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Police Offices at the scene of a drive-by shooting on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday. In the background a car involved in the shooting is being wrecked.

Customer kills coconut vendor

A 20-year-old coconut vendor was shot and killed by someone pretending to be a customer on Tuesday.

According to a police report, around 12.45 pm Cardel Charles, 20, was selling coconuts at Bypass Road in Valencia when a man pretending to be a customer pointed a gun and shot him several times to the head and hand.

Charles was taken to the Valencia Health Centre where he died while being treated.

Police are continuing their investigations into the murder.

Drive-by shooting on Wrightson Road

Investigations are continuing into an alleged drive-by shooting along Wrightson Road in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday, which left a bystander injured.

According to a preliminary police report, at about noon there was a drive-by shooting along the eastbound lane in the vicinity of Colville Street.

Police said a blue Hyundai vehicle was riddled with bullets but no serious injuries occurred.

They said an unidentified man, who was a bystander to the incident, sustained a minor injury in the gun melee. He was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for medical treatment.

Police said several cars were also damaged during the incident.

Officers are working on the theory that the target may have been a suspected gang member.

Point Fortin man ordered to stay away from teen girl

A 29-year-old man was ordered to have no contact with a 16-year-old girl after appearing before a Point Fortin Magistrate yesterday on three sexual charges.

Police said Ramon Jimmeal Frederick of Ravine Ranch, Egypt Village, Point Fortin, was given the order by Magistrate Alicia Chankar as part of his bail conditions which were set at $150,000. He was also instructed to report to his local police station once a week.

FREDERICK will reappear before the court on June 29th, 2021.

The accused was arrested and charged on May 30 by WPC Renn-Lashley, of the South-Western Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) following an investigation into a report made by a 16-year-old girl in October 2019.

According to the girl, while travelling in her school uniform, she boarded a vehicle driven by a man who allegedly sexually touched her breasts and belly before kissing her on the lips. This happened on two occasions. The girl further alleged that the suspect told her that if she reported the matter, she would be harmed.

On another day, the girl and her mother boarded a vehicle that was driven by the suspect.

The girl later confided to her mother about the incident and a report was subsequently made to the police.

The incidents are said to have occurred between April 30 to June 1

2019 and August 31 to October 1, 2019.

Further investigations led to the arrest of Frederick who was charged with two counts of sexual penetration and one count of sexual touching of a child.

The enquiry was spearheaded by W/Superintendent (Ag)

Claire Guy-Alleyne and supervised by Insp (Ag) Knutt.

Illegal eviction gets man arrested

A man who allegedly evicted a legal tenant from an apartment, has been charged with wilful trespass under the Trespass (Amendment) Act 2019.

Police said Kern Munroe alias Chinee, of Building 16, Maloney, was expected to appear virtually before a Tunapuna Magistrate yesterday.

Munroe, who is also known as ‘Kitty’, was charged under Section 5 (A) of the Act which states: “A person who uses force, threats, or

intimidation to enter premises which is in the lawful possession of another person in order to expel that person and take possession of

the premises and does so otherwise than in pursuance of an order of a court or other lawful authority commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $100,000, and to imprisonment for 15 years.”

Munroe was held during an anti-crime exercise namely Operation GET which was conducted in the Maloney district.