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Family identifies body of bandit shot by JP

By Rickie Ramdass

 THE man who was shot dead by a Justice of the Peace on Thursday morning after attempting to carry out a robbery at his St James home was recently released from prison for burglary offences.

He was identified on Thursday evening by relatives who went to St James Police Station after learning of the incident through media reports, police said.

A photograph of the dead man was shown to relatives, who positively identified him as 23-year-old Jean Rougier Petit.

Police said Petit originally lived at Mercer Road, Diego Martin, but was residing in San Fernando with some other men after being released from prison on October 21 last year.

Petit had a number of matters before the court for house-breaking and larceny.

Police said Petit was one of the people responsible for a number of burglaries within the Western Division over the past few weeks.

His image was also captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the process of carrying out a burglary at a business place recently, police said.

On Thursday, around 5.30 a.m., Petit entered the home of Justice of the Peace Don Asgarali, at the corner of Kathleen and Bombay Streets, St James, and attempted to carry out a robbery.

However, upon entering the house armed with a knife, Asgarali pulled out his licensed firearm and opened fire, hitting Petit once in the abdomen.

He collapsed and was pronounced dead a short while later.


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