Keyianna’s dad applies for new HDC home

Feeling unsafe...

By Michelle Loubon

Jasson Noel, father of six-year-old Keyianna Noel, says he is not taking any more chances with his children’s safety and went to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) office yesterday to apply for a home. 

Keyianna was taken from her home at Building 60, Duncan Street, Port of Spain, on Tuesday, by a man who promised to buy her snacks.

On Wednesday, she was dropped off in Aranjuez on the Priority Bus Route and then taken by Besson Street police to the station. 

There, she was reuni­ted with her father and siblings Jerrel, nine, Nao­mi, eight, and Malachai Be­lasco, five. 

Noel said yesterday: “This (yesterday) morning, I went to HDC to ap­ply for a house because I am no longer feeling safe. My children are getting bigger and they need more space. 

“The man slipped in because the corrugated gate was open. I am more eager to get out of there. I don’t want another unfortunate situation on my hands. That is a bad kind of memory. I am not feeling the homely vibes. 

“After Keyianna went missing, it cemented my decision to find a new home.” 

Noel added: “There is crime all around. Sirens screeching. And bullets in the night, loud and clear. At the time, it was my only option to take this two-bedroom apartment. I will be going back to HDC on Monday.” 

Asked how he felt about reports the suspect had apologised to Keyianna, him and the country, Noel said he felt he should be locked up and treated as an example to other people who intend to hurt children. 

Noel said: “You have to think before you act. You don’t see what is go­ing on in the country? It is easy to play mad.”

Asked if the suspect had given up himself, he said: “I have not heard anything about that. It does not seem as if he has done it. I want to see this man get locked up. And let us make him an example. You can’t play with in­nocent children’s lives.” 

The suspect has said he took Keyianna because he was prevented from seeing his daughter. 

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