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‘Hitmen’ gun down limer outside bar

By By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

A Gasparillo man was gunned down outside a bar near his home on Friday night.

James Boatswain, 38, was liming with friends in the

parking lot of a bar in Thomp­son Street when two masked men walked up and began shooting.

Boatswain was shot mul­ti­ple times in the face and arms. 

The incident occurred short­­ly before midnight.

Eyewitnesses said the gun­men calmly walked out the bar and boarded a waiting car.

The father of one died at the scene.

Investigators have des­cribed the killing as a hit.

Boatswain, a part-time PH driver, lived with his mother in Jules Trace, Springland.

Elaine Jackman, 70, said Boat­swain was the last of her six children. 

“He was my spoilt child. He lived with me. I always wor­ry­ing for him whenever he goes out. But I tell myself he is a big man now and I have to leave him,” she cried yes­terday.

Jackman said she last spoke with her son on Friday eve­ning. 

“Whole month, I sick be­cause I suffering from dia­betes and I get wet in the rain. He see about me. He is not a talkative child to tell me everywhere he going,” she said.

Jackman said she was asleep when a neighbour called with the news that her son was shot.

“I didn’t ask if he died. I get ready and went to the bar and saw him lying there. He was already dead,” she said.

Jackman said her son was looking forward to owning his own car. 

“He worked PH for some­one and when that was slow, he did construction work. He was going to buy a B-14 car. He already paid some money on it,” she said.

Jackman was unable to say if her son was involved in any disputes or had any enemies.

Senior Superintendent Cecil Santana, ASP Rampersad and officers attached to the Homicide Bureau and Task Force visited the scene and are continuing investigations.

The killing brought the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 393.

Last year on the same date, the murder toll stood at 373.

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