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MURDER TOLL JUMPS TO 31

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Sunday, January 27 2013

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The murder toll jumped to 31 yesterday morning with the death of 30-year-old Keston Huggins.

Huggins, of Herman Avenue, Malabar, was out liming with a group of friends along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, when at about 3.30am, he got into an altercation with another man.

At the time of the incident, Huggins was standing in front of the Domino’s Pizza outlet on the Avenue.

The altercation quickly became heated, but onlookers believed the situation had dissolved when the suspect walked away from Huggins. However, the man returned mere moments later with a sharp instrument concealed in his hand, and without warning, stabbed Huggins once on the left hand side of his upper chest.

As the injured man fell to the ground, his assailant ran from the scene. Huggins was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead-on- arrival.

The police were notified and a party of officers from the Woodbrook Police Station, the St James CID, and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations visited the scene. The area was cordoned off as Crime Scene Investigators conducted necessary inquiries.

Investigations are continuing.

While the murder rate for the year, thus far, is still lower than that of 2012 for the same period, the gap between the two is quickly closing.

As of January 26, 2012, there were 34 reported homicides in Trinidad and Tobago.

According to the Crime and Problem Analysis unit of the Police Service, a total of 377 murders were reported last year. This leads to an average of approximately 31 murders a month, or just over one murder a day. With only five more days to go for the end of January, concerns are that the murder rate seems to be on par with last year’s figures.

The Police Service, responding to recent spike in killings in the country, is expected to reveal new crime plans and initiatives in the coming days that will be put in place in several “hot spots” such as Laventille, in an attempt to curb the murder rate.

Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams recently met with Minister of National Security Jack Warner to discuss strategies to be used.

Last Thursday, at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building along Edward Street, Port-of-Spain, ASP Joanne Archie assured the public that the Police Service was doing all in its power to address the issue.

“The current (murder) figure as it stands, is a concern for us. In fact, every murder will be a concern for us, because it is human lives that we are speaking about, and we believe that one murder is one too many.

Now recently there were discussions in which the Police Service heads went through certain issues and strategies that will be implemented and I can assure you when a decision is reached, the public will be made aware of them,” Archie said.

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