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Former UK High Commissioner
to T&T Arthur Snell took to social
media to knock personally the Police
Service regarding the apparent lack
of action in solving crimes against
foreign nationals in Tobago.
Snell also made it clear yesterday
his comments were no longer that of
a British official but rather his personal
views, adding that statements made
by him were also in any way repre-
sentation of the British High Com-
mission or the British Government.
Richard Wheeler, 73, a lawyer, and
his wife Grace, 67, an estate agent,
were hacked to death at their Carnbee
home on Tuesday.
The international newspaper, the
Daily Telegraph, described the inci-
dent as the "latest in a series of
unsolved attacks by machete-wielding
assailants against expatriates and
tourists on the island."
Wheeler suffered slash wounds
to his head and arms and his wife's
throat had been cut.
Areas of their house, including
the living room and a bedroom, had
Peter and Murium Green were also
slashed and stabbed in Tobago in
2009 and are suing the State for
£200,000. Their attacker has never
Their German neighbours on the
island were murdered last Novem-
ber.Hubertus Keil, 74, and wife Brigid,
71, were butchered in Bacolet, near
where the Greens had their holiday
home. Nobody has been charged.
Regarding the unsolved murders,
Snell, who posted a tweet, said:
"There have been a spate of murders
and attempted murders of foreigners
in Tobago, not one of which has been
"In my discussions with TTPS
(T&T Police Service), I was shocked
at the casual, leisurely manner with
which these cases were handled,
allowing them to run into the quick-
sand and the unsolved pile. Sadly, I
can't see any reason why this case
will be any different.
In response to a tweet that Senior
Sup of Tobago Division Joanne Archie
assured that the Wheelers' killings
would be solved Snell said: "No
doubt, as vigorously as the investi-
gation into the Keil murders... or the
Greens' attempt... or the Swedish
Meanwhile, the UK advisory to this
country has been updated as it men-
tioned, not by name, the recent mur-
der of a British national in the Rise-
The advisory also recommended
its nationals to "maintain at least the
same level of security awareness as
you would in the UK and make sure
your living accommodation is secure.
"Don't carry large amounts of cash
or wear eye-catching jewellery. Use
a hotel safe to store valuables, money
and passports. Petty theft from cars
"Villas, particularly those in iso-
lated areas, should have adequate
security, including external security
lighting, grilles and overnight security
"Don't walk alone in deserted
areas, even in daylight. This includes
beaches like Englishman's Bay, King
Peter's Bay and Bacolet beach unless
you are in an organised group. Con-
sult your tour operator if in doubt.
"Be vigilant at all times and carry
a mobile phone with roaming capa-
bility for use in emergency."
The advisory included pre-existing
warning of a high level of gang-related
violent crime in Trinidad, particularly
in the inner city neighbourhoods east
of Port of Spain's city centre...Laven-
tille, Morvant and Barataria.
"This crime tends to occur within
local communities but can sometimes
"If possible, avoid travel outside
major populated areas late at night
and before dawn. There have been
incidents of violence and fatal acci-
dents caused by erratic driving to and
from Piarco International Airport,
particularly on the Beetham and
Churchill-Roosevelt Highways and
Lady Young Road," the advisory said.
Homicide detectives have
held three people, among
them a woman, in connection
with the killing of British
lawyer Richard Wheeler and
his Trinidadian wife Grace.
The suspects are in their 20s.
The announcement was
made by Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Homicide Vin-
cel Edwards who was selected
by acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams to head
a special investigative team to
probe the double tragedy.
He was speaking at a special
police news conference at the
Scarborough Police Station yes-
The female suspect and one
of the male suspects are from
Tobago while the other male
detainee is from St Vincent.
Edwards said: "We have
done tremendous work in this
investigation at this point. We
have had a number of leads and
this has caused us to have at
least detained three persons
who are persons of interest that
can assist us in our investiga-
"The investigation is ongoing
and as we speak there are per-
sons out there on the field doing
a number of different things."
He said the trio were held in
the south western part of Toba-
go on Wednesday, but was hes-
itant to say if they were con-
nected to the Wheelers in
anyway, or if they were linked
to any of the murders involving
foreigners on the island.
He also refused to reveal if
a murder weapon was found.
He noted the Director of Public
Prosecutions Roger Gaspard
would determine the way for-
ward in the matter.
Responding to questions
posed to him about reports of
a serial killer perpetrating the
acts against foreigners living in
Tobago, Edwards said the Police
Service was doing its just due.
"We are still conducting
investigations. We have not
yet completed this investiga-
tion, so it's exceedingly difficult
to say whether or not they are
serial killers but the investi-
gation is ongoing and if such
information has come to hand
we will make it public," he said.
Negative tourism advisories
have already been updated
about Tobago as a tourism des-
tination. Cautioning tourists
to be vigilant when visiting the
island for the fear of them
being under attack by locals.
Edwards said the Police Service
was doing all in its power to
make the island safe.
He also said no foreign assis-
tance was sought to investigate
the Wheelers' murder and the
Police Service was working
assiduously to bring the case
to a successful conclusion.
Tobagonians have chided
the police for the resources
being pumped into cases, and
the attention given when for-
eigners are killed, opposed to
when a local was murdered.
"The Trinidad and Tobago
Police Service is doing its best
to make every place in
Trinidad and Tobago safe and
this includes foreign nationals,
locals and even visitors, so
there's no indication relative
"I can assure you whether
or not it's a foreigner or a local
or a visitor, we will expend as
much resources as practically
possible to bring it to a suc-
cessful conclusion," Edwards
He said all of the other
unsolved murders and acts
perpetrated against tourists
had not gone cold. He said the
Cold Case Team in Port-of-
Spain reviewed all murders
and the relatives of the indi-
viduals were being kept
abreast of the situation. He
also dispelled the belief that
the Police Service was under
pressure to solve the case.
Richard and Grace Wheeler
were hacked to death in their
home at Riseland Gardens,
Carnbee, between Monday
night and Tuesday morning.
Grace's throat was slit while
Richard received multiple chop
wounds about the body.
An autopsy was conducted
by pathologist Dr Valerie
Alexandrov at the Scarborough
General Hospital mortuary
The report revealed the
couple died as a result of
blunt force trauma and chop
wounds. Despite a $100,000
reward being offered, police
officials say they received
useful information from the
public and the award was still
Ex-envoy hits cops on killings
3 held in Tobago double murders
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says if local police could not
solve the murder of the British couple who was butchered in
Tobago on Wednesday, then foreign expertise would be brought
in. Speaking to reporters at yesterday's post-Cabinet press briefing,
Rowley said he was concerned that there was a person in Tobago
who needed to be found at all costs.
He said he was expecting that the security agencies would leave
no stone unturned to find the perpetrator of the heinous crime.
He noted the similarities between the modus operandi of this
murder and the ones that happened before.
He added: "I am concerned that there is a person in Tobago who
needs to be found at all costs and if the national human resource
base does not have what it takes to profile such a killer then I
expect the Minister of National Security and our agencies will seek
help outside of T&T in this particular kind of crime to be able to
extricate whoever is tarnishing Tobago's name and image with all
the serious consequences that can flow from that.
--- Kalifa Clyne
When contacted Archie said it
was too early in the investigation
to determine whether there was
a serial killer involved or whether
only foreigners were being tar-
"We cannot say it is one par-
ticular crime although we are see-
ing it's couples...it is only in the
outcome of the investigation for
us to make that conclusion.
"We also looking at the aspect
that foreigners were being target-
ed... on the face of it you will say,
yes it is foreigners, but I cannot
say they are targetting the foreign-
ers. We have to conduct a thorough
investigation to conduct whether
there were any fired employees for
instance," Archie said.
No evidence of
a serial killer
PM: FIND KILLER AT ALL COSTS
Richard Wheeler and his Trinidadian wife Grace.
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