Head on pavement
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Tuesday, September 10 2013
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DECAPITATED: A crime scene investigator stands over the severed head of a man which was found on the pavement off Nelson Street in Port-of-Spain early...
RESIDENTS of East Port-of-Spain, including children, awoke yesterday morning to the ghastly and macabre sight of a human head on a pavement off Nelson Street. The head was discovered on the eastern pavement at about 6.15 am by residents who were walking along the roadway.
The head was placed on its right cheek. However there was no significant pool of blood to suggest the decapitation took place along the pavement. A party of officers from Port-of-Spain CID, the Inter-Agency Task Force, Besson Street Police Station and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations visited the scene.
Among officers were Snr Supt John Daniel, ASP Ajith Persad, Inspector Sahadeo Singh, Inspector Billy, Inspector Ramdeo, Sgt Lawrence, Cpl Binder, Cpl Ramsuran, PC Osbourne and PC Romeo.
The area was immediately cordoned off and crime scene investigators conducted a search of the vicinity where about 20 feet away, in some bushes at a vacant lot of land, they found a corpse minus its head with its arms and legs bound.
Large patches of blood, police sources said, have led them to suspect that the man was decapitated at the spot where his headless corpse was found. The placing of the head along the pavement, sources added, was meant to be a message.
The deceased man is said to be of African descent. His body was clad in a blue and white jersey, blue jeans and a pair of red sneakers. “This was an execution. This was meant as a message.
They killed that man and placed his head on the pavement for the world to see. The killers wanted to send a warning to people and because of where we found the head, we can assume for now, that the message was for the people of that area,” a police source said.
Newsday was later told that an ID card found on the body was that of a man named Michael Derrick Piper of Coconut Drive, Morvant. “Is this where we reach now? The police want to say crime down? But look at this. Children walking down the road to go to school and this is what they are exposed to,” an elderly woman said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson said, “we want to assure the public that the police will do all that can be done to capture those responsible for this horrific deed. Such acts of lawlessness will not be condoned!” The murder toll as of yesterday stood at 267.
Meanwhile, investigators are yet to make a breakthrough into the gruesome murder of Lester Ceballo, 33, whose severed head was left on a bar table in La Romaine early on the morning of February 21. His body was found hours later in an abandoned canefield off Dumfries Road, La Romaine. To date no one has been charged with the murder, police confirmed yesterday.
According to reports, Ceballo of Papourie Road, La Romaine was released from prison a week before he was killed.