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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 20TH OCTOBER, 2015
Britain s ambassador to Trinidad and
Tobago and the Law Association of T&T
yesterday called for swift action following
the brutal murder of British national
Richard Wheeler and his wife, Grace, in
Carnbee, Tobago, yesterday.
Richard, a 72-year-old attorney who has
been living on the island for the past 16 years
and his wife Grace, 63, a real estate agent,
were discovered hacked to death at their
Riseland Gardens, Carnbee, home by a yard
attendant around 11 am.
The attendant reportedly found Grace lying
on her back on the property s lawn while
her husband was found in the living room.
The employee immediately called the Old
Grange Police Station.
District Medical Officer Dr Sebro ordered
the bodies removed to the Scarborough Hos-
Officers who were at the scene described
the act as "gruesome and very bloody." A
senior officer said Grace s throat was slit,
while Richard received several chops about
Police believe robbery may have been the
motive as the house was ransacked.
Neighbours told the T&T Guardian the
couple was robbed seven times in the past,
the most recent being earlier this year. The
house, however, is also outfitted with an
alarm system monitored by Blink Vigilance
and the couple had dogs.
The couple was last seen alive on Monday
evening by neighbours.
Wheeler worked at top regional firm Lex
Caribbean and specialised in conveyance and
property law, while his wife worked with
The killing sent shockwaves in the quiet,
middle-class village, with many residents
expressing concern over not only these killings
but the latest spate of gun-related killings
on the island.
One resident, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said more police patrols were
needed in the area.
"This situation is very frightening. They
were quiet people...nobody s business...and
look what happened to them.
"The whole community is out here as we
speak because this isn t a normal thing. Some
people get break-ins and we try to look out
for one another but we need more help from
the police. We need more patrols, especially
officers on foot and riding their bikes like
long time," the resident added.
Tobago Division Supt Garth Nelson told
the media the police shared the residents
concerns, but noted villagers needed to be
"The complexion of Tobago is changing,
not that it is becoming crime-ridden but
everybody needs to be more alert, more
receptive, be aware of your surroundings and
be aware of people who you allow into your
place, both as tenants and cleaners as the
case may be," Nelson said.
The incident brought Tobago s murder toll
to seven for 2015. Tobago Homicide Bureau
is continuing investigations.
British High Commissioner Tim Stew said
yesterday the High Commission "stands
ready to provide support to the (Wheeler)
family in this difficult time."
In a telephone interview, he confirmed the
deaths of British national Richard Wheeler
and his wife Grace.
Stew, who described the double murder as
a "tragic incident," said it was "too early" to
determine if there was any connection to any
other crime that happened in Tobago.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams said yesterday he had dispatched the
head of the Homicide Bureau, ACP Vincel
Edwards, and a team of investigators to Tobago
to investigate the matter.
He said he did not have any feedback from
the investigators and therefore could not say
if the double murder was linked to any previous
attacks against foreigners on the island.
In a statement yesterday, the Law Associ-
ation described the incident as a "most vicious
attack" and called for "an immediate and thor-
ough investigation." It also pleaded with mem-
bers of the public to assist the police in pro-
viding the necessary information that would
lead to the arrest and conviction of those
The association also expressed its "deep
concern over the increase in the rate of mur-
ders" in T&T. The murder toll now stands at
The association also expressed its condo-
lences to the family of the Wheelers "for the
tragic loss and urges the police to do all within
its powers to bring the perpetrators before the
courts where justice shall be served."
The association described Richard Wheeler
as a "distinguished member of the legal pro-
Staff at the Lex Caribbean in Port-of-Spain
were too distraught to speak when contacted
A statement issued subsequently by Lex
Caribbean partner, Bronock Reid, stated:
"Richard and his wife, Grace, have fallen victim
to the scourge of crime that negatively affects
the lives of all of us here in Trinidad and Toba-
"The news of their untimely passing is
extremely shocking and distressing. For those
of us who knew Richard and Grace, they will
certainly be missed.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to
Richard s family in this time of grief and pain
as well as to his Lex family both in Tobago
and in Trinidad. May Richard and Grace rest
Anyone with information is asked to contact
800-TIPS, the Old grange Police Station at
639-8888 or the Tobago Homicide Bureau at
Attendant stumbles upon bodies
team to island
Since 2008 there have been seven other
cases of expatriates being chopped in
The most recent was Hubertus Keil, 74,
and Birgid Keil, 71, who were found
chopped to death on November 22, 2014.
Their bodies were found approximately
one mile east of the beach, near the
mouth of the river at Bacolet Bay.
In November 2009, the body of German
national Peter Taut was found in a shallow
grave in the yard of his home at Bacolet
Crescent. He was found with his hands
and feet bound and he was gagged with
Earlier that year, in August, Murium and
Peter Green were chopped by an assailant
and left for dead, but luckily survived the
attack. They lived a few houses away
from Taut in the same neighbourhood.
They now live with some physical
Clint Alexis, of Argyle, Tobago, was
charged with the attempted murder of the
Greens, and was also assisting police with
information for Taut's murder. However,
he was cleared of charges in 2011 due to
insufficient evidence. Peter Green, in an
email, also accepted that Alexis was not
In October 2008, Swedish couple Anna
Sundsval, 62, and her companion Oke
Olsoon, 73, were chopped to death in their
villa on Anthony Charles Crescent, Bon
Accord Estate Development, in west
To date, no one has been found guilty of
A relative enters the Carnbee property
(above) of Richard and Grace Wheeler
yesterday. The couple was found chopped
to death on the property by a yard
attendant. PHOTO: CASWELL GORDON
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