A Piarco man was abducted and beaten in Couva on Saturday
night. Davanand Mahabir, 24, a hardware worker of St Helena
Village, was asleep in a Toyota Crown in Carli Bay, when the
vehicle was stolen by four masked men.
Mahabirs three companions had left him to rest in the
car while they went to catch crabs in the nearby mangrove
Persad Mahabir, uncle of the victim, said earlier that evening
both he and his nephew were having some alcoholic drinks.
He said Davanand left with Dipchand Pulchand and two other
men to go on a crab-catching expedition, since they heard
crab was running.
Persad said when Pulchand returned from the swamp the car
was missing. They used a cellphone to call Persad.
Persad said he learnt later that his nephew was beaten and
tossed into the trunk of the car. He was released somewhere
along the south-bound lane of the highway near to San Fernando.
He was given a lift by a truck driver to Chaguanas.
Persad said Davanand called him sometime around 7 am, and
a report was made at Couva Police Station.
The victim, Persad said, initially went to the Freeport Station,
but was told to go instead to Couva.
Up to midday, he was being questioned by officers of the Couva
Pritam Singh, owner of the stolen car, said he was most upset
at the loss of the vehicle, which he said was valued close
Meanwhile, residents of Couva have complained that crime in
their area was being left unchecked, and claimed that several
bars springing up on the main road were the meeting points
for unsavoury characters.
Also, criminals from north and south Trinidad were hiding
out in the NHA Phases One and Two housing developments and
using these areas as bases for their illicit activities.