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Two killed over Easter weekend

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL and ONIKA JAMES Monday, April 5 2010

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ROAD BLOCK: Police set up several road blocks over the long Easter weekend, like this one on the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers Highway. ...
ROAD BLOCK: Police set up several road blocks over the long Easter weekend, like this one on the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers Highway. ...

Northern and North Eastern Division officers are continuing their investigation into two killings, which occurred over the long weekend.

In addition, to the murders, police were kept busy during various road blocks, and patrol exercises.

The weekend’s bloody start reared its head when at about 3 pm on Holy Thursday, a would-be robber was killed at a car wash in El Socorro, when his intended victim fought back.

Police reported that Kyle Stafford, 21, of Phase One La Horquetta, while armed with a firearm, attempted to steal a gold chain from the victim who had parked his Nissan Almera car in a car wash along Pundit Street. The victim resisted the robbery attempt and physically defended himself in a scuffle.

During the scuffle, several loud explosions were heard, Stafford fell to the ground clutching his chest.

The victim proceeded to pick up the firearm and fled the scene in his vehicle.

The police were notified, and Stafford was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General hospital where he died. Investigations are continuing.

Six and half hours later at about 9.30 pm, a 27-year-old man was murdered in Arima a short distance from his home.

Residents of Moonlighting Avenue, off Demerara Road, Arima, reported hearing loud explosions.

Upon investigation, they discovered the body of Dwayne Parvey lying on a nearby concrete platform with several gunshot wounds about his body.

Residents reported he was still breathing at the time, and had told them he was “in a lot of pain.”

They immediately notified the police, however, by the time the officers arrived a short time later, the Arima man was already dead. Investigations are continuing. On Good Friday morning, police from Besson Street Station were called out to investigate a possible homicide in Erica Street, Laventille.

It was reported that a resident in the area arrived home late Thursday night and found a man lying on the road outside her home. The woman told police the man was known to her as a member of the community but she did not know his name.

Under the impression he was drunk, she related, she dragged him inside her yard.

However, when she awoke in the morning she found the man in the same position, and motionless.

Concerned, she immediately contacted police, who upon arrival confirmed he was dead. Further investigations revealed that the deceased was Charles Walter Alexander, of Thomasine Street, Laventille.

Alexander, 58, was employed as a janitor at MTS, and was a known drinker.

Police are yet to confirm the cause of death but suspect that Alexander may have fallen and hit the back of his head, while intoxicated.

It was noted that, he had a bruise to the head.

A postmortem is expected to be done on Tuesday. Also, an early morning exercise on Saturday by officers of the Northern Division Police resulted in the arrest of 11 persons for various offences.

The exercise which took place in the Maracas, St Joseph, vicinity was spearheaded by Inspector Grant and Sergeant Katwaroo, with the assistance of warrant officers PC Ali, PC Reyes and PC Francis. In addition to the arrests, 28 warrants were also issued to wanted persons as well.

The exercise reportedly began at 4am and concluded shortly after 10 am.

Meanwhile, a shooting and wounding engaged the attention of police early Easter Sunday morning, when Andre Beddoe received a bullet in his arm.

According to reports, Beddoe, 27, was walking along George Street, Port-of-Spain, at about 1 am, when he heard a loud explosion. He told police, he felt a burning sensation in his right arm, and then realised that he had been shot. Beddoe was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he remains warded.

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