Remember how Clint Huggins was killed
Huggins was a key witness in another era, a time of drug criminals and chilling mass murders by ruthless gangs. His was the era of men such as Dole Chadee, feared as the “boss” and with good reason for Chadee allowed no one to stand in his way.
The Williamsville killings bore the stamp of a ruthless boss and the police believed it was no one else but Chadee. But, such fear surrounded Chadee that the police kept encountering a solid wall of silence. With nowhere else to turn, Ghatt moved on Huggins and finally in May 1994 Huggins broke his silence and gave the police some vital information.
In the meantime, Chadee and nine members of his gang were committed to stand trial for the Williamsville murders. The country was preparing for the biggest murder trial of all time. Chadee, of course, was not without resources and used everything legal to delay the trial, including filing a constitutional motion and claiming that the pre-trial publicity would prevent him getting a fair trial.
One morning, Superintendent Phillip Browne, the then Head of the Homicide Bureau, ‘admitted’ that Huggins was dead, that he had been poisoned and that the post-mortem was about to start at the Forensic Sciences Centre. At the Forensic Sciences Centre Huggins’ father, Neville Huggins, emerged from inside the building, having duly identified the “body”. He was in tears and being comforted by soldiers but he was quickly led away.
Three suspects were arrested on the Brian Lara Promenade and charged with conspiracy to kill a State witness but only two, Felicia Constantine, 29, of Valencia, and Ronald Williams, 25, a regiment private were found guilty. The third was acquitted.
Huggins knew what he was talking about. He had been recruited by Joey Ramiah, Chadee’s chief lieutenant and had been involved with the gang in several jobs including the murder of the Williamsville family. Why did he get involved in this gang? “I wanted money,” he said. “I had a young wife and we were planning to have children. I never planned to be a full-time member of the gang, but once you get involved you could not leave alive. It was either you stayed or you were left like ‘Mice’ Baboolal.”
Huggins said when the gang received Chadee’s instructions to kill ‘Mice’ Baboolal, he never anticipated that the entire Baboolal family would be killed. “I hear Joey with that talk when we reach in the house. I felt so sick I just wanted to get it over with. That bloodshed really affected me and that is why I decided to talk,” Huggins said.
He really had been killed this time. He had run away from the safe house to enjoy Carnival and the alcohol spoke when he was seen at a bar in Sangre Grande. He was lured away from the bar and brutally murdered. Chadee had put out a $3m bounty on Huggins’ head, but before Huggins was killed he had given evidence in the preliminary inquiry of the Williamsville murder and his deposition was admitted into evidence at the trial.