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toll to 90
Police are investigating murders of
two men in Arima on Monday.
In the first incident, 43-year-old ac-
countant Kevin Horsford was killed in
a botched robbery at his home at Layne
Street, Arima Old Road.
According to reports, around 1 pm, a
group of armed bandits entered Hors-
ford’s yard and forced their way into his
home on the second-storey of the build-
The men robbed Horsford of cash and
jewellery and then shot him several times.
In an attempt to flee, an injured Horsford jumped
through an open window.
Neighbours found Horsford lying outside his house
with gunshot wounds and injuries he sustained in his
fall. He was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he
died while being treated.
A little over six hours later, homicide detectives were
summoned to the scene of another murder at Pinto
Road in Arima.
Police said around 8.15 pm, Kevin “Baldhead” Guy
was liming outside a shop near his home when a car
pulled alongside him and one of the occupants shot Guy
several times before driving away. Guy was taken to hos-
pital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The two killings have taken the number of people to
90 for the year.
trio jailed for
Three Venezuelan women who
claimed they sneaked into this
country to buy food for their fam-
ilies will serve a year in prison for
Venezuela has been in an eco-
nomic crisis for months and basic
food has gone scarce on grocery
shelves. Hundreds of Venezuelans
have been coming to T&T for sup-
plies and work.
Arnarly Araujo, 36, a secretary,
her sister Olianis Araujo, 23, a secre-
tary, and Aixa Da Costa, 28, a nurse,
claimed they were unaware that they
were breaking the law when arrived
in Chaguaramas via boat on January
24. They were arrested in Marabella
by officers of the Southern Division
Task Force during a raid at known
Marabella brothel and subsequently handed over the
Immigration Division. Immigration officer Ramesh
Chaiteramsingh’s investigations found no record of
the sisters ever visiting this country.
Da Costa, however, had left here on December 28,
2017. With the assistance of an interpreter Rachel Go-
sein, the women all pleaded guilty.
They asked San Fernando First Court Senior Magis-
trate Cherril-Anne Antoine for mercy. Arnarly, 36, a
mother of two—aged 16 and nine years old—said they
were unaware they were entering the country ille-
gally. The women said they were told by their agent,
identified only as Dillon, to return the next day to get
their passport stamped.
Da Costa, 28, a single mother of three children—
ages 10, eight and six—said she came here to buy food
for her children. Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said it
was important in terms of national security that a re-
cord is kept of the people entering T&T, particularly
with the crime situation. The magistrate found their
story to be unbelievable. Despite what was happen-
ing in their country, the magistrate said there is a
problem with people entering T&T illegally.
The women said if they knew what they were doing
was wrong they would not have come here.
Taxi driver held
with loaded gun
A taxi-driver and another man were held during a joint
police/army anti-crime exercise in the San Fernando on
Monday, after a pistol, a laser light and a quantity of am-
munition were found at their apartment.
According to a statement from the Police Service, act-
ing on a tip-off, officers searched the apartment of the
20-year-old taxi driver at Lady Hailes Avenue, Embaca-
dere, where a Glock 19 pistol, 16 rounds of ammunition
and a make-shift laser light, was seized.
A 24-year-old man, of Ramsaran Street, San Fernando,
who was also in the apartment was also arrested.
The exercise, coordinated by acting Snr Supt Zam-
sheed Mohammed and including Insp Don
Gajadhar and Sgt Vishal Parasram, and
personnel from the Trinidad and Tobago
Regiment, took place between 1 pm and 7
In Valencia, police arrested a man after
he was held with a revolver and a quantity
Officers of the Valencia CID said they
were on mobile patrol, along the Va-
lencia Old Road, 10.25 pm, on Monday
when they observed a man who turned
around and walked into a nearby bar
upon spotting the police vehicle. The
25-year-old suspect of Valencia Old
Road was held on the premises.
A black and grey Jaguar revolver,
loaded with two rounds of .38mm am-
munition was found in his possession.
Teen’s killer goes into hiding
The man believed to have fired the gunshots which
killed Marabella resident Keron Marine has gone into
hiding. Police said the killer was seen firing at Marine,
18, as he stood on a track at Bayshore Marabella.
The suspect, who is believed to have been involved
in a turf war, has not been seen in the community
since the shooting. When the T&T Guardian visited
the scene yesterday, residents sat at the street cor-
ners talking about the murder.
Police said the residents were reluctant to give in-
formation in fear that they too could end up dead.
Marine was a former student of the Marabella North
Secondary School and had no run-ins with the law.
Police said they were bracing for reprisal killings
following Marine’s death. His family’s home at Bay-
shore remained locked up yesterday as his relatives
were busy attending his autopsy at the Forensic
Science Centre, in Port-of-Spain and organ-
ising his funeral. Police said they are
on the lookout for the suspect.
Marine was shot dead around 2.40
pm on Monday.
More than 15 shots were fired
from an automatic 9mm revolver,
two of which struck the victim
through the right eye and behind
n Anyone with information on
his whereabouts can contact
Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS.
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