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WORKERS DISCOVER SEVERED HEAD

By Ralph Banwarie Sunday, May 19 2013

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The severed head of an unidentifed man was discovered by employees of Arima Racing Facility at about 5 am yesterday as they made their way to work at the racetrack.

The employees, who refused to give their names, said that while crossing the public carpark to get to the Arima Paddock, they saw the human head placed upright on the ground, with the front facing them. They said blood was still oozing from the severed head which they said bore a rasta hair-style, and was of brown complexion with black eyes.

There was no sign of the rest of the body, they said. The employees called the police and a party of police officers of Arima CID and Arouca Homicide visited the scene where the human head was displayed on the concrete at the western end of the public carpark.

Police could not locate the body despite several searches in and around the carpark.

The head was viewed by a District Medical Officer who ordered its removal to the Forensic Science Centre, St James.

Five hours later, still conducting searches and looking for evidence at the Arima Racing Facility, the police received a call which informed them of the discovery of a headless body at Carapo, some 20 minutes away by car.

The police officers immediately went to this new site, located off Spring Road Extension, Simeon Road, Carapo, where they found a headless body, which they believe belongs to the head found in the ARF carpark. The body was fully clothed and covered with a cloth.

Police believed that the body was taken to Carapo after the head was severed, and dumped there. They did not say where the actual wounding took place.

The DMO was called in for the second time in the space of a few hours by police.

The body was examined and ordered removed to the Forensic Science Centre, where an autopsy is expected to be done tomorrow.

Villagers of Spring Road Extension expressed shock on the discovery of the body in the village.

A villager who said she saw the covered bundle on the ground, said she only realised that it could be a wounded human when she observed blood on the covering. Many villagers said they did not know who the dead man was, that he appeared to be a stranger to the area but others said they had seen the man on the racetrack on several occasions, liming with the security officers.

The Sunday Newsday was told subsequently by a source that the man’s first name was Joseph, that he lived in Pleasantville, San Fernando and came to live in Carapo about two months ago. He is said to be the father of two children.

Police are still to determine the motive for the killing.

As words spread about the discovery of a human head in the carpark, residents from nearby villages rushed to the scene to get a glimpse of it.

Police cordoned off the area and were forced to call for backup to control the curious spectators who wondered aloud what Trinidad was coming to and that so brutal a murder says that the criminals were not afraid of anyone.

“This is the worst I have seen for many years, head separated from body, what next would the criminals do to people,” wondered one spectator while yet others argued loudly that hanging should be enforced in Trinidad and Tobago.

In February this year, the severed head belonging to Learie Ceballo was found on a concrete table at Step Restaurant and Bar, Rambert Village, La Romaine. His body was found hours later in an abandoned canefield.

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