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Mom of shot woman suspects robbery as motive:
My daughter was ‘put in place’
Relatives of Melissa Tricia Emma-
nuel, who was shot dead in what is
suspected to be a botched robbery in
a PH taxi in Port-of-Spain on Friday
evening, believe that she was “put in
place” by somebody she knew.
Speaking with reporters at her
home at Wattley Circular, Mt Pleas-
ant Road, Arima, yesterday Emma-
nuel’s mother Ann Marie said the
incident occurred moments after her
daughter had collected $7,000 from
the daughter of a woman who had
agreed to assist her with a visa ap-
plication, before she died suddenly
Ann Marie said before leaving
home on Friday, Emmanuel, the
mother of a ten-year-old girl, told
her that she was going to collect the
money at Movie Towne after visiting
“Why was she the only person in
the taxi to get rob? The man ignored
the other passengers and just grab
my daughter bag,” an emotional Ann
She went on: “He could have just
take the bag and go. You take my
child life for a purse. A life not worth
Ann Marie suggested that her
daughter would have fought for
the purse as she planned to use the
money to celebrate her 37th birthday
this coming Sunday.
“She would have hold on to the
bag because she was very excited
for her birthday,” she said as she ex-
plained that her daughter was not
robbed of a gold chain as claimed in
initial media reports.
“What make it suspicious is that
she was not wearing any jewelry, just
a pair of tear drop earrings. The man
just wanted the bag like if he knew
what was inside,” she said.
She explained that homicide de-
tectives were unable to identify her
daughter as her identification docu-
ments were in the stolen handbag.
Ann Marie said she only learned
of her daughter’s death after she vis-
ited several police stations in Port-
of-Spain on Saturday morning after
she failed to return home on Friday
“She was such a pleasant and lov-
ing person. She would always call to
say where she is. I knew something
was wrong when I didn’t hear from
her,” Ann Marie said.
Emmanuel was a back seat passen-
ger in a taxi driving along Wrightson
Road when a fellow passenger, who
had boarded moments earlier, held
up the taxi at Gatacre Street, just out-
side the gas station. The man robbed
Emmanuel of her handbag before
shooting her once in her head.
She was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital by another taxi that
was driving in the area. She died
while receiving treatment.
Homicide detectives released a
descriptions of the suspect and Em-
manuel, before she was eventually
identified on Saturday evening.
The suspect was described as an
African man, of slim built, a dark
complexion and short dreadlocks.
He was wearing a yellow t-shirt,
black three-quarter jeans and a black
He had not been arrested up to
Emmanuel’s relatives provided
investigators with the information
of the person who she met to collect
the money and they were investigat-
ing the lead up to late yesterday.
Members of the public who may
have information which may assist
investigators are asked to contact
their nearest police station or the
Homicide Bureau at 625-9457, 624-
5230 or 625-8234.
Dad: He was an extraordinary child
Natasha Granger was still recover-
ing from the stillbirth of her fourth
child when death returned to her
home and took her five-year-old
son Pawaan yesterday.
Crushed by a falling wall while
watering the tulsi plants he loved,
Pawaan died in the hands of his
father Mikahail Granger as he
sprinted to the Fyzabad Health
Centre for help. The wailing at the
family’s home was disheartening
as Natasha and her second daugh-
ter Preetie clung to each other
in a hammock.
“Why he had to go away,” Pree-
tie cried, but there were no an-
swers from her parents who still
looked in a state of shock.
Mikahail said that it was around
9 am as he and Natasha sat in the
living room talking when they saw
Pawaan walked to the front yard.
Within five minutes, they were
jolted by a crashing noise and saw
a portion of a wall to the side of
the house on Pawaan’s head while
frozen in a seated position on the
ground. He said that by the time
they reached the health centre,
Pawaan had already died.
“He was an extraordinary child.
He might have been a futuristic
person; somebody who would
have seen things long before as
he had a greater understanding
of things at his age. He was an ex-
tremely intelligent child like his
sister,” Mikahail said.
He said he believes his wife
needed professional counselling
as he does not believe he could
help her through this type of
grief. Natasha said Pawaan loved
her plants and would help her
take care of them and it just what
he was doing when the wall felt.
She said she had an eerie feeling
the past two days as an old man
pointed his hand behind Pawaan’s
head, in the shape of a gun and
shouted “gunshots” three days.
She said since then, she kept him
close, but it was all in vain.
Pawaan’s grandfather Errol
Bunsee, a builder, said the wall
that fell was not constructed prop-
erly as the builders used mortar to
bond the fallen wall into another
that ran alongside the property.
Bunsee said even the colour
of the mortar showed that it was
not mixed properly. The concrete
blocks were not properly tied in
a laid, nor was there any steel or
reinforcing columns to hold it in
Mikahail said they met the wall
there when the moved into the
rented house a year ago. Trained
as a mechanic, he said he did not
know anything about construc-
tion to have had an idea that
the wall was not properly con-
He said the opposite wall was
shaking so he warned his fam-
ily to stay away from it. He said
the fallen wall, which holds up a
counter, was used by the previous
tenants who were caterers.
Pawaan’s teacher at the Si-
paria Road Presbyterian School
said he was a wonderful child,
with great potential.
An autopsy has been ordered
at the Forensic Science Centre
today. Preliminary reports suggest
that Pawaan suffered a fractured
skull and broken neck. His death
has been so far deemed acciden-
Errol Bunsee shows the piece of wall which fell and killed his grandson Pawaan Granger at their home in Coolman
Village, Fyzabad, yesterday.
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
Two more killings
Meanwhile, homicide detectives are in-
vestigating two other murders, which
occurred in Tunapuna and Charliev-
ille, between Friday night and Saturday
Around 8.30 pm on Friday night
residents of Ward and George Streets
reported hearing a volley of gunshots.
When police arrived on the scene,
they found 27-year-old Joel “”Moony”
Dubarry lying unconscious in the road
with several gunshot wounds.
Dubarry, who was known to police,
was pronounced dead on the scene by
a District Medical Officer (DMO). His
murder has been as gang related.
Around 10 pm on Saturday, police
were summoned to the scene of an-
other murder at Asaraff Road, Charliev-
ille. Police said that Ganchan Diaz was
walking along the road with a friend
when they were ambushed by two
men. The men attacked Diaz’s friend
and he attempted to intervene. One of
the men shot Diaz several times before
they ran away leaving the his friend,
who they were targeting.
No suspects were either for either
Dubarry or Diaz’s murders, up to late
Investigations are continuing.
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