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Woman's body found in
carpet on river bank
Police are seeking the public's
assistance in identifying a wom-
an whose decomposing body was
found in a river in central Trini-
dad yesterday morning.
According to reports, shortly af-
ter 10.30 residents of Penn Trace,
Enterprise, Chaguanas, contacted
police after they noticed the wom-
an's body wrapped in a rug on the
river bank near a bridge.
When Homicide detectives ar-
rived on the scene they noticed a
hand protruding from the rolled
up rug and called in fire officers to
help recover it.
Investigators said the body was in
an advanced stage of decomposition
and they will have to wait until an
autopsy is performed at the Foren-
sic Science Centre in St James this
morning to determine her cause of
The body was not removed from
its makeshift wrapping , which will
be opened at the centre by a pathol-
ogist to search for forensic evidence.
The scene was inspected and
photographed by crime scene in-
However, police believe the body
may have been dumped at another
location and was transported by the
river before it became lodged in a pile
up of debris near the bridge.
Several groups on social media
network Facebook yesterday post
pictures of the body, along with a
picture of a unnamed 21-year-old
woman they claimed to be the vic-
tim. But police had not confirmed
the victim's identity up to late yes-
While Homicide detectives were
on the Enterprise scene, they were
called to a murder in Montrose,
According to reports, around 2
pm, Ricardo Phillip was at his apart-
ment when someone knocked on his
Phillip answered and was greeted
by two gunmen who immediately
shot him several times. He was
pronounced dead on the scene by
a District Medical Officer (DMO).
Phillip's autopsy will also take place
at the FSC this morning.
Investigators said Phillip was
known to police and had recently
moved to the area.
Detectives of the Region Three
Homicide Bureau are continuing
Couple charged with
stealing from casino
A 33-year-old casino super-
visor and her husband, who are
accused of stealing $153,000
from her employer, are expected
to appear in court today charged
with 50 counts of larceny by trick.
The couple was arrested at their
Kings Wharf, San Fernando home on
Friday night, a day after the casino
owner reported the theft.
It is alleged that the woman and
her 39-year-old husband stole the
money between January and August.
It is alleged the woman manipulated
a roulette machine in the casino to
ensure that a certain bet was played.
When she received the chit she
would sign it and give it to her hus-
band, who would then cash it in. They
were arrested by Cpl Bacchus and PC
Crawford of the San Fernando CID.
Following investigations super-
vised by Insp Don Gajadhar, which
included viewing surveillance foot-
age from the casino, interviewing and
taking statements from people, in-
cluding the couple, charges were laid
They are expected to appear before
a San Fernando magistrate.
A Cedros coconut vendor on
his way to buy foodstuff for
Sunday lunch was ambushed
and shot to death in his wagon,
not far away from his home yes-
Errol Sookbir's murder left relatives
and friends in shock and confused as to
who would want to end his life.
But in 2010 Sookbir, who lived near
the Perseverance Coconut Estate, was
also shot in the same area while driving
home with his wife and son. No one
was arrested in that incident and the
police yesterday did not know whether
the two incidents were linked.
Sookbir, who had a 16-year-old son
with his wife Angela Ganness and six
stepchildren, had just left Ganness,
his stepdaughter, her one-year-old
son and his 87-year-old bedridden
mother-in-law at home when he was
shot along Perseverance Road.
Recalling the horrifying ordeal at the
crime scene yesterday, Ganness said
around 7 am her husband left in his
white AD wagon to go to the nearby
store to buy something for her to cook.
"He did not even reach out the
road and I hear five gunshots. I start-
ed to bawl because I know something
happen. The shots was not like when
someone hunting. It sound real hard."
When she ran out the house she saw
two men running away.
"I started to run and I tell my daugh-
ter to call the police. I run to the door
and watch through the window. I call
him but he did not answer. He was
slumped on the passenger side and
blood was coming out his ears."
There were gunshot wounds to his
back and head, as well as bullet holes
to the windscreen and the front doors,
As tears welled up in her eyes, Gan-
ness said she had no idea why anyone
would want her husband dead.
"Even if he had a quarrel with some-
one he will never tell me," she said.
Sookbir, who would have celebrat-
ed his 40th birthday on Independence
Day, was a no nonsense person who did
not hesitate to speak his mind, she said.
His friend, Anthony Steele, de-
scribed him as the permanent secre-
tary of Cedros.
"He had a loud mouth, but he was
very involved in the community. We
work in the same political campaign
for the UNC, he was involved with the
fisherfolk. Up to yesterday I spoke to
him about a beach clean-up campaign
with the police."
Only last year, Sookbir was the
spokesperson for fishermen who were
demanding compensation following
an oil spill in Fullerton.
Steele said Sookbir's murder was a
shock to him and the community.
"I really can't explain this, but I feel
the people who murdered him knew
him because Errol would not stop to
talk to anybody he didn't know. He
would run you over."
Expressing hope that the kill-
ers would be caught, he said he was
concerned about the murders in the
"Before you used to hear about a
death every 50 years, now is every
year to six months someone dying in
my community. Who next?" he said.
Sookbir's relatives and friends were
also upset that it took more than six
hours for the body to be removed and
that the police did not allow his close
family members to view his body. The
police impounded the wagon for fin-
gerprint and forensic analysis.
Investigators of the Siparia CID,
Cedros police and Homicide Bureau
visited the scene and investigations
Undertakers remove the body of Errol Sookbir, who was shot dead at
Perseverance Estate Road in Cedros yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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