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JENSEN LA VENDE
A Guayaguayare man
died on Tuesday after-
noon shortly after com-
plaining of feeling ill to
police at the Sangre
Grande Police Station.
He is the third person
to die in recent days
shortly after being in
contact with the police.
Police said Steve
Hodge died while being
treated at the Sangre
Grande District Hospi-
tal. He had been at the
police station to be
interviewed in relation
to a report of a robbery
and shooting at police.
He was arrested on
June 6 after he report-
Barry Chankerdial, 27, the lone
witness who saw the three police
officers involved in the arrest of
his best friend, Jahwi Ghany, on
June 24, says he is frightened for
Ghany was at his Walker Trace
home till 2 pm that day doing
mechanical work on a vehicle. He
left with Chankerdial to buy an
engine seal at Gosine Street, Bank
Village, Carapichaima. It is alleged
that while there, Ghany went to
buy a "small smoke" and was then
stopped by three members of the
Central Division Task Force, two
men and a woman.
Ghany was arrested and
Chankerdial was allowed to leave.
Two hours later, Ghany was pro-
nounced dead on arrival at the
Chaguanas Health Facility.
An autopsy by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Estlyn McDonald-Burris
at the Forensic Science Centre
reported that Ghany died from heart
But a second, independent
autopsy by Dr Hubert Daisley said
Ghany choked on his own vomit
and had suffered blunt force trauma
to the head.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
in an exclusive interview on Thurs-
day, Chankerdial said his life is at
a standstill since the incident.
"I feel so frustrated. I feel like I
can t go on because I was the last
one to see Jahwi alive.
"Jahwi was everything to me, he
was like a brother. Jahwi was such
a cool person and a fella that anyone
could just sit down and talk with.
If I was broke, I could have felt
comfortable enough to tell Jahwi
and he would not think twice in
helping me out financially. That
was the good, kind-hearted friend
he was to me."
Recalling his last few moments
with Ghany, Chankerdial said: "We
were just driving out of Gosine
Street and the police were parked
by the pavilion at the Bank Village
basketball court. They stopped us
and the three officers, one woman,
jumped out. The dougla officer
was very hyper and when I tried
to talk to him he shouted at me and
warned me not to talk. I still
attempted to talk and beg them to
give us a bligh.
"The same dougla officer started
to push me up and pushed me
against the car and pat me down.
He found paper (cigarette wrapper)
although initially the officer said
to lock up two of us.
"The same officer then started
picking on Jahwi and kept asking
him where he lived. Jahwi would
answer Walker Trace and the offi-
cer asked him where was that. This
same question was being asked over
and over again by this same officer
and Jahwi would only repeat his
response," Chankerdial added.
He said eventually the police
arrested Ghany and put him in the
police van. When Chankerdial said
they could not leave Ghany s car
at the roadside, they said they
would take it to the Freeport Police
"I took a taxi right there in front
of the police officers and Jahwi and
went to St Mary s Junction, which
is just two minutes away. I stood
there waiting for the car and the
police van to pass but they never
"So where did they take the car,
where did they take Jahwi and what
did they do to Jahwi?
"That was the last time I saw
Chankerdial insisted that Ghany
did not have a heart problem.
"I cannot understand how they
could say Jahwi die from heart fail-
ure. Just earlier that day Jahwi lifted
a heavy toolbox and he would
always ride motorcycle, so his heart
had to be real good and I never
know him to suffer from heart after
all these years I know him."
Chankerdial said he feared for
his life and believed that if the police
caught him he would end up dead.
"Last week Friday I was on my
way to work and standing under
the Freeport flyover when I noticed
a police vehicle passing by. The
officers looked at me. A few min-
utes after I see another police van
speeding coming from the opposite
direction. The van pulled up right
in front of me. I saw two police
officers in Task Force uniform and
holding big guns but my instinct
just told me to run.
"I ran off as fast as I could. Luck-
ily I escaped them that day but now
I live in fear. I am afraid to go
Freeport and even to the barber
shop. If the police catch me I really
don t know what they will do to
me because I am the only one that
saw Jahwi alive in their custody."
"I took a taxi right there in front of the
police officers and Jahwi and went to St
Mary's Junction, which is just two minutes
away. I stood there waiting for the car and
the police van to pass but they never did.
edly stabbed two police-
men after an attempted
robbery in Rio Claro.
Police said Hodge was
shot in the stomach
during the stabbing inci-
dent and had been hos-
pitalised since the
shooting under police
Police said on Tues-
day afternoon around
1.50 pm Hodge was
being taken to his cell
when he complained of
severe pain. He col-
lapsed and was taken to
the hospital, where he
His autopsy is expect-
ed to be carried out on
Monday at the Forensic
Science Centre, St
Man dies in police custody
Death of Jahwi Ghany
Witness: Police out to get me
On June 10 retired police officer Anderson
Kenneth Alexander, 59, was allegedly
beaten by police at Santa Cruz and died 11
days later. Two autopsies done a day apart
could not determine the cause of his death.
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