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for 16TH JULY, 2015
A family of four, who are believed to
have witnessed the murder of their neigh-
bour last week, was silenced in the quiet
community of Chatham on Wednesday
Grace Toussaint, 55, her husband Peter
Baptiste, 59, son Jeremy Toussaint, 24, and
mother Leena Peters, 75, were brutally
gunned down at their home at Chatham
South Trace, bringing the murder toll to 216
for the year. (See Page A5)
However, the time of their deaths is
unknown as they were only discovered
around 6 am yesterday by Grace s father,
Patrick Jouba, who lives several houses away.
Investigators believe Jeremy, an electrician
at a Point Lisas company, witnessed or may
have known who murdered Stephon Sinnette
earlier this month.
Sinnette, 33, was shot dead at his home
on July 8, hours after chopping his neighbour
Ricardo Rodriguez across his face and shoul-
der. Sinnette was buried yesterday after a
funeral service in Cap-de-Ville, Point Fortin.
Police also said Jeremy and Sinnette were
Based on where the bodies were found in
the house, police believe Jeremy was in the
living room watching television when the
killer walked in and shot him several times
before heading to the bedroom where the
others were killed.
Shakened by the loss of his family, Jouba
said they were all supposed to attend a prayer
service for Sinnette on Wednesday night
and he found it strange when they did not
He said Grace s daughter, Jamie, who lives
in Point Fortin, was also trying to contact
them by telephone but no one answered.
He said while lying in his hammock around
11 pm Wednesday he heard several gunshots
and immediately thought his daughter had
been killed because of a premonition he had.
He explained: "I called them yesterday
around 5 pm and I did not hear them. I was
in my hammock and around 11 pm I heard
four shots go off and with those shots, I
called my wife and said, Take care they
shoot my daughter down the road?
"This just came to me because I had been
having strange things happening to me, like
someone killing my dog and all kinds of
wrong things so I just felt that could have
"We had to go to a prayers where the boy
(Sinnette) got killed and it was so strange
that they helped clean his blood and when
the time came for the prayer, they were not
there. I started to think why they did that,
not knowing all of them were dead."
He said it was a worried call from his
grand-daughter around 5.30 am yesterday
which led him to check on them.
"I took my car and went. I saw the door
open, I saw my son-in-law s boots on the
ground and I thought to myself, like everyone
dead. When I walked closer I saw blood
running out of the house onto the steps
and when I watched inside I saw my grand-
son lying down dead."
Jouba said he went home and called that
Cedros police and San Fernando CID but
got no answer. He said he eventually got
help through the Emergency 999 hotline.
He said his grandson knew something
about Sinnette s death but did not come to
him for help or advice.
For several hours yesterday, investigators,
led by Supt Palloo, Insp Pariman, Sgt Corrie,
Sgt Jones and Sgt Mac Donald, blocked the
road as they searched the house and sur-
rounding bushes looking for evidence. This
left dozens of residents stranded. Up to late
yesterday, however, no one was held.
Neighbours who gathered around were
afraid to speak to the media but said no one
heard the gunshots or saw the family on
Wednesday afternoon. Only one resident
said they saw Baptiste in the morning.
Cops probe revenge link in family's killing...
Police officers outside the Chatham South Trace house where Grace Toussaint (inset), her husband, Peter Baptiste, son, Jeremy
Toussaint, and mother, Leena Peters, were killed on Wednesday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
MP: Families will
Expressing horror over the murders of four
members of a Chatham family, outgoing Point
Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon yesterday called
for mediation and intervention to prevent any
Police believe the murders were linked to the
murder of villager Stephon Sinnette, 33, at Chatham
South Trace last week Wednesday. He was shot by
his neighbour after an altercation.
Yesterday around 6.30 am, the bodies of Grace
Toussaint, 55, her husband Peter Baptiste, 59, her
son Jeremy Toussaint, 24 and mother Lena Peters,
75, were discovered by a relative in a room at a
house, also at Chatham South Trace.
The murders have left the sleepy community
and environs in shock, Gopee-Scoon said as she
expressed condolences to the bereaved family.
She said: "Chatham being a small village, everyone
is affected by this gruesome murder. It s very sad
but my understanding is that it is connected to a
murder last week as well. I am not sure, I will leave
that for the police to deal with.
"However, the concern is that there is no other
resulting discontent arising from this murder. I am
trusting there will be some kind of mediation to
calm any concerns and quell fears among the vil-
lagers in the village.
"Certainly this is a time you need intervention
to ensure that some calm is restored to this beautiful
and peaceful village."
Chatham, she said, was a peaceful area and that
was quite an unusual and shocking event. Gopee-
Scoon said she hoped the murders were solved as
she recalled last year s murders of Fullerton Village
couple Krishna Ramdeen, 63, and Radha, 57, which
Local representative for the area, councillor Arlene
Ramroop, echoed Gopee-Scoon s concerns, saying
it was a sad day in the community.
Describing Chatham as a family-oriented village,
Ramroop said counselling should be provided to
the family and residents. She also hoped for a
speedy investigation and justice for the bereaved
Equally shocked and lost for words was Point
Fortin mayor Clyde Paul, who said: "That is a dis-
aster. Actually, a member of the (deceased) family
is a checker here with the borough corporation."
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