Monday 14th August, 2006


Sleeping man abducted as pals go crab-hunting

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By Adrian Boodan

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.

Mahabir’s three companions had left him to rest in the car while they went to catch crabs in the nearby mangrove swamp.

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 CID.

Pritam Singh, owner of the stolen car, said he was most upset at the loss of the vehicle, which he said was valued close to $40,000.

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.

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