6 murders on the weekend
By NEWSDAY STAFF Monday, September 16 2013
TODAY is expected to be a very hectic one for workers including pathologists at the Forensic Science Centre in St James following a weekend in which six murders were committed in the country.
The killings, which took place last Friday night up to early yesterday morning have brought the country’s murder toll to 280, police have said. The murders took place in Port-of-Spain (one), Laventille (three), Couva (one) and one in Red Hill, D’Abadie.
Both National Security Minister Gary Griffith and Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, yesterday reiterated their commitment to tackling the nation’s crime problem. The following is a rundown in chronological order, of the weekend’s murders.
Woman murders woman
On Friday last, at about 6.30 pm, Charmaine Paul, 22, of Wharton Street Laventille was at a car park on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain near Club Nickles, when she had an altercation with another woman, which according to police, was over a CEPEP cheque.
After a fight in which both women were parted from each other, the fight resumed with the woman pulling out a knife and stabbing Paul once in her chest.
Paul was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where she subsequently died while receiving treatment. Up to press time, her killer was still at large. Police are calling on members of the public who witnessed the fatal stabbing to assist them with information that could lead to an arrest.
Murder in Picton Road
Two hours after Paul was stabbed to death, Keron Edward of Dan Kelly Laventille was liming with a group of men at Picton Road Laventille when they were approached by a man who without warning, pulled out a firearm from his pants waist and began firing at the limers.
Edwards, who was shot in the chest, slumped to the ground and died at the scene. Another limer, whose identity was not revealed yesterday by police, remains warded at hospital in a critical condition. No motive for this shooting has been given and the gunman up to press time, remained at large.
Couva man killed
On Saturday at about 4 am, Dillon Brown, 23, of Stephen Street California was shot dead outside a nightclub in Couva. Reports are that a fight broke out outside the club which caused several patrons to flee.
A car with three male occupants pulled up outside the club and shots were fired at the crowd. Brown, who was standing outside the club was shot. He was taken to the Couva District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No arrest has been made and investigations are continuing.
2 men gunned down in Diego
Also on Saturday at about 2 pm, according to police, the bodies of two men were found inside a silver-coloured Nissan Almera car at the corner of Sangangar Trace and West View Terrace, Morne Coco Road in Four Roads, Diego Martin.
Residents had reported that at about 1.45 pm, they heard several loud explosions and they telephoned the Four Roads Police Station.
On arriving, officers found the bodies of the two men slumped inside the car. Both had been shot multiple times. At the time of the discovery, both men were unidentified.
Police sources last night told Newsday that the men have since been identified as Akil De Freitas, 21, of Carenage and Kevon Ivan Mohan of Success Village, Laventille. Police sources further added that no motive has been given for this double murder. Both men were seen driving around the Four Roads area hours before they were gunned down. No arrest has been made in this case.
Man killed by bullet
to the head
Murder number six, for the weekend, took place at about one o’clock yesterday morning when Terrence “Beaver” Alexander was shot once in his head and killed at Light Pole 53, Beharry Street, in Red Hill, D’Abadie.
Alexander was found face down in the driveway, prompting police to suspect his killer walked up to him and shot him once behind his head. Alexander was clad in a green three-quarter pants, a grey vest and a pair of black sneakers. Northern Division police received an anonymous tip which led them to Alexander’s body. No arrest has been made and no motive established for this killing.