is no mystery that Dole Chadee ordered the hit which killed four
members of a Williamsville family.
It is no mystery that he was found guilty and together with eight
members of his gang, he was executed in June 1999.
But why did Chadee order such a hit?
Even British Queens Counsel Sir Timothy Cassel, who prosecuted
the Chadee case, had no idea why the Piparo Don killed the family.
He opened his case to the jury in 1996 at the special Chaguaramas
Cassel gave the facts, along with the account of accomplice witness
Levi Morris, and the deposition of slain witness Clint Huggins.
But nowhere in the case was there any mention of a motive as to
why Chadee ordered such a brutal hit.
Chadee did not wake up one day and decide to wipe out an entire
family. There was a reason.
After 14 years of such a dastardly act, a motive has surfaced.
Hamilton Mice Baboolal, his sister Monica, mother Rookmin,
and father Deo, were shot dead on the morning of January 10, 1994.
Deo was shot dead as he returned home. Mice, Monica and Rookmin
were shot in the head, execution style.
Mice was a member of the feared Chadee gang. He worked alongside
a number of people who assisted in receiving shipments of cocaine
from Colombia and ensuring that they went to North America and Europe.
Sometime during his employment with Chadee, Mice stole
some cocaine from the boss. When the cocaine was discovered missing,
Chadee sent a message to Mice, asking him to kindly return
the cocaine or be dealt with. Chadee even offered to accept
the equivalent in cash.
According to an informant who contacted the T&T Guardian this
week, Mice challenged his boss and sent a message back to Chadee:
I will kidnap your son, leave me alone.
Who tell Mice say that? Chadee got mad as hell and summoned Joey
Ramiah to his Piparo house and later to his Falcon Crest farmhouse.
Chadee told Ramiah that he had to send a message to Mice that such
threats would not be tolerated. Chadee wanted to deal with Mice
once and for all. He summoned the gang to his farmhouse in Piparo
late on the night of January 9, 1994.
Chadee handed out guns and masks to Ramiah and members of his feared
gang. He made it quite clear that he wanted Mice and everyone in
that Williamsville house dead. The gang drove off after midnight
and went straight to the Baboolal house. Special Reserve Policeman
Clint Huggins broke down the door of the house and the rest of the
gang invaded the house.
Mice, Monica and Rookmin were shot dead in the house while Deo was
confronted on the steps and fatally shot. Morris, a member of the
gang, felt sorry for two young children and hid them under a bed.
Their lives were spared.
The gang escaped after the bloodshed and Ramiah reported to Chadee
that everyone was dead. Ramiah said no life was spared. He did not
know that two children were spared.
The killings remained unsolved for four months before Huggins gave
a statement to the police about the entire affair. Not even Huggins
knew why Chadee wanted the family dead.
One Saturday in May 1994, the police rounded up Chadee and the gang
and they were charged with murder. Morris was also charged, but
he turned State witness after Huggins was killed.
Huggins testified at the preliminary inquiry at the Princes Town
Magistrates Court in 1994. He was placed in a safe house at
Crows Nest, Teteron Barracks, Chaguaramas. He had a habbit
of running away to lime, in particular, Sangre Grande, where he
lived with his wife and infant child.
In 1994, there was an attempt on his life while in the safe house.
Chadee paid $1 million to a woman and two soldiers to poison Clint
while in protective custody. But one of the soldiers, Pte Eric Williams
squealed to the authorities and the then Chief of Defence Staff,
Brigadier Ralph Brown, set up a string operation to catch the suspects.
The army and police faked Clints death to the point that a
bogus post-mortem examination was performed by forensic pathologist
Dr Ramnath Chandu Lal at the Forensic Science Centre. It was only
after the police caught the suspects going to collect the money
on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain, that the fake death
Two people were convicted and sentenced to ten years in jail for
conspiracy to kill Clint Huggins. Despite the attempt on his life,
Clint left the safe house at will.
On February 17, 1996, Clint left the safe house to spend the Carnival
weekend in Sangre Grande. He was seen in a popular bar in his community.
It was there he was grabbed on February 20, 1996. His body was later
found hanging out of his car on the Uriah Butler Highway, Mount
Hope. Clint was shot, chopped, stabbed and part of his body burnt.
Chadee had offered $3 million to people to kill Huggins. Mission
There was celebration in the remand yard. The only eyewitness to
the killings was dead. His deposition was insufficient for a successful
prosecution. One of the accused, Morris, decided to turn State witness.
He pleaded guilty to the four counts of murder and was sentenced
to death. His death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment
by the then president, Noor Hassanali.
Morris gave evidence and Chadee and eight members of his gang were
convicted and sentenced to death on September 3, 1996. No money
was ever paid to Huggins killers.
So Huggins killers and associates decided to hit back. On
December 20, 1997, Chadees brother, Thackoor Boodram, was
kidnapped from his farm in Spring Village, Valsayn, and a $5 million
ransom was demanded for his safe release. They wanted the $3 million
for killing Huggins and a $2 million bonus.
But Chadee, who was on death row, refused to pay and the kidnappers
killed Thackoor. His head was found in a whiskey box at the Caroni
cremation site on December 31, 1997. His body was burnt in Valencia.
Ten men were arrested and charged and later sentenced to death for
killing Thackoor. They lost their appeals and are serving life sentences
Three men were charged with Huggins murder and sentenced to
death by Justice Alice Yorke-Soo Hon on May 8, 2003.
They appealed, but the Court of Appeal, comprising Justices Roger
Hamel-Smith, Margot Warner and Paula Mae Weekes, dismissed their
appeal on April 21, 2005. They lost their appeal before the Judicial
Committee of the Privy Council this year.
Morris spent a few years in custody and was pardoned. He has gone
abroad with his family and is living a new life in a foreign country.