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NALINEE SEELAL Friday, March 17 2017
A 36-YEAR-OLD Carenage mother of two was arrested by Homicide Investigations Bureau detectives in connection with the murder of policewoman Nyasha Joseph, hours after the officer’s decomposing body was pulled from the Gulf of Paria off Sea Lots on Wednesday. Sources said the woman is one of five believed to be romantically linked with a 36-year-old Sea Lots man said to be the prime suspect in Joseph’s murder.
The woman was detained after it was learned she had an altercation with PC Joseph days before the officer left home and was never seen alive again. Up to press time, six persons — five men and the woman — remained in custody, kept at various police stations, assisting investigators in the murder case.
On Wednesday night, hours after Joseph’s body was fished from the sea, a 24-year-old Sea Lots man surrendered to police after learning he was sought in connection with the murder. Sources said this suspect is a boat owner and may have key information on how Joseph’s body was disposed.
Sources said the main suspect, detained since last Friday, refuses to cooperate with investigators and up to yesterday was not yet told that Joseph’s body was found.
Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) officers are expected to revisit several areas in Sea Lots including a wooden house to search for clues.
Police are working on a theory that some time last week Thursday, PC Joseph was lured to Sea Lots by a man whom she was romantically involved with. She was killed and then dumped in the sea.
REWARD FOR FINDING BODY In related news, a Central father of three who was wondering how he would send his children to school next week because of deep financial constraints is now in line to pocket a $25,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the whereabouts of PC Joseph.
On Tuesday, Crime Stoppers issued a public advertisement announcing the reward. A day earlier, executives of the Police Social Welfare Association (PSWA) approached Crime Stoppers on the issue of a reward being made for information leading to the whereabouts of Joseph. PSWA president Insp Michael Seales yesterday said all arrangements are in place for the recipient to collect the reward.
“The Association would have made an enquiry as for the payment to the person who would have discovered the body of the missing WPC and the Association was given confirmation that the recipients can make their way to Crime Stoppers to collect the reward of $25,000. The Association will be making its own observation so that people can have faith in the system that when something is promised, there is delivery on that promise.
“This is a turning point for law enforcement and in this particular aspect we must get it right so that others will be encouraged to play their civic duty in making Trinidad and Tobago a safer place once more,” Insp Seales said.
PSWA General Secretary Ag ASP Anand Ramesar thanked Crime Stoppers for its role in offering the reward. “We also want to extend our gratefulness to the Coast Guard, Defence Force and members of the public who augmented our efforts to bring closure to this matter,” Ramesar said.
Yesterday, Newsday contacted the recipient of the Crime Stoppers reward who said that on Wednesday, while trawling in the Gulf of Paria off Sea Lots he was lost in thought wondering how he would send his children to school as he had no money. Moments later, his shrimp trap snagged on a feed bag on the seabed. On peering into the water, the man spotted a foot jutting out of the bag. A white slipper was still on the foot.
He said he did not even know about the Crime Stoppers reward until it was brought to his attention hours after the discovery of Joseph’s body.
HAPPY FOR CLOSURE The man said he was both sad and happy for Joseph’s family, friends and colleagues in the Police Service. “I am happy to have been of help in bringing closure.
As the woman’s body has been found, there can be a funeral and closure. I am sad at the same time, since a life has been lost and the woman’s family and friends would be crying all now,” said the man who asked not to be identified.
The man said he has since called 800-TIPS and was told that someone would be in contact with him. The man said he is grateful for this reward as he has mounting bills to pay. “Fishing is not easy and not all the time you will catch enough fish and shrimp to make a living. This reward will help enormously as I am real bills to pay,” the man said.