JEWELLER'S THROAT SLIT
By NALINEE SEELAL and DARCEL CHOY Thursday, March 13 2014
TWO ruthless killers yesterday slit the throat of a 33-year-old jeweller leaving him on the floor to bleed to death while they tied up and robbed his employees of cash, cellphones and other valuables and then took all the jewelry on display in the victim’s Tunapuna store.
Damani Rose, owner of Redrose Jewellers, located at St Thomas Road in Tunapuna, where he also lived, bled to death before his shocked employees could summon an ambulance.
According to reports, at about 2.30 pm, Rose was at his businessplace when two men entered and enquired from one of the sales clerk about the price of a gold chain. As the clerk was attending to the two men, one of them pulled out a gun and announced a hold-up.
They then tied up the three employees and robbed them of a quantity of cash and cellphones.
Rose, who was in an office nearby, tried to intervene but was grabbed from behind and had his throat slit. He fell to the ground gagging and bleeding profusely from the wound.
While he was bleeding, the bandits systematically emptied all the jewelry from the showcases into bags before they escaped.
By the time the terrified employees managed to untie themselves and dial E-999 for help, Rose had stopped moving, his life ended. Officers led by Snr Supt David Abraham and including Insp Mark Maraj and Homicide Investigations Bureau officers visited the scene. The area around the house was cordoned off.
Police sources told Newsday last night that they received very detailed descriptions of the killers and know who they are looking for. Up to press time, no arrest was made. Shocked neighbours described Rose as a hard-working and talented jeweller who began his business several years ago.
“Here was a young, ambitious man with a bright future which in the blink of an eye, was ended at the blade of a criminal. The killers are out there probably laughing at what they did. That just can’t be right,” cried a man as he stood near the crime scene watching police officers who moved in and out of the building.
Rose’s godmother Liesel Thorne said, “Rose does not usually open the gate in the businessplace to anybody looking suspicious, so I feel the two persons who killed him were known to him.”
She added that a few years ago the young businessman converted to Islam and was very community-oriented saying he was a member of the House of Dread Cultural and Football Club.
She added that Rose, a father of two, was shot at several years ago but escaped injuries. She could not say if that incident was linked to yesterday’s robbery and murder. Thorne also disclosed that a brother of Rose had been murdered several years ago.
Up to 6 pm yesterday, Rose’s body remained at his businessplace as CSI officers swabbed the place for prints and other pieces of vital evidence.
A man told Newsday, “only last week I purchased a gold chain for my wife for Mother’s Day and it was made by Mr Rose in such an exquisite design. I can’t believe the man is dead.”
Snr Supt Abraham issued a stern warning to members of the public that it is illegal to purchase stolen jewelry and advised that if persons are found to be in possession of stolen jewelry they will be arrested and prosecuted.
He also advised pawn shop owners to exercise caution when receiving jewelry from persons wishing to pawn items, because in several instances stolen items are taken into pawn shops in return for cash.
He also advised jewellers to desist from buying stolen items and melting gold for their own use.
Last night, officers of the National Operations Centre (NOC) led by executive director Garvin Heerah were in discussions with Northern Division detectives formulating a plan to apprehend Rose’s killers. Rose’s body was later removed to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, where an autopsy will be done today. His murder is the 98th for the year.