison minutes after
being released on bail last
December 12. He was hit
seven times as he sat in
his father s car on Fred-
Meanwhile, Silas Jack-
son, of Bagatelle, Diego
Martin, who was shot in
the hip while in the car
park of Linda s Bakery,
Glencoe, has been dis-
charged from the hospi-
tal.Police said last week
Friday Jackson and some
friends were parked at
the bakery when a car
pulled alongside them
and one of its occupants
shot at Jackson.
No suspects have been
arrested and Four Roads
Police are continuing
Bullet still in shot teen's arm
Former national footballer Brent Sancho distributes toys to Jajeev, David and Alex Lalla during Super
Industrial Services (SIS) fourth annual Christmas toy drive at Perseverance Village, Couva, yesterday.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
TOYS OF JOY
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