Monday, January 22, 2018


Teen killed by van after rescuing woman from beating gets President's Humming Bird Medal

David Sancaro


TEENAGER David Sancaro, who lost his life in July for rescuing a woman from being beaten by her boyfriend will today be posthumously awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Bronze) for gallantry.

He and 39 others will receive awards at this evening's National Awards Ceremony at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain beginning at 6 p.m.

Among the other awardees are former government minister and senator Dr Lenny Saith, director of the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) Prof Courtenay Bartholomew and veteran calypsonian Linda McArtha Sandy-Lewis (Calypso Rose).

They are to receive the nation's highest honour—The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Sancaro, 17, who was hailed as a hero for his act of bravery, was killed on July 16 after being run over by a pick-up van driven by an enraged man.

Minutes earlier, Sancaro had intervened to help the man's girlfriend who was being beaten by him.

At his funeral service three days after his death, officiant reverend Faz Lutchman called on families to spend more time together to restore value to life.

“If we could really pull back our society together things like these will never happen. Rage, hate and murder would subsequently diminish,” he said then.

“We cannot allow the death of our young ones to happen this way. I humbly ask that if we can examine our lives and restore the values again maybe we will be able to pull it back together.

“We cannot continue to live in the matrix that is controlling, sucking and pulling us away from the real life that God has caused us to live,” said Lutchman.

He said: “Let David represent what Jesus would have died for 2,000 years ago. Let families come back together. Let us not allow David's death to go in vain.”

The Sunday Express attempted to contact the teenager's mother, Yucklan Sancaro, last night for comment on her son receiving the award.

She could not be immediately reached.

On the day of the incident, Sancaro and some of his friends were at Primo's Bar in Dow Village, South Oropouche, when they noticed a man physically assaulting a woman.

After confronting him and telling him to refrain from hitting the woman, a scuffle ensued between the two.

The man left the area in his vehicle but returned.

Upon seeing the vehicle, Sancaro attempted to escape by attempting to jump a wall, but was unable to do so.

He was run over by the van.

He died shortly after, on the way to hospital.

Thirty-seven year old Anthony Sinanan of Sudama Trace, South Oropouche, has since been charged with the murder.


Highest honour


Bartholemew and Saith will both receive the ORTT for their contribution to national development while Calypso Rose will be bestowed the honour for her contribution to culture.

“I am very honoured that my contribution is being recognised and I'm honoured to be receiving this award,” Saith told the Sunday Express last night.

This is the first time the awards ceremony is being held on Republic Day.

The list of awards was released by President House late yesterday.

Four people will receive the nation's second highest award, the Chaconia Gold.

They are former permanent secretaries Sandra Jones and Dr John Prince for public service, Imam Haji Hamza Haniff Mohammed (posthumously) for religion and the World Athletics Championships gold medal winning team-Jarrin Solomon, Jereem Richards, Machel Cedenio, Renny Quow and Lalonde Gordon-for sport.

The Chaconia Silver will be bestowed on two people-former deputy governor of the Central Bank Amoy Chang Fong and former Councillor and Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, Neil Wilson.

Also receiving awards are veteran calypsonian Robert “Lord Nelson” Nelson (Humming Bird Gold), paralympic Olympic gold medallist Akeem Stewart (Humming Bird Gold), Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez (Humming Bird Silver) and former Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Cumberbatch (Public Service Medal Gold).