Assault accused shot outside Port-of-Spain Prison
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Friday, December 13 2013
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DISTRAUGHT FATHER:A distraught Sookram Beharry tells police how a gunman shot his son, Ravindra, in their car outside the Port-of-Spain Prison on Fred...
Mere minutes after he exited the Port-of-Spain Prison on Frederick Street, Ravindra Beharry was yesterday attacked by an unknown assailant, and shot multiple times, receiving severe injuries to his right leg and neck.
The 27-year-old man, of Patna Village, Diego Martin, was said to be in critical condition at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital up to late last evening.
Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Beharry’s father Sookram recalled the events which had taken place prior to the attack.
Sookram explained his son had been arrested for allegedly assaulting his neighbour, and as a result, had appeared before a Port-of-Spain magistrate on Wednesday. He noted at the time, Beharry was granted bail in the sum of $30,000, however, they were only able to attain the bail yesterday.
“So we were now exiting the prison (at about 12.45 pm) and we went in my car, which was a little way up the road. I was driving and he was in the front seat next to me. All of a sudden I see a man running across New Street.
“I didn’t pay him any mind at first, but he run up to (my son’s) window and just pull out a gun and bam! Let go shots. I throw my hand up by my face at first, cause I was afraid, and then I floor it (the gas) and speed down Frederick Street trying to escape.
“When I look over at my son, blood pumping from his leg and his neck. I ask him if he was okay, and he said, yeah, and he was asking if we should go to the police first. I tell him no, but like he was just in a state of shock yes, because right after he said okay, we make the block and went to the hospital. On the way I see a police car, and I flag them down, and they escort us over there,” Sookram said.
The father of four noted Beharry worked with him as a landscaper, and although he was a “kind and decent person” he admitted his son did occasionally get into trouble.
“He wasn’t in any gang or in any badman thing. Nothing like that. He had his ways eh, and would get in trouble, look he was in court because (he) and his neighbour fall out. But to say he do something to deserve this? Nah, I don’t think so, I can’t believe this at all,” Sookram said.
A party of officers from the Inter Agency Task Force, and the Port-of-Spain CID including ASP Ajith Persad, Inspector Ramdeo, PC Ramgobin, PC Percell, and PC Ramsawak visited the scene.
Investigations are continuing.