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Mom fearful after kidnapping

Newsday Staff Thursday, January 14 2016

A YOUNG Moruga woman says she is living in fear after she and her two infant daughters were abducted by a private hire (PH) taxi driver who she said was only warned by police over the incident. She was able to escape by jumping out of the moving car after pushing her children to safety. What is worse is that villagers continue to see the driver plying his trade in the district and they too are also frightened as he boasted of having lived in some of the country’s hot spots and did all sorts of things prior to moving into the village.

While the woman is considering herself and two daughters, ages two and four, lucky to be alive, she made a passionate plea for both the National Security Minister Edmund Dillon and Ag Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, to launch a thorough investigation into the matter. The driver she is fingering in the incident, has claimed “memory loss” and was seen up to yesterday driving in the area. He was not charged after receiving “a warning” from police.

The woman’s ordeal began when she boarded the PH taxi, a black B14 Sentra along with her two daughters, last Thursday at 4 pm on Penal Rock Road Junction at Basse Terre Village, Moruga.

She informed the driver of the name of the street where she wanted to go at Santa Maria Village also known as 14 mile-mark, Penal Rock Road.

She said during the journey the driver began chatting with her.

She was in the back seat of the car with her children.

She said when she arrived at her destination, he continued to drive ignoring her requests to stop the vehicle. Upon reaching a sparsely populated area called the “The Bamboo”, she opened the car door and called out for help. “I opened the car door cause the windows were up and shouted, ‘look this man going with me...allyuh call the police! ‘They probably thought I was joking because they started to laugh. I closed back the door. At the time my younger daughter was sleeping on my lap and the other was crying.” During the terrifying drive with poor cellular phone reception even if she wanted to contact someone, the young mother said she repeatedly opened the door of the moving car with the hope the driver would stop. as the car was approaching the next village at 10 mile-Mark she grabbed the two children and jumped out.

A report was made to the Moruga Police Station located at Gran Chemin Village. However up to yesterday no charges were laid and the family continues to live in fear. When the driver was picked up by police, the woman said that in her presence, he told officers the last thing he remembered was picking her up with her daughters at the Junction and driving off.

“At the station, he started to beg police not to carry him to court because he was afraid of making a jail,” the mother said. “He said if he has to pay me he will. He was playing crazy for the police.” Since the incident the family is afraid to travel but is forced to do so because she and her boyfriend have to purchase items such as disposable diapers for the children. Other villagers are fearful saying that on numerous occasions the man, aged 50, ‘boasted’ he lived in Diego Martin, Laventille and Belmont and ‘played himself and did all sorts of things.’ Moruga police confirmed a report was made but did not divulge any further information saying the investigator was not on duty

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