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"Maybe the (acting) commissioner (of Police,
Stephen Williams) or Minister of National Security
(Gary Griffith) will use this as a wake-up call to train
the officers properly."
Apparicio, 31, was shot dead by a police officer
last Thursday after he ran past a jewelry shop along
Real Street, San Juan. He was running to the San
Juan Police Station for help. Huggins said she was
running behind him when he was shot.
The officer who shot him was in a black Nissan
X-Trail SUV, waiting for a colleague who had stopped
to buy a battery for her watch.
Apparicio was shot in the chest without warning,
collapsed on the pavement and died. Huggins wit-
nessed her son s killing.
Eyewitnesses said the officer who shot Apparicio
was overheard saying he had shot the wrong man.
Huggins said she wanted to see an example made
of the Special Reserve Police officer, who, she said,
could have shot her son in the foot instead of his
chest if he suspected him of wrongdoing.
"You know how much women are crying right
now because of situations like this? I am doing this
for sons... this can t bring back Jojo. This can t bring
back my son," Huggins said, adding that she plans
to keep this up for a "very, very, very long time."
Huggins said she has not received any counselling
but has been consoling her other five sons.
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The day after burying her son, who was shot
dead by a police officer, a woman staged a public
protest outside the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain,
Wendy Huggins, a pastor, said her plea was not
only for her son s killer to be prosecuted but for all
people who were unjustly shot dead by police.
Huggins yesterday paced in front the Hall of Justice,
wearing a blue T-shirt with a photo of her son, Joel
Apparicio, printed on the front and holding a black
placard with the words "Justice for Joel Apparicio
and sons murdered by police" on one side and "Mr
DPP my son was murdered by police" on the other.
She explained: "This walk cannot bring back Joel.
He was my friend and he leave me with memories
on my phone. I used to text him after one (1 am) in
the night sending messages and just having fun. This
Labour Minister Errol
Mc Leod says the
Development Company s
(Nedco) CEO Ramlochan
Ragoonanan was fired
last month after an inter-
nal investigation into the
procurement and con-
struction of the compa-
ny s office and Ibis Cen-
tre in Penal.
Prime Minister Kamla
the facility in February.
Mc Leod said at yes-
terday s post-Cabinet
news conference that
Ragoonanan was given
one month s salary and
all outstanding accumu-
lated vacation benefits.
He said the internal
probe was done and the
report submitted to the
board after he raised
questions about the proj-
The board met on
March 21 to look at the
key findings of the audit,
Mc Leod said, adding
that the Cabinet looked
at its report yesterday.
"It was evident from
the report that there were
suggestions of wrongdo-
ing on the part of the
CEO and the Ibis pro-
gramme manager," the
minister said. He did not
name any of the officials
The audit was to
specifically look at the
"effectiveness and effi-
ciency of the process and
its alignment with the
board s approval of $1.2
million for the project,"
Leod added, the board
and the Ibis manager,
with immediate effect
and with full pay, pend-
ing the completion of the
appointed Julian Henry,
the chief operations offi-
cer, to act as CEO.
Mc Leod said subse-
agreed with the board
that his contract would
be ended with one
month s pay, effective
after Mc Leod said he
had been terminated,
Ragoonanan refused to
comment, saying he had
not heard the minister s
Asked about Mcleod s
"wrongdoing" found by
the Nedco board, Ragoo-
nanan said he had no
Mc Leod announces Nedco boss fired
ASP Joanne Archie said
the matter was a recent
one and was being
She repeated the
comment when asked
about another fatal
police shooting at La
Glencoe, where Naim
Dean was shot dead on
Dean was shot once
in the back by a Special
Reserve Police officer
attached to the Rapid
Response Unit, his
Police say around 8
pm, police stopped a
van in which Dean was
a passenger and began
An officer attempted
to search his groin area
when Dean slapped his
hand away and ran. The
officer chased him and
a scuffle ensued.
During the scuffle,
officials said, Dean
stabbed him and the
officer shot him once in
over killing of son
Wendy Huggins during her protest outside the
Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO:
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