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Monday, March 19, 2018
‘Let him pay for
the crime he do’
Christine Jones is demanding
the death penalty for the man who
allegedly murdered her daughter,
granddaughter and two other peo-
ple on Tuesday.
After getting word that a suspect
had been captured, she said her
prayers had been answered.
“Prayers is a most powerful
thing. I had people praying all
over Trinidad because this thing
rock the whole of Trinidad. It
had people praying in Venezuela,
where we used to live, and the Ad-
“It had people praying in Eng-
land so they had to hold him. So if
they hold him I thank my God for
that,” she said.
The man is being questioned
in connection with the murders
of Abigail Jones-Chapman, her
daughter Olivia, 16, Olivia’s friend
Michaela Mason, 14, and Michael
Their bodies were found at
Jones-Chapman’s apartment at
Kanhai Settlement, Sobo Village,
Jones wants to see swift justice
in the matter.
“I don’t want him to stay in jail
and waste up taxpayers’ money. I
want them to torture him as much
as they could and if he want to die
on his own after the torture, so
much the merrier.
“I sending a message out to the
family and all the abusers they
have in this small Trinidad, is time
they start doing something about
this, people just want to be mur-
dering other people.
“Hang them. Do that something
because is time. How crime will
stop if you don’t show some form
of deterrence?” she said.
An emotional Jones added: “I
just want him to pay for the crime
he do. Those two innocent chil-
dren had nothing to do with him.
Mr Scott had nothing to do with
If her daughter no longer
wanted his friendship he should
have just walked away like a man,
Jones applauded Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams for sus-
pending three police officers while
investigations are carried out into
their alleged failure to investigate
a report by Jones-Chapman days
before the murders.
Chapman-Jones had told the
police that the suspect had put a
knife to her throat and threatened
to kill her.
“The police are there to protect
and serve. They are not there to
be playing around and in reports
like this they are supposed to take
immediate action. A woman make
a report that the man beating she
up...go and hold the man,” said
She said it is not enough to say
“is a love affair they will patch
them up just now.”
“When people lives are in dan-
ger it have no love affair because
if you are in love with somebody
you will not hurt them. That per-
son come like part of you.”
Speaking publicly for the first
time since Michaela’s death, Carla
Thomas said her daughter, the last
of her four children was supposed
to return home on the day the
bodies were discovered.
Overcome with emotion,
Thomas and her daughter, Sher-
nice Louison, thanked God that
the suspect was caught.
“God is good,” she said.
Yesterday La Brea residents
took part in a procession organ-
ised by the Sobo Village Council
in conjunction with Sobo Village
churches to pray for the families
of the murder victims.
A single funeral service will
be held on Wednesday for
Jones-Chapman and her daughter
at the La Brea SDA Church, while
Michaela’s service takes place to-
morrow at the Sobo Basketball
Court. Scott’s funeral service is
expected to be held on Sunday at
the La Brea SDA Church.
Victim’s mother wants swift justice
The manhunt for the suspect
in La Brea quadruple mur-
ders ended early yesterday
morning at St Albans Road,
Valencia, when police took a
of Lawrence Village, Guapo, Pt
Fortin, into custody.
The man was seen by people
who knew him walking along
the road and they alerted the
police. He was held around
9.10 am by officers of the La
Horquetta Crime Patrol Unit
under Sgt. Vaughn Waldropt.
Eyewitnesses said he was
dressed in a black t-shirt, jeans
and black sneakers and looked
well rested. He had in his pos-
session a green knapsack con-
taining items of clothing.
Officers, who went to the
area after getting an anony-
mous call, spotted the suspect
walking along St Albans Road.
When he saw the police vehi-
cle approaching he ran into
nearby bushes but was ar-
rested after a short chase.
He was taken to La Hor-
quetta Police Station and was
later handed over to officers
from Homicide Region 11,
Arouca. Earlier, at around 8.15
pm, on Saturday, a male rel-
ative of the suspect was held
at Jacob Hill, Wallerfield, on
suspicion of harbouring the
wanted man. He is currently
detained at the Arima Police
The suspect is being ques-
tioned in connection with the
murders of Abigail Jones-Chap-
man, 41, her daughter Ol-
ivia, 16, Michaela Mason, 15,
a friend of the daughter and
landlord, Michael Scott, 70,
who all found dead in an
apartment building at Khanai
Settlement, La Brea, on Tues-
The three female victims
died after their throats were
slit, while the fourth victim
died from a blow to the head.
A nationwide manhunt was
launched for the arrest of the
suspect, spearheaded by act-
ing Deputy Commissioner of
Police Crime, Harold Phillip,
and involving the Homicide
Bureau of Investigations, the
Organised Crime and Intelli-
gence Unit and the Northern
and South Western Divisions.
Three officers from La Brea
Police Station have been sus-
pended pending investigation
into the alleged failure to in-
vestigate a domestic violence
report made by Jones-Chap-
Lisa Logie prays during a peace march for the four murder victims and their families in Sobo Village, La Brea, yesterday.
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