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Teen killed after J’Ouvert jump up

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Ryan Sampath, brother of murder victim Rishard Singh.

A 17-year-old teenager of Brad Park, Perseverance Village, Chaguanas was stabbed to death after leaving J’Ouvert celebrations yesterday.

ACP Richard Smith, Head of Operations in the Central Division, confirmed that around 10.10 am Rishard Singh left J’Ouvert celebrations Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas and got into an altercation along the Southern Main Road near Edinburgh Gardens.

A man reportedly stabbed him several times. Smith said the suspect along with other men were arrested and were in police custody. A weapon was also seized. Police officially closed off J’Ouvert celebrations at 10 am.

The victim’s brother, Ryan Sampath, was inconsolable yesterday. He said they went to J’Ouvert celebrations in Chaguanas and were awaiting transport to go home when they were attacked by a gang of teens.

He said the group was an offensive word by one of the teenagers who allegedly stabbed him and ran off. Sampath said when he saw his brother lying on the ground he alerted the police.

“One of the fellers say they make a mistake and stab him, but yuh cyar make a mistake and stab somebody in they heart…I hold my brother dead in my hand, that is the worst feeling I ever have,” he said.

Police also got into a gunfight at Longdenville around 10.30 am when they attempted to search a man. The suspect pulled out a gun and shot at the police.

Officers returned fire and the suspect was shot and taken to the hospital. Smith said 400 police and soldiers were deployed in Central for Carnival and police are clamping down on criminal activities and conducting routine searches.

Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan extended condolences to the relatives of Singh.

Boodhan said, “It is very saddening and troubling that this incident happened following celebrations. The police has been extending all efforts to curb criminal activity and the actual J’Ouvert celebrations was incident-free. I am urging the police and members of the public to be more vigilant and avoid the temptation of getting into arguments and altercations.”


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