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Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) Orville London said Tobago
homicide officers currently have some encour-
aging and promising leads with respect to the
killing of British lawyer Richard Wheeler and
his Trinidadian-born wife, Grace.
Speaking at the post-Executive Council news
conference yesterday London said following a
conversation with Assistant Commissioner of
Police for Tobago Garfield Moore he was confident
that the murders would be solved.
He said: "All of us in Tobago must abhor sense-
less and vicious acts like that and we have a
responsibility to ensure that we do all in our power
to guarantee this is not something that is going
to be repeated in Tobago.
"ACP Vincel Edwards, who is a Tobago-born
officer who is now in charge of homicide, he and
a team have come from Trinidad, working in col-
laboration with the Tobago police officers to ensure
that they bring a speedy conclusion to the inves-
"The latest reports are that they have some
promising leads, some encouraging leads and I
am hopeful that they would be able to bring the
perpetrator to justice in the shortest possible time."
London said Tobago s situation was changing
and urged Tobagonians to be more vigilant.
He also said citizens had the responsibility to
assist the police in solving serious crimes, despite
out of the five instances where foreigners were
attacked, only one has been solved by police. He
said, there should be no blame game.
He added: "It is always easier to throw the
blame and say that they are not doing enough.
"My question is why are the murders not solved
and I always make the point that the more senseless
and motiveless a murder is, or an act is, the more
difficult it is to solve because not to have a motive
to go on, you don t have anything on which to
base the judgment.
"That is why I am saying in many of those
cases is the information which the police get from
persons who are not police officers, that assists
in bringing the perpetrators to justice
"There are times when they can do better, there
are times when they can perform better but I am
not going to sit here without knowing what the
facts are, and just simply bashing the police" he
London said the THA was prepared to deal
with the backlash that might come from a negative
However, he said, each country has challenges
with crime but how a territory dealt with it, would
determine the outcome. He said the THA and the
police was on top of the situation
He added: "We have to let the world know that
we are on top of the situation. We will not be
able to prevent every incident but that it is not
an environment in which incidents like these are
encouraged, facilitated or likely to happen on a
"I think that is the reality in which we have to
face but I am accepting the fact that when some-
thing like this happens, you have got to be realistic,
there is going to be some fallout.
"How you treat with it and the signals you
send and the level of intensity and sensitivity with
which you treat with it, those are the kinds of
things that will determine whether your markets
would see things as manageable," London added.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on
the Wheelers today.
Chairman of the Tobago Division of the
T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce,
Diane Hadad hoped the law enforcement
would quickly solve the murders of Richard
and Grace Wheeler and send a message to
the criminal elements that their actions
were not being condoned.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yester-
day, Hadad said the chamber had expressed
concerns as to the lack of detection rate and
solving of heinous crimes in Tobago.
"But, with this incident we are keeping
positive and I believe that we are going to
get some results. We have to rise above the
"We expect that the police will perform
at their peak and get results in this case,"
Hadad said she lived not too far from the
Wheelers and said the incident had shaken
up the entire community.
She added: "This has come as a shock to
the community. They interfered with no one
and they never would have upset anyone in
such a way.
"They lived a quiet and happy life. Richard
was a member of the chamber and he was
serious about issues but yet carried that
happy bounce and lightheartedness.
"We do not condone this. This shows a
total disregard for human life and we have
to work on bringing back that level of peace
and harmony once more to T&T."
Hadad extended her deepest condolences
to the family and extended all courtesies in
any way that they could help them.
Acting Minister of Tourism Ayanna Web-
ster-Roy said yesterday she hoped the law
enforcement would be able to resolve quickly
the murder of the couple.
Webster-Roy, who is acting for Shamfa
Cudjoe, who is away on business, immedi-
ately posted on her Facebook page her sin-
cerest condolences to the family and friends
of the murdered couple.
"I wish I could express the sorrow I feel,
just knowing you are bearing a loss so pro-
found. May the comfort of the Lord help
you during this difficult time," Webster-
Roy s post read.
She said she hoped justice would prevail
and despite the horrid incident hoped the
image of Tobago would not be tarnished.
"I am hopeful that the image of Tobago
remains good on an International scale and
hopes that all will be done to ensure this,"
President of the Tobago Hotel and Tourism
Association, Chris James has extended his
deepest sympathy and condolences to the
family of the Wheelers.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of
the passing of Richard and Grace and we
are offering our prayers towards the family
in this time of grief," James said.
• In 2008, Anna Sundsval, 62, and her
companion Oke Olsoon chopped to death in Bon
Accord. Nationality: Swede. Status: Unsolved.
• In 2009, Murium Greene, 59 and Peter Green,
65, chopped and left for dead in Bacolet.
Nationality: - British. Status: Unsolved.
• In 2009, Peter Taut, 56; nationality: German.
• In 2014, Hubertus Keil, 74, and Birgid Keil, 71
chopped to death on Bacolet Bay. Nationality:
German. Status: Unsolved
London sees backlash
A photographer attached to the Crime Scene Investigation Unit outside the home of the
Wheelers in Carnbe, Tobago, after their murder on Tuesday. PHOTO: CASEWELL GORDON
The killing of attorney Richard
Wheeler and his wife, Grace, at
their home in Tobago will be listed
in the UK's travel advisory to T&T,
says British High Commissioner
to T&T, Tim Stew, yesterday.
The couple, who lived at their
home in Carnbee, Tobago, for 16
years, were found by a gardener
with chops to their heads, necks
In an telephone interview yes-
terday Stew said the update was
expected to take effect from today.
A check of the advisory which
was described as "still current" as
at October 21, 2015 said:
"Most visits to Tobago are trouble
free but tourists (including British
nationals) have been robbed. The
inability of the authorities to catch
and prosecute offenders remains a
"Incidents of violent crime in
Tobago are rare but two German
tourists (Hubertus Keil, 74, and his
wife Birgid Keil, 71) were murdered
on 22 November 2014 on Minister s
Bay in the Bacolet area."
Stew said: "There is a factual
revision of the travel advisory which
reflects that these murders have
taken place. We already have advised
UK visitors to take care and we pro-
vide them with the facts and of
what has happened and that
includes the murders."
He said law enforcement support
from the UK had not yet been sent
to assist local police but emphasised
the UK was willing to lend support.
"While the investigation is under-
way I would not say anything to
hamper that investigation but I wel-
come the seriousness which the
police and the authorities are taking
this terrible event.
"We are ready to lend any assis-
tance in the matter but at the
moment we have not sent any UK
officers," Stew added.
Senior Supt Joanne Archie,
assigned to the Tobago Division,
said while the police were exploring
all angles, they could not say for a
fact whether couples in Tobago were
being deliberately targeted.
While admitting that the crime
situation was worrying, she said:
"We are looking at all avenues and
all information. It is a fact that cou-
ples are involved... we do not want
to pronounce it yet until we really
have something that will tell us it
is directly targeted to couples."
The murders made regional and
international headlines and were
reported by several media houses,
including the BBC and the Daily
UK puts Tobago in its 'bad books'
for quick arrest
After murder of British couple...
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