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Grocer kills bandit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A businessman yesterday shot and killed a bandit who held him up as he was on his way to the bank.

According to police reports around 6.30 am, Mahadeo Gosein, 54, was leaving his Sixth Avenue, Barataria home and business, Sixth Avenue Supermarket, when three men dressed in Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) uniforms stopped him and took an undisclosed sum of cash.

Gosein was shot by what relatives suspect was a shotgun, but then pulled out his licensed firearm and returned fire, killing Allan Walker. This was the second time Gosein had shot an armed bandit.

In February 2007, 19-year-old Reuben Thomas, of La Brea, was shot by Gosein during a robbery attempt.

Gosein’s brother Ravindranath said the father of two girls was on his way to the bank when he was attacked. He said he heard a gunshot and then six to seven more and when he rushed outside he saw his brother bleeding and the dead bandit at the side of the road.

Ravindranath said his brother was operated on and was warded in a serious condition at the Intensive Care Unit at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

The dead man, who was identified by his aunt Michelle Walker, was a father of one from Second Caledonia, Morvant, and was was released from prison in May after serving time for arms and ammunition charges.

“I tired talk to him about the life he was living. I not going and put water in my mouth and say he was a good boy. He was a pest, I tired talk to him about leaving people thing alone,” Walker said.

“Yesterday (Sunday) I talk to him and he tell me he get a work in CEPEP starting Monday. That is the job he get?”

When asked what message she would like others to learn from her nephew’s death, she said: “Crime makes no sense, is two places you heading, either the graveyard or the jail house.”

In an unrelated matter, a 28-year-old man described by police as a car thief was killed yesterday afternoon after he was briefly chased by a gunman.

According police, around 2.15 pm Sylvanus Grant, originally from San Juan, was with a group of men at Martinez Street, off the Arima Old Road, when the killer, dressed in a black three-quarter pants and camouflage and hat approached. The men ran in varying directions but the killer chased Grant and cornered him before killing him and running off.

Police said Grant was known to them.