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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 23, 2014
When Point Fortin mother Eliza-
beth Sinette had a premonition that
something bad was going to happen,
never did she imagine that her 39-
year-old husband would be murdered
outside the family s business.
Residents ran for cover as father of
four, Dane Joseph, was gunned down
less than 50 metres away from the
Cap-de-Ville Police Post on Easter
His murder came just five days after
his friend and neighbour Sherwin
"Scrappy" Thomas was shot in the
neck outside his home.
Residents said Joseph, an employee
of Trinidad Offshore Fabricators
Unlimited, bled along the Cap-de-
Ville Main Road until a motorist
stopped to help.
According to Joseph s sister, Nikesha
Joseph, the motorist went to the police
post to inform officers that a man had
been shot and was lying on the road-
side. It was then Joseph was taken to
the Point Fortin Area Hospital where
he died shortly after.
Reports said Joseph was closing his
parlour located at Cap-de-Ville junc-
tion around 7 pm when a man stood
from across the road and fired four
shots at him. After running a short
distance away, he collapsed in front
of a neighbour house.
According to Joseph s 15-year-old
son Keylon, when he heard the gun-
shots, he never imagined it was his
father being killed.
Recalling his family s ordeal yester-
day, he said, "She (Sinette) was in the
shop with my father and she said she
was getting a bad vibe and that she
was going home. He dropped her
home and he went back to the shop.
I was lying on my bed, cooling off to
go and bathe when I heard three shots.
My mom was calling him to tell him
that she was getting bad vibes, but
he was not answering his phone."
Keylon said within a minute, a
neighbour called with the news that
his father was shot and after 30 min-
utes, police came to their home and
informed them that he had died.
Nikesha said Joseph and Thompson
were best of friends and believes
someone had targeted the two men.
Last Wednesday, 32-year-old Thomp-
son was repairing a vehicle in his yard
when a man wearing his wig placed
a gun to his neck and shot him. He
underwent surgery at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital and was
Residents said Thompson has not
been seen much since he was released
from hospital and they believe he fears
for his life.
Although the incident happened
close to the police station, no suspect
has been held up to yesterday evening.
Residents said sometimes the police
post doors are locked at 7 pm. They
believe officers did not hear when the
gun shots rang off.
A Jamaican national is lucky to be
alive, after crashing his car into an
electrical control room in Freeport
on Monday night.
Residents of the area, who are still
coming to terms with the deaths of
two young men from their village---
Sheldon Ramdial and Keshav Ragoo---
who died on February 22, when the
car they were travelling in burst into
flames on the South bound lane of
the Freeport flyover, rushed to remove
the man from the vehicle, in fear that
it would catch afire.
The man, identified at the scene as
Kevin Smith, ran off the road and into
the electrical panel room in the Arena
Recreation Ground. Eyewitnesses said
he was heading east along the roadway
when he veered off the road and into
the concrete structure which powers
the lights at the recreation ground.
Also in the car was an Arena res-
ident, identified only as Neil. The man
sustained cuts to his face and neck
and was taken to hospital by family
Dale Hosein, a resident who wit-
nessed the accident, gave his account
of how the incident happened.
"Me and my friend were coming
down the road, when we saw this car
approaching, he was driving on the
wrong side of the road, the right side,
without any lights on, he was driving
very fast and right in front of us, he
just run off the road into the panel
Hosein said he believed the man
might have fallen asleep at the wheel.
"I think he fall asleep while driving
and he just ram straight into it (panel
room)...we thought for sure he was
dead after that."
Realising Smith was trapped in the
car, the residents used a hacksaw to
cut the door post and free him.
Officers from the Couva Fire Station
and a T&TEC crew responded to the
Akiela Gill, the three-
month-old baby whose
lifeless body was found
at her father s home in
Sea Lots on Good Friday,
choked on her own
vomit, an autopsy has
The post-mortem per-
formed by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Hughvon Des
Vignes at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre in St James
yesterday has led homicide
detectives to conclude that
there was no foul play
involved in her death.
As such the child s 27-
year-old mother Nicole
Manswell and her father
Joel Gill, 36, have been
cleared by investigators
and have since been
released from police cus-
According to police
reports, around 11 pm on
Friday, Manswell and Joel
got into a row after which
Manswell left the home.
Police said Manswell left
the child in the care of her
three older brothers ages
11, seven and two.
When she returned
home the next morning,
she realised Akiela was
She questioned her eld-
est son who told her that
Joel had passed by while
she was out and took the
toddler with him.
By the time Manswell
made her way to Joel s
located a short distance
away, she found Akiela
lying unconscious next to
her father. The child was
reportedly frothing at the
Officers of the Guard
and Emergency Branch
arrived on the scene soon
after and detained the
couple. Akiela was pro-
nounced dead on the
scene by District Medical
Officer (DMO) Dr Robert
Akiela s case made
newspaper headlines as it
came five days after Barry
Karamath, 34, poisoned
his two-year old daughter
Ke anna Mayers and ten-
month old son Omari,
before killing himself at
Mora Trace, Matura.
Detectives of the Region
One Homicide Bureau and
the Besson Street CID are
own vomit Father of four shot dead
outside family business
Dane Joseph in an undated photo
Freeport residents save motorists after crash
Mucurapo Girls Primary School pupils Shania Grazette, left, and Vonique Marshall read their books during the first day of the new school term yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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