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JENSEN LA VENDE
One of the victims of alleged abuse
at the hands of Yuma security guards
said yesterday she would not rest
until she received justice for what
happened to them on Carnival Mon-
In a brief telephone interview with
the T&T Guardian yesterday, Nzunaki
Tuitt, a Canadian national, said she
went to the Canadian Embassy yes-
terday as she had promised to but was
told she had to return with a copy of
her police statement for the matter to
be taken any further.
She added that two other women
who were assaulted by the security
guards were scheduled to leave the
country soon but she would stay to
fight the matter to the end. Tuitt said
the two other women were making
the most of their stay in the country
but also would do all they could to
ensure that they received justice.
Tuitt, along with People s National
Movement (PNM) councillor Jason
Alexander and Jenice Parker, along
with another woman were assaulted
at Taylor Street, Woodbrook, on Mon-
day afternoon by security guards
working in the Carnival band after it
was pointed out that Alexander
belonged to another Carnival band.
A masquerader began recording the
assault after he saw Parker being
punched in the face by a security offi-
cer. It was this punch that forced
Alexander, who had left the band hav-
ing been put out by the guards, to
return to defend his friend. However,
he was severely beaten by the guards
when he returned.
Alexander suffered cuts and bruises
about his body from the attack while
Tuitt also suffered some minor injuries.
The 49-second video was subse-
quently posted on social media and
went viral, prompting YUMA man-
agement to issue a release apologising
for the action of the guards. It also
sparked a call from Opposition Senator
Wayne Sturge for legislation to deal
with the issue of band security.
Tuitt, who said she had been told
the guards were fired after the incident,
said she would not be allowing the
incident to be swept under the carpet
as someone must be held accountable
for the injuries she and her friends
The T&T Guardian understands that
the victims have all reported the matter
to the Woodbrook Police Station but
the incident occurred within the St
James Police Station area so they must
continue their complaint at that sta-
Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya was last
night identified as the masquerader found
dead at the Queen s Park Savannah, Port-of-
Homicide detectives were able to confirm
her identity last night, having sought the pub-
lic s assistance earlier, after her body was found
under a tree around 9.30 am.
Nagikiya and some of her friends have made
headlines over the years as they traditionally
visit T&T to play in the National Panorama
competitions, including with former champions
Phase II Pan Groove and PCS Nitrogen Silver
Stars, and partake of the Carnival festivities.
According to reports, Geoff Adams, of
Tamana, was walking through the area when
he noticed a homeless man screaming while
pointing at a patch of bushes.
"The guy say he see something in the bushes.
I say it was a manicou or iguana but when I
look I see a bikini bottom," Adams told reporters
in a brief interview after being interrogated by
police on the scene.
The grisly discovery was made mere metres
away from Queen s Royal College and the Mar-
aval Road roundabout, as crews from the Com-
munity-based Environmental Protection and
Enhancement Programme (Cepep) were busy
cleaning up rubbish left over from Carnival cel-
The area was cordoned off by police for several
hours as crime scene investigators combed heaps
of discarded food and beverage containers, which
surrounded Nagakiya, for evidence. Nagakiya
was found lying face down and was subsequently
taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James,
where an autopsy will be performed today.
Adams, who said he slept on a nearby park
bench between Sunday night and yesterday
morning to fully immerse himself in this year s
Carnival celebrations, said he had not seen the
woman in the area when he went to sleep late
"If a woman was making noise that hour of
the night I would not have think something
was wrong because all kinds of different things
does happen in Carnival," Adams said.
He said from his brief observations of the
body before he contacted police, the woman
appeared to have marks of violence on her right
forearm and waist.
"She had a laceration on her elbow and black
and blue marks on her waist. It look like a
rape/murder to me," Adams said.
Police sources said based on the state of
decomposition of the body, Nagakiya probably
died on Tuesday night but they refused to spec-
ulate on the cause of death or the possibility
she may have been sexually assaulted before
they receive the results of her autopsy. Homicide
detectives said last night, however, that they
had received information that she had a medical
When she was initially found, there were no
identification documents on or near the body,
save a band from the Carnival band Legacy.
In a telephone interview yesterday, before she
was identified, Legacy bandleader "Big Mike"
Antoine said he was searching his registration
database to see if he could assist police in iden-
"We have a lot of people who play mas with
us," Antoine said as he explained that he was
using the victim s costume measurements to
help identify her, as bands did not take pictures
of individual masqueraders.
While he maintained his band ensured the
safety of its masqueraders during the Parade of
the Bands, he noted that they could not ensure
revellers safety once celebrations had ended.
"We had a smooth and incident free Carnival.
A bandleader cannot do anything if someone
gets killed or injured on their way home. The
most I could do now is help identify the mas-
querader for the family," Antoine said.
He suggested that the victim possibly had
her fateful encounter after leaving the band s
Las Lap which ended at its Woodbrook mas
camp around 7 pm.
"The only time we were at the Savannah was
when we crossed the stage after Ronnie and
Carro around 10 am in the morning," Antoine
Insp Michael Veronique, Cpl Stanley Romeo
and PC Kendall Abraham, of the Region One
Homicide Bureau, visited the scene and are
Homeless man discovers body of Japanese female pannist
found under tree
Crime Scene Investigators at the scene where the body of Asami Nagakiya was discovered
yesterday at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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