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Rapist gunned down

By NEWSDAY REPORTER Wednesday, February 12 2014

A MAN who was the suspect in a murder has been killed by police during a shootout in Claxton Bay yesterday. Later, the dead man was pointed out by a 13-year-old girl as being the person who had raped her earlier this year.

Police reported at about 2.30 pm, a party of officers from Central Division CID, the Central Division’s Tactical Unit and the Robbery Squad, led by Ag Snr Supt Johnny Abraham and including Sgt Jitindra Tooleram, Sgt Benjamin and Cpl Persad among others made their way to Sookoo Trace in Claxton Bay.

The officers had received reliable information that a suspect in the murder of Sean Jaikaran, who was gunned down in Claxton Bay last month, was seen at a house in Sookoo Trace. The officers surrounded the house and called on the suspect to surrender. Police sources said the man came out “with gun firing” and officers took cover and returned gunfire, hitting the man several times. The wounded man was placed in a police vehicle and rushed to the Couva District Health Facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Upon receiving permission from her relatives, police said a 13-year-old rape victim from the Orange Valley area, was brought to the Couva District Health Facility where she was shown the body of the murder suspect and told officers, that it was the same person who had raped her after holding up and robbing her family.

Police sources told Newsday that they retrieved a revolver, two live rounds and two spent shells at the scene of the shooting.

Ag Snr Supt Abraham later told reporters that the deceased was identified as Anthony ‘Samba’ Hepburn, who was 29. Hepburn’s body was later removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy will be done today. Ag Snr Supt Abraham later praised, “that brave little girl”, for visiting the health centre to positively identify the man who had assaulted her.

“This will help her in the healing process, to help her get over what is a traumatic experience in her young life. And I commend her for this decision and I call on other victims of crime to also come forward and assist the police,” Abraham said.

On January 17, Jaikaran of Penal Rock Road, was shot dead at the Trinidad Cement Ltd Recreation Ground in Claxton Bay. Police were told that at 11.20 am, residents heard a single gunshot and saw a man running from the scene. Police responded immediately and found Jaikaran’s body.

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