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Police say they are bracing for
an all-out war in the underworld
after a man was found decapi-
tated in the heart of Port-of-
Spain yesterday in what they say
was a mafia-styled killing.
The unidentified man s head
was found in a garbage heap along
Pall Mall Street, East Dry River,
around 5 am while the rest of him
was found stuffed in the trunk of
a damaged white BMW 1 series
about seven hours after.
The style of killing is similar to
that of Mexican drug cartels who
behead their victims and dismem-
ber their bodies to warn others
that they are not to be messed
Yesterday s incident also came
a day after officials at Trinmar
found a man s body trapped in an
offshore platform. Southern police
also linked that killing to the drug
trade. (See Page A5).
Late yesterday police said they
believed the man was a known
Las Lomas drug dealer but they
would await confirmation today
when relatives turn up to identify
the body at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James.
At the scene of the discovery
at upper Duncan Street, East Dry
River, head of the Port-of-Spain
Division, Snr Supt Johnny Abra-
ham, said the decapitation was
clearly a message sent to the indi-
viduals in the underworld.
"I believe it is a strong message.
Whoever did the killing sent this
to some underworld group telling
them that they could lose their
men and so on, I believe so," Abra-
According to the police, the
man s head was found by Port of
Spain City Corporation workers
disposing of garbage yesterday
morning. Residents said they did
not know the identity of the man.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian
yesterday, a corporation worker,
who did not want to be identified,
said his colleagues were stunned
when the head rolled out onto
coconut branches as they were
picking up bags of trash.
He said when he was told of
the discovery he cursed his co-
workers telling them it was no
joke to make. He said when he
was shown the head he was in
disbelief that it was a human head
He, however, thanked God he
did not have breakfast, noting he
was sure to have regurgitated any
meal after a closer examination
proved it was a human head,
which was "cut cleanly."
As the sirens of police vehicles
blared, escorting the funeral
agency transporting the head, chil-
dren from the nearby St Hilda s
Government Primary School were
heard screaming and playing.
Police subsequently went in
search of the man s body at the
Beetham landfill but came up
Just after noon, however, offi-
cers were called out again after
the man s body was found,
wrapped in a blue tarpaulin and
shoved in the trunk of the car
parked outside the Supa Hardware
at the corner of Duncan and
Prince Streets. The body, with the
hands tied behind the back, was
already badly decomposed.
The decapitated man found yes-
terday was not a first to Port-of-
Spain nor the country.
The most recent killing of this
nature was that of 50-year-old
Michael Derrick Piper of Chaconia
Piper s head was found at around
6.15 am on the sidewalk at Nelson
Street, Port-of-Spain, on September
9, 2013. His body was found some
time later nearby in an open lot.
Police said while Piper had several
drug-related cases his death may
have been as a result of being in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
Months earlier, on February 21,
the head of 33-year-old former con-
vict Learie Ceballo, of Coconut
Drive, San Fernando, was found on
a table outside Stepperz Restaurant
and Bar at Rambert Village.
Four hours later, a team of police,
led by Insp Matthew Noel and ASP
Yussuf Gaffar, found the rest of his
body several metres off the Her-
mitage Village agricultural road.
Ceballo had been released from
prison one week earlier.
On September 1, 2013, Ramjesh
Ramdeo, 27, of Saunders Trace,
Moruga, was found with his head
severed in his hometown. Another
decapitation took place on Decem-
ber 27, 2011, where the unidentified
charred remains of a woman was
found at Dookhan Trace, Aranjuez.
Shinelle Nelson s decapitated and
dismembered body was meanwhile
found on February 13, 2013, floating
in the Guayamare River.
Mother and son duo Dianne
Williams and Shaquille Morgan s
headless bodies were found at the
Forres Park landfill, Claxton Bay.
Their heads were found in makeshift
graves along the Old Train Line, St
The country s most infamous
decapitation was that of 41-year-
old Thackoor Boodram, the brother
of drug lord Nankisson "Dole
Thackoor s head was found in an
empty whisky box at the Caroni
cremation site on December 31,
1997. Boodram s body was never
found while his brother was hanged
for the murder of a Williamsville
family. Dr Edward Koury, the
nephew of former government min-
ister John Rahael, was also found
headless in an orange field in Caparo
on September 2, 2005.
Worrying trend through years
Beheaded man found in city
Cops brace for underworld war...
A nearby businessman said the car
had been there since Tuesday
morning and police were called to
investigate but when they came
they merely peered inside and left,
Officers returned later that day
with a woman of East Indian
descent. Again they looked through
the car, opening the doors before
leaving. The car, which was blocking
the entrance to another business
place, was then pushed aside by
residents, but no one checked inside
Yesterday, however, the stench of
the man's rotting flesh brought the
realisation that something was
amiss and again police were called
again. This time the trunk of the car
was searched and the headless body
Residents of the nearby
"Plannings" flocked to the area.
Some accused international terrorist
group ISIS of the killing. Others
wondered what type of man would
chop off another's head and remove
Abraham later criticised the
removal of the car from in front the
business and called on citizens to
work closer with police.
"What I am saying is if everyone
does their part we can help T&T be a
better place. If a strange vehicle is
blocking your entrance, why would
you call someone to push it away
before you call the police?" he asked.
"I am clamouring for cameras for
the longest while. I don't want a
camera where if something happen
you have to beg someone to get the
footage, I want cameras that you can
monitor it to get the video anytime
and that someone is monitoring it all
the time so you can get the action
live as it is taking place. What I want
too is better cameras."
He said for the year the Port-of-
Spain Division had recorded 72
murders, including the decapitated
man. He said police had received
some information about the
beheading but said he could not
The murder toll for the year stood
at 357 up to yesterday.
Party supporters show their disapproval of potential leadership candidates during the UNC's parliamentary arm
meeting at the Couva South constituency office last night. SEE PAGE A8 PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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