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Former murder accused shot dead

By Nalinee Seelal Saturday, May 10 2014

One year and four months after he was ordered released from prison Anthony Amogan, 43, was shot dead at his Caroni home early yesterday after police claimed that he shot at them, and they returned fire.

Police seized a 9mm pistol and six rounds of ammunition.

According to reports at about 4.30 am officers of the Central Division, acting on information went to Diamond Street, La Paille Village, Caroni, where they called out to Amogan who lived alone.

Police officers claimed that Amogan stormed out of the house and fired several shots at officers who returned the fire.

He was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Following the death of Amogan, Head of the Central Division, Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham was contacted and he, together with Inspector Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra Toolaram and others went to the scene along with Crime Scene officers.

The area was cordoned off as CSI officers preserved the scene of the shooting.

Yesterday police officers told Newsday that Amogan was a suspect in several murders, including last week’s murder of security guard, Michael Heeralal.

Heeralal was shot dead while on his way to work at an Early Childhood Centre at La Paille Village, Caroni.

On December 14, 2012 Amogan who had spent 15 years in prison for murder was ordered freed by High Court Judge Justice Malcolm Holdip, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Second Criminal Court. Holdip said in his ruling “that he was of the view that Amogan could not receive a fair trial on the basis that the delay in bringing his matter to trial — 15 years and nine months — was significant and unjustified.” Amogan was jointly charged for the murder of Ramcoomar Ramoutar on February 22, 1997, in Freeport.

He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death on May 29, 2003, and appealed.

Following his release, Amogan told Newsday he intended reaching out to his three children, all of whom are adults, and getting his life back on track.

Yesterday relatives of Amogan said he had been trying to put his life together and even built a house at La Paille Village, and worked as a handyman.

They denied that he was involved in illegal activities, and said that they were of the firm view that his killing should be investigated.

They added that up until a few days ago he secured a job to paint a house, and was even contemplating opening up a small bakery at La Paille Village, because he is skilled in the art of baking.

The family member said that Amogan always made it clear to them he never wanted to return to prison, and was looking forward to turning a new page to make something out of life, which he lost while in prison.

The female relative said, “Only yesterday he was in Frederick Settlement purchasing phoulorie which he loved, and he was so full of life talking and laughing that we never knew that mere hours away, he would be dead.”

Yesterday senior police officers told Newsday they are working on information that Amogan was responsible for several crimes, such as extortion and gun-related offences, apart from being a suspect in several murders.

Yesterday police returned to the home of the dead man, and searched in and around his home for drugs and illegal firearms and ammunition.

Neighbours of the dead man said they preferred not to comment on the killing, because they were afraid to say anything, because of the crime situation in the country.

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