UWI Lecturer Arrested for Shooting at Common Law Wife

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By Prior Beharry

POLICE have arrested a University of the West Indies open campus lecturer for shooting at his common law wife at their home in Tunapuna on Saturday.

A police report noted that the 52-year-old man, who is also an unsuccessful UNC candidate in the 2015 general elections, had a dispute with his 42-year-old common law wife, of seven years, during the period of the curfew on Saturday – the Labour Day public holiday.




She told police that her common law husband pointed his licensed firearm at her and fired a shot. She was not injured, police said.

Police said a report was made and constables Yates and Ramkissoon went to a house on Fairley Street around 10.30am on Saturday.

There is a 10am to 5am curfew on Saturday and Sunday  in Trinidad and Tobago to help curb the Covid-19 pandemic.


Police said that WPC Yates told the lecturer of the report, cautioned him and asked him to hand over his firearm. He complied. They arrested the lecturer and took him to the Tunapuna Police Station.

A Northern Division CSI team visited the scene and recovered one spent shell.

The report noted that statements were recorded and PC Payne of the Gender Based Unit was continuing enquiries.



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