?After Codi Alves woke up in the mortuary of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, he was sedated by a nurse. That was the last thing he remembered while lying on a stretcher. He said: "The next thing, I wake up, was the next morning on a ward, handcuff to a bed. There was a next policeman guarding me. I take out meh phone which was in a bag and hide it under meh arm. All meh bloody clothes was wrapped up in a bag at the side of the bed. "The policeman come and say whey de phone that was here. I say it eh have no phone here. I end up sending a message for meh mother to send a lawyer in the hospital, Ward 43. The policeman wanted to know how this lawyer reach there, how he know to come here. They keep me there for one day and then took me to the Morvant station. "At the station, the police asking me where I going to live when I come out ah here. A next policeman saying, 'Codi, you boasting boy, what goes around comes around.' He mean that I was boasting in the cell that I play dead.
"I remain there until Monday when I went to court. They test me for gun powder, I don't know what they find, I don't know if they find any on the clothes, is machine gun they were firing. Is plenty shots fire on the car that night. They give me back the clothes. They test meh hand and they gone with it." On the night of the incident, police said they were responding to a report of murder in Arima, and that the car in which Alves and his friends were travelling was considered the getaway car in the killing. But Alves said, as the lone survivor, he was never questioned about any murder. He said: "In the station, they ask me about no murder. A policeman come with two guns and say you know we have to give you this. I say for what, I did not have no gun in no car. He say you know how it does go, your three brethrens dead, you doh expect to walk out just so.
"They charge me eight charges, possession of guns, ammunition, shooting at the police. I got bail the first day, but I come out last week. I stay in there a whole month, I didn't have the money at the time. Then meh lawyer (Wayne Sturge) tell me it better you stay in jail, stay there for a while, my lawyer frighten for me. "I cah walk the road comfortable, they could gun me down, I come like ah is the witness. If they see me anywhere, they go look to kill me. Those three fellas, I know them good. The police had 'Lall' down as a pest, is really he they were behind." Alves said he had one conviction for possession of marijuana, and one case pending in the Port-of-Spain High Court for possession of ammunition seven years ago. He said although people might say he was lying, there were witnesses to the shootings, who were afraid to come forward at this time. "Is a police thing...they know the police does operate."
Why I spoke out
What made Alves talk out?
He responded: "I didn't have to be here. I coulda dead, I have to talk meh mind. Only God alone know how I still alive. Is a hundred-plus shots bust from the junction to Juman's. I aint even get a graze, my brethrens get riddled down." Alves said the car in which they were travelling belonged to a lawyer, but the police said it was hot. Akee was working taxi, a PH, until he pay off for it. If they say we commit a murder in Arima, why didn't they intercept the car in Maloney, why wait until we reach a lonely spot to kill them fellas?" Alves said what surprised him later was that none of the police involved in the shootings, charged him with the various offences.
He said: "They put a man who wasn't there to charge me. They feel ah doh know, ah know everything, ah see everything. Is Lall they wanted to kill. If there is an inquest, I doh mine talking and say that."