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Tobago fireman, friend shot dead

By KARL E CUPID Tobago Bureau Monday, July 28 2008

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Lost son: Eileen Watson-Collette looks at pictures of her son Hensyl, inset, at her home in Plymouth, Tobago yesterday. Hensyl and his friend Clint Am...
Lost son: Eileen Watson-Collette looks at pictures of her son Hensyl, inset, at her home in Plymouth, Tobago yesterday. Hensyl and his friend Clint Am...

The news that her son Hensyl Collette, a fireman, had been found shot dead in Trinidad felt like a “thunderbolt” to Eileen Watson-Collette, who lives in Arnos Vale, Plymouth, Tobago.

She found it difficult to speak about the murders of Hensyl, 27, and his friend Clint Ambrose, 26, who is also from Tobago. The bodies of the two men were found next to each other by a gardener at the Aranjuez nurseries on Saturday.

Watson-Collette, a secondary school teacher, said she last saw Hensyl on Thursday. His sister and other relatives, however saw him on Saturday at about 8 am as he took in the Old Time Carnival presentation of the Tobago Heritage Festival at Plymouth.

Relatives believe Hensyl and Ambrose later took the 12.55 pm flight to Trinidad.

“They said he went to buy a car; some advertisement he saw. I don’t know if anybody down there (in Trinidad) knew he was coming. But he and the fella whose body was found along with his, left here (Tobago) together. A third man was supposed to go but I don’t know who is that person,” Watson-Collette told Newsday.

Police investigators said yesterday that they believe Collette and Ambrose went to Aranjuez to purchase a car for $50,000 but were instead robbed of the cash and shot dead.

Watson-Collette said she had heard the news about the two bodies being found but did not think that one of them was her son. She learnt that Hensyl was one of the victims at about 10 pm on Saturday.

Hensyl, she said, lived alone at Shelbourne Street, a short distance from her. “He was always here. When you see he climb over the gate is, ‘Mammy whey you have?’ But not again,” she lamented, as she went through pictures of her slain son. Her cell phone rang continuously and neighbours and other well-wishers kept stopping by yesterday. She said an autopsy on Hensyl has been scheduled for today. His funeral is expected to take place on August 4 in Tobago. Hensyl enlisted in the Fire Service on July 1, 2004 and graduated in January 2005.

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