Armed bandits beat and rob mostly females in Canefield household
Three armed bandits assaulted and terrorised a Lot 983 New Area, Canefield, Canje household consisting of mostly women around 19:30 hrs Sunday. Faro Haniff, 27, was in her bedroom resting while her three children, three nieces cousins and two other children were in the hall talking and watching television when three men (with bandanas covering their faces), and with three guns (1 small and 2 long guns) entered the one- flat house and started to make their demands, brutalising some of the females in the process.
The young women, who were still in shock during the interview related what happened. Tishyanie Seeraj, 12, Haniff’s niece, said that the men came through the front door after disembarking a White 192 Model care “which dropped them off and left”.
“One of them tell we to lay down on the ground…and don’t make any noise or they will shoot we mother (the bandits had thought that Haniff was their mother).
Haniff stated that the men then entered her room and demanded she give them “everything”, “so whilst I was taking out the jewels one of them gave me one lash with a gun in my head and another came and asked for the gold and they said ‘that’s not all…that’s not all’”.
To please the men, Haniff took out a bag with over $100,000 and gave them. The men carted off with a video camera as well as five cellular phones, but not after ransacking the entire room.
She said that they “knocked up the children with the guns and they said they will kill me and said it (the gun) was fully loaded”. The bandits hit one of her daughters, Nikki with a gun and pushed the young lady into the wardrobe, breaking the mirror as a result of the hard impact. “They collected what they had to collect and they spent over 7 minutes in all”, Haniff said.
She said that she called the police at the nearby Reliance Police Station but after she tried to relate a few words of distress to the person on the other side of the phone, the individual seemingly hung up on her. Feeling hopeless, she alerted other neighbours whom she alleged also telephoned for police but “they got no response…it rang out”. The cops did arrive on the scene 30 minutes later and took the usual statements.
The females all had to visit the New Amsterdam Hospital for medical attention. They suffered from head, shoulder and back injuries from all the gun butting and hits by the men, including the impact one of them resulted in from the push into the wardrobe mirror.
Haniff was confused and questioned what benefit airing her story in the media will bring, since “it’s of no use”. “They (the police) coming and take statement and we got to give reports but nobody don’t give you back nothing– it’s a waste of time– they (the police) come and ask for names and even time and nothing don’t happen”.