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The community of Dan Kelly, Laventille,
was shocked, angered and confused yes-
terday after two men were gunned down
in a track separating two homes.
The victims were identified as Clinton
Otis John and Kerwin Jones. Their killings
pushed the murder toll to 229 for the year,
31 more than the corresponding period last
year. (See page A7)
The killings came even as residents con-
tinue to complain about patrols being carried
out by Defence Force members in their com-
The soldiers patrols were started in the
wake of the killing in Laventille of their
colleague Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas on
June 29 but residents in Laventille and nearby
Beetham Gardens have been claiming abuse
by the soldiers during the patrols and say
they should be accompanied by police.
When the T&T Guardian visited the scene
yesterday, residents were overheard saying
the time called for a "water war" like in the
old days of "summer vacation" and not
Neighbours said the men were undeserv-
ing of the death they got at the hands of
the unknown gunmen.
One woman was heard saying: "It is bad
enough when you come out of your area to
die but it worse when you come in your
own home and they kill you."
The woman was referring specifically to
John who grew up in the area but had been
living at Barataria with his girlfriend.
A nearby shopkeeper said when she heard
the gunshots she thought someone was
knocking on galvanise only to realise it was
John being killed. She said he grew up around
her and was a nice person.
The woman, who did not want to be iden-
tified, said she celebrated her 60th birthday
on Tuesday and was gifted a bottle of rum
which she was forced to open yesterday to
cope with what she saw.
The woman said after the shooting she
viewed John s body and was horrified at the
amount of times he had been shot, saying
the men had "died like dogs".
According to police reports, John, 35, and
Jones, 22, of Seventh Avenue, Malick,
Barataria, were found dead in a track around
10.15 am yesterday, after neighbours heard
several gunshots and went to check.
Police said John had celebrated his 35th
birthday on Wednesday and spent the night
at his parents home with his friend, Jones.
John, alias "Boneman", and Akim
"Bachac" Carter, then 23, of Hell Yard,
Beetham Gardens, Laventille, were released,
following an appeal in 2006, after being
found guilty on December 16, 2005 of mur-
dering pensioner Peter Bernard on December
On December 5, 2006, Kion Andrews
was freed by then chief magistrate Sherman
McNicolls for killing Bernard.
Bernard, 68, was shot dead at his Dan
Kelly, Laventille, home after he had just
parked his van in a garage. He and his wife,
Ena, were talking when gunmen ambushed
them, robbed him of $1,900 and shot him.
Speaking to the media at the scene yes-
terday, John s father, Raymond Charles, said
what happened to his son was pure "wicked-
He called on gunmen to stop their non-
sense and not allow funeral homes to profit
off their wrong-doing.
"What they (killers) doing is total madness.
They forget it have a God," Charles said.
Speaking briefly to the media, John s
mother, Janet, said he was a loving,
respectable young man and was confused
as to who would want him dead.
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Brazen daylight attack in Laventille...
Two friends slain Four weeks after complaining about the
tardiness of police in submitting reports
dealing with police killings, the Police Com-
plaints Authority (PAC) has received 19 files
on police killings for the year.
But many of the files are incomplete as police
are still investigating the cases, the authority s
director Gillian Lucky said yesterday.
On June 11, Lucky chastised the police for their
delay in submitting the files to the authority which
monitors all police killings and allegations of police
infringement of the law.
In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Lucky said she received the files on
Monday and were perusing them.
She said of the files she received some were
incomplete as police were still investigating them
while some only contained the police version of
what occurred. She added in all 19 cases she had
received a status report of the investigations.
Last month, Lucky submitted a file to the Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions (DOPP) Roger Gaspard
on the shooting death of Naima Dean in Carenage.
That matter, the T&T Guardian has been
informed, was still being investigated by the police
and no file had been submitted to the DPP.
According to police reports, around 8 pm on
April 11 police stopped a van in which Dean was
a passenger and began searching him. One police-
man attempted to search his groin area and Dean
slapped his hand away and ran.
The police chased him, caught up to him and
a scuffle started. During the scuffle Dean reportedly
stabbed the policeman who then drew his gun
and shot him once in the chest.
Dean s relatives said he was shot in cold blood
while running away. They accepted that he ran
away after slapping away the policeman s hand
from his groin area. His autopsy said he died of
a single gunshot wound to the back which pierced
During a meeting with acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams last month, Lucky raised
concerns she had with how the police co-operated
with the authority in its probe of cases.
Among the issues she discussed with Williams
was whether a body had been formed to deal with
fatal shootings of civilians and police.
Lucky later told the media Williams said while
there were initiatives to have such a body formally
implemented, the move must be approved by
National Security Minister Gary Griffith who has
to take the matter to Cabinet.
She said in the interim there was the Professional
Standards Bureau of the Police Service, headed by
ACP Peter Reyes.
Lucky said the PCA had hired a lawyer who
would be dealing with all the information and
intelligence with respect to police killings.
She said the PCA also recommended that the
body be informed when a police killing occurred
so it also could visit the scene in a timely manner.
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Janet John grieves at the scene of her son Clinton's murder at Dan Kelly, Laventille,
yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
GETTING IT RIGHT
The T&T Guardian was misinformed on
Tuesday (Page A3) that Precious Mc Carthy
of San Juan had died after being involved in
In fact we are happy to be able to report
that Ms Mc Carthy is still alive, although she
has two broken legs.
Our apologies for the error and for any
distress or confusion it may have caused.
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