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Days after Sherlene Charles received
death threats and was chopped by a close
male relative, the mother of four was fatally
shot and her 15-year-old daughter Kim-
berly Mahangoo was left fighting for her
life at hospital yesterday.
The 36-year-old Claxton Bay suspect
broke into Charles s Ste Madeleine home
on Thursday night, and carried out the
attack on the mother and daughter hours
after he called another relative to tell him
that he would never see him (suspect) again.
The premeditated acts were carried out on
the suspect s birthday, relatives said.
Police said the killer went to Charles s
Stoney Hill Avenue, Tarodale Gardens home
where he broke the front window, pushed
his hands through and unlocked the door
shortly after 10 pm.
Charles was home with her two children
and other relatives.
Police said Charles heard a noise and on
checking the living room, Charles was held
up by the male relative who asked her several
times about a man named Devon.
Charles tried to plead with the suspect,
but he still shot her in the chest and
abdomen. After she fell to the floor, he then
shot her in the back. He then went into
Mahangoo s bedroom and shot the girl three
Charles, 37, a kitchen assistant at Royal
Hotel in San Fernando, died at her home
while Mahangoo, a student of the St
Madeleine Secondary School, was in a critical
condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the
San Fernando General Hospital last night.
Charles s sister, Marie Mahangoo, said
yesterday that the sinister act could have
been avoided if police had caught the suspect
after the first attack on Sunday. She said
police told them that they were unable to
find the relative even though he (relative)
had promised to surrender to police on
Recalling the tragic ordeal, Marie said,
"On Sunday night before she went to work
from 2 pm-10 pm, she went to the Mon
Repos Police Station and reported that she
was getting death threats.
"He (killer) went in the police station and
met her there and she told him in front of
the police officer that they can t make it
together and he agreed. He said he would
not do her anything, but 10 pm when she
reached home, he chopped her up."
Marie said her sister was scared.
"Last night (Thursday) we had now come
in, talking and laughing, and she went to
her room. It was me, Kimberly and Sherlene,
Naim was already asleep, and our neighbour
Kerron was here with us. We were laughing
and she heard a noise to the back. When
she heard this noise to the back she said,
all yuh hear that? " she recalled.
"She got really scared, but we did not
hear the noise so we ignored it. I told her
I was just going to make a phone call and
as I unlocked my phone I just heard bang
and the door opened. When I ran outside
she was standing there and he had the gun
against her. All I could do was scream.
"He asked, who is Devon, but to me,
Devon is just her friend. As she said she
was sorry, he shot her two times. She fell
on the ground, he shot her again. Then, he
She added, "I was scared and when I saw
my sister bleeding on the ground, I just
started to bawl and tell them to call the
police. When I was going to hold her before
I check Kimberly, she moved on the ground
and spat out blood and she just died right
Charles and the suspect had severed ties
Relatives were shocked by the suspect s
actions since he had never displayed signs
of being violent.
However, Charles s father, Ashook, said
in recent times the suspect began to gamble
heavily and his demeanour had changed.
Ashook said, "I never knew him to be a
bad person until he turned out to be bad.
She never made any complaints about him
until recently. He sold a property in Mara-
bella and squandered his money. He started
to gamble on the machines and my daughter
said she can t handle it."
Up to yesterday, San Fernando police and
Homicide detectives were on the hunt for
the suspect, who has been before the court
on narcotics charges.
Investigations are continuing.
JENSEN LA VENDE
Relatives of 41-year-old Anthony "Tonic"
Amogan will have to wait a bit longer for closure
following his death at the hands of police.
The relatives were yesterday told his autopsy
would not be done until Monday after police
failed to show up at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James. The autopsy was postponed as a result
of the police no-show.
After spending most of the day waiting for the
report which would either confirm or dismiss
their suspicion that he was murdered by the police
and not lawfully shot dead, Amogan s relatives
had to return to their Caroni homes disppointed.
Speaking with the media outside the Forensic
Centre, the eldest of Amogan s three children,
Sasha Amogan, 20, said she never really knew
her father, as he had been in prison since she was
four and only released in 2012, owing to a botched
decision by High Court Judge Malcolm Holdip
which left Amogan freed of murder and his co-
accused Michael Ramdawar still in prison.
Another of Amogan s daughters, Karishma,
said her father was always concerned about his
family and had tried to change his life when he
was released. Relatives recalled Amogan spending
his last night alive making promises to care for
Amogan, police reports say, was being sought
for possession of arms and ammunition on Thurs-
day. Members of the Central Division went to his
house at La Paille Village, Caroni, to execute a
warrant around 4 am. When they arrived they
were reportedly met with gunfire and returned
fire, hitting Amogan, who was taken to the
Chaguanas Health Facility where he died. A 9
mm pistol and six rounds of ammunition were
found at the house.
Cops kill ex-murder
suspect in Caroni
Amogan and Ramdawar were charged on
March 12, 1997, for the murder of Ramcoomar
Ramoutar, which occurred on February 22,
1997. They were committed to stand trial on
July 16, 1999, and an indictment was filed on
September 19, 2000.
Their first trial began on October 8, 2001,
but was aborted on October 9, 2001.
The second trial was held between March 18
and May 29, 2003, and Amogan and
Ramdawar were found guilty and were
sentence by Justice Prakash Moosai to suffer
death by hanging.
The notes of evidence became available on
April 27, 2006, and the men successfully
appealed the conviction and sentence.
A retrial was ordered on December 15, 2006,
and the matter was placed on a cause list
hearing for February 12, 2007.
Amogan was freed after Holdip ruled he
should because of the inordinate delay in
beginning the retrial.
Anthony "Tonic" Amogan who was shot dead
by police yesterday morning
Mom of 4 killed
in front family
Suspect eludes capture after first attack
This is the window the intruder broke through to enter the Tarodale Garden home of
Shelene Charles on Thursday night. Charles was shot to death in her living room while her
daughter was shot in her bedroom by the attacker, who is now on the run from police.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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