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Speaking at a breakfast meeting at the Faculty
of Social Sciences Lounge, UWI, St Augustine,
organised by the Women s Institute for Alter-
native Development on December 10, Williams
had projected there could be 399 murders and
12,835 serious crimes by the end of the year.
The first murdered man was identified as 35-
year-old Neil Williams alias "Poobie." Williams
was in company of his cousin Sheldon John,
32, along with other people at Upper Trou
Macaque, near the community centre around
1 pm when two gunmen approached the group
and opened fire.
Williams was shot several times about the
body and died on the scene. John, who was shot
once in the right foot, was taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where he remained
warded in a stable condition last night.
Police said they had no motive for the shooting
as the men, who lived in the area, were not
known to be involved in any illicit activity.
About an hour later, 44-year-old Curtis Lewis,
a visually-impaired man, was murdered metres
from his home on Boxhill Trace, Laventille.
Lewis, police said, was walking through the
track with his father when his father was
stopped. Lewis continued walking and while
heading home was shot dead. Police said res-
idents heard loud explosions coming from a
nearby track leading to his home and when they
checked they found him dead.
A member of the community, identified only
as "Kerron," called on residents to "take it down"
as the Christmas period was a spiritual one that
should be celebrated in reverence and not marred
Meanwhile, in an interview yesterday after-
noon, Harrylal Ramsundar, a family friend stay-
ing at the home of Andrea Persad, said he was
in the garage when a car pull up in front the
He said Roopchand called Persad on her
father s cell phone and a little while later Persad
walked past him and went to the car.
"She passed in front of me and walked up
the hill by the car.
"I hear like he (Roopchand) tell she to sit
down and she say he start to curse she using
the four letter word and this man start shoot-
"I tell myself like is some kind of firecracker
this man using to frighten she. She started
screaming and running and I see him leaning
over the driver seat and shooting."
Ramsundar said he was grazed by a stray
bullet on his index finger.
Even when Persad s stepmother grabbed her
and carried her inside, Roopchand was still
shooting, he said.
He said they all remained inside until the
police came. "We were frighten. When we come
out we see him slump in the car with a bullet
hole in he head."
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Residents look on yesterday as water gushes past them, at the now destroyed Piaye bridge in St Lucia. The bridge was destroyed as
a result of severe flooding on Christmas Eve. PHOTO COURTESY ST LUCE NEWS ONLINE
The Office of Disaster Preparedness
and Management (ODPM) yesterday
sought to meet the immediate needs of
citizens of St Lucia, and also spread some
Christmas cheer to children, sending food
and drink as well as toys to the island
that was devastated by flooding on
St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
and Dominica were ravaged by flooding
due to a powerful weather system which
left 14 people dead---eight in St Vincent
and six in St Lucia.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar visited St Lucia, the only
island to request assistance from T&T,
and also mandated the ODPM to assist
with emergency supplies.
The PM requested that the ODPM
mobilise foodstuff and emergency supplies
to be sent to St Lucia which was badly
affected by the inclement weather on
Persad-Bissessar is chairman of Cari-
com, and lead Prime Minister on security
in the region.
St Lucia requested emergency supplies
from T&T, including canned goods, bis-
cuits, infant formula, mattresses, blankets,
hygiene kits, disaster kits and first aid kits.
The country made an urgent request for
drinking water and yesterday officers of
the T&T Air Guard made two trips to the
island to deliver 100 cases of water.
Rear Admiral Richard Kelshall, head of
security to Caricom, accompanied the Air
Guard to the island.
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz
organised for a ferry to take the other
emergency supplies to St Lucia.
CEO of the ODPM Stephen Ramroop,
in a brief telephone interview yesterday,
said the ODPM would also be delivering
toys to children who may have been
deprived of Christmas gifts because of the
He said five pre-positioned and pre-
packed 40-foot containers filled with
emergency supplies would be shipped to
the island and would reach the destination
"Items necessary for immediate mobil-
isation have been placed in these containers
and warehouses," Ramroop said.
"With the assistance of the Supermar-
kets Association, water manufacturers and
other key suppliers of emergency goods
and services, the ODPM is mobilising the
necessary stuff to be sent to St Lucia in
the shortest possible time."
According to a release from the ODPM,
one of its five pre-positioned and pre-
packed containers would have been sent
immediately while another would have
been sourced to send 150 mattresses.
No requests have come from the other
affected islands as yet. SEE PAGE A5
ODPM to deliver toys for children as...
T&T sends emergency
supplies to St Lucia
PIAYE SWEPT AWAY
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urged to 'take it down'
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