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Two more people have been killed while
five others have been injured in two sep-
arate incidents between Saturday and yes-
terday. Another man, shot last week Sun-
day, died on Saturday morning. The latest
killings pushed the murder toll to 34.
According to police reports, 47-year-old
Sheldon Isaac died around 9.35 am at the
Eric Williams Medical Complex, where he
was warded in a critical condition since
being shot on January 12.
A suspect, who was charged with
attempting to murder Isaac, as well as pos-
session of arms and ammunition, will now
be charged with his murder, police said yes-
Isaac, of Savannah Road, Peytonville,
Arima, went to purchase doubles at the
corner of Spancrete Boulevard and O Meara
Road, Arima. When Issac was returning to
his green Toyota Corolla, which was parked
nearby, he was confronted by a man who
shot him nine times about the body.
In Diego Martin, 54-year-old mechanic
Dulraj Deodath was found bludgeoned to
death at his Sea Trace, Bagatelle Road, home.
Deodath, who is also the owner of a trucking
company, was killed in what police believed
was an attempted robbery.
According to police reports Deodath was
found in his bed, covered in blood and a
hammer nearby around 2.30 pm on Satur-
day. Sgt Grant and Cpl Linton of the Western
Division visited the man s home after calls
to his phone went unanswered by his rel-
atives. Officers noticed his front door forced
open and a Toyota three-tonne truck miss-
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, Deodath s sister, Elsie Deodath,
described her older brother as a kind and
generous man who was always willing to
Deodath said the family became suspi-
cious after Dulraj failed to visit his mother
Sukyia Ramkillawan on Saturday morning
as he was accustomed doing as he would
also bring newspapers for his brother-in-
law Roberto. She said it was Roberto who
found Deodath s body after Ramkillawan
sent him to investigate.
Deodath said her brother s death came
two months and two weeks after another
sibling s passing.
In the last incident police reports are that
on Saturday around 9 pm at Seales Street,
Laventille, 22-year-old Marcus Simon, of
Philbert Street, was shot while playing cards
with a group of men. Simon was taken to
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where
he died around 3 am yesterday.
Police said Simon s older brother Dexter
Simon, 38; Daniel Lawrence, 28; Noel East-
man, 24; Kerwin James, 38; and Keith Phillip,
22; were with other men playing cards in
the roadway when a silver Nissan Almera
pulled up and a gunman opened fire.
The older Simon was shot in the stomach;
Lawrence was shot in the cheek; both Phillip
and Eastman of Old St Joseph Road and
Philbert Street respectively were shot in the
right foot. James, of Seales Avenue, was
shot in the left thigh.
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General secretary of the Association of
Caribbean Media Workers Wesley Gibbings
says Opposition MP Colm Imbert s contribution
to the Libel and Defamation Amendment Bill
was "way off course."
The bill seeks to repeal Section Nine of the
Libel and Defamation Act, consequently decrim-
inalising the offence of malicious defamatory
Section Nine states: "If any person maliciously
publishes any defamatory libel, upon conviction
thereof he is liable to pay a fine and to impris-
onment for one year."
In an interview yesterday, Gibbings, who was
also a former president of the Media Association
of T&T, described Imbert s contribution as
On Friday, Imbert called on the Parliament to
be careful and gave examples of instances when
the People s Partnership government had claimed
there were "rogue elements" in the media.
He argued that 158 countries still had criminal
defamation laws of some kind.
Gibbings said there was certainly scope for
criticism of the bill but added that holding back
the bill was not what was best.
"What I ve seen of the contribution from the
MP strikes at what I will call an amazingly unin-
"The bill certainly does not go far enough in
decriminalising freedom of expression.," Gibbings
He said it was good that Section Nine would
be eliminated but said other sections of the act
needed to be looked at.
"The repeal of this section of the act is nec-
essary and to remove criminal defamation is an
Though hesitant to comment on Imbert s con-
tribution as reported in the T&T Guardian,
Sunity Maharaj, a journalist and managing direc-
tor of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies,
questioned the timing of Imbert s contribution.
"This is an issue that has been under discus-
sion for a long time. This is not the time to say
hold your hand."
Maharaj said there had been ample time for
Imbert and anyone involved in the debate to
take a position and stick to it.
Murder toll hits 34 in 19 days
Mechanic beaten to
death with hammer
Imbert way off
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