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guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 2, 2017
An autopsy on the body of real
estate agent Kathyann Bernard re-
vealed that she died from multiple
However, further testing will be done
to determine the cause of death for her
mother, Sylvestine Gonzales-Bernard,
87. The autopsies were performed
yesterday at the Forensic Science
Centre in St James by patholo-
gist Dr Eslyn McDonald-Burris.
The two were found dead in
their #1 Gonzales Street Siparia
home on Carnival Monday af-
ter neighbours detected a foul
scent coming from the house.
Police believe they were
killed last week. When the
bodies were found, the house
was ransacked and an undis-
closed sum of cash and jewelry were
Gonzales-Bernard was a well-
known business woman in Siparia and
Kathyann, 51, returned to Trinidad from
Florida some years ago to take care of
her mother after she fell ill.
Gonzales-Bernard's nephew, Gordon
Panasingh said his two other cousins
were expected to arrive in Trinidad yes-
terday after learning of their mother's
Immediate past president of the
Siparia Chamber of Commerce, Keith
Sankar described the deaths as an in-
credible loss to the community.
Sankar said residents are still in
shock over the murders and he said the
chamber will initiate talks with police
for more patrols in the area.
He said although Siparia has mostly
remained untouched by serious crime,
there has been a rise in the number of
areas considered 'hot spots.'
"There are criminal elements who are
hiding and being harboured in Siparia
and we now have several hot spots-even
though our area was really free from
such violent crimes," Sankar said.
"I think 90 per cent of the people
are still in shock over this, we never
expected to see such violent acts car-
ried out right in front of us, especially
against such an elderly woman. In terms
of murders, this is the most gruesome
we have seen in the last ten years."
He revealed that his relatives live
close to Gonzales-Bernard and de-
scribed both women as quiet and hard
Yesterday, police investigators said
they were interviewing several people
in connection with the case but there
are no suspects yet.
Anyone with information on the
killings can contact Crime Stoppers
Investigations are continuing.
Police report drop in
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ag) Operations and Gold
Commander for Carnival 2017 Deodat Dulalchan yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The T&T Police Service (TTPS) yesterday announced
an 11 per cent reduction in serious crimes during this
year's Carnival celebrations.
Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Deodat Dulalchan
made the announcement while addressing reporters at
the TTPS's post-Carnival press briefing at Police Ad-
ministration building, in Port-of-Spain.
"The TTPS wishes to state that Carnival 2017 was very
good from a policing standpoint," Dulalchan said as he
revealed that there were only 15 serious crimes reported
within Carnival celebrations across T&T from Sunday night
to Tuesday night. There for 24 reported incidents for the same
period last year.
Of the reported crimes which took place in designated Carni-
val zones, there were three shootings, three woundings, seven
robberies, one stolen vehicle and one murder.
On Carnival Monday, 57-year-old retired solider Calvert
James was stabbed to death during an incident at Prince Street
In total during the period, 182 persons were arrested across
T&T for various offences including petty robberies, weapon
possession and driving under the influence.
"I am pleased to indicate that there was not one single reported
incident of a sexual offence against a woman," Dulalchan said.
While he praised masqueraders for co-operating with the po-
lice, Dulalchan said the incidents included two in which police
officers were victims of assaults during J'Ouvert celebrations.
In one incident off-duty SRP Tyler Scipio was stabbed in
his shoulder during a botched robbery near Sagicor Building,
Queen's Park West in Port-of-Spain. In the other incident, a
constable was assaulted by two men when he attempted to quell
a disturbance in a J'Ouvert band in Tobago. The suspects were
arrested shortly after.
"Here it is a police officer and his colleagues were there to
ensure masqueraders and onlookers have a safe and secure Car-
nival and he entered into the band to assist in managing a fracas
and he was assaulted by two men. That act is one we condemn
and indicate that those sort of behaviour will not be tolerated,"
There were two road fatalities on Monday, of which one of
the victims was a police officer. PC Sherwin Cedeno died in a
crash along the Solomon Hochoy Highway near to the Macaulay
Flyover, while 24-year-old Dillon Torres, of Cunupia, died hours
later in crash near the Prisons' Sports Club in Piarco.
Questioned on the National Carnival Commission (NCC)'s
warning that bands and their masqueraders found defacing prop-
erty, Dulalchan noted that there were no reports of vandalism
in Port-of-Spain. He said a handful of music trucks were im-
pounded after they were found to be operating without licences.
Asked if there was room for improvement in the TTPS's man-
agement safety at annual festival, Dulalchan said the organisation
had a minor issue of eight and nine per cent absenteeism during
"We encourage our officers to be patriotic and come out and
stand tall but it is something that happens. I think we can look
a bit deeper to find out the reasons so next year there will be a
reduction in this. One would hate to believe that our officers
would report sick to play mas," he said. ---See Page A6
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