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BODIES ON THE ROAD

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Friday, January 8 2016

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FIVE murders, which occurred within a 24-hour period between Wednesday and yesterday has raised the murder toll to 14 in the first seven days of this year. Yesterday, two men including one wearing a ski mask and a gun tucked in his waist were gunned down in Belmont while another man was shot dead in Aranjuez.

On Wednesday night, a Valencia man was killed in front of his home, while his wife was inside the house. an unidentified man was found shot to death on Plaisance Road, John John, Laventille.

The bloodshed comes days after police officials announced a decrease in murders, as up to Wednesday, the murder toll was nine compared to 15 for the same time last year. Within 24 hours, five more bodies were added to the list.

‘MOUSE’ TRAPPED, SHOT DEAD The country’s latest murder — up to press time — took place in Aranjuez yesterday afternoon.

Police sources told Newsday this victim’s identity is not clear and all investigators were told is that he was known as “Mouse”. The man’s fingerprints were taken and police were last night trying to get a match with prints stored in their database in order to make a positive identification.

Police sources said at about 2.30 pm, North-Eastern Division officers responded to a report of gunshots being fired in an area on Jattan and Oudan Trace, Aranjuez. On arrival, the officers found a man on the ground bleeding from gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

No arrest has been made and no motive identified.

TWO CUT DOWN IN BELMONT Less than three hours earlier, 31-year-old Matthew “Smeagle” Simmons and Osmond “Pinkett” Bailey were shot and killed in broad daylight along Belmont Circular Road. Police sources revealed that at about 11.05 yesterday, Simmons of upper Davis Street, Belmont, was in a taxi travelling along Belmont Circular Road. On nearing the Providence Girls’ High School, a white Nissan AD Wagon pulled in front of the vehicle.

A red Nissan Tiida car then pulled up alongside the vehicle and an unknown gunman alighted the vehicle and opened fire on the car that Simmons was in. Simmons got out of the vehicle and tried to escape, but after running a short distance, he collapsed and died on the scene.

When police responded to the report of the shooting they discovered Simmons on the pavement while on the road nearby, lay the body of another man whose face was covered in a black ski-mask. A pistol was found under this man, who was later identified as Bailey. The masked man was still alive when police arrived and he was rushed to the Port-of- Spain General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

VALENCIA MAN KILLED On Wednesday night, a 31-year-old father of two was killed by a gunman who broke into the victim’s home. At about 9.45 pm, Joseph Maloney, a mason by trade, was at home with his wife, when the gunman forced his way into the house, demanding money and valuables. Maloney’s wife was taken to a room at the back of the house and made to lie on the ground.

The suspect then took Maloney to another room where he was shot in the head several times.

He died at the scene. The gunman later vanished into the night while Maloney’s screaming wife contacted the police. At the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday, Crystal Maloney, one of the victim’s sisters, told reporters her brother grew up in the area and she could not understand why anyone would want to kill him.

“He was not into any gang related activities. He was just normal and worked hard to take care of his wife and children,” said Crystal. “People probably have problems with the fact that he was out there trying to make his life better. I did not expect him to die this way.”

‘JOHN DOE’ MURDERED Police were yesterday trying to establish the identity of a man who was found dead on the compound of a Primary School in John John on Wednesday afternoon.

Police officers of the Portof- Spain Division responded to reports of gunshots being heard at about 4.30 pm on Wednesday at Plaisance Road, John John.

Officers discovered the body of a man lying in an open area of the St Philip primary school.

The body bore several gunshot wounds and was clad in a yellow jersey, black Levi jeans, and blue slippers.

A District Medical Officer declared the man dead on the scene and ordered that his body be removed to the Forensic Science Centre, in St James.



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