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Thursday, March 22, 2018
A 33-year-old man was
stabbed several times min-
utes after he had an alter-
cation with a close female
relative at his home in Las
Dexter Hospedales died
while undergoing treatment
at the Las Lomas Health Fa-
According to a police re-
port, at about 10.30 am Hos-
pedales was at his Boy Cato
Road, Las Lomas No 1 home
when he got into an argu-
ment with a close female
Police said several minutes
after an unknown man ran
into the compound where
he stabbed Hospedales sev-
eral times. The suspect then
escaped in a car.
Investigations are contin-
Headless corpse found
Meanwhile, police were up
to late last night at a crime
scene in Sangre Grande
where a man’s headless
corpse was found.
According to a police
report, at about 7.30 pm
officers from the Sangre
Grande CID, acting on in-
formation received, went to
a dirt road off Foster Road
where they found the body.
Officers believe the man
was killed elsewhere and his
body dumped off the road.
The head was yet to be found
up to press time.
Investigations are continu-
A domestic dispute yesterday
turned deadly for a 27-year-old
woman, after she was stabbed
in the neck by her lover in broad
daylight at the Croisee in San
Juan. Anita Bahadur, of Evelyn
Trace, San Juan, later succumbed
to her injuries at the Eric Wil-
liams Medical Sciences Complex
in Mount Hope.
The suspect, who is said to be
in his early 30s, was chased down
by eyewitnesses, including a T&T
Defence Force member, who were
stunned at his brazen knife attack
on the woman. He was held sev-
eral metres away from the busy
Croisee intersection and badly
beaten before he was handed
over to officers of the San Juan
Police Station. The incident oc-
curred at about 2.30 pm.
Speaking afterwards, a still
shocked eyewitness Aldwin Sam-
uel, 59, told the T&T Guardian
moments before the mother of
four was stabbed, the suspect
walked up to her and asked her
for his gold chain and money.
“I was sitting and he (the sus-
pect) standing up next to me
watching straight across the road.
I notice when he walk across the
road and walk past she, then he
walk back to she and stood at
her side. He ask she ‘where is
my money and where is my gold
“Then I see the man start to
stab she up. He run and I take off
behind him. About three of us
and an army man made it four.
We hold him by the book store
and we beat him. When the police
come we hand him over,” Samuel
Samuel said he later learnt that
the man and Bahadur were seen
a few minutes before the stabbing
incident at a nearby grocery en-
gaged in a conversation.
“I was told that he was telling
she that she owed him $80,000
before he left and walked away,”
Samuel, a father of two daugh-
ters, admitted that he himself
went through domestic problems
in the past. He grabbed the op-
portunity to send a strong mes-
sage to men, “Give up! Give up
and let them go. Do not allow
yourself to reach that position.
Just give up!”
Samuel said he was saddened to
see Bahadur lying motionless on
the stretcher after the attack.
“This was just awful. So sad for
tell myself that she gone. It was a
hurtful thing, really wasn’t nice to
see. I just feel proud that we were
able to hold the man and give him
to the police.”
Another eyewitnesses who
helped catch the suspect, Garvin
Tesheira, said he could not have
sat idly by and do nothing after
seeing the attack.
“I see the happening. The man
had a big, long knife. I see the
blood and when he jump up and
run, I run him down and we hold
him and beat him.”
Up to late last night, the suspect
remained in police custody.
An autopsy is expected to be
conducted on Bahadur at the Fo-
rensic Science Centre, St James,
This latest incident occurred
even as the funerals of mur-
dered La Brea teacher Abigail
Jones-Chapman and her daughter
Olivia Chapman were being held
yesterday. Domestic violence
victim Jones-Chapman and her
daughter were killed at their Sobo
Village home last week, alongside
Olivia’s friend Michaela Mason
and landlord Michael Scott.
Bahadur was the 14th female
killed for the year so far and the
second victim for this month. In
2017, 52 females were killed.
Investigations are continuing.
The Police Service is now investi-
gating a claim that some 27 Arima
business owners and some resi-
dents were threatened by a Mus-
lim organisation, forced to sign a
document and extorted for pro-
tection or security money.
The complaints were made to
officers during a police walkabout
in the communities last Thursday.
A senior officer close to the case
said it was under investigation by
several branches of the service.
However, he said many of the
business owners and residents
feared for their lives and did not
want to give “evidence” against
those committing the crime,
which was a problem.
One of the victims yesterday
claimed he was approached by
the men and asked to pay a zakat
although he was a Christian.
“Several men came about pay-
ing zakat. They came with a paper
with a letter head asking for an
agreement to pay the money.
It did not have any money on it
and I told them I not paying it,”
However, the man, who did not
want to be named, confessed he
was afraid because he was robbed
before and recently a man’s house
in the area was burnt down be-
cause he did not pay the money.
“They burnt down his house
because he did not want to pay it.
If they could do that to him they
could do that to anybody,” he
said, adding he applied for a fire-
arm license to protect his prop-
erty after he was robbed years
ago but did not even receive a
reply. The police reportedly held
the men recently for questioning
in the matter but eventually re-
A woman in the area hid while
giving information to the T&T
Guardian on her own case. She
said the men approached every
business in several communities
and also claimed they burned
down a man’s house because of
ACP Northern Division McDon-
ald Jacob yesterday confirmed the
issue was raised with him during
a walkabout in Carapo last week.
He said four men were held in
connection with the crime but
they had to release two due to in-
“They were acting as a watch
group and asked people to pay
protection money. They asked 27
businessmen to pay them money,
$300 per week and from $300 a
week for the month and multiply
that by 27....That’s a lot of money,”
Jacob said two of the suspects
held were also later charged for a
double murder in the area. Asked
if the homicides had something
to do with the extortion racket,
Jacob said no. He said the officers
are looking for eight more men
wanted in connection with the
Commenting on the issue,
Arima Business Association chair-
man Reval Chattergoon said this
was unacceptable to the people
“This is the first time I heard of
it and if they are extorting money
from businessmen this is wrong
and they (business owners) have
to look at what they (business-
men) can do and the law-abiding
people cannot be held at ransom
by a number of people. This has
to stop,” he said.
Chattergoon said it was only a
matter of time before they spread
their wings and multiplied to
“These people have power and
expand and grow if they do not
nip it in the bud,” he said.
He called for more police pa-
trols and for business owners to
get firearm licenses so they could
“We need more police and fire-
arms. We have to be our neigh-
bours keeper and know how to
deal with it,” he said, adding some
business owners wait between
six and eight years for firearm li-
censes, which was unacceptable.
A paramedic attends to stabbing victim Anita Bahadur after she was
attacked in the Croisee, San Juan, yesterday. She later died at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.
Woman slain by lover in busy Croisee
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Arima businesses forced to pay $300 coward tax
Suspect beaten by witnesses
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