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Fyzabad police investigate two murders

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, August 2 2014

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Officers of the CID at Sewlal Trace, Fyzabad Extension where the body of an unidentified man was found. ...
Officers of the CID at Sewlal Trace, Fyzabad Extension where the body of an unidentified man was found. ...

TWO separate murders, that of a senior citizen and the other of an unidentified man, in less than 24 hours, in Fyzabad have rocked the community.

The victims are pensioner Cosomos “Papa” Hypolite, 87, and the unidentified man, believed to be in his mid-thirties.

The first of the two murders occurred at a house located at Butler Avenue Extension, in Fyzabad on Thursday. A police report stated that officers went to the house and discovered Hypolite’s body in a room with chop and stab wounds about the body at about 4 pm. He was the father of four adult children.

His common-law wife Rosie Paponette, 61, of Pepper Village, recalled that earlier in the day on Thursday Hypolite gave her money and put her in a taxi. Paponette said she went to San Fernando to pay the cable bill with the cash given. While out, she learnt that police was at her home.

Paponette’s daughter Roxanne explained that upon learning police was at the house, she told her mother not to worry. With Hypolite not at the house, Roxanne and other relatives decided to go and look for him at the house at Butler Avenue, where he often visited.

“When we reached, we saw police and they told us that Papa was murdered . We did not see the body. Papa was a nice person and he and my mother had been together here for about 14 years,” Roxanne said.

Roxanne further described Hypolite as a quiet man who kept to himself. “He was nice to the family. We are looking for justice because no one deserves to die that way. He was her companion,” she charged yesterday.

Following the killing, police arrested a 31 year-old construction labourer who lived in the house at Butler Avenue Extension. He was assisting police with their investigations up to last evening.

The Hypolite family noted that Hypolite had cause to put the man in court in an attempt to remove him from the property because he was “behaving bad” and “smoking and drinking”.

But at the house where the murder occurred, residents said that the suspect is a quiet and hard- working man who was often “provoked” by the pensioner. Several residents told Newsday that the suspect may have “tripped off” and committed the act due to years of provocation by the elderly man.

“Papa used to come anytime, even 2 am to provoke the boy. He was not nice at all to the boy. That boy grew up there from a baby. Papa never lived permanently at the house, but would visit frequently. That paw-paw tree was laden but the boy picked one and so Papa killed it (the tree),” the resident said. The resident recalled that the level of provocation increased a few years ago when the suspect’s mother’s died. “Bacchanal started at the funeral for the grandmother. Ask anyone. The boy did not have a toilet facility. He worked hard and eventually constructed one. Papa caused big bacchanal and wanted him out of the house. That house was built before Papa started to visit here,” said the neighbour.

Another resident added that on Wednesday night the suspect told them that Hypolite was preventing him from using electricity in the house.

“Papa had a room in front and the boy lived in the back. Papa took off the breaker so he cannot use the electricity. I saw police removing the body from the man’s room in the back. What Papa was doing there when his room is in the front? That area was dark,” she noted.

Other residents made similar comments. They added that after the killing, the suspect took Hypolite’s car and drove it a short distance away at Colley Street before contacting police about the crime.

In the second murder, police received a report that someone stumbled upon the body of a man with chop wounds to the neck at a forested area off Sewlal Trace Extension at Pepper Village, Fyzabad at about 11 am yesterday.

Police said the man’s head was almost severed and it was connected to the rest of the body by a thin piece of skin.

A party of police spearheaded by Insp Anderson Pariman visited the scene and combed the area in search of evidence and the killers. Police used the services of a tent rental company to preserve the crime scene from the torrential rain.

The body was found, lying face down, metres away from a pumping jack ( FZ 801). The victim was wearing a pair of three-quarter pants, a turquoise coloured t-shirt which bore the words “PLIPDECO family Day” and a white pair of Nike sneakers. Police believed that he was killed at the site and are asking anyone with information about this killing to contact the nearest police station.

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