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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 26, 2015
An independent autopsy on the body
of a 30-year-old Carenage man who was
found floating off the coast in Chaguara-
mas on Sunday has revealed blunt force
trauma, a broken jaw and several other
signs of violence to his body.
While a first autopsy performed by
Government forensic pathologist Dr
Estlyn McDonald-Burris at the
Forensic Science Centre on Monday
showed that Brian Smith, of Penal
Rock Road, Moruga, had drowned,
a second performed on his relatives'
request yesterday appeared to show
a more sinister cause.
The T&T Guardian understands
that the second autopsy performed
by Dr Hughvon des Vignes yes-
terday showed that Smith died
from blunt force trauma to the head
and was possibly already dead when
he entered the water.
It also showed that Smith had a
cracked skull and a broken jaw in addition
to several other visible signs of violence about
In a brief telephone interview yesterday
evening, Smith's emotional relatives said Des
Vignes report had proved their initial suspicions.
"He (Smith) was murdered. Imagine that
woman (McDonald-Burris) didn't even cut open
his body and she say he drowned," a female
relative, who asked to remain unidentified, said.
Like other relatives earlier this week the
woman claimed that Smith was killed by a group
of soldiers who were doing repair works to a
house in Carenage that was damaged several
weeks ago by a low flying National Security hel-
Smith, who visiting his mother who lives in
the community, was reportedly liming with the
soldiers last Friday when he got into an argument
with them over the disconnection of electrical
Relatives believe Smith was beaten, struck on
the head with a shovel and thrown into the sea
in an unconscious state. His lifeless body
was found by prisons officers near Alice
Point on their way to Carrera Island
The T&T Defence Force, through its
civil affairs officer, Major Al Alexander,
has denied any wrongdoing on the part
of its officers. Alexander maintains the
innocence of the soliders and claimed
that the Regiment had eyewitnesses who saw
Smith swimming at St Peter's Bay.
Smith's death had sparked protest action from
Carenge residents who burned tyres and blocked
the Western Main Road earlier this week. The
T&T Guardian understands that similar action
was expected to be taken by his relatives in
Moruga last night.
Police launched a criminal investigation into
the death after the protest action.
Investigations are continuing.
Second autopsy reveals:
Opposing candidates for the
post of chairman in the United
National Congress internal elec-
tions--- Dr Tim Gopeesingh and
Dr Fuad Khan---said yesterday
they were willing to work with
whoever is elected political
leader on December 5.
Also, Dr David Lee, chair-
manship contender on incum-
bent leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar's slate, says
Persad-Bissessar so far held
meetings with 22 constituencies
with average audiences of about
150, receiving full support and
is "well poised" to retain
testing the chair-
Moonilal's slate, says he is willing to work
with Persad-Bissessar if she retains the
leadership - or Bharath, if he wins - and
if he is successful.
He spoke yesterday ahead of another
campaign meeting which Moonilal's team
in south Trinidad last night.
Moonilal and Bharath are challenging
Persad-Bissessar for the leadership in
UNC's December 5 internal elections.
All teams have slates. The campaign
enters its final week on Sunday.
Gopeesingh said comments from
Moonilal's team have not been the sort
of "inflammatory attacks" which some
had expected to see in the UNC party
"I've also noticed Mrs Persad-Bissessar
is maintaining a diplomatic approach in her
campaign as is Mr Bharath, so I believe everyone
is cognisant this exercise, and everyone, is about
the improvement of the party."
Gopeesingh said he believed Moonilal "has a good
chance" to win and "is ahead."
Khan, who is contesting the post of chairman on
Bharath's slate also said if he won the post and Bharath
didn't, he was prepared to work with Persad-Bissessar
or Moonilal if either won.
He added: "But I would like Vasant to win since
I would like a full-time political leader. Dr Moonilal's
time and Mrs Persad-Bissessar's is split with the Par-
liament but Vasant has the time to be a full-time
leader as he is not in the Parliament now."
He said Bharath's campaign was looking "rough"
since "we need voters to come out. If UNC voters
don't see this as an opportunity for resurgence, then
god help us. It's when people are in Opposition they
become apathetic and shell-shocked. We need then
to wake up and come and vote - and vote for Vasant."
---See Page A8
Tim, Fuad willing
to work with Kamla
Police are searching for two gunmen who
on Tuesday night murdered an 18-year-old
near his family s business place in Enterprise,
According to police reports, around 9 pm, Denzil
Guy, of Michael Terrace, Nimblette Street, was at
his home where he operates a mini-mart.
Guy was standing outside the mini-mart when
two men approached and shot him.
Police said the men were wearing black clothing
and hoodies. After opening fire on the teen, the killers
ran along Micheal Trace and escaped.
Guy collapsed and died at the scene.
His killing has taken the murder toll to 374 while
for the same period last year it stood at 367.
killed near home
Dr Tim Gopeesingh
Dr Fuad Khan
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