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Family Of Murdered Fisherman Granted $750,000
The family of a murdered fisherman has been granted $750,000 by the state.
The wife and daughter of the victim will also be compensated for the legal costs incurred.
Shazad Mohammed aged 25 of Francis Lalla road was shot in the head by a coast guard at the Gulf of Paria in 2006.
Mohammed’s death sparked outrage and several protests throughout his community as his father Fareed Mohammed called for justice for his son.
The coast guard in question claimed that the act was done out of self defense.
However two fishermen Adesh Ramkissoon and Iswar Ryait who were in the company of Mohammed at the time both say the shooting was unprovoked.
Coast guard Quincy Allum was charged with the murder of Mohammed on September 1st 2006.
However on May 2nd 2007 then Director of Public Prosecutions Geoffrey Henderson brought the enquiry to a halt as new evidence suggesting that Mohammed was shot in self defense was presented.
Wife of the deceased Nalini Ramkissoon-Mohammed filed a lawsuit contending that her husband was negligently shot to death.
When the matter was brought before Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh in the high court yesterday, the court was told that the state would accept liability for Mohammed’s death….and the state was ordered to foot the bill.