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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Officers from the Central Divi-
sion Task Force yesterday shot and
killed a murder and rape suspect
yesterday during a shootout.
According to police, around 2.30
pm, officers, led by Senior Super-
intendent Johnny Abraham, went to
Sookhoo Trace, Claxton Bay, where
Anthony "Sambo" Hepburn, 29, was
believed to have been hiding out.
Officers said as they arrived at
the house and called out to him,
he ran out firing at them. The law-
men returned fire, hitting Hepburn
several times. He died at the scene.
Police said he was wanted in con-
nection with the killing of Sean
Jaikaran, 29, who was found on
January 17 at the Trinidad Cement
Ltd Recreation Ground, Claxton
Hepburn was also wanted for the
rape of a 13-year-old girl during a
robbery at the home of her family
two weeks ago. The teen positively
identified the dead man as the per-
son who raped her, police said.
Hepburn is the fifth person to be
killed by police for the year, accord-
ing to a T&T Guardian toll.
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan says any revisiting of the
law relating to penalties for failing
to report statutory rape has to be
a Cabinet decision.
He was responding to questions
from the media at an event outside
the Attorney General s Office, St
Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, yes-
He said there were two powerful
competing interests involved and a
balance had to be arrived at.
On one hand, he said, there was
the State s obligation to protect chil-
dren from statutory rape, according
to the law. He said protecting chil-
dren was of paramount importance.
On the other hand, he said, there
were the concerns of others who
feared criminal reprisals for report-
ing the crime.
Ramlogan s comment comes in
the wake of Health Minister Dr Fuad
Khan s stated intention to discuss
a revision of the law with Ramlogan
in light of recent cases involving
Medical personnel have raised
concerns about the law which states
that parents, guardians, doctors,
teachers and others must report
sexual offences against minors. Fail-
ure to do so carries a $15,000 fine
and a jail term.
Doctors fear the guardians of
pregnant children will seek the serv-
ices of backyard abortionists, put-
ting their lives in danger. Doctors
said they also feared for their own
lives because they could be threat-
ened by criminals. (Yvonne
AG: Cabinet will
decide on rape law
Murder, rape suspect killed in shootout with cops
Police are exploring several the-
ories in the murders of two men
whose bodies were found in a burn-
ing pickup van in a forested area in
Rio Claro yesterday.
The men are believed to be Schaffie
Roberts, 33, of Guayaguayare Road,
Rio Claro, and his uncle, Patrick Nel-
son, 60, a gardener, who lived in a
house in the forest. Their bodies were
badly burnt when police found them
Around 11.20 am yesterday, Nelson s
nephew, Dale Ifill, called the police
after he saw a Datsun pickup on fire
at Lazarie Trace, Old Guyaguayare
He saw one body in the van but
when the police arrived it was still
burning and they saw two bodies
inside. The van was found three miles
from where Nelson lived.
Police confirmed that Roberts was
one of the victims, adding they
believed Nelson was the other victim
because on Monday around 4 pm he
had asked Ifill to check on his dog
because he was in Rio Claro with
Roberts. The police also found two
bags of dog food in the van.
Police are not sure how the men
were killed but suspect they were shot
in the van, which was then set on
Roberts was charged with murder
in 2003 but was found guilty of the
lesser count of manslaughter in 2009.
He later appealed the case and won.
Police said Roberts had a pending
shooting with intent charge which
was expected to come up in court
later this month.
The victim in that matter, Zita Wil-
son, was murdered in October 2003,
three weeks after her son, Sherwin,
was also gunned down.
Her death was the tenth in what
police believed was a series of reprisal
killings linked to the Wilson and Garcia
families over the past few years.
Police are investigating whether the
murders of Roberts and Nelson were
also the result of that feud. They are
also exploring a possible drug link.
Visiting the scene were officers
from the Mayaro and Rio Claro sta-
tions and the Eastern Task Force,
including Insp Fitzgerald George and
The murder toll stood at 64 up to
last evening. (With reporting by
in burning van
Cops link ongoing feud to killings
In this sequence of photos, a police officer tries to help this woman
as she was being pulled along the ground by another woman with
whom she was involved in a fight outside the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court yesterday. The officer eventually got help to
restrain the woman, giving the other relief. The women were not
charged for the incident. PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
A HARD DAY'S FIGHT
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