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for 19TH DECEMBER, 2014
This country recorded its 400th murder
on Saturday when a 35-year-old Carapo
man was bludgeoned to death with a ham-
mer by a friend on Dump Road, Arima.
According to an eyewitness, who spoke
on the condition of anonymity, just before
6 pm, the victim, Andre Ali, who lived close
by at Unity Trace, Carapo, was walking
along Dump Road, with four friends.
Two of the men got into an argument
and began fighting. Ali intervened and parted
the fight, the witness said.
The witness said after parting the fight,
Ali took the suspect home but he (the sus-
pect) returned and another altercation took
Ali was hit at least twice to the head and
died on the spot. The 22-year-old suspect
fled the scene before police arrived but was
caught hiding in a tree close by, the witness
However, up to last evening, the suspect
was yet to be charged as further inquiries
were being done.
A police report stated that after Ali parted
the fight, one of the men who was involved
in the fight, returned with a hammer and
struck Ali in the head.
Ali has left to mourn his wife and two
sons, aged five and seven.
Both the victim and suspect are scrap
metal dealers and did business with each
other. The witness said he was unsure if
there was an underlying bad blood between
The incident happened after a house lime
which continued onto the road, according
to the witness, who said the suspect was
likely intoxicated when he committed the
act.Giving his account, the witness said: "He
(Ali) parted the fight (and) carried the suspect
home. He (then) went a little higher up and
the man come back. There was another
altercation and I turn around and see him
on the ground."
Officers of the Pinto Police Post and Arima
Police Station conducted preliminary
Asked to describe the victim, the witness
said, "(He is) a one in a million. He always
give good advice. He worked hard to achieve
everything that he had today. He was good
"Everyone knew him. You ask for a favour,
he would try his best to help out."
"It happened very quickly and it was
heated but I did not expect this to happen,"
A post-mortem is expected to be con-
ducted today at the T&T Forensic Science
Centre, Federation Park.
PC Joseph of the Homicide Bureau is
investigating the murder.
in hammer attack
As the country recorded its 400th murder
for the year, Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams says the murder rate is way
beyond what the service had projected.
"We wanted a massive reduction but it is obvi-
ous that we haven t achieved that," Williams said
in a telephone interview yesterday.
The murder toll for 2013 was 407.
Williams said the Police Service statistics
recorded 399 murders but lists compiled by inde-
pendent media houses confirmed that the figure
There are nine more days until the end of the
Williams said while the murder rate had not
decreased nationally, there was a significant
decrease in murders in two divisions.
"Two divisions which have nationally had the
highest murders in previous years have shown
significant decreases, and those are Port-of-Spain
and Northern Division."
Port-of-Spain Division decreased by 38 murders
as compared to the same time last year and
Northern Division murders decreased by 18, he
Williams attributed this to the TTPS drive to
remove guns off of the streets.
Police have been able to remove over 560 illegal
guns from criminals this year.
"Firearms are killing people. In 2014 we worked
to get the firearms off the streets and that impact-
ed murders in Northern and Port-of-Spain. We
have to push all divisions to do the same thing."
He said illegal guns will continue to be a prob-
lem until issues relating to guarding this country s
ports of entry were improved.
He said National Security Minister Gary Griffith
was taking measures with the ports and the T&T
Coast Guard to improve security at entry points.
While those two divisions showed a decrease
in murders, Williams said the Central Division
and Eastern Division had shown increases in
"The increases in those divisions are where
our concerns lie," Williams said.
He said police were doing a detailed study on
murder patterns in these areas to better strategise
Williams said the police service had improved
its work within communities and would continue
in this area as crime was a "social phenomenon."
He said there had been a significant increase
in the level of positive engagement or sharing of
information with the public.
"Criminal elements are usually a small group
of people in the community. Most of the people
in communities are law-abiding citizens."
Members of the Siparia Police Youth Club dance to the music of Machel Montano's Mad Bull Fever during Saturday's Christmas treat
hosted by the T&T Police Service in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security at Sogren Trace, Laventille.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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