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Devlyn Simpson, a mother of two,
screamed for her life as a man beat her
to death with a gas tank inside her
apartment in Princes Town on Thurs-
day night. But although police arrived
within minutes, the killer managed to
Neighbours believe Simpson's death
could have been avoided if the police
were more vigilant. The officers who
responded the first time did not find
Simpson's apartment and returned to
They were called out a second time.
When they returned 45 minutes later,
they found her lying face up, with her
head smashed in. Her face also bore
stab wounds and there was a burn to
her left hand. She was naked and was
Neighbours said they first heard her
screaming around 11.30 pm.
"I was inside when I heard someone
saying Ah go kill you!' This was followed
by screams, a loud crash and the sound
of shattering glass. Then there was
"I hid in the house and called my
mother. The other neighbours called
the police who came knocking on my
apartment door. I did not know where
the screams were coming from. I told
them to check upstairs and in the other
apartment. They did not go around the
back," the neighbour said.
Simpson's landlord Carver Joseph said
Simpson moved into the downstairs
apartment six months ago. She has two
children Darion, 10, and Shenelle, aged
six. Joseph said Simpson was a good
tenant who paid her rent on time. He
said two weeks ago he saw her with a
major burn on her arm.
"She told me that she got burnt while
cooking. I'm not sure if I believed her,"
Joseph said. Simpson, he said, was orig-
inally from Brothers Road, Tabaquite,
and drove a school bus. She also sold
pies for a living.
"I did not know she was having prob-
lems. She was always smiling and it is
really sad to hear what happened to her,"
Another tenant, who requested
anonymity, said she suspected Simpson
was being abused.
"She never talked about it but when
I saw the burn last week Monday I asked
her and she said she was cooking curry
and she get burn."
Neighbours believe Simpson was
inside the apartment with her killer for
about three hours before she was killed.
The assailant could have fled through
the back window as he left the front
Police, accompanied by a close male
relative, kicked open the door and found
her spreadeagled on the ground. The
entire house was ransacked. Simpson's
children were not at home at the time
of the killing as they were sent to stay
with her sister in Tabaquite.
Insp Sean Dhillpaul of the Southern
Division Homicide is continuing inves-
Latoya Meyers tried unsuc-
cessfully to hold back the tears
as she recounted the last
moments she spent trying to res-
cue her six-year-old autistic child
and her four other children.
Six-year-old Kriston Meyers,
who was diagnosed with spina
bifida, a spinal disorder at birth,
died of soot and smoke inhalation
after his Moolchan Street, Guaico
Tamana, Sangre Grande, home
caught afire around 3.15 am yes-
The fire has so far been attrib-
uted to faulty electrical wiring.
The mother of five---Chelsea, nine;
Christopher, eight; Kriston; Kadel,
two; and Amelia, one---said she
was asleep with her youngest child
when she smelled sponge burning
and heard a crackling noise.
"I get up and went to check and
when I went outside I see smoke.
So I went back (in the bedroom)
and scream for everybody to get
out and I grab the baby and carry
her outside because that was the
She added that she woke up
Kriston and his older brother
Christopher. She said she told
Christopher to hold his brother's
hand as she guided them both out
"He said Mommy I frighten'
and I tell him hold his brother
"But like when I was pulling
him he let go of his brother and
we didn't realise.
Fire officers said they discovered
the boy's body on the lower part
of a double decker bed. JLV
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams said yesterday that
it would be inappropriate for him to
comment on reports that one of the
men killed by police in Freeport on
Tuesday was a suspect in the Dana
Seetahal murder investigation.
Williams, in an interview with i95.5
fm yesterday, would only say the
investigation was ongoing.
"I can give the public the assurance
the Police Service continues to vig-
orously pursue the investigation with
the clear intention to bring before the
courts persons who are responsible
for the commission of the crime," said
This newspaper reported yesterday
that David "Junior" Baker, 28, was
identified by police investigators
involved in Seetahal's murder probe
as the man who shot the Senior
Counsel five times, at close range,
with a pistol, on May 4, along Hamil-
ton Holder Street, Woodbrook.
Police officers involved in the inves-
tigation said Baker's death would not
have a serious impact on their inves-
The story generated scepticism
from many readers on social media
sites with the majority commenting
that it was all too convenient to pin
the blame on the dead man.
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith said he had no official report
from the acting Commissioner of
Police that the person identified in a
Guardian report was the hitman in
Seetahal's murder or was a person of
interest in the case.
"I have not been updated. I will
not make any statement pertaining
to any matter under investigation,"
"Even if it is true, I do not feel it
is appropriate to make any state-
Baker, his nephew Kareem
Edwards, 19, and friend Reuben
Richins, 23, all of Petra Crescent, La
Horquetta, were killed when police
officers assigned to the North Eastern
Task Force raided a rented apartment
at Kurban Ali Drive, Calcutta #2,
Police said Baker had moved into
the apartment days after Seetahal's
murder with his girlfriend, one-year-
old child and nephew.
JENSEN LA VENDE
The grandfather of Akim Alexan-
der, who reportedly hanged himself
at the Maximum Security Prison on
Thursday morning, is calling for an
investigation into his death.
Speaking with the media at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday, George Jules said he was
told of his grandson's death by anoth-
er inmate who telephoned the fam-
"He was a good boy but he start
to do his own thing and end up in
"It hard to see it reach to that but
no one from the State told the family,
we had to get a call from inside. All
these things not right. You don't
operate so. It have plenty other things
going in the prison. That real hurt
me boy. They have to be hiding thing,"
According to police, Alexander, 24,
of East Dry River Port-of-Spain, was
serving a five-year jail term for rob-
bery and larceny.
Police said around 1.30 am on
Thursday, the cell mate of Alexander
woke to use the bathroom and found
the man hanging. Prisons officials
were called and the man's body was
cut down. Cause of death was
asphyxiation associated with hanging,
his autopsy stated.
Police said Alexander used pieces
of cloth from his mattress to make
a double noose. Despite reports that
Alexander was abused by prisons
officers and fellow prisoners, pathol-
ogist Dr Valery Alexandrov said there
were no indications he had been
Newly crowned Miss T&T/Universe, Jevon King, left, poses
with her Panamanian counterpart Yomatzy Hazlewood De La
Rosa following the pre-launch ceremony for Sacha Cosmetics'
entry into Panama at Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Grandfather wants probe into prisoner's death
Acting CoP, Griffith mum
on Seetahal suspect killing
Autistic child dies in fire
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