The glimmer of hope the family of Ria Sookdeo felt when investigators arrested a police constable and his sister for the woman’s abduction was dashed yesterday after the suspects were released.
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‘Colours’ caught and convicted
A major breakthrough in a break-in at a Couva bakery this week. Crimewatch host Ian Alleyne staked out a home at 42nd street in California where the robber identified as “Colours” resided. After hours of surveillance Ian along with officers from the Couva Police Station led by Sergeant Andy Mohammed arrested the man. “Colours” has since been sentenced to six months with hard labour for robbery. Also this week Ian was able to identify the shooter of 23- year-old Robert Maynard.
The man was shot and killed at his Gurahoo Trace, Chase Village, home. Another relative was also shot, but he was hospitalised. Maynard died at the scene. Ian said the shooter, of Deryck Road, Chase Village, has been staying at a home in Edinburgh 500. The man, according to Ian, has a tatoo of a star on his face. Ian says all the information has been passed on to Senior Supt Johnny Abraham and the central division police.
Meanwhile, Ian is searching for answers in the killing of 31 year-old Joel Apparicio. Apparicio was shot dead by a Special Reserve Police office at Real Street, San Juan. It is alleged that at the time of the shooting Apparicio was running from a man who had attacked him. Relatives say Apparicio was on his way to the San Juan Police Station to file a report when he was shot and killed.
His mother Pastor Wendy Apparicio said she wants to know who killed her son. She is calling on the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to investigate the killing. Well placed sources at the PCA confirmed that they have collected information on their investigation into this killing and have also interviewed relatives of the victim. Meanwhile, days after he assisted officers of the Central Division in cracking a major car stealing racket Ian said one of the prime suspects remains at large.
The man who goes by the alias “Casper” lost his wife a few months ago when she was murdered in Couva. And a man who claims he witnessed the killing of Nigel Long in Bagatelle, Diego Martin, is asking the state for protection. The man told Ian he saw the police officer who shot Long on that fateful night. He said the only thing Long had in his hand was a sponge and a bottle of Squeezy. Ian has asked Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to offer the man protection since he said the man now lives in fear for his life.