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A Cocorite mother was stopped yester-
day from torching the body of her son,
Mark "Markie Boy" Thompson, 33, whose
bullet-riddled body was discovered not
too far from his home yesterday morning.
Sandra Thompson, on hearing her son's
body was in some bushes a two-minute
walk from her home, left and went to Peake's
gas station to buy gasoline.
Residents said the woman left her home
at Freedom Street, Cocorite, fuming, saying
she was going to get the gasoline to burn
Some time later Thompson returned with
a new canister filled with gasoline and a
box of matches.
"Where him? I going and burn he body
and call that George," the woman was heard
saying as she made her way to where her
son's decomposing body lay, near a bamboo
patch on an incline.
But Thompson was ordered to stop by
police officers on the scene and a man, later
identified as another of her sons, stopped
her and took the gasoline from her and car-
ried her away from the scene.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at her
home hours later, Thompson said she wanted
to burn her son's body and give his ashes
to his friends to share.
"When you die is to bury and is for the
living to carry. I was going and burn him
and share his ashes for all his friends and
call it George," Thompson said, adding her
son's spirit is now with the Lord but it was
only his body that remained.
"When yuh son kill people you didn't
cry, don't cry now," one resident was over-
heard saying after Thompson was seen cry-
ing at the scene of the murder.
According to police reports, Thompson
was last seen alive on Friday evening. Res-
idents reportedly heard gunshots in the area
around 10 pm but thought nothing of it.
Relatives made a missing person report
to the St James Police Station on Sunday
and it was not until yesterday around 8 am
that a man heading to work discovered the
body and notified the police. Relatives said
they were notified around 10 am that
Thompson was killed.
Police said Thompson was believed to
have been responsible for several murders
in the Cocorite area but never arrested him
due to a lack of evidence.
Homicide officers are calling on anyone
who "might have been afraid to come for-
ward before" to do so now in the hope they
can solve the murders in which Thompson
was the suspect.
Police said Thompson was wounded in
a police shootout several years ago and had
been due to appear in court yesterday in a
case of possession of a firearm and shooting
Speaking with the media at the crime
scene, a female relative of Thompson said
the father of three had been receiving dis-
ability grants after he was shot.
She added that from the beginning of the
year Thompson had been receiving death
She added Thompson walked with a limp
and suggestions that he was responsible for
several murders did not seem likely.
However, residents, who did not want to
be identified, all expressed relief that
Thompson, who they nicknamed "John
Wick", was dead. One woman said she now
felt safe enough to send her child to Thomp-
son's mother's pre-school, Sweet Jesus Pre-
School, as he was now dead.
The murder toll is now 58 for the year
compared to 37 for the same period last
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Investigating officers have obtained an
official statement from a 28-year-old
mother of two who is alleging she was
abused by a relative for over a decade.
The statement was taken from her on
Sunday following an interview with head
of the Central Division, Snr Supt Jayson
Forde. Investigating officers also were able
to obtain medical records from the respective
health institutions, including the Chaguanas
Health Facility, where she sought treatment
after several attacks to add to their file.
The woman and her two children --- ages
seven and five --- are now said to be under
police guard at an undisclosed location after
the TTPS' intervention. Police sources said
yesterday an arrest was imminent.
Early on Saturday morning, the woman
posted on Facebook, recent photographs
she took of herself showing blue black marks,
cuts, bruises and a bloodshot eye that she
sustained last week during an alleged con-
frontation between the two. The young
woman is the wife of an auto dealer from
When the T&T Guardian went to the
business place yesterday, the businessman
was not there and his employees said he
could not be reached.
When told the T&T Guardian was
enquiring about the allegations of abuse
surrounding their boss, one of the workers
said he (his boss) was currently carrying on
discussions with his attorneys and there
was nothing more to say on the issue.
When the T&T Guardian called the per-
sonal cell number belonging to the busi-
nessman, a male voice answered and took
a message and said he would have it deliv-
ered to him (the businessman) personally.
He also said he would ask him to return
the call but up to last night the businessman
had not contacted the T&T Guardian.
Speaking out publicly for the first time
on her alleged experience, the woman
claimed she has been a victim of domestic
violence for the last 12 years, having got
married when she was 16 years old.
The most recent incident occurred last
Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) when she was
allegedly stabbed in the face and hand. She
was treated at the Chaguanas Health Facil-
ity.Also, on Wednesday evening, her two
children were allegedly dropped off at the
Chaguanas Police Station without food,
water, clothes and money by a close male
The following day (Thursday), the woman
said she had been badly beaten in front of
a Charlieville car dealership. On the business'
Facebook page on Saturday, the woman
admitted she had tried to walk away count-
less times but was always forced to remain
because of the alleged threats.
The woman's postings were shared across
the board by almost all who read and viewed
them on Facebook.
Thousands of comments were also made
in support of the woman and her children.
On Sunday, the TTPS issued an official
statement saying the woman will receive
counselling from the Victim and Witness
Support Unit and the children will be
referred to the Child Protection Unit and
the Childrens' Authority.
I wanted to give
ashes to friends
Abused victim gives statement to cops
Cops stop mom from burning slain son's body
for 15TH FEBRUARY, 2016
Relatives of Mark Thompson, who was shot dead at
Freedom Street, Cocorite, console each other after
viewing his body yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS
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