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A mentally ill man who was seen by
residents running to and from a burning
house on Boundary Street, Felicity,
Chaguanas, yesterday, later was burnt to
The incident shook the quiet community.
Up to press time yesterday, police details
on the matter were sketchy.
Chaguanas police confirmed the incident
and said before he died in the burning
house, the man was seen wielding a cut-
Residents said he "was not too right in
his head" and lived alone in a small house.
"People saw him running into the fire,"
a resident said.
The Central Division of the Fire Services
was unable to provide further information,
since the officers who had been at that
scene were putting out a fire in another
location, the T&T Guardian was told.
In another matter, Chaguanas police con-
firmed the murder of a man in Enterprise
at 4.30 am yesterday.
Police said he was standing on the South-
ern Main Road, Enterprise, when a man
walked up to him, shot him and fled.
The victim was identified as Marcus Kel-
lar of Tobago. His body was taken to the
Forensic Science Centre, St James.
The T&T Guardian was told gang warfare
had intensified in Enterprise and shootings
and violence were commonplace.
JENSEN LA VENDE
For failing to join
a gang and having
the audacity to
assist a bleeding
man who had ear-
lier been shot, 30-
Wallace was shot
dead on Sunday
night according to
police, who say his
act of kindness two
weeks ago may
have triggered his
lived at Trou
Macaque, Laventille, refused to involve him-
self in any illegal activity, relatives said yes-
terday at the Forensic Science Centre, St
The relatives wished to remain anonymous
for fear his killers would retaliate.
The first child and only son of his mother,
Wallace was found slumped over the steering
wheel of a white Nissan B-14 after the North
Eastern Division Task Force was told gunshots
had been heard on Laventille Road.
When police found Wallace, who had been
shot several times, they took him to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital but he died while
Relatives said men in the area told Wallace
he would be killed by the time he was 20.
A DJ who went by the sobriquet "DJ Nose",
he was also a pan player who had hoped to
go overseas next year to play the national
instrument. He also worked a "PH" taxi in
the Trou Macaque area.
In an unrelated matter, a taxi driver who
was found tied up in an abandoned house
yesterday died of a heart attack, while his
car was found in the possession of four men
who claimed to know him.
The autopsy report on 59-year-old Sundar
Persad, of St Mary s Village, Moruga, stated
he died of cardiac arrest. The father of six
was reported missing on Saturday by his
youngest child, Nicholas Persad.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, Persad said his
father, who worked the Princes Town to
Moruga route, left for work on Friday and
He said on Saturday, after returning from
work, he notified his brother and their aunt
before visiting the Princes Town Health Cen-
tre and the Moruga Police Station where he
filed a missing person report.
His father s car, a Nissan Almera, was
found on Sunday in Marabella with four men
inside. They were arrested and yesterday the
family was told Persad had been found tied
up in the house at St Julien, Princes Town.
Homicide detectives are also investigating
the murder of 27-year-old Ranjeev Henry of
North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande.
Henry and his neighbour Curty Martinez,
32, were playing a game of cards around 9
pm on Saturday when a man came up and
Henry died at the scene while Martinez,
who was shot in the abdomen, is warded at
Sangre Grande Hospital in a stable condition.
The murder toll is now 173. For the same
period last year it was 146.
Man killed for
Mentally ill man dies after
running into burning house
Several onlookers yesterday called on the State
to have a heart and discontinue the prosecution
of grandfather Winston Cudjoe, after he appeared
in the Siparia Magistrates Court charged with
unlawfully killing his 17-month-old grandson
As Cudjoe was leaving the court, accompanied
by Jaedon s parents and other relatives, onlookers
along the road opined that he should not have
been charged. They also turned on the media,
calling on them to leave Cudjoe alone and not
take photos of him.
Jaedon died in the back seat of Cudjoe s car
after he forgot the sleeping baby for nine hours
in the locked car last Tuesday and went to work
at Petrotrin, Penal.
Cudjoe was charged with manslaughter on Friday
on the instructions of the deputy Director of Public
Prosecutions. He was released after he was granted
$200,000 bail at the Siparia Police Station and
attended the baby s funeral on Saturday at the St
Dominic s RC Church, Penal.
Cudjoe, 56, who has been emotional since the
tragedy, was composed when Senior Magistrate
Jo-Anne Connor read the charge that he unlawfully
killed Jaedon at Petrotrin s car park, Penal, on
May 13. He was not called upon to plead to the
charge since it is indictable.
Cudjoe s son Fergus and daughter-in-law Masika
Wharwood, the parents of baby Jaedon, as well
as other relatives, were in court.
His attorney Colin Selvon said Cudjoe s brother
had taken his bail at the station. He asked for dis-
closure, particularly a cautionary statement from
Cudjoe and station diary extracts.
The prosecutor, acting Sgt Sheldon Ablacksingh,
said the file was at the office of the DPP. He said
a state attorney would have to be appointed to
prosecute and could not say how soon that would
The matter was adjourned to June 16.
As he was leaving, onlookers expressed their
support for Cudjoe.
Others were curious because of a report aired
on the radio and spread via Facebook that Cudjoe
had killed himself.
Sources at the Siparia Police Station said even
a deputy commissioner of police had called the
station to find out whether the reports were true.
Jaedon's grandpa appears in court...
Public calls for State
to show leniency
Grandfather Winston Cudjoe, 56, leaves the Siparia Magistrates Court yesterday
after appearing on a charge of unlawfully killing his 17-month-old grandson Jaedon
Cudjoe. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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