Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nowhere safe: Shot in Range Rover, death outside police station

...killed after attending club opening

Crime scene officers outside the Mon Repos Police Station process the vehicle in which Niam Caliph was shot and killed. Photo: TREVOR WATSON


A businessman who attended the opening of a night club at the South Park mall, Tarouba, was gunned down in his Range Rover shortly after leaving the function in San Fernando on Saturday morning.

Naim Caliph, 34, was a passenger in the vehicle being driven by a friend when their vehicle came under fire on the Tarouba Link Road shortly after midnight.

The driver, who suffered an injury to the face, sped to the nearby Mon Repos Police Station seeking the help of officers. However, Caliph, of Lumsden, Gasparillo died in the vehicle, which was hit by at least nine bullets on the passenger side.

RAW VIDEO shot by Trevor Watson

The Range Rover parked on the street outside the police station became a crime scene this morning with police investigators examining it for clues. The major road into San Fernando was temporarily closed.

The killers escaped.

A friend of the Caliph family, businessman Inshan Ishmael came to the scene. He told the media that shortly after 2 a.m he learned of the shooting from Caliph's father.

Inshan Ishmael addresses the medial on the death of Naim Caliph. Video shot by Trevor Watson

“He informed us that his son was at the South Park mall and left in company of a friend, who was driving and when they reached at the link-up, the vehicle was shot several times and they left there and came (to the station)”.

Ishmael said “the father was on his way up here and got into an accident. So the entire family is under stress right now”.

Ishmael said “We have to stop playing politics with crime. Both sides have to get their act together. The national security minister and the police commissioner are abject failures”.

He suggested that the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment be deployed on the streets.

“We have the army doing nothing, sitting down every day, clothing them every day. What purpose do their serve?”