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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
False alarm for Coreen’s family
As the case of missing woman Co-
reen Singh deepens, police believe
a 27-year-old Cunupia man may
hold critical information that can
assist in their investigations.
However, a contact number
given to them, which was used to
communicate with him just mere
hours after Singh’s burnt out ve-
hicle was found in St Augustine
on Monday morning, is now said
to be going straight to a record-
ing. The man is also said to be no
longer at his last known address.
Meanwhile, at about 3 pm yes-
terday, relatives continuing their
own search for her in the Trantrail
Road, St Augustine area, stumbled
upon a bubble wrapped box in the
bushes just a few metres off the
road. Frantic relatives initially be-
lieved it was her body and called
the police to the scene. However,
when officer carried out checks
they confirmed it was not a body
but “just an old box.” Singh, 25,
who worked as a supervisor at
Xtra Foods in Arima, went miss-
ing on Saturday. She was last seen
at her Peytonville, Carapo home
shortly after 4 pm.
Somewhat relieved that their
discovery was not Singh’s body,
relatives carried on with their
search up to late yesterday.
Police officers, however, came
under heavy fire from some family
members who claimed they were
not getting the support they thought
they would from the officers.
“Some are willing to help us
search, but others seem not to
care...the police should be out
here in their numbers with dogs
and whatever else technology that
they have...one day (referring to
Monday) is not enough. The police
claim to be searching other areas
but we are not being told where
and if they really are,” one relative
Speaking with the T&T Guard-
ian yesterday, Singh’s eldest sister,
Sharon Reyes, said when she last
made contact with one of Singh’s
close relatives, he told her he was
having car problems and that once
he got it sorted out he would go to
the police station. However, Reyes
confirmed that officers are yet to
see the man.
Reyes made a desperate call for
help from members of the public.
“I would like anyone who may
know anything at all to please
help us...tell us something...tell us
what happened to my sister and
where we can find her, please. Her
mother had three strokes and she
needs her daughter...we need our
sister,” she said.
Yesterday, the T&T Police Ser-
vice sent out a media release ask-
ing members of the public to assist
in their investigations.
Singh is of mixed descent, five-
feet tall, medium built with a
brown complexion and has long
black hair. She was last seen wear-
ing a white top with a pair of blue
jeans and white sneakers. Anyone
with information on the wherea-
bouts of Singh is asked to call 800-
TIPS or contact the police at 999,
911,555 or any police station.
In the space of three years, Mon-
ica “Cris” Gumbs suffered through
the murder of her nephew, hus-
band, son-in-law and the shooting
of one of her daughters.
But when death came knocking
once more on Monday night, it
was her turn as she was gunned
down outside their Fazal Avenue,
Penal home yesterday. Her other
daughter Dana, 35, survived with
a gunshot wound on her right leg.
Police reports stated that
around 10.30 am, Gumbs’ sis-
ter, Gail Emmanuel, was at home
when she heard several explosions
outside. As she walked downstairs
to check, she found Dana bleed-
ing in her living room. She then
walked to the front house where
Gumbs lived and found her sister
lying motionless with wounds to
the head and upper body.
Penal Police responded along
with an ambulance and took Dana
to the San Fernando General Hos-
pital. Gumbs, 55, a seamstress,
had already died.
Officers from the Homicide
Bureau of Investigation, Region
Three, including Insp Daryl Corrie
and Sgt Randy Ramjag, visited the
home and interviewed witnesses
and family members.
The T&T Guardian was told that
Gumbs and Dana had just arrived
at their home when two gunmen
ran up to them and began firing.
Gumbs tried to get away but was
shot, while Dana ran to the house
behind. It was alleged that the men
were transported by a man from
the area in a Nissan March. How-
ever, investigators said they could
not confirm this information.
A relative said the family was
too distraught to speak to report-
ers. But even as this was being said
screams rang out as family mem-
bers caught sight of undertakers
removing Gumbs’ body.
“Why they kill my sister? She
did not do anything, she did not
kill anybody,” a relative cried out.
Investigators were still working
to determine the circumstances of
the murder and the motive behind
it up to last evening.
In May 2015, Gumbs’ nephew,
Roger Romain, 36, a linesman
at T&TEC, was gunned down
outside the house as he parked
his car in the yard. In December
2015, Gumbs’ common-law hus-
band Michael Matthews, 57, was
shot to death near their home as
he was returning from a parang
lime. Back then, Gumbs told the
T&T Guardian that Matthews was
accused of killing Romain. In July
2016, Gumbs’ daughter, Stacy, 30,
survived being shot in the chest
and shoulder while driving her
beige Mazda 323 along Fazal Av-
enue. In March 2017, Stacy’s boy-
friend, Kevin Fuller, 31, of Palmyra
Village, Princes Town, was shot
dead along with Terry Edwards,
34, a construction labourer of Wel-
lington Gardens, Debe and Sanjay
Mahabir, 42, an offshore worker of
Rose Gardens, Debe, at the Runway
69 ‘Shorts’ Bar along Wellington
Road, Debe. Fuller, who had pre-
vious convictions for firearm and
drug-related charges, was said to be
the target in a reprisal for Romain’s
death. Fuller’s friend, Edwards and
Mahabir, were believed to be in the
wrong place at the wrong time. Ro-
main had no criminal record and
was not known to be involved in
criminal activities, but relatives had
suggested that he was murdered by
other relatives. No one was held for
any of the murders or shootings.
Relatives of Monica Gumbs at the
scene of her murder
Crime Scene Investigators
gather evidence at the
scene of Monica Gumbs’
murder in Penal yesterday.
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Investigations are continuing into the
murder of a 25-year-old man of Pinto
The incident occurred at about 11 pm
on Monday night.
According to a police report, Sean
“Muffy” Bowen was standing near
Punette Avenue when he was
approached by a lone gunman who
shot him. Bowen died on the scene.
Police yesterday said he was well-
known to them.
Bowen’s murder was recorded as the
69th for the year so far. (RD)
An attempt was made on the life of a
man who was attending a court matter
at the Tunapuna Magistrates’ Court
According to police sources, the man,
a well-known gang member, had
parked his vehicle along St Vincent
Street, Tunapuna, and was heading
into the court. However, it is believed
the occupants of a car passing by
opened fire on the gang member’s
vehicle. A close acquaintance of the
gang member was shot and wounded.
He was later taken to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope,
where he was treated. The incident
occurred shortly before 1 pm.
Officers from the Crime Patrol Unit
responded and were able to intercept
the getaway vehicle in Mount Hope,
but the suspects managed to escape.
Investigations are continuing. (RD)
shot at outside
Child porn video not
The pornographic video showing a
little girl being sexually assaulted by an
adult male did not originate in Trinidad
A 44-year-old man yesterday
surrendered at the Millbrook Police
Department in Alabama for his part
in the video, the Trinidad and Tobago
Police Service (TTPS) confirmed.
Last week, the graphic video
was shared on social media sites,
prompting the TTPS to warn citizens
that sharing it was against the law.
It was originally thought to have
been filmed in Jamaica, but that
change to Trinidad after a Diego
Martin grandmother saw the video
and made a report to the Four Roads
Police Station, fearing it was her
six-year-old grandchild was the one
being assaulted. However, the child
was interviewed by members of
the Child Protection Unit (CPU) and
the Children’s Authority but she did
not have a scar or burns on her left
forearm, as the child in the video did.
A release from the TTPS yesterday
stated that a man identified as Germain
Moore, 44, Germaine Moore turned
himself in to the Alabama police at
2.30 am yesterday in connection with
the pornographic video. Moore was
charged with sexual assault of a child,
distribution of video depicting the
assault and first-degree criminal sexual
Another man named Jerrell
Washington, 42, was also charged with
distributing the video.
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