Neil Eligon’s family declined $50,000
In the statements obtained by the Sunday Express, the attorney for the officers involved—PCs Toney, Ali, Reyes and then Sgt Alexander—said that Eligon posed no threat to them.
In a letter dated October 11, 2013, and signed by Javier Forrester to attorney Sylesh Ramjattan who is seeking the interest of the Eligon family, Forrester noted that the State “is prepared to offer your client the sum of $50,000 in return for his immediately discontinuing the instant claim…the above offer is not to be construed an admission of liability on the part of the defendant. Indeed, as was made clear in our detailed Defence filed on 22nd July, 2013, the police officers acted reasonably in all the circumstances on the night of 20th August, 2008. However, it is not in dispute that Neil Phillip Eligon was never armed on the night in question nor did he make any attempt to endanger the lives of the said officers. In essence he was an innocent bystander.”
Eligon’s relatives had sued the State following his death. The offer of $50,000 was declined by the relatives when the matter was called in the High Court. The matter was subsequently dismissed.
The Sunday Express understands that an inquest surrounding the circumstances of what transpired the night Eligon and another man, Magnus Charles, were shot dead by the officers will be called on Tuesday at the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court.
On September 16, 2008, attorney Kirk Hogan wrote then ag Commissioner of Police James Philbert seeking a status on the killings. The letter stated that sometime between 9.20 p.m. on August 20, and 3.30 a.m., Eligon was proceeding along Real Street in the company of another person when he was shot dead by police.
“The body was taken to the Mt Hope Medical Sciences Centre… He was shot several times in the lower back, shoulder and chest.
Tests conducted on the body of the deceased (Eligon) in particular to his hands, did not show any gunpowder residue which may have pointed to the discharging of a firearm”.
The letter was also copied to then National Security Minister Martin Joseph, then Director of Public Prosecutions Geoffrey Henderson and the Ombudsman
In response to the letter , the office of the ACP in charge of Anti-Crime Operations wrote back stating the matter is currently under investigation by police officers of the Homicide Bureau.