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In just 13 days the murder toll
stood at 26 late yesterday. The
most recent killings are that of
Abigail Persad and Sherwin
According to police reports
Wint, 25, was with his girlfriend
Tamika Marcano, 20, at Boissiere
Lane, Belmont, when a man fired
Wint, of Samuel Lane, Belmont,
was shot about the body while
Marcano was shot in the arm. A
third person, 16-year-old Roslyn
Lewis was shot in the leg. At the
time of the shooting she was
crossing the road. Police said the
shooting took place around 8.30
Speaking with relatives outside
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, Wint s sister
Stacey Kelly, said her brother was
the only boy of her parents. She
said her brother was not affiliated
in any way in any type of illegal
activity and had recently been
employed at Johnny Q in Bel-
Kelly said her brother was a
nice person who was just at the
wrong place at the wrong time.
Fifteen minutes after Wint s
killing police said a man dressed
in black with a black umbrella
stood outside the home of Persad,
34, and opened fire as she was
about to enter her home.
Police reports are that around
8.45 pm Persad was in the front
passenger seat outside her Man-
hattan Drive, Maturita, Arima,
home when she was shot. A male
companion, who was in the car
at the time of the shooting, ran
leaving Persad and her six-year-
old daughter in the vehicle. The
child was not physically hurt.
While fleeing the gunman con-
tinued shooting at the vehicle hit-
ting the proprietress about the
body. She was rushed to the Arima
Health Facility and was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
Homicide detectives said they
have no motive for any of the two
killings and are continuing inves-
Mere hours before Palo Seco
father Ricaldo "DJ Pappy"
Sanchez was supposed to testify
in a three-year-old murder trial
at the Siparia Magistrates Court,
Petrotrin workers stumbled upon
his corpse in a Santa Flora field
After he was reported missing
on Sunday, police believe the 51-
year-old father from Mitchell
Trace, Los Charos, was taken to
the lonely Skinner Trace Extention
on Sunday morning and killed
with a single shot to the head.
The murder occurred just two
days after Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar appealed to cit-
izens to help her win the war
against crime by providing police
Distraught relatives said Gov-
ernment had failed Sánchez, who,
despite countless death threats,
was going to give evidence in the
case in which Fermin Carrabai is
accused of murdering 30-year-
old Kwasi "President" Chakum-
ba-Muraldo on December 28,
The case was proceeding by
way of paper committal and
Sanchez s statement had already
been tendered. He had been sum-
moned to appear in the Siparia
First Court to be cross-examined
by defence counsel Earl James.
A relative, who did not want
her name used, said: "He did not
deserve this kind of death because
he was trying to do the right thing.
"Probably he was the only per-
son willing to stand up and testify
against what is happening in
Trinidad right now and they kill
him for that."
Even more disheartening, she
said, all three men were once
friends and played as children in
Los Charos but after witnessing
Chakumba-Muraldo s death,
Sanchez wanted to get justice for
his murdered friend.
"The State failed him in a sense
but what I am saying is the people
also failed him. The people in the
neighbourhood failed him more
than the State because when you
think about it, it is the people
around who knew what was going
"What the Government can do
is to offer the people who are will-
ing to come forward protection.
They need to take it up instantly.
"If a man said he witnessed a
murder, take him one time and
keep him away from the neigh-
bourhood because we need this
case to get solved.
Although no suspects have been
arrested, Sanchez s relative said
everyone already knew why he
She said the last time she spoke
to Sanchez was on Friday, when
he went to the court to find out
when he was supposed to testi-
"I met him in Siparia and he
had on his court clothes. He said
he was by the court all the time.
He went back and they told him
the case was today.
How he died
Around 7.45 am, a crew was on
their way to work when they
found Sanchez s body in the road.
Police, led by Snr Supt Cyril
Harry and Insp Granger, found
the body lying face-up with a
gunshot wound to the back of the
He was dressed in a three-
quarter khaki pants and white
socks and had a bandana around
his neck. Police found what
appeared to be a 9mm bullet cas-
Around 10 pm on Saturday,
Sanchez, a DJ and part-time elec-
trician at Petrotrin, left home to
play music at Station 22 Bar at
Los Charos Junction. After the
bar closed, he went to a party next
On Sunday morning when he
did not return home, his wife,
Mahalia Floyd, went in search of
him and found his jersey, shoes
and bicycle near the junction.
A report was made to the Santa
Flora Police who even got
Petrotrin to empty a pond during
The killing he saw
On December 28, 2010, Sanchez
explained to the T&T Guardian
how Chakumba-Muraldo, the
father of four, was shot at point-
He said that around 9 pm, the
victim and several other workers
from Quality Environmental Serv-
ices were waiting for transport to
enter a forested area in Erin where
seismic surveys were taking place.
another man got into an argu-
ment, during which he was shot.
After hiding for six days, the
suspect, accompanied by his
attorney Dexter Bailey, surren-
dered to acting Sgt Salick Jagroop
at the Santa Flora Police Station.
Petrotrin president Khalid Hassanali
yesterday defended the company s use
of the dispersant Corexit 9500 during
oil-spill clean-up operations at La Brea.
He said there was no cause for concern,
since, "all the chemicals we are using
are approved chemicals and we are using
them in the approved manner."
He made the statement to reporters
yesterday during a media conference,
which was also attended by Petrotrin
chairman Lindsay Gillette, at the com-
pany s Learning Resource Centre, Pointe-
a-Pierre. It was held to give an update
on the progress of the clean-up.
Gillette said the company followed all
rules and regulations for using it.
"It is being used in minimal quantities,
in accordance with the dispersant use
policy, which is one nautical mile offshore
up to a ten-metre depth of water, which
is 30 feet.
"The first spill occurred two miles off-
shore at a depth of 15 metres, the second
spill occurred two to three miles (out, at
a) depth of 20 metres. So we have used
this particular dispersant, in accordance
with what is required National Oil Spill
Contingency Plan," he said.
Yesterday the Petrotrin officials were
grilled about the chemical, which has
been banned in the United Kingdom and
Concerns have been raised about it
causing cancer and killing marine life
after it was used in the BP Gulf of Mexico
disaster of 2010.
Hassanali said the company used
He said: "We at Petrotrin will not par-
ticipate in any action that is likely to
cause harm to people or to the environ-
ment or to wildlife."
He said the company shared the con-
cern about the chemical s impact on
humans, the environment and wildlife
and pointed out that Petrotrin was work-
ing alongside the EMA (Environmental
Management Authority) in its clean-up
"We have an agreement with the EMA
as well. We are going to be meeting with
the EMA (this week) so in a sense we are
under the auspices of the EMA going
forward," he said.
Hassanali denied trying to avoid
answering questions which raised safety
and health concerns about the product.
"My objective is not to avoid your
questions at all. My objective is to be
responsible and represent the interest of
the residents of La Brea, as well as rep-
resent Petrotrin and the community at
large. We did say that it is an approved
chemical. We also google as well," Has-
He said medical facilities were open
to all La Brea residents and some 200
residents had used them and doctors
were taking care of all of the residents
complaints, whether oil-spill-related or
Hassanali said the company s medical
department would advise management
further on any issues that may be directly
related to the oil spill.
He said all air and water quality reports
would be included in the company s final
report on the spills.
use of banned
State witness murdered
Relatives say State failed to protect him
Toll now 26 with two more killings
Relatives of state witness Ricaldo Sanchez (inset) assemble at the scene where his body was found
yesterday in Santa Flora. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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