Harold Mahabir, Maraval resident and international education
consultant, presents acting Insp Joyce James-Martin of the
Maraval Police Station with a citizens commendation
yesterday, after police from the station rescued a woman who
was abducted by a man. Looking on are PCs Darryl Worrel and
Anson Springer. Photo: Shirley Bahadur
A 26-year-old woman is alive today because of the prompt response
of the E-999 police and others from the Maraval station, who
rescued her from an abductor on Thursday afternoon.
am sure we saved a life. What a good way to end the year,
an elated acting Insp Joyce James-Martin of the Maraval station
said yesterday, after education consultant Dr Harold Mahabir
gave her officers a commendation for the rescue.
James-Martin said the Maraval team got involved after E-999
put out an all-points bulletin for a car in which the woman
was being held captive by a man who forced her into it by
putting an icepick to her throat.
The woman, who has two children, was abducted from her home
at Regal Street, Belmont, around noon. Neighbours who witnessed
the event alerted the E-999, which placed an emergency flash
which James-Martin picked up at her station.
James-Martin said that around 12.50 pm, she picked up the
emergency call from the E-999 officers who were on patrol.
Although only one car was on the compound at the time, James-Martin
said she was able to dispatch officers to a deserted area
at Perseverance, Maraval, where the mans car was spotted.
Even at that time, the man was being tailed by telecommunications
branch officer PC Preston George, who also picked up the APB
and came upon the car, which he followed.
George kept transmitting information about the car which the
Maraval and E-999 units intercepted at Perseverance. The police
found the woman on the ground, as she had jumped out of the
car, forcing the man to stop.
mans intention was to kill that woman.
the police approached the vehicle, she was shouting kill
him, officers. Just kill him, James-Martin said
in an interview at the Maraval station.
A suspect, who was yesterday in custody at the Belmont Police
Station, is expected to face kidnapping and attempted murder
James-Martin had high praise for George, the E-999 unit, and
her own officersPCs Elton Morris, Felix Lazama, Mark
Solomon, Darryl Worrel and Earl Logan.
am so happy we saved a life, she said.
Mahabir, an education consultant and administrator in psychology,
said Maraval residents told him what happened and he decided
to give an award to the officers, who, he said, went beyond
the call of duty to save the womans life.
feel that there ought to be public commendations for officers
who perform, said Mahabir, who lives in Maraval.
In a statement to reporters, Mahabir said the public was quick
to criticise the police when they dont perform but were
not as quick to praise them when crimes are solved.
need to motivate police officers when they do their best and
there must be commendation from the higher authorities when
it is done, the statement said.
Mahabir also called for the introduction of a national award
to be given to police officers for bravery.
do feel that police officers need to be motivated. If you
cant motivate them by giving an incentive, an award
for their performance and exemplary behaviour should be offered,
He said he hoped to implement a system whereby individual
police officers and the stations to which they are assigned
are commended for acts of heroism.