Thursday, December 14, 2017

CEPEP worker shot dead

A 38-year-old Fyzabad Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) worker was shot dead yesterday in his home. Seiko Young, of Ruby Roberts Lane, Khan Trace, was asleep when his family heard three loud explosions. They later found him bleeding from his hands, chest and abdomen. 

Young’s relatives took him to the Siparia Health Facility, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

His mother, Elena Charles, said yesterday she believed her son was killed innocently and she wanted justice for his killing. 

Young and his relatives reside in a squatting settlement, and his mother said a neighbour had often argued with her over space.  

“Since March he harassing us. I  had a disagreement with him, and another of my sons had an altercation with him. I put him in court for slander. And he has been threatening us. He said ‘you will see one of your children will get shoot’. I told the police about it today, and have made about nine reports against him in the station”, said Charles. 

Charles said she was awakened by the loud explosions. 

“I heard the gunshots but I didn’t come out one time. I called 999. I didn’t want to see his body because I suffer from high blood pressure. But someone asked him where he got shot and he said on his waist. So at least I heard his voice”, said Charles. 

The mother said: “Everyday I read in the papers about these deaths but now it reach by me.”

Police suspect  the killing may have been drug-related. 

A senior investigator said Young had several previous convictions for possession of marijuana, and that there may have been a dispute over a quantity of narcotics. 

Inspectors Peter Ramdeen, and Anderson Parriman, Sgts Maharaj and Taitt and Cpl Edwards led a party of police officers of the South-Western Division Task Force, Fyzabad Police and Homicide investigators to the scene where they remained for several hours searching the premises. 

An autopsy by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday confirmed that Young died of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Cpl Edwards is continuing investigations. 

The murder toll for 2014 to date is now 246. For the period January to July 22, 2013 the figure was 206.