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JENSEN LA VENDE
Hasley Goodridge, 39, described
by his neighbours as a spiritual man
who used to read people s palms and
give bush baths, was found tied up
and gagged with his throat slit yes-
Speaking with journalists outside
Goodridge s Hillaire Street, Diego Mar-
tin, home yesterday, Goodridge s neigh-
bour, identified only as Grace, said she
found him around 8 am yesterday after
she passed by his home, saw his house
open and heard loud music coming
"He used to be loose. He loved to
drink his rum, have a merry time and
welcome everyone he meet. If you
hungry he would cook you food. He
used to do little bush bath and read
(tarot) cards for people and sell oil or
whatever. But to say he was a violent
person? No, not at all," Grace said.
She added, "He wasn t just a friend,
he was a brother, a father, he was
everything to all of us. Up to Saturday
night we was liming, spending time
and ketching up."
The woman said a man, who was
seen leaving Goodridge s home on
Monday night, matched the description
of a man with whom Goodridge was
liming on Saturday night. The neigh-
bour said she found Goodridge s home
in a mess when she went in to check
on him after she noticed his gate open.
She added that she found him under
the sheets, on his bed, naked.
She said the discovery caused her
to run out of the house screaming that
Goodridge was dead.
Also speaking with the media yes-
terday was Goodridge s sister Burnessa.
She said her brother was the last of
five children and was a loving man.
She said, "He was a spiritual advisor
and lived alone. He was a very spiritual
man. He did a lot of spiritual work,
he used to give people bush bath and
sell oils and them kinda thing. He was
a very happy and loving man. He had
Man found gagged, throat slit at home
A neighbour weeps for murder victim
Hasely Goodridge outside his home
where he was murdered at Hillaire
Street, Diego Martin, yesterday.
PHOTOS: JEFF MAYERS
Undertakers remove the body of slain fortune-teller Hasely
Goodridge from his Hillaire Street home, Diego Martin, yesterday.
Eleven people were injured in an
accident involving a 12-seater red-
band maxi-taxi and an SUV along
the Priority Bus Route (PBR), in
The maxi-taxi, driven by Leon
Williams, collided with a Toyota Rav
4 sport utility vehicle driven by
Wendy Nesbitt, the widow of the late
Earl Nesbitt, a permanent secretary
in the Ministry of Community Devel-
The collision took place at the
intersection of the PBR and Dinsley
Main Road, Tacarigua.
Eye-witnesses reported that the
maxi was travelling east when it col-
lided with the SUV, as Nesbitt
attempted to exit the PBR by turning
right onto the Dinsley Main Road.
Emergency Health Services ambu-
lances took the ten passengers in the
maxi-taxi and the driver of the SUV
to the Arima Health Facility and the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Com-
plex, Mt Hope.
11 hurt in PBR accident
A curios onlooker at the site of the accident involving a 12-seater red band maxi taxi driven by Leon Williams
and Toyota Rav 4 SUV driven by Wendy Nesbitt, at the intersection of the Priority Bus Route and Dinsley
Main Road, Tacarigua yesterday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
A policeman takes information from the injured maxi-taxi passengers.
PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
In an unrelated killing, police say
that the murder of a Malabar man may
be linked to that of his friend who was
himself killed earlier this month.
According to police reports, around
11 pm on Monday night, Alexis Caleb
was responding to a call outside his
Richard Trace, Malabar, home when he
was killed. Police said as the 33-year-
old stepped outside a gunman opened
fire on him. He was taken to the Arima
Health Facility where he died while
Speaking with reporters outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, yes-
terday, Caleb s mother Maureen said
she "get stupid" when she saw her sec-
ond child lying, dying, in front her
"I start to bawl as soon as I hear the
gunshots. I pulled the curtain and see
him on the ground and had to wonder
if he dead. We run out to help him,"
she said, adding that her son s best
friend Neil Fortune was murdered earlier
this month and she believed that the
two killings were linked.
Fortune, 34, was found dead inside
an abandoned house at Richard Trace,
Malabar, around 3 pm on June 9. He
had a wound to the head and was semi-
nude, police said. Police have no motive
for the killing of the two friends.
The killings of Caleb and Goodridge
have taken the murder toll to 181 for
the year, while that for the correspon-
ding period last year was 198.
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