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Murder No 40

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Friday, January 24 2014

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SAD DAUGHTER: Carmen Duprey outside the Forensic Science Centre in St James where she and other relatives awaited the autopsy result on her father Ber...
SAD DAUGHTER: Carmen Duprey outside the Forensic Science Centre in St James where she and other relatives awaited the autopsy result on her father Ber...

THE nation’s 40th murder for this year was recorded on Wednesday night with the discovery of the body of 79-year-old Bernard Duprey who was found at his Morvant home with his throat slit, mere moments after he left a church service.

Duprey of Upper Wallace Trace, Chinapoo Village, was last seen alive at about 7.30 pm, as he left service at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Morvant. On leaving the service, Duprey told his wife he was going home early and he would see her later.

At about 8.15 pm, Duprey’s wife returned home and upon entering the yard screamed on seeing the body of her husband in a pool of blood near the front of their home.

Duprey was stabbed repeatedly and his throat slit. Officers from Morvant Police Station and the Homicide Investigations Bureau including Inspector Jacobs, Inspector Martin, Cpl Jones, Cpl Taylor, PC Nurse, PC Mohammed and WPC Dorman visited the scene.

District Medical Officer Dr Singh later ordered the body removed to the Forensic Science Centre, St James where an autopsy was performed by Dr Valery Alexandrov. Duprey’s daughter Carmen yesterday recalled the last time she saw her father alive was when he left home for church.

“A little while after that, I went out for a bit and returned home at about seven o’clock. I went straight to my room. At about 8.15 pm, I was feeling hungry so I left my bedroom to find the house in total darkness and as I was walking about I heard a crying sound. It was my mother outside crying over my father’s body,” Carmen said.

“I asked her, ‘mammy what happened?’ She said, ‘look your father on the ground’. My poor father’s throat was slit. He got real stabs. I just collapsed and started to cry,” Carmen added.

Through her tears yesterday, she added that the entire family is in a state of shock as to why someone would want to end her elderly father’s life in such a painful and gruesome manner.

The only incident she could recall was when her father and a man had an argument when the latter went to pick mangoes from a tree in the yard without permission.

“Daddy saw the ‘spranga’ (a drug addict) and threw a stone at him. The man told my father, ‘you burst my head, you run my blood. I will kill you!’ But that is the only incident I can recall my father ever crossing paths with anyone. My father was a man who generally kept to himself. He was quiet. We have no idea why anybody would want him dead,” Carmen said. Duprey’s death comes just one day after 15-year-old Aleah Cain was killed in Belmont.

Cain was shot to death as she was walking out of a parlour after purchasing food. Funeral arrangements are yet to finalised for the teenager, however, relatives are tentatively planning for a date late next week. No one has been held in Cain’s death as yet. Investigations are continuing.

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