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A 34-year-old gardener from Arima was
chopped to death in front of his wife when a
group of men invaded his home early yesterday.
Police said around 2.20 am Devanand Ramdass
and his wife were asleep at their home at Blan-
chisseuse Road, Arima, when they were awaken
by loud banging on their front door.
As the couple got out of bed to check on the
disturbance, two men with cutlasses entered their
Ramdass s wife told police the intruders pushed
her aside and then attacked her husband, chopping
him numerous times as she watched helplessly.
As Ramdass loss conciousness, the men threat-
ened his wife and left the house.
Police arrived within minutes, but Ramdass was
pronounced dead on the scene by a District Medical
Although his relatives said they could not think
of a reason for the attack, Homicide detectives said
they believe it was more than likely committed by
someone whom Ramdass knew or had had a dispute
A concrete motive for the murder is yet to be
Detectives of the Region Two Homicide Bureau
are continuing investigations.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death
of a retired police inspector, who is believed to
have committed suicide at his Mt Hope home on
Around 8.30 pm, Jules George, 56, and his 60-
year-old wife Aloysia were at their apartment at
Gregale Drive, Breezy Heights, Mt Hope.
George s wife told police shortly before 9 pm
she was in her bedroom and heard a gunshot.
When she went in the living room to check on her
husband she found him lying on a chair with a
gunshot wound to the right side of his head. His
licensed gun was on the floor next to his body.
Investigators said since retiring almost six years
ago, George had worked at Parliament and in the
security department of the United States Embassy.
Investigations are continuing.
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After claims by teen of being burnt in police station...
Seven police, including a female officer,
were granted a total of $350,000 bail yes-
terday in connection with an incident last
December when a Moruga teenager suffered
burns while in custody at the Princes Town
Warrants were executed on each of them
yesterday at the San Fernando Police Station
shortly before they were taken to the San
Fernando Magistrate s Court jointly charged
with misbehaviour in public office.
The accused police are:
• Cpl Roger Reid, 45, of Siparia and Con-
• Bryan Dookie, 34, of Barrackpore.
• Andre Watson, 34, of Couva.
• Simon Marshall, 27, of Point Lisas.
• Pradeep Ramadhin, 26, of Rio Claro.
• Atiba Teesdale, 22, of Princes Town
• WPC Alena Ambrally, 29, of Barrack-
At the time of the incident they were
attached to the Princes Town Police Station.
The charge stemmed from an incident at
the station when Jamerson John, 18, suffered
burns to his back, torso, leg and genital area.
The teenager alleged that methylated spirit
was thrown on him before he was set on
But the police claimed he had spilt methy-
lated spirt on his clothes and was passing
by scented candles in the station when his
clothes caught fire.
The accused police were detained by the
members of the Professional Standards
Bureau almost two weeks ago and placed on
identification parades, but subsequently
released pending further inquiries.
Yesterday around 12. 15 pm they were
transported in three police vehicles which
drove under the courthouse in the cellblock
Shortly after the seven appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington
who read the charge to them.
The charge was that as serving police they
misbehaved in public office on December
24, 2013 by unlawfully and maliciously inflict-
ing grievous bodily harm on John while he
was in custody at the station.
The six policemen were represented by
attorney Richard Valere while Sasha Paul
Singh appeared for Ambrally.
Applying for bail, the attorneys said the
accused police had no previous convictions
or pending matters.
Valere said Reid has 25 years service and
has three children; Dookie has 15 years service
and is the father of one; Watson has 13 years
service and is the father of four; Mitchell
had three years service, Ramadhin has three
years and Teesdale has two years service.
Singh said Ambrally has four-and- half years
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan did not
object to bail. The magistrate granted each
$50,000 bail with surety or in the alternative
a cash deposit of $30,000.
The case was adjourned to tomorrow and
transferred to Princes Town Magistrate s
Neither John nor his mother Sherma Atwar
was in court.
crime in the
Seven cops charged
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