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Monday, December 23, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
An All Fours match in central
Trinidad ended bloody early
yesterday after three men,
among them a soldier, were
shot dead in a drive-by shoot-
ing while standing on the side
of the road.
The victims, police said, were
standing opposite the Inshan
Ali Park, Polo Ground Road,
Preysal, around 3.25 am when
the incident occurred.
The three men have been
identified as Rawle Fletcher, 34,
a lance corporal of the Defence
Force; Mitra Maharaj, 46, a
businessman of Trent Drive,
Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas;
and Anil Diram, 19, a NESC
student of Grand Couva.
Fletcher lived in Preysal.
According to Senior Super-
intendent Peter Reyes, the men
were gunned down by men
driving a red Kia Sportage.
Reyes said checks with the
licensing department revealed
that the registration number on
the vehicle was bogus. He said
the police are working on sev-
eral leads. He also said police
investigators are confident they
will solve the case.
He also appealed to anyone
with information to contact the
At Fletcher s home yesterday,
his mother, Margaret, said she
wanted justice. She said her
son should not have died in
such a horrible manner.
"I am appealing with the
criminals to stop killing inno-
The soldier s sister, Valerie
Fletcher, said her brother left
his home with Mitra Maharaj
about ten minutes before the
incident to attend the All Fours
She said her brother was the
father of three.
Fletcher had two daughters
ages 12 and 10; and a son aged
13. They lived with the victim s
"The crime situation is a
disgrace. The country is too
small to not find the criminals.
My mother is in a disheartened
position. Christmas done for
us and for a long time to come,"
She said her brother was a
progressive person and was in
the process of opening a rum
shop downstairs his home.
A statement yesterday from
the Defence Force said Fletcher
enlisted with the Trinidad and
Tobago Regiment on August 9,
2004. He was attached to the
Warrant Officers and Senior
Rates Mess at the Defence Force
Also at Diram s home yes-
terday his bereaved mother,
Molly Diram, said her son stud-
ied air-conditioning at NESC
She described him as model
child who liked playing cards.
Relatives said there would be
no Christmas for this year. His
stepfather Steve Bahaw said the
family would no longer celebrate
Christmas and may have a
funeral on Christmas Day
"This was the worst I have
ever seen. Anil wanted to be a
technician," he said.
Teen among three killed
in drive-by shooting
Margaret Fletcher speaks during yesterday's interview.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Murder victim Lance Corporal
Rawle Fletcher of Preysal
Village, Couva was killed by
gunmen outside the Sandy
Annan Bar next to Inshan Ali
Park in Polo Road, Preysal early
A 35-year-old Caparo man was shot in both
legs as he arrived home around 9 pm on Fri-
Lyndon Ramoutar, an employee of National
Quarries Limited, was accosted by two men
and shot in both legs. He was taken to the
Chaguanas Health Facility and later transferred
to the Accident and Emergency Unit, at the
Mt Hope Hospital, where emergency surgery
Ramoutar, police said, told them as he arrived
home two men came to him asking his name.
As he answered he was shot.
"He fell to the ground and asked that the
ambulance be called to take him for medical
treatment. But while waiting for the ambulance,
a relative rushed him for medical attention,"
his father, Dipnarine Ramoutar, said.
Senior Supt Johnny Abraham and acting
Supt Sahadeo Singh, who both lived in the
neighbourhood mounted a search for the men.
Several vehicles were searched during the
Abraham has promised that, "no stone will
be left unturned to apprehend the assailants".
This incident in Caparo and environs has
hit home as residents said they were keeping
close watch on any undesirable elements in
Several businessmen have now opted to
increase security personnel and surveillance,
especially for the Christmas holidays, one busi-
shot in both legs
ing Minister Dr
lal has listed
five bills as pri-
for the Govern-
ment in the new
now on its
mas break and is
resume in Janu-
the T&T Guardian yesterday the insurance and
procurement legislation were among the pri-
ority matters to be completed. He also listed
the Development of Land, Beverage Container
and Bail bills as priority matters to be debated
Asked about the infrequent sittings of the
House of Representatives this year, Moonilal
said he was "not aware of the statistics on
meetings but it was a year with four elections."
The Tobago House of Assembly election took
place in January, after which there was the
Chaguanas West by-election in July, in October
there was the local government election in
Trinidad and two weeks later, in November
the people of St Joseph voted in another by-
Moonilal said: "This also meant that we
needed to focus of our democratic imperatives
Five bills take
priority next year
Housing Minister Dr Roodal
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