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Police are searching for a 38-year-old man respon-
sible for the murder of Simon "Ila" Duntin, 51, who
was hacked to death near his La Romain home on
Police believe Duntin's killer also chopped Samuel
Mangroo to death on September 10 along the Southern
Main Road, La Romain, a short distance away from
where Duntin was murdered.
Mangroo, who was homeless, was attacked after
picking avocados in the area.
The murder toll for 2015 stood at 322 yesterday, with
107 of them occurring in the Region Three Homicide
Bureau's jurisdiction, which consists of the Central,
South and South Western Police Divisions. This region
recorded 108 murders at the end of 2014.
Police said Duntin, who has a slight mental illness,
may have been targeted by a murderer who seems to
be targeting destitute and vulnerable victims.
Reports stated Southern Division Task Force officers
were patrolling the Southern
Main Road around 11 pm
when a passerby alerted them
to Duntin's body which was
lying across the pavement.
When the officers
checked, they found the body
in front of Top Game Mem-
Eyewitnesses reported that
he was walking along the
pavement when a man of East Indian descent, bearded
and slim built, attacked him with a cutlass.
Duntin ran a short distance but fell to the ground.
The attacker caught up with him and bludgeoned him
to death. As passersby approached the killer ran through
a yard and onto a nearby street.
When the T&T Guardian visited the crime scene
yesterday, patrons at the bars nearby said they were
not around when the murder happened.
Investigators said both Mangroo and Duntin's murders
had a similar pattern and the description of the suspect
was the same.
They believe the killer lives in La Romain and was
arrested two weeks ago by San Fernando CID for mar-
ijuana possession. They also believe he began attacking
people after discovering he was HIV positive.
Searches were made for him but up to yesterday he
could not be found. Police believe Duntin's relatives
may have also seen his attacker afterwards.
At Duntin's home yesterday, his cousin Vicky-Ann
John said he left home on Tuesday night to buy a cig-
arette and she got a phone call around 11.30 pm from
her sister saying he was murdered.
She said when they arrived at the scene the Crime
Scene Unit had already cordoned off the area but when
she and other relatives were returning home they saw
a man matching the suspect's description but he ran
when he saw them.
She said it appeared the killer knew her uncle as
witnesses revealed that after the murder, he said: "I
sent Ila home."
Duntin's niece, Chris Ramlogan, said although he
had a mild mental problem since suffering an injury
to his eyes as a youngster, he never got into trouble
with anyone. She said everyone in the community knew
him as a quiet person.
Cops fear serial
La Romain murders
JENSEN LA VENDE &
A former Coast Guard officer
and a teenage girl were among
three people slain between
Tuesday night and yesterday,
taking the murder toll to 321 for
the year as murders continued
a nationwide killing spree.
The three killings took the
number of people killed since
the September 7 general election
In the first incident, former
Coast Guardsman Kwesi Young
was hog tied, killed and stuffed
in the trunk of a car on Tuesday
night while his friend was left
for dead outside the car.
According to police reports
Young, 27, of Robert Street,
Woodbrook, was found in the
trunk of a silver Axio Corolla
around 10.20 pm with gunshot
wounds to his head and chest.
His friend, Richard White, of
East Dry River, Port-of-Spain,
was found with his hands bound
behind his back with a tie strap.
He had been shot in his neck
Police said Cpl Manbode and
PC Dharoo were on routine
patrol in the Caroni district when
they saw a car parked just off
the west-bound lane of the
Southern Main Road, Caroni,
near La Paille Gardens.
The officers said they saw
White at the back of the car
making strange movements with
his right leg. Inside the trunk
they found Young.
White was taken to the Eric
Williams Sciences Complex, Mt
Hope, where he underwent
emergency surgery and was listed
in stable condition yesterday.
According to sources in the
Coast Guard, Young, who had
joined the service in 2008, was
dishonourably discharged in 2012
for conduct unbecoming of an
At the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, yesterday Young's
relatives declined to speak to the
In the other incident, Tobago
recorded its third murder in two
weeks after 17-year-old Shanese
Roberts, of Fort Street, Scarbor-
ough, was shot to death at a Mt
St George guest house around
7.30 pm Tuesday.
The business, located approx-
imately 50 metres off the Wind-
ward Road, is owned by Donna
According to police, Roberts
went to the guest house with a
male companion but on entering
the premises they were confront-
ed by a gunman who shot her.
Neighbours said they heard
screams followed by three gun-
shots and on checking they
found her dead in one of the
apartments. She had been shot
three times in the chest. Her 19-
year-old male companion ran
for help nearby but was unhurt.
Eyewitnesses said the gunman
fled the scene on foot.
The girl's grief-stricken moth-
er, Bernadine Davidson, told the
media afterwards that guns
needed to come off the nation's
"They need to do a little more
work, harder, to take off the guns
and them off the streets. It's too
much of guns killing innocent
"What my daughter do? What
she do? Boy that is a set-up, I
could tell anybody that. Gunman
just can't run down there just
so. How come gunman know a
girl down there. Have to be the
man set up the gunman but God
don't sleep, God don't sleep,"
Assistant Commissioner of
Police for Tobago, Garfield
Moore, said they were concerned
about the upsurge in gun crimes
on the island.
He said: "We are aware that
there are several firearms on the
streets and we are asking the
general public to come forward
and assist us so that we can
eradicate the firearms from off
the streets and also, we want
persons to understand that this
is not the way to go.
"We need people to solve their
problems differently and not take
up firearms or a cutlass and
fatally wound another person.
There are meditation centres that
we can look at, we talk to some-
body in the communities to solve
"This is not the way to go
because if we continue like that
we will come like other places
and we don't want Tobago get-
ting there. In fact, we have five
murders for the year already and
that's five too much."
Police are yet to ascertain a
motive for the killing but two
people, including her male com-
panion, were held and are assist-
ing police with their investiga-
District Medical Officer Dr
Kumar ordered the body
removed to the Scarborough
Tobago Homicide Bureau is
Ex-Coast Guard, girl, 17, snuffed out
30 killed since polls
Simon "Ila" Duntin
Bernadine Davidson, left, the mother of slain teenager Shanese
Roberts, and a relative try to comfort each other at the scene of
the crime in Mt St George, Tobago, on Tuesday night.
PHOTO: CASWELL GORDON
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