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Double murder

By RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS Friday, July 11 2014

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DEAD: Policemen near the body of Kerwin Jones at Dan Kelly, Laventille. Jones and his friend Clinton Otis
DEAD: Policemen near the body of Kerwin Jones at Dan Kelly, Laventille. Jones and his friend Clinton Otis "Boneman" John (INSET), were gunned down yes...

A DOUBLE murder rocked the Dan Kelly, Laventille, area when two Barataria men were gunned down in broad daylight yesterday bringing to 226 the number of murders committed so far this year.

Clinton Otis “Boneman” John, a 35-year-old ex-convict and Kerwin Jones, 22, both of 7th Avenue, Barataria, were killed near John’s childhood home, a day after his birthday. According to police, at about 10.15 am, officers from the Inter-Agency and Port-of-Spain Task Forces responded to reports of gunshots in the Dan Kelly Quarry, Laventille, area.

When officers arrived, they discovered John and Jones dead on the ground.

One of the victims was found in an alley and the other, in a nearby track, leading police to speculate that they were trying to escape their attackers when they were shot.

About 22 spent shells were recovered at the scene with police saying John may have been shot over 12 times.

His relatives said they did not know why anyone would harm him despite him being recently released from prison.

John is the second ex-convict within the past few days to be murdered.

Earlier this week Jodel Charles, who was released last November after serving time for robbery, was found gunned down.

John was convicted of the murder of 68-year-old former port worker Peter Bernard by a 12-member jury and sentenced to hang by Madame Justice Joan Charles on December 16, 2005.

However, the sentence was later overturned on appeal and he was released from prison after spending six years behind bars.

John came back to his childhood home at Dan Kelly on Wednesday along with Jones to celebrate his (John) birthday.

“He came down for his birthday to check his mother and his family here. He was always a respectful person in the community; he was never rude and always had respect.

“I don’t understand why they killed him. That makes no sense to me at all, because he born and grow up here he ended up going to jail and come out and he ended up living with his girlfriend in Barataria. He comes here and visits regularly. I really don’t understand what happened,” said a relative who asked not to be identified.

Shocked relatives and neighbours watched as officers processed the murder scene and later, undertakers collected the bodies.

Residents lamented that such violence could take place outside their doorsteps.

Johns’s father Raymond, demanded justice for his son’s death.

“What I want is justice! You see those young men who only spending their time making Funeral Home owners richer...it is time for them to stop! It not making any sense to anyone. Nobody gains anything out of this. What they are doing all over this beautiful country is total madness. Is like they forget there is a God,” he cried.

Up to press time, officers investigating the case could not shed light as to the motive. No arrest has been made. Autopsies are expected to be done today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.

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