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Every night since witnessing the murder
of Sherlene Charles her family has been
reliving the horror.
Yesterday was a month since the mother
of four was shot three times by her estranged
lover, who up until yesterday had still man-
aged to elude police.
While the 36-year-old Claxton Bay man
roams free, Charles 17-year-old daughter,
Kimberly Mahangoo, who was also shot
three times during the attack at their home
at Stoney Hill Avenue, Tarodale, remains
Adding to their fears, neighbours have
reported seeing the suspect around the fam-
ily s home and they suspect he was seeking
further vengeance after Charles ended their
relationship last December.
"Yes, everybody is still afraid. We are still
frightened. We have a fear in us. Sometime
in the night we don t really sleep because
we can never put our guard down," a relative
Up until yesterday, police maintained the
search for the suspect was still on.
On May 4, Charles, 37, a kitchen assistant
at the Royal Hotel, San Fernando, reported
to Mon Repos police the suspect had threat-
ened to kill her and while at the station, he
showed up and agreed to leave her alone.
However, as she returned home from
work around 10 pm that night, she was
ambushed and severely chopped by the sus-
Despite searches by police, he continued
calling her phone, making death threats
until May 10 when he broke a glass window
and entered her house while she and her
sisters, Kimberly and nine-year-old son
Naim were "liming".
Charles was shot three times by the man
who then walked into Kimberly s room and
shot her three times.
A relative said Kimberly s health was
improving but said the Ste Madeleine Sec-
ondary School student had missed out on
a lot of school work. The relative said Naim
was staying with his father s relatives.
"When they night comes, we are still a
bit frightened. Yesterday made it a month
since she died and nothing has come out
of this case yet. It has been a month already
and you all (police) know who the person
is and you all can t catch this man.
"All we need is justice, that is all we want,
nothing else. This man cannot just murder
her, shoot her daughter and get away with
it, that is nonsense. There are people who
haven t done worse but are being caught.
This is nonsense now," the relative added.
Month after woman murdered...
Family living in fear
One man remains in
police custody and anoth-
er is being hunted by
police after they seized a
high-powered rifle in
Carapo, near Arima, on
Around 6.30 pm, police
assigned to Northern Divi-
sion Task Force (NDTF),
led by Sgt Matthew Hare-
wood, were on patrol at
Race Course Road, Carapo,
when they spotted two
men, one of whom was
carrying a rifle. When they
saw the police the men ran
in different directions.
The police followed the
man who was carrying the
gun and arrested him a
short distance away.
The other suspect, who
investigators said they
recognised, and is wanted
in connection with several
recent violent crimes in
east Trinidad, ran away
through a patch of bush.
Both men are said to be
part of a religious organ-
isation whose base is in
Evergreen, Carapo. The
organisation s mosque and
were searched after the
rifle was seized but no
other illegal items were
Members of the organ-
isation who were present
were detained in the
mosque during the raid
and were only allowed to
leave after the search
The search was carried
out by several dozen offi-
cers from the Northern
Division, who were assist-
ed by a National Security
Cpl Pooran Sookram,
PCs Ancil Andrews and
Kern Williams were also
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police are working on the the-
ory that a 23-year-old Morvant
man was shot dead on Monday
night because his killers were jeal-
ous of him.
Investigators said Jermique
Thomas said he was not known to
be involved in criminal activity nor
was he robbed by his killers.
Thomas is the 195th person killed
for the year. The murder toll for
the same period last year was 169.
Members of the North Eastern
Division Task Force, led by Sgt
Cornelius Samuels, responded to
a report of a shooting around 10
pm at First Caledonia Road, Mor-
Police said they found Thomas
behind his home clutching his chest
and took him to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt
Hope, where he died. An autopsy
revealed that he was shot once to
Speaking with the media outside
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, Thomas mother,
Mary Thomas, said she was at
home when she heard the shot that
killed Thomas, her last child, who
worked as a baker.
shot rang off and I heard my grand-
daughter shout granny! When I
got up I saw a strange fella by the
bathroom. I start to scream and he
Thomas, she said, was a quiet
person, very respectful, never in
any confusion or bacchanal since
he was small.
"I don t know why this happen.
I really can t say. Up to now nobody
could say. That s why his murder
is such a shock to us," she added.
Forensic evidence may be needed to iden-
tify the charred skeletal remains found yes-
terday in an agricultural road near the Forres
Park landfill, Tortuga.
Although the body was burnt beyond
recognition, crime scene investigators were
able to determine it was a man.
No clothing or jewelery was found in the
remains but a few locks of hair suggested
the man had a Rastafarian hairstyle.
Police received an anonymous tip-off that
a body was lying off Cedar Hill Road.
When officers, led by Snr Supt Cecil San-
tana and including ASP Zamsheed
Mohammed, Insp Robert Williams, Sgt Anil
Maharaj and Sgt Leonard Charles, arrived
shortly after 11 am, they found a television
personality and a cameraman filming over
Police had to escort them off the crime
scene before DMO Dr Bijai Balliram could
examine the remains.
Investigators said the victim was placed
under a pyre of tyres and incinerated. Some
body parts were found down a hill, leading
police to believe he was murdered.
They suspect he was burned three days
ago by his killers in an effort to conceal his
Police are now calling on the public to
assist them with information that could help
identify him and lead to the arrest of his
In the meantime, police said they were
searching their missing persons database for
Burnt body found
at Forres Park dump
In recent times, the Forres Park landfill
has become a dumping ground for
In February 2013, a bloodstained 36-
week-old foetus, wrapped in a towel inside
a black plastic bag, was found by a
In August 2013, two unidentified
bodies, burnt beyond recognition, were
discovered by a scavenger. Two spent
shells were also found near the corpses.
In July 2010 the decapitated bodies
of Dianne Williams, 37, and her son,
Shaquille Morgan, eight, were found in a
drain at the dump.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Snr Supt Cecil Santana said the presence of
the TV personality and the cameraman near
the body before the police arrived was of
great concern as they could have
contaminated the scene.
He said: "By the time I reached there, I saw
him sitting in his car which was parked on
the side of the road.
"I was told by the officers that he reached
there before them and we do have concerns
"If it was that he got the information
before police, he should have called the police
and informed them of the incident.
"Of course they are not supposed to be
there and we know for a fact that he reached
there before us.
"When the police reached, they had to ask
him to leave. That is wrong and they cannot
contaminate a crime scene like that."
OF CRIME SCENE
Jealously linked to murder in Morvant
Gun seized in Carapo raid
Sgt Matthew Harewood, left, with a man who was detained during an exercise at
Carapo, Arima, on Monday night. Police recovered a high-powered rifle, inset, during
the raid. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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