By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Saturday, October 27 2012
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The day after the murder of 61-year-old Nina Maingot, residents of Belmont were still trying to come to terms with her killing.
Maingot, who lived at the corner of Archer Street and Jermingham Avenue, was found dead by relatives at her home shortly after 11 am on Thursday. Her throat had been slit.
When Newsday returned to the house yesterday, relatives were still in disbelief.
“I still can’t believe this happened here. We had a wake last night and the entire road was just candles and people as everyone came out to pay their respects. That response showed the type of person she was. She was very loving and caring, and she was loved and cared for in return. We still can’t believe somebody would do this to her. That was just wickedness,” said a relative, who did not want to be identified.
On the roadway, persons who passed near the house told Newsday the ordeal has left them in a state of shock.
“If a man come to rob her, then why didn’t he just rob her? She couldn’t have harmed him, so why did he feel the need to harm her? That man was just evil. She used to always say hi to everybody on a morning when she was home and in her gallery. She was always a friendly and polite person, and she will be missed,” said a woman, who only gave her first name, Sandra.
Maingot was the 16th person over 60 to be killed for the year according to statistics kept by Newsday.
While up to press-time, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams could not be reached for a comment, during an interview with reporters on September 25, he had said the Police Service had not discovered any ring of criminals targeting senior citizens.
February 3: Parbatee Thomas, 63, found dead on February 3 at her Macoya home with a bag over her head and a curtain rod around her neck. She was strangled.
February 18: Kamla Ramnarine, 68, beaten to death in the bedroom of her Princes Town home on February 18.
March 24: Raymond Maxime, 60, a maxi-taxi driver of Manzanilla was shot dead in full view of his wife and passengers in his vehicle which was proceeding along the Eastern Main Road in Arouca on March 24.
April 12: Indra Gangabissoon, 78, was fatally beaten at her Freeport home and robbed of her pension cheque. She died in hospital on April 14.
April 29: Peter Bruce, 65, a retired policeman who was gunned down in Whiteland while driving his car en route to his Gasparillo home.
June 14: Atwaroo Toophanie, 63, had his throat slit by intruders inside his Barrackpore home.
July 6: Cedric Nesbitt, 67, of Laventille was shot while liming at Quarry Road in Laventille and died at hospital.
July 12: Wu Xiu Hua, 60, was shot dead at her Chinese restaurant on the ground floor of her Cunupia home on July 12 by armed intruders. Yang Jiang Hua, 60, the husband of Wu, was also shot in the restaurant but died from his injury at hospital on July 13.
July 14: Ann Corrion, 89, an elder in the Spiritual Shouter Baptist faith, Corrion was found with her head bashed in at her Siparia home. Her killer reportedly drank her blood.
July 17: Kenrick Raphael, 66, a pensioner who was shot dead not too far from his Freeport home.
August 15: Josiah Hudson Downes, 97, died on August 15 in hospital several days after he was savagely beaten at his San Fernando home by the ex-lover of his 48-year-old girlfriend.
August 18: David Harry Mohan, 64, was found dead on August 18 near a staircase in his Ste Madeleine home with wounds to his upper body and a truck tyre placed across his chest.
September 16: Anita Williams, 65, was strangled at her Mon Repos home on September 16 for reasons not yet known.
September 20: Gerald Holder, 76, chopped near his Roxborough Estate, Tobago home by a male relative and died at hospital.
September 21: Salima Theresa Ferreira, beaten to death near her home Beaucarro Road, Freeport.