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14 Year Old Boy Among 4 Killed Over Weekend In Trinidad 234 Murders So Far This Year...

 

Cyron Bissessar’s burnt car at the scene of the murder in Petrotrin Old Fields, Fyzabad, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

CaribbeanFever.com-“Somebody has to pay.” These were the words of Deveeka Sooklal yesterday, hours after her 14-year-old son Akesh died at hospital,

while being treated for gunshot wounds he sustained during a robbery, at his family’s Mary Allen Trace, Kelly Village, Caroni, home on Saturday night.

Akesh was among three people who were murdered in north Trinidad, between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The other victims are Kerwin Cobham, 33, of Tunapuna; Stefan Haynes, 31, of Bon Air Gardens, Arouca; and 54-year-old Cyron Bissesar, of Railway Road, Siparia. The murder toll stood at 234 for the year thus far, up to late yesterday.

Akesh Sooklal

Akesh’s murder was said to be troubling senior police investigators who described it as a senseless killing of an innocent boy. Eyewitnesses said that around 9.45 pm, Akesh was liming with friends and neighbours, when a gunman, who was dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants, approached them.

“The man walk into the yard with a gun, walk up to Akesh’s uncle Basdeo Siewah and ask him for the keys for his car,” a inconsolable Sooklal said. Siewah, 28, a father of two from Tabaquite, reportedly complied with the gunman’s demands. “The man get the keys and try to start the car but he could not start it, so he get vex.

“He point the gun at my brother and tell him to start the car,” Sooklal said. After starting the vehicle for the gunman, he drew the gun and shot Siewah three times in the back. “My little son (Akesh) run out in the road, screaming for help, when he see his uncle get shoot,” an emotional Sooklal sobbed.

Relatives and friends told investigators that when Akesh ran into the road, a man who was seated in a black Hyundai Tucson lowered his glass and shot the teenager once in the head with a shotgun. Both gunmen then fled the scene in the Tucson, leaving Siewah’s vehicle behind. Siewah and Akesh were rushed by relatives to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

Akesh succumbed to his injury yesterday morning, while yesterday afternoon, Siewah underwent emergency surgery, as doctors attempted to remove the bullets that were lodged in his spine. When the T&T Guardian visited the family’s home yesterday, Sooklal described her son as hard-working and loving. “He was the best son ever...He would do anything for me, his family and his friends,” Sooklal said.

She said that her son, who was a form two student at Cunupia High School, had recently gotten a job while on vacation, in order to help purchase his books and school supplies. “It is evil people who take my son away...They will have to pay for what they do to him. They will have to answer to God,” Sooklal said.

Siewah’s wife, Shelly-Ann, who also witnessed the incident said the entire family was still in shock by it. “Nobody safe again...People can’t enjoy what they work hard for anymore,” she lamented. Hours after the shooting, the Tucson, which was used by the gunmen, was found abandoned at the Price Plaza Shopping Complex in Chaguanas by officers of the Chaguanas CID, led by Insp Wayne Lawrence. The car was reported stolen in Arima on Saturday night.

Investigators have enlisted the help of a police sketch artist, in an attempt to gain a description of the gunmen who have been described to police as teenagers. Snr Supt Deodath Doolarchan and ASP Galindo are leading investigations into the teenager’s murder.

Kerwin Cobham

Meanwhile, in another shooting incident in Tunapuna, 33-year-old Kerwin Cobham, of Bamboo Trace, Upper Fairley Street, was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home. Police said around 10 pm, Cobham was standing with friends in front of a shop near his home, when a black Nissan X-Trail pulled alongside them. The two occupants of the vehicle opened fire at the men, hitting Cobham, while the other limers managed to escape unscathed by hiding in a drain.

Cobham, a father of two, was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Homicide detectives have not established a motive for Cobham’s murder. In an interview at his home yesterday, friends described Cobham as a quiet family man who was always willing to assist neighbours in need of help. “He was the main handyman in the area...All he wanted to do was take care of his son and daughter,” one friend said.

Stefan Haynes

According to police reports, around 4.30 pm yesterday afternoon, 31-year-old Stefan Haynes, of Kiskadee Crescent, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca, was liming with friends near his home when he was approached by two gunmen. The duo shot Haynes multiple times, before fleeing the scene on foot. He died on the scene. Supt Othaneil Williams, Insp Ramnaresh Seecharan and Sgt Basdeo Sinanan of the Northern Division CID are investigating Cobham and Haynes’ murder.

Cyron Bissessar

As he screamed for his life, assailants bludgeoned Petrotrin worker Cyron Bissessar to death yesterday and set his car on fire, close to Petrotrin’s oilfields in Fyzabad. Bissessar, 54, of Railway Road, Siparia, died around 3.15 am, minutes after he was rushed by ambulance to the Siparia District Hospital. Police said they received a call that a car was on fire close to a bridge at Sanderson Park, Fyzabad.

When PCs Vialva and Singh arrived around 3 am, they saw the red Datsun 120Y burning. Groans were heard, coming from the bushes about 50 feet away. When they investigated, they saw Bissessar lying in a semi-conscious state. His face and neck were swollen and his head was bleeding. The officers rushed Bissessar to the hospital where he died while being treated.

Bissessar’s ex-wife Linda Bissessar said she last spoke to him two hours before his death. “Even though we are divorced, he comes here regularly. He never stopped taking care of our children. Last night, he visited our daughter and then he said he was going to take a bath,” Linda said. “He was normal, he sat down and I made him some tea. Then I went to lie down and I heard the gate opening. He told me he was going to get a Carib and puncheon.”

Shaking her head in grief, Linda said she did not know who would kill her husband in such a vicious manner. “He was always a generous person. He was a permanent worker at Petrotrin and he was always willing to share. He often told us that he was related to the Prime Minister’s husband but I don’t know how. He did not have any enemies,” she said. Asked whether the deceased owed any debts, Linda said no.

Meanwhile, Bissessar’s stepson Antonio Harripersad said he was also baffled by the death. He said he was on his way to work at 6 am, when he saw Bissessar’s burnt car. “I couldn’t stop because the police told me to continue driving. Later on I heard that my stepfather died,” Harripersad said.

Cyron Bissessar’s burnt car at the scene of the murder in Petrotrin Old Fields, Fyzabad, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

Cyron Bissessar’s burnt car at the scene of the murder in Petrotrin Old Fields, Fyzabad, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

“Somebody has to pay.” These were the words of Deveeka Sooklal yesterday, hours after her 14-year-old son Akesh died at hospital, while being treated for gunshot wounds he sustained during a robbery, at his family’s Mary Allen Trace, Kelly Village, Caroni, home on Saturday night.

Akesh was among three people who were murdered in north Trinidad, between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The other victims are Kerwin Cobham, 33, of Tunapuna; Stefan Haynes, 31, of Bon Air Gardens, Arouca; and 54-year-old Cyron Bissesar, of Railway Road, Siparia. The murder toll stood at 234 for the year thus far, up to late yesterday.

Akesh Sooklal

Akesh’s murder was said to be troubling senior police investigators who described it as a senseless killing of an innocent boy. Eyewitnesses said that around 9.45 pm, Akesh was liming with friends and neighbours, when a gunman, who was dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants, approached them.

“The man walk into the yard with a gun, walk up to Akesh’s uncle Basdeo Siewah and ask him for the keys for his car,” a inconsolable Sooklal said. Siewah, 28, a father of two from Tabaquite, reportedly complied with the gunman’s demands. “The man get the keys and try to start the car but he could not start it, so he get vex.

“He point the gun at my brother and tell him to start the car,” Sooklal said. After starting the vehicle for the gunman, he drew the gun and shot Siewah three times in the back. “My little son (Akesh) run out in the road, screaming for help, when he see his uncle get shoot,” an emotional Sooklal sobbed.

Relatives and friends told investigators that when Akesh ran into the road, a man who was seated in a black Hyundai Tucson lowered his glass and shot the teenager once in the head with a shotgun. Both gunmen then fled the scene in the Tucson, leaving Siewah’s vehicle behind. Siewah and Akesh were rushed by relatives to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

Akesh succumbed to his injury yesterday morning, while yesterday afternoon, Siewah underwent emergency surgery, as doctors attempted to remove the bullets that were lodged in his spine. When the T&T Guardian visited the family’s home yesterday, Sooklal described her son as hard-working and loving. “He was the best son ever...He would do anything for me, his family and his friends,” Sooklal said.

She said that her son, who was a form two student at Cunupia High School, had recently gotten a job while on vacation, in order to help purchase his books and school supplies. “It is evil people who take my son away...They will have to pay for what they do to him. They will have to answer to God,” Sooklal said.

Siewah’s wife, Shelly-Ann, who also witnessed the incident said the entire family was still in shock by it. “Nobody safe again...People can’t enjoy what they work hard for anymore,” she lamented. Hours after the shooting, the Tucson, which was used by the gunmen, was found abandoned at the Price Plaza Shopping Complex in Chaguanas by officers of the Chaguanas CID, led by Insp Wayne Lawrence. The car was reported stolen in Arima on Saturday night.

Investigators have enlisted the help of a police sketch artist, in an attempt to gain a description of the gunmen who have been described to police as teenagers. Snr Supt Deodath Doolarchan and ASP Galindo are leading investigations into the teenager’s murder.

Kerwin Cobham

Meanwhile, in another shooting incident in Tunapuna, 33-year-old Kerwin Cobham, of Bamboo Trace, Upper Fairley Street, was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home.

Police said around 10 pm, Cobham was standing with friends in front of a shop near his home, when a black Nissan X-Trail pulled alongside them. The two occupants of the vehicle opened fire at the men, hitting Cobham, while the other limers managed to escape unscathed by hiding in a drain.

 

Cobham, a father of two, was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Homicide detectives have not established a motive for Cobham’s murder. In an interview at his home yesterday, friends described Cobham as a quiet family man who was always willing to assist neighbours in need of help. “He was the main handyman in the area...All he wanted to do was take care of his son and daughter,” one friend said.

Stefan Haynes

According to police reports, around 4.30 pm yesterday afternoon, 31-year-old Stefan Haynes, of Kiskadee Crescent, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca, was liming with friends near his home when he was approached by two gunmen. The duo shot Haynes multiple times, before fleeing the scene on foot. He died on the scene. Supt Othaneil Williams, Insp Ramnaresh Seecharan and Sgt Basdeo Sinanan of the Northern Division CID are investigating Cobham and Haynes’ murder.

Cyron Bissessar

As he screamed for his life, assailants bludgeoned Petrotrin worker Cyron Bissessar to death yesterday and set his car on fire, close to Petrotrin’s oilfields in Fyzabad. Bissessar, 54, of Railway Road, Siparia, died around 3.15 am, minutes after he was rushed by ambulance to the Siparia District Hospital. Police said they received a call that a car was on fire close to a bridge at Sanderson Park, Fyzabad.

When PCs Vialva and Singh arrived around 3 am, they saw the red Datsun 120Y burning. Groans were heard, coming from the bushes about 50 feet away. When they investigated, they saw Bissessar lying in a semi-conscious state. His face and neck were swollen and his head was bleeding. The officers rushed Bissessar to the hospital where he died while being treated.

Bissessar’s ex-wife Linda Bissessar said she last spoke to him two hours before his death. “Even though we are divorced, he comes here regularly. He never stopped taking care of our children. Last night, he visited our daughter and then he said he was going to take a bath,” Linda said. “He was normal, he sat down and I made him some tea. Then I went to lie down and I heard the gate opening. He told me he was going to get a Carib and puncheon.”

Shaking her head in grief, Linda said she did not know who would kill her husband in such a vicious manner. “He was always a generous person. He was a permanent worker at Petrotrin and he was always willing to share. He often told us that he was related to the Prime Minister’s husband but I don’t know how. He did not have any enemies,” she said. Asked whether the deceased owed any debts, Linda said no.

Meanwhile, Bissessar’s stepson Antonio Harripersad said he was also baffled by the death. He said he was on his way to work at 6 am, when he saw Bissessar’s burnt car. “I couldn’t stop because the police told me to continue driving. Later on I heard that my stepfather died,” Harripersad said.

 

 

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