PORT OF SPAIN – No one came to the assistance of Kemba Olufemi yesterday when her ex-lover tried to shoot her and then used the gun to beat her mercilessly on her head. After hitting her with the gun about 100 times, Lloyd Logan, 60, then calmly walked a short distance away and drank poison in the car park of Tropical Plaza, Pointe-a-Pierre.
Olufemi, 37, survived the brutal attack and is warded in a stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital, but Logan died.
While the heinous incident sent shock waves across social media after the video of the incident went viral, what was equally disturbing was that no one helped her during the four-minute attack although several vehicles were close enough to see what was happening and their occupants probably did. There were also people standing nearby watching the attack.
Police said Olufemi, a taxi driver who lives with her two children at Macaulay Village, Claxton Bay, had ended her relationship with Logan about two weeks ago, but they had arranged to meet at the plaza yesterday. She arrived there around 11 a.m.
The video shows a woman exiting the front seat of Olufemi’s car, which was parked near a casino at the plaza, while Olufemi remained in the driver’s seat. Logan then walked up to Olufemi’s car, pulled out a gun, aimed it at her and pulled the trigger. But police said the gun jammed and did not go off.
Determined to finish her off, Logan then began beating her on the head with the gun, pulled her out of the vehicle and continued beating her. Olufemi tried to fight back but he overpowered her, pulled her to the ground and continued beating her on the head.
During the ordeal several cars slowed down but no one left their vehicle to help the helpless woman. At one point Logan’s gun flew out of his hand but he retrieved it and continued beating her.
Seconds after he walked away, Olufemi got up and walked away.
Police commissioners Nagessar, Beharry and Hospedales, of the St Margaret’s Police Station, responded to the report along with officers of the Southern Division Task Force. When the officers responded they saw Logan drinking a bottle of paraquat in the car park. When he saw the police he put down the bottle, which was half empty and gave no resistance when the officers arrested him.
By this time several people had gathered around Olufemi in the car park. She was in and out of consciousness. There was a lot of the blood on the ground and bloodstains on her car. An ambulance later took her to the hospital where she was treated and then warded. She suffered a fracture and several lacerations to the head.
Logan, of Perseverance Village, died while being attended to at the same hospital.
Police said yesterday that Olufemi never made a report against Logan at the St Margaret’s station. Police believe people were afraid to intervene because Logan had gun.
When the T&T Guardian contacted Olufemi’s son via his phone and spoke to her sister at the hospital they both declined to comment. But when the T&T Guardian visited her home yesterday, neighbours described Olufemi as a hard-working, humble and strong person.
Stephen Sookdeo posted on Facebook, “Crime has paralyzed a nation to react. Too scared to get involved. Too worried about getting killed innocently trying to help. It’s truly unfortunate.”
Another user, Alana Deoraj-Samaroo, posted, “So many saw, passed, watched yet stood by and did nothing . . . real talk no wonder why the country got bad to worse because nobody will turn around to help anyone these days, yet talk about how the country getting bad an it not safe . . . smh.” Marabella police are investigating.