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Suspect surrenders in Candy’s shooting

Published: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The 63-year-old man accused of shooting two-year-old Candy Loubon and her cousins Wendell Mike and Shane Lemo has surrendered to police.

He was expected to be handed over to Moruga police yesterday where he will be questioned. Based on police’s investigation, the suspect may be charged with attempted murder or wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Reports are that around midnight on Sunday, the suspect, who ran into the forest after the shooting on Saturday, contacted a relative, who is a police officer in the South Western Division. The officer went to the forest, off the Penal Rock Road, Moruga and took the suspect to the Penal Police Station. He was handed over the Southern Division police shortly after.

Meanwhile, Candy, who has pellets in her neck, near her spine, and in her leg, remained at the Paediatric Ward of the San Fernando Teaching Hospital. Her father, Jamie Loubon, said doctors still have not decided when they will perform surgery. He said they are consulting and based on her condition, they may discharge her in a few days with an appointment for surgery. Mike, 31, who was shot in the head and shoulder, also remained warded at the hospital.

Around 7.10 am on Saturday, Mike, who has a long-standing dispute with the suspect, went to his garden along the Penal Rock Road, Moruga. It was then the suspect shot Mike. Lemo, 26, who was next door, was shot in the leg. Paramedics removed a pellet from his leg, which was lodged just under his skin. Candy was standing in the yard of her home was also struck.