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A San Fernando teenager s bullet-rid-
dled body had to be fished out of a river
near Trinidad Cement s Claxton Bay plant
Police are working with the theory that
17-year-old Michael "Chucky" Miguel, of
Building One, Embacadere, was gunned
down after he was mistaken for his elder
The elder Miguel is serving a prison sen-
tence for assaulting a man during an ongo-
ing war between the Pleasantville and
Broadway gangs. Relatives believe Michael
was killed because of the rivalry.
Police said scores of patrons had gathered
at a bar near Claxton Bay junction around
4 am after a party at TCL s Recreational
They said Miguel and his friends ---
Wayne Richards and Anthony Cummings,
also from Embacadere --- were liming in
the bar when a group of men walked in
and began questioning him about his broth-
er.A brawl broke out, with bottles being
thrown. Eventually, one of the men pulled
out a gun and fired several shots, hitting
bystander Shaquille Duncan in the leg.
Miguel and his friends ran off along the
Southern Main Road, but the gunman
chased them and continued shooting.
Richards was later found near the river
with a gunshot wound to the back, while
Miguel was found in the water with multiple
wounds to the head and upper body.
Duncan and Richards were rushed to
hospital where they were treated for gunshot
wounds and remained hospitalised last
Police, including Supt Anthony James,
ASP Robert Williams and Insp Don Gajad-
har, searched the area for the suspects. Up
to late yesterday no one had been held, but
investigators are confident of arrests.
Although he was described as a "good
boy" who rarely got into trouble, Miguel s
19-year-old sister said the ongoing feud
between Pleasantville and Embacadere had
affected her family.
She said Miguel was expelled from the
Pleasantville Secondary School two years
ago because of a fight, so he was never able
to write exams.
Last year, when he and Marlon took part
in a Life Sport programme, training in foot-
ball and basketball at Pleasantville, she said
both of them had to drop out because of
She said Miguel did not attend the party
in Claxton Bay but went to lime with
friends. She said he had too much bad com-
pany for friends, although he never did the
wrong things they did.
"He was nice but a little ignorant. All
teens have a little ignorance in them," she
Just two weeks after San Fernando handyman
Roopchan Harripersad was released from prison,
he was murdered with a single bullet to the head.
But although he died in the quiet community
of De Verteuil Street, Rambert Village, no one
heard the gunshot that killed the 41-year-old Har-
Nandlal Seemungal went to Harripersad s wood-
en shack, behind a bamboo patch at the end of
the street. After calling and searching, he found
Harripersad in the bush with a large hole in his
Seemungal told police, led by Supt Anthony
James, ASP Robert Williams, Insp Don Gajadhar
and PC Silvan Chapman, he had hired Harripersad
to do work at his home and when he did not show
up he decided to check on him.
Crime scene investigators found Harripersad
had been shot at the back of the head.
Police were unsure of the time of the murder
but Harripersad s father, Boyie Harripersad, said
he last saw his son around 11 pm Sunday.
Speaking at his home a few houses away, he
said Harripersad had just finished digging a drain
at a client s home and a friend had dropped him
off at the junction to buy bread.
Police said Harripersad had been convicted sev-
eral times for larceny and marijuana possession
but was not known to be violent.
Although the murder has left the community
in shock, Harripersad s mother Dolly had mixed
emotions, saying she and her son had not spoken
With a stressed look on her face as she sat in
her front porch, Dolly said her son had stolen
money and jewelry from her and several neighbours
even when he lived at her house and would curse
and assault her whenever she confronted him.
"About ten times he went to jail. Yes, I used to
be frightened but I never told him to go from here.
Whenever you talked to him, he would get on and
leave. He put himself out," Dolly said.
Despite living in fear of Harripersad, the second
of her seven children, his death brought no relief,
"I wouldn t feel relieved at all. He was usually
good with everybody around here but from small,
I could not control him. Since he was going to
school he gave trouble," she said. (KF)
Man killed two
Teen gunned down after bar brawl
Local gospel singer Isaac Blackman is
thanking God after surviving a brutal
attack on his family at their Piparo home
Blackman s sister, Lynette Blackman,
said the assault and robbery took place at
their home at Jackman Trace, where they
grew up as children with their soca legend
father, Garfield "Ras Shorty I" Blackman.
The house is almost two miles into the for-
est.Speaking in a telephone interview yes-
terday Blackman s other sister, Abbi, said
the family was left traumatised after six
masked men knocked Blackman uncon-
scious and tied up his sons Zachary, four
and Zaniel, two.
Blackman was at home with the two
children around midday when the men
entered the house.
Abbi explained: "Six men came to his
Piparo home. They had to come at least
two miles into the bush to get there. They
came into the house and there were only
Isaac and his two children there at the time.
"They hit him on this head with a cutlass
and knocked him out.
"Before that, they told him he was lucky
he was Ras Shorty I s son or he would have
been dead. They also told him he was a
superstar so he can buy back everything
"They went through the house, as far as
I understand. They took a television, his
phone and other things."
The men then escaped in Blackman s
Land Rover, which Chaguanas police found
abandoned in front of Globe City, off the
Chase Village overpass.
After regaining consciousness, Blackman
was able to retrieve his emergency cellphone
and contact Lynette, who called the police.
Up to late yesterday Princes Town police
were processing the crime scene.
Blackman s wife and children went to
stay with relatives.
As for Blackman s condition, Lynette
said: "Right now he is trying to recover.
When I talked to him just now, he said he
was traumatised but happy to be alive.
"For the children and his wife, it would
be traumatising to be tied up by six men
in masks. They were home yesterday
because the kids were not feeling well, so
he did not take them to daycare.
"I, for myself, was totally traumatised.
When he was giving me the story I was
crying. I mean, this was so far for them
(bandits) to come and do this.
"It is not even in the city. This is the
countryside, where it is supposed to be
safe. People want to get away from the city
and come to the country where it is safe
but look what happened here."
Isaac Blackman beaten, robbed
Dolly Harripersad, mother of murder victim
Roopchan Harripersad, at her home yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The Congress of the People last night
suspended Sports Minister Anil Roberts
from the party over his failure to co-operate
with them in the controversial ganja video
The decision was taken following an
emergency meeting at COP s Operations
Centre in Charlieville, Chaguanas. It came
more than two weeks after the video, which
shows a man resembling a Government
minister rolling what appears to be a mar-
ijuana cigarette in a hotel room with two
women, was aired.
Roberts has refused to confirm or deny
whether he is the person in the video and
last week also refused to co-operate with
COP executives at a meeting specifically
called to view the video and address the
In making the announcement following
last night s meeting, COP leader Prakash
Ramadhar said the party felt it had no other
option, as the matter has long been occu-
pying public debate.
He said after serious consideration, the
executive agreed that Roberts did not co-
operate with them to clarify the issue,
whether he was in the video and whether
any illegal activity was being committed at
Based on his failure to co-operate, Ramad-
har said they agreed that he will not be
allowed to participate in, or represent the
party in any form or fashion and they will
also take steps to have him removed as a
Asked if this was a suspension, Ramadhar
said yes, adding that according to the West-
minster system that we follow, in a situation
where an issue is unresolved the minister
should step aside. He suggested that Roberts
should step aside as a Government Minister
as well, but said for now the COP was doing
"We will be exploring every option to
sever any and every tie with Roberts," he
Noting that Roberts was entitled to the
presumption of innocence before guilt,
Ramadhar said he will still be given an
opportunity for a fair hearing before the
executive if he chooses to do so.
Asked about the possibility of Roberts
suing over the decision, Ramadhar said their
decision was purely political one, but said
they would deal with the legal matter when
and if it comes.
Asked whether he felt Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar should remove
Roberts from her Cabinet, he said, "The
Prime Minister is entitled to her processes,
but he s a member of the party and he went
into the election on a COP ticket. The Prime
Minister will have her responsibility."
He said the decision was to be commu-
nicated to Roberts last night.
COP suspends Roberts
over ganja video
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